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First Cleveland Indians Tribe Hackathon, in partnership with Progressive Insurance and Tech Elevator, a success

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Over 150 people gathered May 21 at Progressive Field’s Terrace Club to watch the demos for what many hope will be the first in a long series of Tribe Hackathons, where talented software developers put their minds and skills towards building great technology around the game of baseball.

The event was a collaboration between the Cleveland Indians, Progressive Insurance and TechElevator, a coding bootcamp which teaches novices to become software developers through a 14-week intensive full-time program.

The inaugural Tribe Hackathon asked developers to use technology to enhance the fan experience.

“We deliberately kept the challenge broad,” said Anthony Hughes CEO and co-founder of Tech Elevator, “And it paid off. What we saw was unbridled creativity and I’d be surprised if at some future point fans in Progressive Field aren’t experiencing some derivative of what we saw created at the hackathon.”

Members of the community who came to watch the demos were treated to a very wide range of projects from a wide array of participants. High level developers with a passion for the game mingled with college students and hobbyists. Projects included

  • “Uber style” ordering of concessions directly to the fan’s seat
  • A digital re-creation of the famous hot dog race for the field’s new scoreboard
  • A virtual reality project enabling a fan to experience the game live from the field

HARdball, the-grand prize winner (winning signed Brantley Jerseys and seats behind home plate) produced a highly polished smart phone app using augmented reality (AR): By hovering a smart phone camera over the field, fans can access extra data associated with players.

“The Tribe Hackathon was an unbelievable experience and fusion of two of my passions: coding and baseball.” said Chad Millburn who teamed up with colleagues from Recess Creative.

“We couldn’t have engineered it better to be honest,” said Neil Weiss, Indians CIO, “When Anthony and I brainstormed the initial idea it was simply about finding a fun way to unite the region’s developer community. The energy here, the connections made, and the technology created has far exceeded our expectations.”

“Progressive is honored to have been a cosponsor of this exciting event, given our reputation as a tech leader.” Added Jane Gundlach, Progressive IT Manager. “It aligns with our company’s passion for innovation, creativity and fun.”

Melt’s ‘Parmageddon’ sandwich nominated in USA Today’s Best Ballpark Food contest

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Progressive Field, which offers a dozen local restaurant options, is a contender in the Readers’ Choice 2016 “Best Ballpark Food” contest promoted by USA TODAY.

The Parmageddon sandwich, served at Melt Bar and Grilled, has been nominated to represent Progressive Field. Cleveland Heights’ Melt Bar and Grilled was added to the ballpark’s Right Field District in 2015 and offers innovative and unique grilled cheese sandwiches to fans. The Parmageddon is a grilled cheese with sharp cheddar, potato and onion perogi, and sautéed onions and Napa vodka kraut.

You can vote for the Parmageddon to win “Best Ballpark Food” here. Fans can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting will end on Monday, June 20 and winners will be announced on Friday, June 24.

Cleveland Indians introduce new ticket discount to honor, thank military

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Tribe now offering military members and their families special pricing on select game tickets

Cleveland, OH—The Cleveland Indians have introduced a special ticket discount for the military and their families. With this new discount, military and their families will be able to save up to 20% on tickets to select games.

The military discount is offered online only beginning with home games Memorial Day weekend May 27-30 for various locations at Progressive Field, including the Field Box Back, Family Deck, Upper Box and Outfield Club. Military discount details and military verification powered by ID.me available at Indians.com/military.

“Military members and their families have made incredible sacrifices for our country, and this is a small way of thanking them for that sacrifice,” Tribe Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio said.

The Indians have long supported the military, from our Homestand Heroes event to our weekly Friends of Francona program, among other initiatives. Through the Friends of Francona program, Indians Manager Terry Francona donates to deserving military families 10 club seats and $20 of Fun Money per person. Select guests also receive autographed Terry Francona jerseys, military-themed hats and a scoreboard greeting.

First ever Tribe Hackathon to be held at Progressive Field this weekend

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As we mentioned previously, we had a free-of-charge registration to take part in our Tribe Hackathon — which is happening THIS weekend at Progressive Field.

