Cleveland Indians, Columbus Clippers extend player development contract through 2018


The Cleveland Indians today announced the club and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract through the 2018 season.

This is the third extension of the team’s Player Development Contract with the Clippers, which began in 2009.  It continues a partnership that has sent Columbus to the International League playoffs four times and claimed three Governors’ Cups and two Triple-A National Championships.  In this same time period, Columbus’ Huntington Park has been named “Ballpark of the Year” five times.

Chris Antonetti, Indians President, Baseball Operations: “The Indians are extremely excited to extend our relationship with the Columbus Clippers. The resources their front office staff provides is always first-class, in addition to the state-of-the-art facility and passionate fan base.  We look forward to the continued success of our partnership.”

Carter Hawkins, Indians Director, Player Development: “The Clippers create a Major League environment in Triple-A. Our players and staff love playing in Columbus and we can’t think of a better setting to develop our players as they make their transition to Cleveland. We could not be happier to extend our partnership and look forward to many more outstanding seasons at Huntington Park.”

Ken Schnacke, Clippers President & GM: “We are delighted to take this opportunity to add two more years to our relationship with the Cleveland Indians, taking us contractually through the 2018 season, at which time will mean we have been together for ten seasons since we moved to Huntington Park.  Everything about this relationship has been a “grand slam”; for the fans, for both franchises, and for both cities. We look forward to continuing this relationship and to seeing the Indians win a World Series Championship sometime in the near future.”


Cleveland Indians players, coaches describe their favorite Thanksgiving treats


Like the rest of us, Cleveland Indians players enjoy traditional — and maybe some no-so traditional — Thanksgiving treats. We asked some of our guys about their holiday favorites, and here’s what they had to say:

Roberto Perez: Turkey, rice and beans – we have different traditions in Puerto Rico

Cody Anderson: Stuffing

Jeff Manship: Stuffing

Carlos Carrasco: Turkey

Austin Adams: Smoked turkey – cook it on a smoker and over coals for 12 hours

We also got these responses when we asked the question a few years back:


Terry Francona: Stuffing! The real stuffing. Not that (crap) in a box.

Bryan Shaw: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is deep-fried turkey because frying the turkey is fun — I do it myself while other stuff is cooking inside.

Corey Kluber: Favorite dish is my mom’s turkey soup because it was something special we only had on Thanksgiving.

Yan Gomes: Sweet potatoes.

Josh Tomlin: Turkey and dressing that my grandmother makes and broccoli and cheese casserole.

Trevor Bauer: Favorite dish is between cranberry sauce on biscuits and twice baked potatoes. Favorite dessert is my sister’s cherry pie.

Mike Sarbaugh: Pecan Pie. I always look forward to warming up a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream on top.


Legendary Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton to debut film in Cleveland on Dec. 3

Even guest instructor Kenny Lofton got in a few bunts during drills today.

Legendary Tribe center fielder Kenny Lofton will bring the first screening of his production company’s new film, “My First Miracle,” to Cleveland on Dec. 3.

Lofton’s FilmPool Inc. began in 2004 and has grown into a boutique post-production company’ it’s now growing further into a television and film production company, with a number of projects in development.

“My First Miracle” is an inspirational film that tells the story of Angelica, a 17-year-old girl battling a rare form of cancer only found in multiracial people, Myelodyplastic Syndrome (MDS). Lacking health insurance and searching for a bone marrow transplant, Angelica’s life is very challenging, but she is able to find friendship and love with Sean, a homeless boy running from his troubled past. Together, through faith, hope and prayer, they witness how God works in mysterious ways.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) will screen the film on Dec. at Atlas Cinemas in Euclid (22624 Lakeshore Blvd.), and a limited number of tickets are available to the public for a $15 donation at  A portion of the proceeds from the screening will be donated to MetroHealth’s Cancer Care Family Community Room.  The film opens for a limited run on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Lakeshore 7.

“Cleveland and the Indians will always have a special place in my heart,” Lofton said. “The message of hope and faith in ‘My First Miracle’ is one that I knew would resonate with the people of Cleveland, and that’s why I’m so happy to be able to share it with them.”

The film stars Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side,” “Be Kind Rewind”), Sean Patrick Flannery (“The Boondock Saints,” “Suicide Kings”), Valerie Cruz (Showtime’s “Homeland” and “Dexter”), Matthew Rauch (Cinemax’s “Banshee,” “No Reservations”) and Jason London (“Dazed and Confused,” “Out Cold”).

