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Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame ceremonies: Here’s what you need to know for the weekend

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The Cleveland Indians will induct four men into the club’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 30, as part of pregame ceremonies before the Indians take on the A’s at Progressive Field.

Jim Thome, the Indians all-time home run king; Albert Belle, still the only 50-50 man in baseball history; Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in baseball history; and Charlie Jamieson, who hit .316 over 14 seasons with the Indians and was a member of the 1920 World Series team, will be inducted before the Indians game against the Oakland A’s.

A Jim Thome HOF Inductee Bobblehead, courtesy of Medical Mutual, will be distributed to 15,000 fans on July 30, and Thome will be the lone member of this year’s class on hand for the evening’s festivities. The quartet’s induction now makes the Indians Hall of Fame 44 members strong after Omar Vizquel’s induction in 2014.

Gates open at 5PM. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45PM to not miss a second of the HOF ceremonies. Each man will be honored with a video on the scoreboard, with the family of the late Jamieson on hand to be recognized. Thome also will speak for a few minutes after being recognized before the crowd.

Thome played 13 seasons in all for the Indians, and his 337 homers and 1,008 walks in a Tribe uniform are the most in club history. He was a three-time All-Star as a member of the Indians, and four times finished in the top 10 in American League MVP voting.

He ranks second in club history in RBI (937), third in on-base percentage (.414), slugging percentage (.592) and OPS (.980), and 10th in doubles (263). Thome is first-time eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

Belle, too, was one of the most feared hitters in baseball during his prime; he hit 50 homers and 52 doubles in 1995, and remains the only Major League player in history to accomplish that feat. He was a four-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner with the Tribe, and three times finished in the top three in AL MVP voting.

He ranks second in club history in homers, with 242, second in slugging percentage (.580), fifth in OPS (.949) and 10th in RBI (751).

Robinson played the final three years of his stellar career in Cleveland, but is far better remembered for being a pioneer: He became the first African-American manager in baseball history, and served as player-manager from 1975-1976.

After hitting 586 career homers for five teams, Robinson managed the Indians for parts of three seasons, and eventually managed four teams. He won 1,065 games over 16 seasons, and was the 1989 AL Manager of the Year.

Jamieson played the final 14 years of his career (12 full seasons) with the Indians, hitting .316 and scoring 942 runs over those seasons. He also was a member of the 1920 World Series champions.

He ranks fifth in club history in hits (1,753), seventh in doubles (296), ninth in average and walks (627), 10th in triples (74) and 11th in on-base percentage (.388).

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Homestand Guide: It’s a weekend to celebrate at Progressive Field

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The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 26 to take on the Nationals, Athletics and Twins in a nine-game homestand.

INDIANS HALL OF FAME WEEKEND

The Indians will hold a Hall of Fame induction ceremony pregame on July 30 to induct alumni Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson and Charlie Jamieson.

INDIANS TO HOST FIRST YOGA DAY AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD

The Indians will host the very first Yoga Day at Progressive Field in the Right Field District on Saturday, August 13 from 12:30-1:30PM. Participants can relax with an hour of yoga and receive access to other exclusive events throughout the day including a Happy Hour at the Corner Bar (cash bar for alcoholic drinks, juice bar), participation in the pregame parade, admission to the Indians vs. Angels game at 7:10PM and Rock ‘N’ Blast post-game fireworks spectacular. Yoga Day tickets are available at Indians.com/Yoga.

CHRIS ANTONETTI HEADLINES PCA’S ‘BREAKFAST WITH THE INDIANS’

The Positive Coaching Alliance’s Cleveland Chapter will host a Breakfast with the Indians event at Progressive Field on August 16 with Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti headlining an all-star panel. Other panelists include Indians director of player development Carter Hawkins and former big leaguer and manager of youth baseball development initiatives Matt Kata, with Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster Jeff Phelps moderating the discussions.

Tickets for the PCA’s Breakfast with the Indians can be purchased at positivecoach.org/events/breakfast-with-the-indians.

MIKE NAPOLI WINS 2016 CLEVELAND INDIANS HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Mike Napoli as the Cleveland Indians 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

 

NATIONAL SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Tuesday, July 26 vs. Nationals @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award Presentation: Indians manager Terry Francona will present the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle award to Indians first baseman Mike Napoli pregame.

