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Tribe’s Spring Training trucks are officially en route to Arizona

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Just as Punxsutawney Phil predicted just three days ago, spring should be upon us shortly.

And for the Indians, the first sign of spring is Truck Day, the long awaited departure of our supply-filled trucks that have a final destination of Goodyear, Arizona.

That day was today.

This morning, the trucks loaded up with all the necessities, and departed Cleveland about noon. The trucks are expected to roll into Arizona by Tuesday.

Hang on, Tribe Town – there are just 12 days until pitchers and catchers report, and only 59 days until Opening Day!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians to host Spring Training report day party at Happy Dog on Feb. 17 from 6-8PM

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Jim Rosenhaus, Jensen Lewis to moderate Q&A with Indians fans; one fan present will win raffle for two Opening Day tickets

Happy Dog one of three new local food vendors coming to Progressive Field in 2016, as announced last week

Pitchers and Catchers report to Goodyear, Ariz. on Feb. 17 

The Cleveland Indians and Happy Dog will play host to a Spring Training party on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the day Tribe pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, Ariz. Admission is free, subject to capacity restrictions at Happy Dog.

Indians fans will enjoy a number of baseball-themed activities, including:

  • Q&A hosted by Tribe radio broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus and SportsTime Ohio analyst/former Tribe pitcher Jensen Lewis
  • Opening Day ticket giveaway (one winner, two tickets)
  • Other Indians giveaways (promotional items, etc.)
  • Appearances from Tribe mascots

Fans also can enjoy happy hour beer specials and Happy Dog’s signature, gourmet hot dogs, for which the restaurant offers over 50 different toppings.

Happy Dog, located in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, is one of three new local food vendors coming to Progressive Field in 2016, along with Ohio City Burrito and Cleveland Pickle. That trio joins Melt Bar and Grilled, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Dynomite Burgers and Great Lakes Brewing Co. among local food vendors with locations at the ballpark. More will be announced for Progressive Field’s Infield District before Opening Day.

PHOTOS: Cleveland Indians players visit children’s hospitals, make new buds

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Cleveland Indians players Lonnie Chisenhall,, Trevor Bauer, Cody Anderson, TJ House and Rajai Davis visited UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to spend time with some kids who are dealing with illnesses.

It was a special day.

–Photos courtesy of UH, Cleveland Clinic

PHOTOS: Cleveland Indians players meet fans throughout week

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Cleveland Indians players met fans, played games and had plenty of fun Saturday.

Check out all the photos for a recap or to see what you missed!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis hilariously introduces himself at Tribe Fest

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You’re going to like Rajai Davis.

We’re looking for big things from him on the field, of course, but it turns out he’s funny as heck, too. We hosted a Q&A with him with fans yesterday, and it was an all-timer.

To watch:

  1. Click the tweet below.
  2. Click the Periscope link.
  3. Once Periscope pops up, click the play button.
  4. ENJOY!

 

Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall to participate in live Facebook chat today at 1PM from Tribe Fest

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We’ll have Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall in a live chat on Facebook today at 1PM from Tribe Fest.

Fans will have a chance to watch Lonnie answer questions from a dozen contest winners, plus you’ll be able to submit your questions to him via Facebook comments.

 

Cleveland Indians legends Thome, Belle, Robinson, Jamieson to be inducted into Indians Hall of Fame in 2016

 

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Induction ceremony set for July 30 at Progressive Field

Thome bobblehead, courtesy of Medical Mutual to accompany inductions

The Cleveland Indians will induct four franchise legends into the club’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony on July 30 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 Bobblehead, courtesy of Medical Mutual, will be distributed to 15,000 fans that evening.

Thome will appear tonight at Aloft Cleveland Downtown at the club’s annual Season Ticket Holder VIP event as part of Tribe Fest. Thome will be available to the media at 5:15PM at Aloft.

The quartet’s induction now makes the Indians Hall of Fame 44 members strong after Omar Vizquel’s induction in 2014.