Cleveland Indians, Delaware North serve annual Thanksgiving meal at Progressive Field

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Event offers Thanksgiving meals to visitors from Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs, Ohio Guidestone and City Mission 

Members of the Cleveland Indians front office and Delaware North Sportservice played host to the club’s annual Thanksgiving Meal at Progressive Field in the Terrace Club on Sunday.

Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Ohio Guidestone and City Misssion enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Chris Antonetti, Mike Chernoff and others.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians announce promotions withing Baseball Operations, Scouting departments

The Cleveland Indians and General Manager MIKE CHERNOFF today announced the following promotions within the club’s Baseball Operations Department.

Named MATT FORMAN Director of Baseball Operations.

Named SKY ANDRECHECK Senior Director of Baseball Research and Development.

Named KEITH WOOLNER Principal Data Scientist, Baseball Analytics

The 2016 season will be Forman’s fourth with the Indians after joining the club in January 2013, spending last season as the club’s Assistant Director of Baseball Operations. In his new role, Forman will continue supporting the day-to-day functions and decision-making of the Baseball Operations Department, including rules administration and interpretation, contract negotiations, arbitration, budgets, player evaluation and procurement.  He also will collaborate with each Scouting Department (Amateur/Pro/International), Player Development, Performance Services and Analytics to refine strategies and philosophies. In addition, Forman will assist in the hiring process across Baseball Operations, heading the club’s internship program.

Andrecheck joined the organization in 2010 and was most recently the club’s Senior Analyst.  In his new role, Andrecheck will assume responsibility for the club’s analytical systems across Baseball Operations, leading the club’s analysts and data scientists while bringing advanced quantitative and analytical research to the organization.  Andrecheck will continue to serve as a key resource for personnel and strategy decisions throughout Baseball Operations.

Woolner will continue to bring his expertise and passion for the scientific study of baseball, leading cutting-edge research using advanced principles, theories, and concepts from engineering, statistics and data science. He will strengthen our capacity for handling “big data” – the exponentially-increasing amounts of high-volume, high-dimensional complex baseball data resulting from new sources such as Statcast.  Keith will continue to work on data analysis projects, applying state-of-the-art techniques from machine learning, data mining, statistics and software development to improve our predictive capabilities.   The 2016 season will mark his tenth after joining the organization in 2007.

Additionally, the club also announced the following promotions within Amateur Scouting

Elevated WILLIAM (BO) HUGHES to Senior Advisor, Amateur Scouting.

Promoted SCOTT MEANEY to National Crosschecker

Promoted CLINT LONGENECKER to Coordinator, Amateur Scouting

Promoted MARK ALLEN to Pitching Crosschecker/Short Season Pitching Coach.


Promoted STEFFAN SEGUI (Central FL) and MIKE KANEN (Northeast) to Area Supervisors.

Hired DAVID COMPTON (North FL/Southern LA) as Area Supervisor.

The current organizational directory for Baseball Operations and Scouting is attached.

Cleveland Indians sign Shane Robinson, Adam Moore to minor-league deals with invitations to Spring Training

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 24: Tyler Flowers #21 of the Chicago White Sox hits an RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of the game on June 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 6-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 24: Tyler Flowers #21 of the Chicago White Sox hits an RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of the game on June 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 6-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians signed free agent OF SHANE ROBINSON and C ADAM MOORE to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp.

Robinson, 31, spent his first full season in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2015, batting .250 (45-180) with 7 doubles, 3 triples and 16 RBI in 83 games. He collected single-season career-highs in hits, runs (28) and triples and appeared in 55 games in left field, 15 games in center field and 12 games in right. He began his professional career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 after his fifth round selection in the June draft out of Florida State.  He appeared in 268 regular season games and 18 postseason contests with the Cardinals from 2009-14 before signing with the Twins last December.

Moore, 31, begins his second stint in the Indians organization after spending the entire 2015 season at Triple-A Columbus, batting .282 (93-330) with 20 doubles, 6 home runs and 44 RBI in 92 games for the International League champs.  The Royse City, TX native batted .421 (16-38) in the Triple-A playoffs with 2 2B, 3 HR & 10 RBI in 10 games and over his last 44 regular season games at Triple-A he batted .323 (53-164).  He appeared in one game for the Indians (Sept. 30) after his September 23 promotion from Columbus.

PHOTO GALLERY: Latest from Cleveland Indians Phase 2 construction at Progressive Field

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Construction continues to progress at the ballpark, as crews work to open up the main concourse for better views from home plate to the left field line. Eventually, the portion that’s being demolished will include a new club for select Season Ticket Holders, updated concessions and more.

For renderings of what the area eventually will look like, click here.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians front office members, Slider volunteer at Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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Members of the Cleveland Indians front office volunteered at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Tuesday, packing lunches and preparing hot lunches for the Food Bank to distribute at area member agencies.