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.

 

Wednesday, July 27 vs. Nationals @ 12:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Indians Tumbler Cup courtesy of University Hospitals: 10,000 fans will receive an Indians tumbler cup courtesy of University Hospitals.

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.

 

ATHLETICS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Friday, July 29 vs. Athletics @ 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.

Indians Ugly Christmas T-Shirt courtesy of Papa John’s: 10,000 fans will receive an Indians Ugly Christmas T-Shirt courtesy of Papa John’s.

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Fireworks presented by B’laster Corp.: Fans can enjoy ‘Birth of Alternative Music’-themed postgame fireworks presented by B’laster Corp.

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.

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.

 

Saturday, July 30 vs. Athletics @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Indians HOF Inductee Jim Thome Bobblehead: 15,000 fans will receive an Indians HOF Inductee Jim Thome bobblehead.

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Fireworks presented by Brilliant Electric Signage: The Indians will have ‘Indians Hall of Fame Celebration’-themed postgame fireworks presented by Brilliant Electric Sign Company.

Block Party presented by T-Mobile: 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.

Indians HOF Induction Ceremony: The Indians HOF Induction ceremony will take place pregame to induct alumni Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson and Charlie Jamieson.

Ceremonial First Pitch: Indians alum Jim Thome will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

National Anthem: A surprise guest will sing the national anthem before Saturday’s game.

 

Sunday, July 31 vs. Athletics @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11PM)

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.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

Slider’s Birthday: Slider and five special guest mascots will celebrate Slider’s 26th birthday with 1,000 fans receiving mini cupcakes in the Kids Clubhouse. Additionally, Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with Slider and the guest mascots at 11:30AM in the Family Deck.

 

TWINS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Monday, August 1 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 2 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: 2015 Yo-Yo World Champion Zach Gormley will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 

Wednesday, August 3 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

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!

 

Thursday, August 4 vs. Twins @ 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.

Cleveland Clothing Co. coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to Cleveland Clothing Co. after the game.

Cleveland Indians AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers gets night, day of good news

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Although you may be wishing it was still the weekend, the first place Columbus Clippers woke up pretty happy this morning.

Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox, it was announced last night that Double-A Akron outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, the Indians top two prospects according to Baseball America, were being promoted to Triple-A Columbus.

Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, racked up a .278/.362/.454 slash line in 89 games with Akron this season, slugging 13 homers and 25 doubles with 48 RBI in the process. The 21-year-old Loganville, GA, native was ranked the No. 21 prospect in Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100 prospects list.

Zimmer, the 21st overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, slashed .253/.371/.471 with 14 home runs, six triples, 20 doubles and 53 RBI in 93 games as a RubberDuck this year. At the time of his promotion, Zimmer led the Eastern League with 56 walks, ranked third with 33 stolen bases and was fifth in both OBP (.371) and extra-base hits (40). The 23-year-old San Francisco University product ranked No. 26 on Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100.

Outfielders Greg Allen and Luigi Rodriguez have been promoted from Advanced-A Lynchburg to fill the gap left by Frazier and Zimmer’s departure in Akron.

In more good news for the Clippers, infielder/outfielder Yandy Diaz today was named the International League’s Player of the Week.

Over the last week, Diaz led the IL with a .519 batting average (yes, you read that right) as he went 14-for-27 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI, six runs scored and five walks.

The 24-year-old turned in six multi-hit efforts over his last seven games and is riding a 14-game hitting streak, the second-longest active streak in the IL. Diaz is the circuit leader in both batting and on-base percentage as he has slashed .340/.419/.496 in 63 games with the Clip Show this season.

The Clippers entered Monday’s off day with a 4.0 game lead in the IL West and will kick off a six-game road trip in Norfolk on Tuesday.

-TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

Down on the farm: Weekly checkin on Cleveland Indians affiliates

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Editor’s Note: We have not given enough love to our affiliates all season, and given the number of top-level players we have at our various affiliates, we’ll begin doing so each week throughout the second half. Look for these updates every Saturday or Sunday. All numbers are through games played Thursday, July 21.

While the Indians are sitting atop the American League, let’s take a moment to recognize the talent the Tribe still has waiting in the wings.

