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Kipnis makes young Tribe fan’s wish come true with late season visit

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Jason Kipnis made a young fan’s wish come true late in the 2014 season.

Rhiannon Carter, 11, lives in California with her family; her dad grew up in Cleveland and remains a big Tribe fan. By extension, Rhiannon is, too, and second baseman Jason Kipnis is her favorite player.

When she’s not watching the Tribe, though, Rhiannon fights a difficult battle: diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Rhiannon deals with extreme physical pain, shots, joint injections, infusions and even chemotherapy.

Thanks to Kids Wish Network, Rhiannon got a reprieve from her pain with a trip to Cleveland for a Tribe game late in the season, and a meet and greet with her favorite player, Jason Kipnis. Kipnis chatted with Rhiannon, took photos and signed autographs.

Enter #TribeOrTreat contest and you could trick or treat with Ketchup!

The Indians annual Tribe or Treat contest is back!

One lucky winner will receive the best Halloween present around – a school visit from Ketchup for Trick or Treating!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 8AM, post a picture on Instagram of your child (ages 5 to 12) in a Tribe-themed Halloween costume with the hashtag #TribeOrTreat.
  • Entry ends at 5PM on Friday, Oct. 24, after which the Indians will choose a winner.
  • The Indians then will contact the winner to schedule the school visit from Ketchup himself!

Click here for complete contest rules.

And to see how fun it is, click here to check out pictures from last year’s winner, Tyler!

 

 

Baseball America’s postseason report card ranks Tribe draft as best in baseball

2014 Tribe draft picks (from left) Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and Grant Hockin

2014 Tribe draft picks (from left) Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and Grant Hockin

Baseball America, a leading publication tracking Minor League baseball, gives the Tribe high marks for its 2014 draft in its 2014 Draft postseason report cards.

Here’s a synopsis of the pub’s process:

  • We put the final bow on the 2014 draft with our annual team-by-team review of all the selections and how the players’ professional careers have started. As instructional leagues closed, editor-in-chief John Manuel and assistant editor Clint Longenecker spoke with scouting directors, as well as other scouting and player-development personnel, to break down each of the 30 draft classes. For most categories, we consider only players who signed professional contracts. Notable exceptions include Most Intriguing Background and of course The One Who Got Away. Best Late-Round Pick applies to selections from the 11th round or later. Numbers in parentheses indicate the round in which a player was chosen. 

In the report card, BA ranks the Tribe’s draft tops in the Majors. Plus, the group is high on a few Tribe players:

  • Best Pure Hitter: Bradley Zimmer, outfielder
  • Best Defensive Player: Alex Pantoja, shortstop
  • Best Pro Debut (high school): Bobby Bradley, first baseman (and Arizona League MVP)
  • Most Intriguing Background, Human Interest: Bobby Ison, outfielder (background)

Click here for the entire report card.

 

Progressive Field recycling helps Chevy build CNG-powered Impala

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The Indians are contributing to a new Chevy vehicle that can run on food waste – you know, hot dogs, nachos, other ballpark favorites and, yes, beer.

The Tribe has partnered with Cleveland-based quasar, which turns organic waste into biogas, which is then converted into compressed natural gas (CNG) … the CNG is then used to fuel the new Chevy vehicle.

At Progressive Field, the Indians contribute food waste for CNG production … And don’t forget beer: quasar collects an organic byproduct from a mix of sludge and brewer’s grains used by beer manufacturing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The program is another sustainability effort undertaken by the Indians; the club was awarded an MLB Green reduced waste by:

  • 34 tons of aluminum and plastic beverage containers
  • 69.5 tons of cardboard
  • 31 tons of paper
  • 19 tons of metals
  • 20 tons of wooden pallets
  • 13 tons of fryer oil
  • 2.5 tons of electronics
  • 2/3 of a ton of light bulbs

For more on the club’s green efforts, check out this video from MLB.

 

Keep tabs on young Tribe players in Arizona Fall League play

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Francisco Lindor is hitting .250 through eight games in the Arizona Fall League, which continues through Nov. 13 in the Phoenix area and features some of the game’s top prospects in competition against each other.

Lindor, who started with a four-hit game in his team’s (Peoria Javelinas) opener, is 9-for-36 with five runs and five RBI.

Other Tribe farmhands participating are right fielder Jordan Smith, catcher Tony Wolters, and pitchers Nick Maronde, Grant Sides, Louis Head and Dylan Baker. Sides has pitched 4.1 innings in relief and struck out six without allowing a hit.

To keep tabs on the squad, check out this link.

 

2014 Season in Review: September — #CyKluber, #Smooth200, home victories and more

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Sept. 5 — Murphy notches final walk-off of 2014: David Murphy got his first – and the Tribe’s 11th – walk-off of 2014, a single to give the Indians a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the White Sox.