This Hackathon has gained incredible praise, and Kevin Kleps from Crain’s Cleveland says here that he and many others believe it will be the first of its kind here, but probably not the last.

Kleps writes, “Tech Elevator — a Cleveland-based, 14-week coding bootcamp for students — has partnered with the Indians on the first Tribe Hackathon, and it’s an event Tech Elevator CEO Anthony Hughes believes will continue to grow in popularity.”

The premise of the Hackathon you may ask? Well Kevin Kleps asked Anthony Hughes the same question, and got this response: “Even though there’s so much data in baseball, we intentionally kept it really broad,” Hughes said of the hackathon’s premise. “We said, ‘Let’s take a step back and let people be creative. How can we enhance the fan experience?’ I think we’ll be really surprised by what we see.”

The first hackathon has gone above and beyond original expectations, as Kleps notes further in his article.

“The 19 teams competing for the top prize started developing their ideas on May 6. Friday night, the Progressive Field portion of the hackathon kicks off with a three-hour networking event, which begins at 6. The hackathon starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Progressive Field, and the presentations and demos kick off at 4 p.m. in the Terrace Club.

The 19 teams have a total of 63 software developers. The group ranges from representatives from Medical Mutual, Avantia and Dakota Software, to students from Case Western Reserve, Kent State and Ohio State universities.

Hughes said the range of ideas is also vast — from such topics as the “big data” that’s associated with baseball, to ways to find the shortest lines in the restrooms, and ordering food and drinks from your seat.”

As for those involved, they expect it to be “nuts” here at Progressive Field on Saturday as the first-ever Tribe Hackathon takes place! Nuts, but fun — as the goal is for the event to continue to grow bigger and bigger each year.

To read Kleps’ entire article, click here.

Cleveland Indians play host to Senate Athletic league’s baseball championship

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We hosted the Senate Athletic League’s baseball championship game this afternoon on a beautiful sunny day at Progressive Field!

The participants had a lot of fun, but Rhodes came away with the win, defeating John Hay with a final score of 7-1.

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory coming to Cleveland Memorial Day Weekend

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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Brings Interactive Baseball History to Orioles vs. Indians
Fans can hold authentic game-used bats from Indians and Orioles legends. “Old-fashioned” bat-making demonstrations with hand-turning lathe.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory hits the road with their Mobile Museum, rolling into Cleveland for Memorial Day weekend. This interactive baseball experience is specially created for fans at Cleveland’s Progressive Field during the upcoming series between the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles from Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29. The experience is highlighted by authentic, game-used bats and replica bats from Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles players past and present, all of which fans can hold.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Mobile Museum features live bat-making demonstrations with a hand-turning lathe to showcase the “old-fashioned” way of making a baseball bat by hand. This is the first time the hand-turning demonstrations have taken place in Cleveland. Fans can also sign up for free museum passes and automatically be entered to win a personalized Louisville Slugger bat. There will be plenty of photo opportunities for fans, including the museum’s giant bat and glove. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Mobile Museum will be located in the Right Field District and on the concourse along the first baseline.hand turning demonstration (00000002)

Fans of Both Teams Can “Hold a Piece of History”
This rare opportunity allows fans to hold game-used bats from Sandy Alomar, Jr., Victor Martinez, Eddie Murray, Jim Thome, and Cal Ripken Jr. The museum will also have replica bat models from Lonnie Chisenhall, Rocky Colavito, Nap Lajoie, Frank Robinson, Sam Jethroe and Adam Jones.hold a piece of history

1997 American League Champions Bat
Also on display will be a bat featuring branded signatures and names of the 1997 American League Champion Indians team. Branded signatures include Sandy
Alomar, Jr., David Justice, Manny Ramirez and Orel Hershiser.