– Columbus has come out of the All-Star break swinging, going 5-3 with a pair of walk-off wins since July 14. The first-place Clippers own a 4.0 game lead in the International League West division with a 54-46 record.

Infielder/outfielder Yandy Diaz owns an 11-game hitting streak, which is tied for the 4th-longest active streak in the IL. Diaz is batting .435 with five RBI, seven runs scored, eight walks and just five strikeouts during the streak.

The 24-ear-old Cuban has made 27 starts in the outfield for Columbus this season after playing the infield exclusively in his first two professional seasons. He has made just two errors in 68 total chances with five outfield assists.

Third baseman Giovanny Urshela has also been on a tear since the break, batting .361 (13-for-36) in his last eight games. The 24-year-old has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 11-for-24 (.429) with two homers, three RBI and five runs scored.

– Akron followed a three-game skid with a three-game streak to go 4-3 this past week. At 54-45, the RubberDucks are in a de facto tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western division, trailing the Harrisburg Senators (53-44) by .001 percentage points.

Outfielder Bradley Zimmer came on strong this week, going 9-for-19 (.474) with three multi-hit games in his last five. Although he has struck out the fourth-most times in the EL this season (112), he leads the league in walks (55), is second in stolen bases (31) and has racked up the fourth-most extra-base hits (40).

The Ducks have also gotten some great performances from their bullpen of late. Right-hander Grant Sides has not allowed an earned run since June 5 (20.1IP) and has not allowed a run of any kind since July 2 (7.1IP). Righty J.P. Feyereisen has not surrendered an earned run since June 16 (12.0IP), and owns a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances (10.2IP).

– Lynchburg extended its winning streak to eight games with a 5-0 week. The Hillcats are 17-8 in the second half (62-33 overall) with a one-game lead over the second-place Potomac Nationals.

The Hillcats capped the week with a trio of shutouts, all started by southpaws, as Lynchburg allowed 11 combined hits over those three games. Luis Lugo started things off Monday as he fanned 10 and allowed just three hits over 7.0 innings, Justus Sheffield allowed four hits and three walks while fanning eight over 6.2 innings on Wednesday and Thomas Pannone held the Carolina Muscats to one hit and one walk with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings on Thursday.

Not to be outdone by their pitching staff, Lynchburg hitters batted .348 with 40 runs scored this week. Anthony Santander hit .391 (9-for-23) with four home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBI in five games. The 21-year-old Venezuelan outfielder leads Lynchburg with 21 RBI in 17 games in July.

– Lake County went 3-2 in an odd week that featured a doubleheader, consecutive off days and a postponed game. The Captains are currently fifth in the Midwest League Eastern division with a 10-15 second-half record (50-45 overall), 6.5 games out of first place.

Outfielder Nathan Lukes was arguably Lake County’s most effective hitter last week, going 7-for-20 with four RBI, four runs scored, one triple and three home runs in five games. A seventh round pick by the Indians in last year’s draft, Lukes is 13th in the ML with a .302 average.

Right-hander Matt Esparza turned in the outing of the week for Lake County hurlers, as he held Quad Cities scoreless on four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings of work on Sunday in Iowa. His 3.09 ERA (33ER/96.0IP) this season ranks fifth among Midwest League pitchers that have thrown at least 90.0 innings.

– Mahoning Valley has struggled this season, sitting in fifth place and 10.0 games back in the New York-Penn League Pinckney division, but has turned it on in the last two weeks, winning seven of their last 11 games.

The Scrappers have been carried by their stellar starting rotation. Right-hander Triston McKenzie, the 42nd overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, is 3-2 with a 0.48 ERA through seven starts as he has allowed just two earned runs with 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings this season. The 6-foot-5, 18-year-old leads the league in ERA, is second in strikeouts and sixth in innings pitched.

Cleveland’s second-round pick in last year’s draft, left-hander Juan Hillman, has also impressed, going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA (7ER/33.1IP) through seven starts. The 19-year-old southpaw owned a 0.89 ERA through his first six starts before allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks over 3.0 innings in his last start on Thursday.

