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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor: American League Rookie of the Year?

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Francisco Lindor is making a serious case for American League Rookie of the Year.

Lindor, who made his debut in mid-June, not only has been one of the best rookies in the second half, but one of the best players in the American League, period.

In the second half and among AL players, Lindor ranks (numbers as of morning of Aug. 29):

  • T4 in FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement Metric (2.4)
  • Second in hits (57)
  • Third in average (.365)
  • T11 in runs scored (24)
  • 16th in OPS (.937)

Among AL rookies for the full season, he ranks:

  • First in hitting (.309)
  • Second in on-base percentage (.348)
  • Third in multi-hit games (26)
    • (Billy Burns, the leader, has played 101 games. Eddie Rosario, second with 27, has played 92. Lindor has played 68 games.)
  • Fifth in hits (80)

Entering Saturday’s game, Lindor had a seven-game hit streak going, and was hitting .519 (14-27) in that stretch. In August, Lindor is batting .381.

Defensively, Lindor leads AL shortstops in Fangraphs’ Defensive Runs Saved metric, with five.

 

Photo Gallery: Yan Gomes hits a Grand Slam as Cleveland Indians beat Los Angeles Angels

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

The Indians won their fourth straight, seventh of nine overall and nine of their last 11 at home with an 8-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday night.

Cleveland scored five in the eighth before former Indians reliever Joe Smith recorded an out:

  • Francisco Lindor singled
  • Michael Brantley singled
  • Carlos Santana doubled home Lindor
  • Lonnie Chisenhall was intentionally walked
  • Yan Gomes hit his first career Grand Slam

The Indians tied the game on a Gomes sac fly in the second, and took a 3-1 lead in the third – after the rain delay – on Chisenhall’s two-run single. The Angels, though, re-tied it in the fourth before the Tribe’s eighth-inning rally.

Streaks

  • Chisenhall extended his hit streak 10 games, in which he’s hitting .483 (14-29)
    • Since his callup on July 30, Chisenhall is hitting .408 (29-71)
  • Lindor extended his hit streak to eight games, in which he’s hitting .516 (16-31)
    • In August, Lindor is hitting .386 (39-101)

Special Cleveland Indians guest Megan Komar has best day ever at Progressive Field

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOn Saturday, Megan Komar and her family (Mom, Dad, and two brothers) took in batting practice and had a meet-and-greet with Cleveland Indians players, thanks to the Indians, Miracle League of Northeast Ohio and the Sons of Baseball Foundation.

Megan was born with a syndrome called hydrocephalus, which affects her condition and has caused many health problems for the 12-year-old.

But through the Miracle League, as developed a love for baseball and even plays two days a week. Megan and her family were greeted on the field by members of the Indians during batting practice — and it turned into one big dance party:

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Cleveland Indians Mentor of the Year nominee Liam McCarthy visits Progressive Field, helps with team photo

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Liam McCarty was nominated for our annual Mentor of the Year contest in January. Just one problem: Our rules stated that the winner had to be 18 or older.

Liam is 12.

So while we had plenty of great candidates and our winners, Ned Barnes and Michael Gong from Carroll Ballers, were worthy, we wanted to recognize Liam for his hard work as a leader and mentor in our community – especially because of his age.

On Saturday, Liam and his friend, Zach, helped Tribe staff with the team’s annual photo day, meeting some of the players and even standing in on a photo with the team.

The treat was well deserved.

According to Liam’s dad, Andrew, Liam has been actively involved in fundraising for worthy causes since he was 6.

“After his first birthday party (at age 6), he decided that all gifts from then on needed to go to a cause,” Andrew said.

Since then, Liam has done multiple food drives for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Lorain County, the most recent pair of which generated over 2,000 pounds of soup donations.

The youngster is on the board of Empty Bowls by the Lake, which brings awareness to homelessness and food uncertainty in our community.  He’s also a board member for Light up Avon Lake, raising money for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in its inaugural year.

He’s been awarded a citation by the City of Avon for his community service work, and was a special guest at 2nd Harvest’s groundbreaking last year. He’s also inspired others his age to get involved, as his friends have turned their birthday parties into charitable events.

In addition to his service work, Liam is an A student in Avon, and is involved in Student Council and Band. He plays lacrosse, basketball, and baseball.

Thanks, Liam, for positively impacting our community!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Photo Gallery: Cleveland Indians beat Los Angeles Angels, 3-1, behind Trevor Bauer, timely hitting

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Sarah Sachs

The Indians beat the Angels, 3-1, on Friday thanks to another bounceback outing from Trevor Bauer and some timely seventh-inning hitting. The Indians have won eight of their last 10 games at Progressive Field.

Bauer allowed one run in eight innings, striking out seven; . Cody Allen shut the door for his 27th save (T6 in AL).

