Big season helps Cleveland Indians prospect Yandy Diaz land International League Rookie of the Year honor

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While Tyler Naquin has put together a solid rookie campaign with the Indians, Yandy Diaz was doing the same for Triple-A Columbus.

The International League announced Tuesday that Diaz has been named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Through play on August 29, Diaz was tied for the league lead with a .322 batting average and led the IL with a .396 on-base percentage.

The 25-year-old made his Triple-A debut late last season, appearing in four regular season games for the Clippers before joining them for their postseason run to the Governor’s Cup title. Diaz opened this season with Double-A Akron before being promoted to Columbus, for the duration, on May 12.

The Cuban-born Diaz reeled off a 28-game hitting streak from early July to early August, which marked the longest hitting streak in the IL since 2007 when Brandon Watson hit safely in an International League-record 43 consecutive games.

Diaz also hit a blistering .335 with 14 extra-base hits, 26 RBI and 24 runs scored in 40 games after the All-Star break.

However, this season wasn’t just about the offense for Diaz. The career infielder has also developed into a more versatile defender, playing 50 games in the outfield for Columbus this season after exclusively playing the infield in 2014 and 2015.

With over 430 professional outfield innings now under his belt, it’s possible Diaz could be following in Jose Ramirez’s super-utility footsteps, as Indians Farm Director Carter Hawkins eluded to on his Reddit AMA a couple weeks back.

Whether he gets the call when rosters expand in September or stays with Columbus through the postseason, Diaz will be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer visits Max Hayes High School, visits robotics team

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Trevor Bauer visited with Max Hayes High School’s Robotics team and career day participants on Tuesday morning, part of the Tribe’s renewed commitment to impacting the lives of Cleveland-area youth. Bauer, who enjoys building and flying drones in his free time, toured the school before meeting with students.

The students even showed Bauer a battered Cleveland Police car that CPD donated to the school after it was battered during the Cavaliers’ championship parade in June.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

GALLERY: Tribe wins in walkoff fashion behind extra-innings single by Jason Kipnis

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Last night’s walkoff hero came in the form of Jason Kipnis. We defeated Minnesota as Jason Kipnis drove in the winning run with a one-out single in the 10th inning. It was the our first shutout, walk-off victory in extra innings since defeating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in 14 innings on July 23, 1992!

Party at Napoli’s event at Progressive Field set for September 4, tickets limited

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Join the Cleveland Indians for a Party at Napoli’s at Progressive Field’s Corner Bar on Sunday, September 4 from approximately 8-11PM. Players and coaches will be on hand as celebrity bartenders to raise money for Cleveland Clinic Children’s, VeloSano and Cleveland Indians Charities. Players and coaches involved include first baseman Mike Napoli, second baseman Jason Kipnis, manager Terry Francona and more!

Tickets are $75 per person and include the following:

  • Opportunity to interact with Indians uniformed personnel
  • Limited Edition red Party at Napoli’s t-shirt
  • Light Refreshments
  • Access to cash bar and silent auction

Tickets are very limited and can be purchased here. Use password: Napoli

The event will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Indians vs. Marlins game that begins at 4:10PM on September 4.  A game ticket does not include an event ticket. You will need a separate ticket for admittance into the Party at Napoli’s private event.

Guests attending this event are encouraged to enter Progressive Field approximately one hour after the game at the E. 9th Street Patio (located on E. 9th Street across from the cemetery, right around the corner from Right Field Gate).

 

About Cleveland Clinic Children’s: At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, every child receives world-class care. At our main campus in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as at our community hospitals and Family Health Centers located throughout northern Ohio, children and families receive compassionate care from nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists.

About VeloSano: VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is an annual community initiative that raises money for cancer research through the sport of cycling. Whether you ride, volunteer or donate, every dollar raised by VeloSano participants benefits the cause and in just two short years, nearly $5 million has been generated to advance cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. How far will you go for the cure?

About Cleveland Indians Charities:  Established in 1989, CIC is a self-sustaining charitable organization that concentrates on creative partnerships with select organizations in the community. Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles

 

August 29 – September 8 Homestand: Start fall right at Progressive Field

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The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field on Monday, August 29 to take on the Twins (August 29-31), Marlins (September 2-4) and Astros (September 5-8). Fans can soak in the summer sun at the ballpark as we approach September. Fans can start fall right by attending the game on Friday, September, 2 vs. the Marlins, featuring $2 Budweiser cans in the Right Field District from 5-7PM, Sugardale Dollar Dog Night, a Block Party and “Mash Ups” fireworks. Weekend fun continues on Saturday, September 3 with a Block Party and “Motown” fireworks. Additionally, 12,500 fans will receive a Carlos Baerga jersey courtesy of FirstEnergy.