– The AZL Indians are off to a hot start in the desert as they lead the AZL Central division at 17-8. The Indians went 5-1 this week as they have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Infielder Jorma Rodriguez is third in the AZL with a .383 average, and is reaching base at the fourth-highest rate (.451). Nolan Jones, Cleveland’s second round pick in this year’s draft, has also performed well in his first professional setting. The 18-year-old third baseman is batting .333 (9-for-27) with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in his first eight games.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

 

Antonetti headlines PCA’s ‘Breakfast with the Indians’; nominations for area baseball/softball coaches of the year now open

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The Positive Coaching Alliance’s Cleveland Chapter will host a Breakfast with the Indians event at Progressive Field on August 16 with the Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti headlining an all-star panel.

Other panelists include the Indians director of player development Carter Hawkins and former big leaguer and manager of youth baseball development initiatives Matt Kata with Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster Jeff Phelps moderating the discussions. Panel discussions will help local sports coaches learn how to unleash the power of positive coaching at the youth level with topics including performance benefits derived from positive coaching techniques and how the Indians evaluate and develop talent.

Tickets for the PCA’s Breakfast with the Indians fundraising event can be purchased here – those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Additionally, the Baseball/Softball Coach of the Year award nominations is open! The award recognizes a dedicated baseball or softball coach who has demonstrated commitment to a positive approach on and off the field. Make your nominations here!

Mike Napoli wins 2016 Cleveland Indians Heart and Hustle Award

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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Mike Napoli as the Cleveland Indians 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.

The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“Mike is always focused on all aspects of the game,” said Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. “He looks to take the extra base or advance on a ball in the dirt. He is a winning player.”

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11:  Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians receives congratulations from third base coach Mike Sarbaugh #16 after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 11, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – MAY 11: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians receives congratulations from third base coach Mike Sarbaugh #16 after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 11, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners.

The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014) and Anthony Rizzo (2015).

The final winner will be announced on November 15, 2016 at the 17th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 150 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

For more information regarding the Heart and Hustle Award, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, by e-mail at Nikki@MLBPAA.com or by calling (719) 477-1870, ext. 105.

For Mayfield native Mitch Longo and his father, Mark, being drafted by the Cleveland Indians is a dream come true

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Ohio Bobcats outfielder Mitch Longo (10) (Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics)

It’s the call all young baseball players dream of their whole lives. All the work, hours, training, batting practice — Everything you’ve ever worked for, and you finally get your chance.

For Ohio University outfielder Mitch Longo, that chance came on June 11 — the third day and in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

That Saturday in June was one Mitch’s father, Mark, remembers all too well.

Mitch (left) and Mark (right) Longo donning their Cleveland Indians cap after Mitch made it official. From Twitter: @MitchLongo10

Mitch (left) and Mark (right) Longo donning their Cleveland Indians cap after Mitch made it official. From Twitter: @MitchLongo10

“We were anxious as the draft began,” Mark said, “Mitch had been receiving a lot of feedback from teams leading up to the draft, but the Indians weren’t really one of them.”

He paused for a moment. “Actually,” he said, “He did have an interview with a scout from the Indians at OU in the fall, said it was one of the toughest interviews he’d ever had. But, he never heard anything else, so we just figured they weren’t interested.”

Mark and Mitch had met in Columbus to watch Mitch’s brother play in an All-Star game at Ohio State, but Mark just knew what was on Mitch’s mind. So, he suggested the two head to the Easton Town Center in Columbus to pass some time.

“I knew it was weighing heavily on him,” Mark said, “I had to do something to get his mind off the draft. So, why not hit the mall?”

But in the time it took the two, driving in separate cars, to get to Easton — Mitch received a phone call that would change his life.

“We were driving in separate cars,” Mark Longo recalls. “I was driving behind him, and we were talking on the phone. Then, all of a sudden, he cut me off: ‘Dad, hold on, I’ve got a phone call coming in!’ I was so excited.”

Just like that, a few minutes later, Mark knew it was good news on the other line.

“Oh we were driving on the highway, and I see Mitch roll down his window and start fist pumping,” Mark said, “He was pointing me off the exit, so we met at the BP station right off the highway.”

Mitch was still on the phone, but that didn’t stop proud papa Mark from interrupting.

“I jumped out of my car immediately” Mark recalls, “I was all the way across the parking lot, but I shouted out to him: WHO IS IT?!”

To which Mitch, grinning ear-to-ear shouted back, “INDIANS!”