The Indians rallied from a 1-0 deficit in a three-run seventh, as pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte got the rally started with an opposite field, RBI double. Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana each followed with RBI singles. The Indians have had 10 or more hits in 10 straight games at home, marking the first time since 1936 the club has accomplished that feat.

Celebrate the anniversary of League Park’s reopening Aug. 29!

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We invite you to join the celebration of the one year anniversary of League Park’s grand re-opening and its debut as home to the Baseball Heritage Museum.  The anniversary celebration takes place on Saturday, August 29.  On that day the museum will be open extended hours from 10 AM until 5 PM.

If you have not visited the museum lately, you will notice some changes over the past year including the Joe Gazzo baseball art exhibit, a new exhibit on Frank Robinson’s debut as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians, an exhibit featuring Odell “Bad News” Hale, and more.

Visit us on your way to Progressive Field for Saturday night’s game between the Indians and Angels or where ever your baseball travels take you.

Cleveland Indians Charities Celebrity Golf Classic raises thousands for charity

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It was another fun day At Quail Hollow Country Club on Thursday for the 2015 installment of the Cleveland Indians Charities Celebrity Golf Classic. The Indians, participants and sponsors raised thousands for charity — a big thanks to all those who donated, played, and were sponsors!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

2015 CIC CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC SPONSORS

PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR

Safety Controls Technology

 

BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR

Cyrid Media

 

GOLF CART SPONSOR

Robert Morris Cadillac/Buick GMC

 

DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR

Sedgwick Claims Management Services

 

AWARDS & AUCTION SPONSOR

Safety Controls Technology

 

GRAND SLAM SPONSORS

Cardinal Commerce

Cleveland Browns

Delaware North Companies

Gilbane Building Companies

KeyBank

Our Lady of the Wayside

Pepco

Pepsi

Professional Travel

Robert Morris Cadillac/Buick GMC

Sherwin-Williams

Shinto Japanese Steak House

SportsTime Ohio

Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan

Time Warner Cable Media Sales

Truline Industries

 

HOME RUN SPONSORS

Anheuser Busch

The House of LaRose

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Indians – Corporate Partnerships

Cleveland Indians – Premium Seating

Cookin on Wood

Daktronics

Deloitte

GPD Group

Novasphere

Ohio Cat

Pepsi

Polyglass

Professional Travel

Russell Reynolds Associates

Safety Controls Technology

Senkar/Wilson Group

Sherwin-Williams Automotive

Skoda Minotti

Team Scotti

Vic Davis Group

 

HOLE CONTEST SPONSORS

Sherwin Williams

Shinto Japanese Steak House

Truline Industries

 

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Akron Art Museum

Allied Waste

Bertman Original Ballpark Mustard

Brew Garden

Buffalo Wild Wings

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Masters of Disasters

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Circle K

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Delaware North Companies

Doubletree by Hilton

Dunkin Donuts

Elk & Elk

Fox Sports Ohio

Grandpa’s Cheese Barn

Great Lakes Science Center

Hampton Inn & Suites of Canton

Hofbrauhaus Cleveland

Hyatt Place Cleveland

King Nut

Little Mountain Country Club

Majestic Athletics

Melt

MLBPAA

Music Box Supper Club

New Era

NovaCare

Oberlin Inn

Pernod-Ricard Company

Peterson’s Nuts

Pierre’s

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Quail Hollow Country Club

Red Tail Golf

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Shearer’s

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin-Williams Automotive

Shinto Japanese Steak House

SportsTime Ohio

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Stonewater Golf Club

Sugardale

Uber

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Photo Gallery: Kipnis homers in a Cleveland Indians sweep of the Brewers

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— Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Photo Gallery: Cleveland Indians bats break out in win over Brewers, led by Kipnis, Lindor, Brantley

The Indians bats came alive in the opener of a five-game homestand, beating up Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta in an 11-6 win over the Brewers.

The top three hitters in the Tribe order – Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley – went a combined 9-for-12 with nine RBI and seven runs. In August, that trio is hitting .377 (75-199) combined.

Carlos Santana had an RBI double and Lonnie Chisenhall an RBI single in the first, while Kipnis and Lindor drove in runs in the second.

Brantley hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Kipnis (RBI single) and Lindor (two-run double) did it again in the sixth. Brantley added another two-run homer in the eighth.

Trends

  • Brantley is the only AL player with 35 or more doubles, 10 or more homers and 70 or more RBI.
  • Kipnis had three hits and leads the American League with 17 games of three or more hits.
  • Lindor is hitting .378 in August and .306 for the season.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Photo Gallery: Indians Destinations trip to Boston

Each year, the Indians have two Destinations trips, through which fans can meet the team in a city, have exclusive behind the scenes access and more — all planned by someone else!

Stay tuned to our Destinations page for details on 2016 Destinations plans!

–Photos by Indians Destinations

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