 

GUARANTEE POSTSEASON PRIORITY WITH 2017 SEASON TICKET PURCHASE

Cleveland Indians fans now can secure priority access to tickets for any 2016 Postseason game played at Progressive Field by buying 2017 Indians Season Tickets. Along with current Tribe Season Ticket Holders, fans who buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets will receive access to a Postseason ticket presale before any public Postseason ticket on-sale.

Indians Season Tickets offer many perks, including:

  • Priority Postseason access
  • Priority Opening Day access
  • Substantial savings over Single-Game ticket prices
  • Tribe Rewards access
  • And plenty more

Visit www.indians.com/postseason for more information and to buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets or call Season Ticket representatives at 216-420-HITS for more information. Fans attending games may also speak directly to Indians Ticket representatives by visiting the Tribe Rewards kiosk, located behind Section 156 on the lower concourse.

 

TWINS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Monday, August 29 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Lindor Smile Squad: Each homestand the Indians host a Miracle League family to provide a memorable experience at Progressive Field. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is the ambassador for this program – during batting practice he will sign autographs and visit with guests.

 

Tuesday, August 30 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Toto to attend game: American rock band Toto, known for their song “Africa,” will attend the game and assist with an in-game contest.

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

 

Wednesday, August 31 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ceremonial First Pitch: Columbus Blue Jackets player Boone Jenner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient and their family every homestand. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber.

 

MARLINS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Friday, September 2 vs. Marlins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser: Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser features $2 Budweiser cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the 2016 season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Post-game Fireworks: Fans can enjoy ‘Mashups’-themed postgame fireworks.

Block Party: Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

 

Saturday, September 3 vs. Marlins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Carlos Baerga Jersey courtesy of FirstEnergy: 12,500 fans will receive a Carlos Baerga jersey courtesy of FirstEnergy.

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Post-game Fireworks: Fans can enjoy ‘Motown’-themed post-game fireworks.

Block Party: Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring live music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

ACE Hardware coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to ACE Hardware after the game.

 

Sunday, September 4 vs. Marlins @ 4:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 3PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 2PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including Jungle Terry and more. A Tribe player also will participate in a Q&A with kids on the Family Deck at 11:45AM; this Q&A happens each Sunday home game at Progressive Field.

 

ASTROS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Monday, September 5 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

 

Tuesday, September 6 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Dunkin Donuts coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to Dunkin Donuts after the game.

 

Wednesday, September 7 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

MLB Roberto Clemente Day: A presentation will take place during pregame to honor Roberto Clemente and the Tribe’s Clemente Award nominee, Carlos Carrasco.

 

Thursday, September 8 vs. Astros @ 12:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Today’s Getaway Game presented by the UPS Store: The UPS Store presents today’s getaway travel game. A representative from one of more than 40 local The UPS Store locations will throw out the first pitch.

#TribeTownInMotown: Cleveland Indians fan bus trip to Detroit Sept. 29, how to win

In 2014 it was #TribeTowninMotown.

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Last year, #TribeTakesCincy.

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This year, our annual social media follower trip is headed back to Detroit on Sept. 29 for our 1PM game against the Tigers at Comerica Park — hopefully to celebrate an AL Central Division title clinch (or already clinched!).

Each participant will get a seat on the bus (departing from Progressive Field), a game ticket and $10 fun money to use at Comerica for food or drink. The bus will depart from Comerica Park to return to Cleveland 30 minutes after the game’s final out.

Here’s how you can win your way on the bus: We have 15 open spots for winners (each will be able to bring a guest), and will be giving those spots away all day on our next off day, Thursday, Sept. 1.

There will be contests in which you have to perform tasks, simple Retweet-to-win contests and more.

So make sure you’re following us on Twitter and stay tuned on Sept. 1!

Tale of the tape: Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers begin big series in Arlington

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Word on the street is that there is a pretty big series happening in Texas starting tonight.

The Rangers, with the AL’s best record, and the Indians, with the second-best record in the AL, square off for four games starting tonight in Arlington. So, we looked at the tale of the tape to break down the series and its comabatants.