 

Rocky Colavito Photo and Contract
Fans can pose with an enlarged historic photo of Rocky Colavito as they hold his replica bat. The historic photo, dated June 10, 1959, shows Colavito kissing his Louisville Slugger bat after going 4-for-4 with four home runs and six RBIs in an 11-8 win over the Orioles in Baltimore. Colavito led the American League in home runs that season with 42. Fans can also view Colavito’s original, signed Louisville Slugger bat contract. Colavito
signed the contract as a 21-year-old outfielder on September 22, 1954.RockyColavito

Free Museum Passes
Fans who sign up for the museum’s newsletter receive a voucher good for two free passes to Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The passes include any special exhibitions currently featured at the museum, interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour. As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour. Tours are given seven days a week and guests are guaranteed to view bat production on each tour.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, which opened in 1996, is one of Louisville’s most popular attractions. The museum, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, scored a record number of visitors in 2015 (314,149). Admission to the museum includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour.
To Purchase Indians Tickets
Tickets to all three games in the series are available and can be purchased at the Progressive
Field ticket office and at http://www.indians.com

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians pound Cincinnati Reds in series opener at Progressive Field

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The Indians overcame an early 4-0 deficit by scoring a season-high 15 runs and pounding out a season-high 19 hits in a 15-6 win over the Reds on Monday night.

The Tribe scored four in the third, three in the fourth and five in the sixth. Every Indians starter had at least a hit and a run. Big nights included:

  • Rajai Davis reached four times and scored from first on a Jason Kipnis two-run single in the fourth
  • Francisco Lindor had three hits including a key two-run double in the third that helped the Tribe get back in it
  • Mike Napoli had two RBI singles and walked twice
  • Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer, the third straight game in which he’s homered (first time in his career he’s done that); he had four RBI (sac fly in the seventh)
  • Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer and scored three times

Also Monday, Columbus Crew All-Star Ethan Finlay threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians host #PlayBall Clinic at Progressive Field, part of Major League Baseball’s #PlayBall weekend

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On Saturday morning, we hosted our #PlayBall Clinic, with Tribe players Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes visiting with 50 area youngsters. Those youth participants, ages 9-14 from the Cleveland Baseball Federation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and BBuzz Baseball, played games and learned fundamental baseball skills.

The clinic, led by Youth Baseball Development Manager and former big leaguer Matt Kata, gives kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball in a fun environment and introduces kids to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians rally to beat Minnesota Twins,, 7-6, at Progressive Field

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Marlon Byrd’s two-run double in the eighth and Juan Uribe’s subsequent RBI single helped the Indians beat the Twins, 7-6, on Friday at Progressive Field.

The team’s three-run eighth immediately followed the Twins’ fourth homer of the night, by Eduardo Nunez, which gave Minnesota a 5-4 lead. Byung Ho Park hit two homers and Miguel Sano another earlier for Minnesota.

The Tribe, meanwhile, scored on Yan Gomes’ two-run homer in the second, Jason Kipnis’ solo shot in the third and Byrd’s key sixth-inning sac fly with the bases loaded to tie it at 4.

Josh Tomlin didn’t get the win, but he retired the final 11 batters he faced after Park’s second homer, in the third. Tomlin remains 12-0 following an Indians loss over the last two seasons.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians take part in second annual Fields for the Future park cleanup project

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The Indians hosted the second annual Fields for the Future project on Thursday at Cleveland’s Gunning Park.

In partnership with Cleveland Indians Community partners (MCPc, Victory Park Ohio, Minute Men Staffing Services, Mo Vaughn Enterprises, Electronic Merchant Systems), the Motz Group, the City of Cleveland, Fox Sports Ohio, WKYC, and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Indians and community members will renovate a baseball field at Gunning.

The Motz group will regrade the field and build a pitcher’s mound, while the Baseball Tomorrow fund provided a $10,000 donation. BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence helped coordinate and scope projects for this program. Volunteers will assemble new bleachers, paint worn seating, install new dugout benches and assist with landscaping projects. Subway is donating lunch for the volunteers.

Indians catcher Yan Gomes and his wife, Jenna – who made a financial donation to support the project and serve as the spokespersons for the program — and Ken Silliman, Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s chief of staff, will also be in attendance. The newly renovated field will be unveiled at approximately 3:30PM, with Gomes catching the first pitch.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

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