”These are four of the all-time great players in our franchise’s storied history, and through their individual personalities and achievements, each has created his own special memories for generations of Indians fans,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. “We’re excited to officially recognize their contributions to our franchise and the game of baseball by inducting them into the Indians Hall of Fame.”

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).

CLEVELAND INDIANS HALL OF FAME MEMBERS (44)

CA SANDY ALOMAR- Inducted 2009

OF EARL AVERILL- Inducted 1951

2B CARLOS BAERGA- Inducted 2013

P JIM BAGBY, SR.-Inducted 2007

OF ALBERT BELLE – Inducted 2016

SS LOU BOUDREAU- Inducted 1954

3B BILL BRADLEY- Inducted 1957

SS RAY CHAPMAN- Inducted 2006

OF ROCKY COLAVITO- Inducted 2006

P STAN COVELESKI- Inducted 1966

OF LARRY DOBY- Inducted 1966

P BOB FELLER- Inducted 1957

P WES FERRELL- Inducted 2009

OF ELMER FLICK- Inducted 1963

P MIKE GARCIA- Inducted 2007

MGR/2B JOE GORDON- Inducted 2008

P MEL HARDER- Inducted 1951

MGR/1B MIKE HARGROVE- Inducted 2008

CA JIM HEGAN- Inducted 1966

OF JOE JACKSON- Inducted 1951

P ADDIE JOSS- Inducted 2006

3B KEN KELTNER- Inducted 1951

OF CHARLIE JAMIESON – Inducted 2016

2B NAP LAJOIE- Inducted 1951

P BOB LEMON- Inducted 1960

OF KENNY LOFTON- Inducted 2010

MGR. AL LOPEZ- Inducted 2006

P SAM McDOWELL- Inducted 2006

P CHARLES NAGY- Inducted 2007

CA STEVE O’NEILL- Inducted 1951

P SATCHEL PAIGE- Inducted 1965

RHP GAYLORD PERRY-Inducted 2012

MRG. FRANK ROBINSON – Inducted 2016

3B AL ROSEN- Inducted 2006

P HERB SCORE- Inducted 2006

SS JOE SEWELL- Inducted 1951

OF LOUIS FRANCIS SOCKALEXIS-Inducted 2006

OF TRIS SPEAKER- Inducted 1951

3B JIM THOME – Inducted 2016

1B/DH ANDRE THORNTON- Inducted 2007

1B HAL TROSKY- Inducted 1951

SS OMAR VIZQUEL – Inducted 2014

P EARLY WYNN- Inducted 1972

P CY YOUNG- Inducted 1951

 

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Cleveland Indians players surprise RBI softball champs at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

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Cleveland Indians players, led by Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis, surprised a group of softball players being honored at Thursday’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

The Cleveland senior softball team won the RBI Softball World Series this summer, and were honored at Progressive Field thereafter.

On Thursday, the team received the Amateur Athlete of the Year award for its accomplishments — and got a big surprise. Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis presented two representatives from the RBI team their award — and then brought the rest of their teammates out to help celebrate. The team is in town for Tribe Fest activities this weekend.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

 

Cleveland Indians players reunite for Tribe Fest weekend, but first: mini-camp

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As Tribe Fest is coming up on Saturday, all of the Indians players are flocking back to Cleveland from their off-season sites in preparation for the big event.

So, with most of them here – Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes decided to get the guys together for a player-orchestrated mini-camp at The Force in Westlake, Ohio.

The guys stretched, ran some drills, played catch and took some BP while they were at it – getting excited for Spring Training since it’s right around the corner!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians host area high school students for Career Day at Progressive Field

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The Cleveland Indians played host to 80 area high school students for a Career Day event on Thursday, introducing area youngsters to different aspects of the organization to which they may not have been previously exposed.

Students heard from professionals in athletic training, communications, marketing, corporate partnerships, finance, tickets and more, and heard about different paths to a a career in sports.

Students from Rhodes, Lincoln West, John Hay and St. Martin de Porres participated.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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