Pitching matchups:

  • Thursday, August 25 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
  • RHP Josh Tomlin (11-7, 4.39) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (13-4, 2.80)
  • Friday, August 26 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
  • RHP Corey Kluber (13-8, 3.13) vs. LHP Martin Perez (8-9, 4.27)
  • Saturday, August 27 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
  • RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-6, 3.12) vs. RHP AJ Griffin (5-3, 4.68)
  • Sunday, August 28 vs. Texas @ 3:05PM
  • RHP Danny Salazar (11-5, 3.90) vs. LHP Derek Holland (5-6, 4.92)

August record

  • Cleveland: 12-11
  • Texas: 12-9

Run differential

  • Cleveland: +94
  • Texas: -1

Record in one-run games

  • Cleveland: 19-17
  • Texas: 28-8

Batting average

  • Cleveland: 2.65
  • Texas: .262

Home runs

  • Cleveland: 161
  • Texas: 164

Runs

  • Cleveland: 619
  • Texas: 588

ERA

  • Cleveland: 3.84
  • Texas: 4.33

Starter ERA

  • Cleveland: 4.01
  • Texas: 4.13

Bullpen ERA

  • Cleveland: 3.56
  • Texas: 4.77

Home record

  • Cleveland: 39-23
  • Texas: 39-20

Road record

  • Cleveland: 33-30
  • Texas: 35-33

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians Law Enforcement Night set for September 17

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Cheer on the Cleveland Indians in the pennant race and help us honor area and state law enforcement officers and agencies by attending Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field. Law Enforcement Night is set to take place on Saturday, September 17 vs. the Detroit Tigers at 4:10PM.

$5 from each seat purchased for that Saturday’s game will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States.

To make your purchase, visit www.indians.com/lawenforcement and use offer code: Law Enforcement. Questions and/or inquiries about purchasing nine or more seats together can be directed to JP Makrai at jmakrai@indians.com.

-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

The unlikely story of how Jose Ramirez became one of the Tribe’s biggest offensive surprises

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Jose Ramirez has been nothing short of incredible for us this season, but back in the Dominican Republic in 2009, Jose Ramirez was not the most sought after ballplayer, as Terry Pluto chronicles.

As Pluto writes, John Mirabelli, the Indians Senior Director of Scouting Operations said: “Jose was not close to being a top prospect. I don’t think he had any other offers except the one from us. I think Jose has surprised everybody.”

At age 17, Jose was older than most kids who were signed in the Dominican, as most of them had offers by 16. His stature was stocky, his power unclear but Tribe scout Ramon Pena say a raw athleticism in Ramirez that stood out to him.

Pluto writes: “There are events called the “Prospect League Games” in that country. It’s a place to scout the elite players.

‘Jose was not one of those guys,’ said Mirabelli. ‘He was a fill-in when someone else couldn’t play and they needed another guy. I was watching this game with Ramon Pena, and Jose was playing second base.’

Mirabelli said that was a concern.

‘The best Dominican players are at shortstop,’ he said. ‘The Dominican is known for their great shortstops. Jose was a small, stocky kid at second base. He didn’t look like a ballplayer. He wasn’t fluid. He didn’t have a great arm. He didn’t look that fast.’

He was just another guy playing on a lesser field.

‘But he got three hits that day,’ said Mirabelli.”

After watching him a bit more in 2009, the two decided to offer Ramirez a $50,000 signing bonus, well below the average of $200,000 at the time, but, nonetheless, a substantial amount of money for a Dominican kid paying baseball on overgrown ball fields.

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Ramirez hit his way through the farm system, before making his MLB debut in 2013, still far from the breakout season he was soon to have in 2016.

As Pluto chronicles, the praise for Jose Ramirez as an all-around baseball player only grew with his time in the Indians system: “He also knew how to play,” said Mirabelli. “He can steal a base. He can bunt. He did a very good job with the glove at second base. He may not have been a big-time athlete, but he’s a baseball player.”

Now, at age 23, Jose Ramirez is batting .305 with 10 HR and 57 RBI, an unbelievable addition to the first-place Tribe.

You can catch Pluto’s whole article here.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eighth-inning Jose Ramirez homer gives Cleveland Indians series win over Toronto Blue Jays

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The Indians rallied again to beat Toronto, 3-2, to win the teams’ weekend (2-1) and season series (4-3). The Tribe won on a walkoff (3-2) on Friday and lost (6-5) by a run on Saturday. The club’s AL Central lead remains seven games, as the Tigers beat Boston in Detroit.

Jose Ramirez, who tied Friday’s game in the ninth with a solo shot, hit a two-run homer in the eighth on Sunday to give the Tribe the lead. Cody Allen earned his 24th save.

Ramirez has hit safely in 19 of 20 August games, and is hitting .383 with five homers and 15 RBI this month.

Down, 2-0, the Tribe rallied in the sixth, on three consecutive singles by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor, to cut the lead to 2-1. But a double play and strikeout later and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman had escaped.

Corey Kluber struck out eight in 6.2 innings, allowing those two runs. He lowered his ERA to 3.13 and continued to be a contender in, if not the leader of, the AL Cy Young race.

–photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

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