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

Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin answers fan questions in post-extension Q&A

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Good news! Tribe starter Josh Tomlin has signed a contract extension, with a club option for 2018.

After he spoke with media via conference call, he answered fans’ questions on Twitter. Here are the highlights:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indians Tribe Fest main stage itinerary for the Jan. 30th event

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Indians 2B Jason Kipnis plays Minute to Win It at 2015 Tribe Fest.

It’s Monday, which means a lot of things. It means you’re probably tired, probably looking ahead toward a long work week – but for Tribe fans, it means that our annual Tribe Fest event is just days away!

As Tribe Fest nears, we wanted to get fans excited by highlighting all of the fun and exciting activities happening on the main stage throughout the event.

9:15 am – 10:15 am: Welcome (Mascots/Strikers)

10:30 am – 11:30 am: State of the Franchise

11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Alumni Roundtable

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Pitch Smart

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Minute to Win It

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Alumni Roundtable

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: IYB Clinic: Cold Weather Prep

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Teammate Game

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm: Pictionary

We hope to see you there!

Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp: Team coached by alums Steve Karsay, Jaret Wright wins

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Our annual Indians Fantasy Camp has concluded in Goodyear, Ariz., and the team coached by Tribe alums Jaret Wright and Steve Karsay was victorious.

Looks like quite the celebration from the pictures.

We’d like to thank all participants, who help us raise tens of thousands of dollars for Cleveland Indians Charities, whose mission is to enrich and better the lives of Cleveland-area youth.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians Fan Guide: Tribe Fest presented by KeyBank, Jan. 30

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Tribe Fest 20116 is SOLD OUT. For those fans holding tickets, here are some tips:

  • Print at Home: Due to the event being held off-site, there will be no mobile entry option. You must print your tickets and bring them with you.
  • Arrival: If you’ve purchased autograph session tickets, we encourage you to arrive at Aloft in advance of the time your session starts so you can get into the venue and find the ballroom.
  • Parking: Aloft is located at 1111 West 10th Street in the Flats East Bank District. There are multiple surface parking lots in the area, both on West Ninth Street (western edge of the Warehouse District) and along West 10th Street and Front Avenue in the Flats. Additionally, there will be valet as an option. Fans also can skip driving and parking and take the Greater Cleveland RTA’s Waterfront Line, which has a stop near Aloft.
  • Entrance: Enter the event at the Ernst & Young building lobby on Main Avenue, between West 9th and West 10th Streets.
  • What to bring: Bring items you’d like autographed, but please pack lightly. We anticipate a large crowd, and the new space is smaller than that we’ve used at Progressive Field. Additionally, the space is indoor (with part of the event in a heated tent). There will be complimentary coat checks available near each entrance.
  • KeyBank Lounge: KeyBank is bringing its exclusive lounge back, albeit on a smaller scale, this year. Visit  the KeyBank table in the Ernst & Young lobby to enter for a chance to win access to the lounge.
  • Text alerts: Text TRIBEFEST to 38955 to sign up for alerts throughout the day, including autograph information and more.
  • Ballpark app: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app if you haven’t already – in addition to great offers during the season, we’ll have special offers for fans through the app at Tribe Fest at Aloft Cleveland Downtown.
  • Six Packs: Visit the Tribe Six Packs table in the Ernst & Young lobby and purchase a Six Pack to get access to this summer’s best games before tickets go on sale to the public!
  • Main Stage schedule: Similar to last year’s event, our players will be taking place in a number of fun activities on the KeyBank Main Stage at Tribe Fest. That schedule includes:
    • 1PM: “Minute to Win It” featuring Tribe players
    • 3:30PM: “The Teammate Game” featuring Tribe players
    • 4:45PM: “Pictionary” featuring Tribe players
    • The main stage also will feature chats with Chris Antonetti, Tom Hamilton, alumni and more throughout the day

Cleveland Indians newcomers Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis scheduled to appear at Tribe Fest presented by KeyBank on Jan. 30

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis and infielder Mike Napoli are scheduled to appear at Tribe Fest 2016, presented by KeyBank, set for January 30 from 9AM-7PM at Aloft Cleveland Downtown in Flats East Bank.

Davis and Napoli join current roster players Corey Kluber, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Cody Allen, Danny Salazar, Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall, Bryan Shaw and others. (Player appearances are subject to change.)

Cleveland Indians alumni Mike Hargrove, Carlos Baerga, Ellis Burks and Jaret Wright will join current roster players.

New this year, the event will be held at Aloft Cleveland Downtown. As renovations continue at Progressive Field, space restrictions are in place that made holding Tribe Fest at the ballpark untenable this year. Due to the location change, space and ticket availability at Aloft will be limited. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible.

Want to exclusively hang out with Cleveland Indians players at Tribe Fest? Here’s how!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the opportunity to spend some quality time chatting live/in person or playing some good old fashioned games with some of your favorite Cleveland Indians players?

Well, you’re in luck!

With Tribe Fest rapidly approaching, we’re so excited to announce some wonderful fan opportunities to make this dream a reality.

DUE UP:
The chance to have a LIVE Q & A with a member of the Tribe (player is TBD) at Tribe Fest.
What does this mean?
Six lucky fans and a guest of their choice will have the chance to meet with a selected Indians player at Tribe Fest, with the opportunity to ask questions and interact with him. There will be a Twitter contest held on Wednesday to choose six winners, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us @Indians!

ON DECK:
The chance to join some members of the Tribe in a game of Pictionary at Tribe Fest!
What does this mean?
Two lucky fans will have the chance to play Pictionary on the team of Tribe players during Tribe Fest! There will be a Twitter contest held later this week to choose two winners, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us @Indians!

IN THE HOLE:
The chance to join some members of the Tribe in a game of Minute to Win It at Tribe Fest!
What does this mean?
Two lucky fans will have the chance to play Minute to Win It on the team of Tribe players during Tribe Fest! There will be a Twitter contest held next week to choose two winners, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us @Indians!

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