Sept. 7 – Carlos Carrasco puts an exclamation point on his resurgence: Carrasco, whose return to the rotation was a major reason the Indians contended until the team’s 160th game, pitched 8.2 innings and allowed just four hits, falling one out shy of a complete game shutout.

Sept. 8 — Rocco Scotti returns: The longtime anthem singer was back at Progressive Field, as a version of his well-known, operatic anthem style was played as he stood at home plate with his grandson and sung along.

 

Sept. 11 – TJ House joins rotation mates in setting Indians history: House, called up earlier in the year, became the first Indians player with three consecutive start with 7 or more innings pitcher, 1 or fewer runs allowed and no walks. All this from a guy who didn’t know his way around Cleveland in May.

 

Sept. 16, Sept. 21 – Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in consecutive starts: In his second- and third-to-last starts of 2014, Kluber outdid himself (and in 2014, that’s saying something). By striking out 14 in back-to-back starts, Kluber became only the 15th player to accomplish the feat in MLB history. The previous guy to do it? Randy Johnson, in 2004 for the Diamondbacks. The only other Indians player to do it was Sam McDowell, who did it twice in 1968. (more…)

Hattie Larlham to honor Cleveland Indians Charities, Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio at annual Circle of Caring event

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Indians Vice President Bob DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities will be honored by Hattie Larlham at the nonprofit’s annual Circle of Caring event on Nov. 1 at The Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora.

Hattie Larlham supports developmental disabilities by providing medical, residential, recreational and vocational services to improve those people’s lives. DiBiasio, who’s been with the Indians for 35 years, has supported Hattie Larlham since 1999. He actively raises awareness and funds for people with developmental disabilities and was instrumental in developing a Hattie Larlham summer camp in Arizona.

Since 2001, Cleveland Indians Charities has been a key partner in Hattie Larlham’s annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic in Garrettsville. The golf classic raises funds for Hattie Larlham programs. To date, Cleveland Indians Charities has donated more than $20,000 to the event.

The event, in honor of DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities, will be baseball themed. The event includes entertainment; a cocktail reception; a full-course dinner; a wine pull; and live, silent, and fund-a-need auctions. WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling returns this year as the 2014 Circle of Caring hostess.

Sponsored by the Alpha Group, the Circle of Caring funds programs for the people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham serves. For more information and tickets, contact Hattie Larlham Events Manager Wendy Voelker at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3087, or wendy.voelker@hattielarlham.org. Order Circle of Caring tickets online at http://www.hattielarlham.org/v/donate-circle-of-caring.asp.

Become a Tribe Season Ticket Holder for great perks, access and savings!

A Tribe fan meets Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber at the Indians annual Season Ticket Holder party.

A Tribe fan meets Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber at the Indians annual Season Ticket Holder party.

There’s never been a better time to become an Indians Season Ticket Holder! The Tribe had another exciting year on the field, winning 85 games and contending for a Postseason berth until the season’s final weekend.

Additionally, the club’s core is signed and here long term: Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber, MVP candidate Michael Brantley, emerging star catcher Yan Gomes, one-time All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis, emerging Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana, and a host of others are all here for a while.

Benefits of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder include:

  • A team on the rise: The Tribe’s 177 wins over the last two years were the most in consecutive seasons since 2007-08.
  • Savings: Season Ticket Holders save up to 40% over Single-Game buyers at Progressive Field.
  • Tribe Rewards: This unique programs allows Season Ticket Holders to customize their rewards – bid on unique experiences, items and more, plus exchange your unused tickets for other games (with some restrictions).
  • Priority pre-sales: Season Ticket Holders have access to Opening Day, Postseason and other single-game tickets before the general public.
  • Team Shop discounts: Save 20% at the Team Shop – and there will be new team shops in the ballpark as part of the Progressive Field renovations project!
  • Annual Season Ticket Holder party: Season Ticket Holders have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Tribe players at this annual event, typically held in late July or early August. Here’s a photo gallery of last year’s event.
  • Client Service specialist: Each Season Ticket Holder has their own CSS rep to answer questions and serve as their point of contact for all things Tribe.
  • Payment plan options: Season Ticket Holders can pay their ticket plans over many months and payments.

If you’re interested, call 216-420-HITS TODAY and get in on the fun!

Photo gallery: Season Ticket Holder party

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One of the biggest perks of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder — aside from the major savings over Single Game ticket prices, Tribe Rewards access, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more — is the midseason STH party at Progressive Field, where players sign autographs and interact with fans in attendance. Here are photos from this year’s party.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo gallery: Media Softball Day at League Park

 

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The Indians invited some of Cleveland’s media out to historic League Park to check out the Baseball Heritage Museum and play on the same spot that Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Bob Feller and more once played. It featured plenty of fun — and this fantastic play by Tribe TV play-by-play man Matt Underwood.

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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