–Photos by Dan Mendlik


Visit Progressive Field Team Shop for holiday deals on Cleveland Indians gear

We have all kinds of great deals on Cleveland Indians gear this holiday season at the Progressive Field Team Shop!

Check them out below:

INDIANS GIFT-WITH-PURCHASE, while supplies last.   Changing Color Pint Set FREE with any $125 purchase of Indians merchandise at the Progressive Field Team Shop. Some exclusions apply, see store for details.

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Thanksgiving weekend deals 11/27 through 11/29: 

  • 40% off Stitches Hoods, regularly $50

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  • 25% off Men’s regular priced polos, regularly $40-$75


  • 25% off regular price FITTED FASHION caps, regularly $30-35


  • 25% off regular price YOUTH jerseys, regular price $40-$55

Kipnis Children's jersey

  • OYO GWP Starter Set with $40 OYO purchase, while supplies last.

OYO Starter Set

  • FREE Kiss Kiss Pin with purchase of any regular priced lapel pin.

Kiss pin

  • 25% off Autographed Baseballs, regularly $50-$100





On Veterans Day, remembering all Cleveland Indians players who served — including nine during World War I

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 1, 1917: Members of the Cleveland Indians take part in a military drill formation (left dress) with Lieutenant Harrison (far right) front row) prior to a game during the 1917 season at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Cleveland Indians Archives) *** Local Caption *** Stan Covaleski, Fritz Coumbe, Bill Wambsganss, Brown, Lieutenant Harrison, Jack McCallister, Elmer Smith, Otis Lambeth, Lee Fohl.

“Winning the war must come ahead of winning championships.”

–Jim Dunn, Indians Owner

Opening day at League Park looked extra festive in 1918. Red, white and blue bunting decorated the ballpark. Flags of the allied troops ran up the flag pole. Another flag was also hoisted on that April day: a nine-star service flag. Each star represented a member of the ball club who was serving in World War I. (Interestingly, the ninth star did not represent a player; rather, it represented Tom Herbert, the head usher at League Park.)

That preceding November, a Plain Dealer headline read: “Tribe Hit Harder Than Its Rivals By Call To War.”  Rookies and veterans alike were among the nine players in the service.  Right-handed pitcher Red Torkelson had just begun his big-league career in 1917. Joining Red was first baseman Louis Guisto, who had appeared in 73 games that same season.

Pitcher Ed Klepfer found himself in Europe and in the heat of battle. He wrote about the experience of being shot at in a letter to Tribe catcher Steve O’Neill. He described the sensation as the same feeling “when you are up at the bat and Walter Johnson buzzes one of his fast ones by your ears.”

Elmer Smith, who would go on to World Series fame in 1920, was promoted to the rank of Corporal while in France. During his time overseas, Smith began to teach French soldiers how to play baseball. But in his words, “They are slow to learn.”

Not all of the men who entered the service made it overseas. Tribe third baseman Joe Evans was drafted in the summer of 1917 but his service was deferred to allow him the opportunity to finish his medical degree at the University of Mississippi. There was some silver lining to the situation as Evans was permitted to play for Cleveland during his summer break.

In the middle of the 1918 season, news came that Bill Wambsganss was drafted. Tris Speaker, 30 years old and almost beyond the draft’s maximum age, announced that he was going to enter the service after the season and planned on becoming a naval aviator.

When the season came to an end on September 1, the Indians found themselves 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. The season was over. Owner Jim Dunn saw it this way:  “I think we would have won it but for losses sustained because of war. We must not forget that such things as pennants and world’s series are trivial when compared to what is going on across the Atlantic.”

The Plain Dealer ran this headline on Sept. 1: “Tribe Sends Big Squad to Colors: Indians Soon Will Have Sixteen Stars on Service Flag.” American League President Ban Johnson boasted about the Cleveland ball club’s contributions to the war effort, stating that they had an “enviable record.”

After the war ended, players were excited to get back to civilian life. Before Bill Wamby put his cleats on, he mentioned that “I think I will go over to the naval reserves’ headquarters tomorrow for I want to see Chapman and Billings salute me.”

By January 1919, plans were being made for the coming season. Dunn let The Plain Dealer know that all eight players who went overseas will be given an opportunity to win back their spot on the team. “I don’t care when they come back…Not one of them who has done his bit will be turned loose until we know positively that he cannot deliver.”

It is important to remember the service of our Veterans. The Cleveland Indians have been fortunate to have had upstanding gentleman who have served their country during times of war.

–Team curator/historian Jeremy Feador


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