Mark ran across the parking lot and hugged him, a moment so special the scout on the other end of the line later told the Longos he had goosebumps just hearing the exchange.

See, for Mitch, a native of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Cleveland Indians were the team he had forever been a fan of. He grew up admiring former Indians second baseman and Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar, a man who really inspired Mitch’s love of baseball at an early age.

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Ohio Bobcats outfielder Mitch Longo (10) (Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics)

Mark, a former Tribe fantasy camp participant, was asked to sum up his emotions when Mitch got the call.

“One word? Surreal. You know, you always dream of your kid going to the next level, but having it be for the team you know he’s always wanted to play for? Well, that’s just surreal,” he said.

As a father, Mark describes seeing Mitch begin his journey to the bigs with his hometown team is really special, but selfishly, the first thing that crossed his mind?

“Oh this is excellent,” Mark laughed, “Now I don’t need to buy new gear — I can keep and even more proudly wear all my Indians gear!”

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians wallop New York Yankees behind five homers, Kluber

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The Indians hit five homers, including an epic 460footer by Mike Napoli that hit the scoreboard on a bounce, in a 10-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 34,045. The Indians have won 17 of 21 overall and 14 of 16 at home.

The Tribe hit three homers in the first inning, by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall. After Napoli’s mammoth homer made it 6-0, Francisco Lindor had an RBI double and Napoli an RBI single. Later, Kipnis hit his second homer of the game after Yan Gomes chipped in with an RBI groundout.

Lost in the offensive explosion was a dominant outing by All-Star Corey Kluber, who allowed a run in eight innings to improve to 9-8 and lowered his ERA to 3.61.

Notes

  • The Indians are 40-10 when scoring first
  • Indians starters have an AL high 23 games of eight or more strikeouts
  • Kipnis registered his third career two-homer game
  • Santana is the first Indians player to hit 20 or more homers before the All-Star break since Grazy Sizemore in 2008
  • Napoli’s 13 homers at home are the most in the AL
  • The Tribe’s three-homer first was the team’s first inning of three or more since they hit four on June 26 in Detroit
  • Young pitcher Joe Colon made his big-league debut in relief of Kluber in the ninth

Tips for Friday’s near-sellout Cleveland Indians tilt with the New York Yankees

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The Indians continue their final series before the All-Star Break with a near-sellout crowd Friday at Progressive Field against the Yankees.

The first-place Tribe will look to continue its recent run of dominance at home; through games played Wednesday, the Indians had won 13 of their past 15 at Progressive Field.

Here is some important information to make your experience as enjoyable as possible:

  • All gates open at 5PM: Due to a near-sellout crowd, we’ve changed our gate time procedures to all gates opening at 5PM.
  • Arrive early: To ensure your best chance at obtaining an Indians banner courtesy of McDonald’s – available to 10,000 fans on Friday – we encourage fans to arrive early. Additionally, due to preparations for the Republican National Convention, the area around the ballpark will be more crowded than normal and we encourage fans to allow extra time to arrive and get situated before first pitch.
  • KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experiences and giveaways all weekend, including seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account. Plus, stop by Key’s booth on Gateway Plaza to exchange your old Tribe hat for a new one, while supplies last.
  • Other pregame activities: Arrive early to enjoy $2 Miller Lite from 5-7PM in the Right Field District, plus Sugardale Dollar Dog night all evening. All fans will enjoy post-game fireworks (Summer Anthem theme) courtesy of Wayside Furniture.
  • Parking: Due to RNC prep, the Gateway East parking garage will be passes only.

GALLERY: Cleveland Indians pitchers Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw donate a turf wiffle ball field to Providence House

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Cody and Mallory Allen, Bryan and Kristen Shaw, and the Cleveland Indians have donated a turf wiffle ball field to the Providence House, a crisis nursery located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, with an official unveiling this morning.

Allen, Shaw and the Indians have partnered with The Motz Group to build the wiffle ball field, which will be located in Providence House’s back yard. Additionally, wiffle balls, bats and other equipment will be donated along with the field. Allen and Shaw spent time this morning playing wiffle ball and visiting with kids during the field unveiling!

Providence House is a nonprofit organization that strives to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis and by building safer communities. Cleveland Indians players and the Wives Association are long-time volunteers and supporters of Providence House.

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