The Cleveland Indians announced last night that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with RHP Frank Herrmann and RHP Blake Wood. Both hurlers saw limited action with the Tribe last season as they spent much of the year rehabbing from their respective right elbow surgeries.
The Indians did not tender 2014 contracts to OF Matt Carson, RHP Tyler Cloyd or C Lou Marson, as all 3 players are now free agents.
Cleveland’s 40-man roster currently includes 38 players.
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving, outside of being thankful and spending quality time with family? The food! TribeVibe asked Indians players and coaches about their favorite foods to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Check out their answers below:
- Drew Stubbs: My favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potato casserole. I love sweet potatoes, and my mom makes it wonderfully.
- Terry Francona: Stuffing! The real stuffing. Not that (crap) in a box.
- Bryan Shaw: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is deep-fried turkey because frying the turkey is fun — I do it myself while other stuff is cooking inside.
- Mike Aviles: Favorite foods are turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing with gravy all over!! And I will go back for seconds, maybe thirds.
- Corey Kluber: Favorite dish is my mom’s turkey soup because it was something special we only had on Thanksgiving.
- Yan Gomes: Sweet potatoes.
- Josh Tomlin: Turkey and dressing that my grandmother makes and broccoli and cheese casserole.
- Trevor Bauer: Favorite dish is between cranberry sauce on biscuits and twice baked potatoes. Favorite dessert is my sister’s cherry pie.
- Justin Masterson: My aunt Marie makes a great stuffing, my grandma Margaret makes great noodles, my mom makes excellent homemade crescent rolls, and my sister does a great BTS cake. With all those on my plate that is one incredible delicious dish to eat.
- Mike Sarbaugh: Pecan Pie. I always look forward to warming up a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream on top.
Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert fit for the pros? Here’s a recipe from Sandy Alomar’s family, courtesy of the Cleveland Indians Wives Association.
PUMPKIN CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
by the Alomar Family
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven for 250 degrees.
Mix sugar, eggs, and oil.
Add all dry ingredients, then add the pumpkin. Beat well.
Grease and flour a large pan — a bundt pan works best.
Bake at 250 degrees for 50 minutes or until cooked through (test with a toothpick).
Let cool for 15-20 minutes in pan and then remove.
8 oz. cream cheese
1 stick margarine (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cream/mix margarine and cream cheese together.
Add powdered sugar and mix.
Add vanilla. Mix well until blended.
If necessary, add more powdered sugar to thicken the frosting.
*This cake should be refrigerated.
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians and Delaware North Companies played host to the annual Cleveland Indians Day of Caring in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.
Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, OhioGuidestone and Laura’s Home enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro and others. They also had the opportunity to take photos with Slider and Ketchup, Mustard and Onion.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
The Cleveland Indians on Monday signed free agent OF DAVID MURPHY to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season.
Murphy, 32, owns a career Major League average of .275 (739-2690) with 160 doubles, 15 triples, 86 home runs and 364 RBI over 849 games with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox since debuting in 2006. The Baylor University product owns a career on-base pct. of .337 to go along with his career on-base+slugging pct. (OPS) of .778. In 2012 the left-handed hitting outfielder batted .304 (139-457) with 29 2B, 15HR & 61RBI in 147 games, finishing 6th in the American League in on-base pct. (.380) and 10th in batting average (.304).
The native of Klein, Texas was the first round pick (17th overall) of the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and later appeared in 23 games for the Red Sox (2006-07) before being traded to Texas in July 2007 in exchange for RHP Eric Gagne. He appeared in 27 postseason games during his tenure with the Rangers from 2010-12 (.373OB%/ .759OPS) and owns a career average of .280 (571-2042) against right-handed pitching (.347OB%/.469SLG%/ .816OPS). He has enjoyed his trips to Progressive Field, hitting at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games. The versatile outfielder has logged time at all three positions during his career and his 35 assists since 2009 are 8th-most among A.L. outfielders over that span.
In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Murphy, the Indians designated RHP Tyler Cloyd for assignment. Cloyd was originally claimed from Philadelphia on October 2.
Both Murphy and Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with reporters via conference call on Monday to discuss the deal. Below are their comments:
Murphy provides strength and versatility to the outfield and the lineup
Chris Antonetti: For right now, we expect him to get most of his at-bats in right field, primarily against right-handed pitching, but he will also get some opportunities against the right left-handers as well.
We feel that we have a very good compliment of outfielders that will give Terry the opportunity to mix and match based upon what gives us the best opportunity to win that night’s game while also keeping everyone healthy and fresh. Some of that will also depend upon how we shape the DH position because there could be potential at-bats there as well. Right now with the compliment of outfielders we have, we feel we can match up well no matter who is pitching.
I think as we sit here today we feel good with the group of outfielders we have. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve the team and make adjustments as the offseason goes along. The versatility of our outfield – Michael Brantley has the ability to slide over to center, Drew Stubbs gives us great protection in both right field and center field and we are confident he could go to left as well – Ryan Raburn can play not only the corners, but also the infield, if needed. It provides us a great deal of flexibility and versatility and that was one of our strengths last year and we are looking to build upon that heading into next year.
Confident Murphy will return to form in 2013
Antonetti: In talking with David, he felt with Josh Hamilton leaving he put some pressure on himself to try to do a little more and got in to some challenging positions with his swing. He tried to create a little bit more lift to hit for more power and it took him a little while to work through that. I think combining that with a little bit of bad luck led to a down season. If you look at his track record he has been pretty consistent, especially against right-handed pitching and we expect him to bounce back and get far closer to his career norms than how he performed last year.
We spent quite a bit of time, not only looking at the objective information, but talking with our scouts who did quite a bit of video work looking at any tell-tale signs between his swing from 2012 and 2013 and there were not very many significant differences. There is a lot of reason why we are confident that he will bounce back and get back to the player that he has been throughout his career.
Murphy is well-respected on and off the field
Antonetti: He’s been renowned throughout any organization he has been with, whether it’s his initial time with the Red Sox, or his time with the Rangers. He is an exceptional person and is a guy that not only plays the game the right way but lives his life off the field that way. He and his wife are very involved in the community in which they live. They have given back to those communities and feel like that is their obligation. He had also fit in seamlessly into every clubhouse and is well respected as a team – he was extraordinarily well-respected in the Texas clubhouse.
The news broke when Murphy’s daughter said at day care, “My daddy is going to be an Indian.”
Antonetti: That was the first time a 5-year old has ever broken a free agent signing. I think they were talking about Pilgrims and Indians in advance of Thanksgiving and his daughter shouted out, “my daddy is going to be an Indian.” That’s how the story broke. It was a first for us.
On what attracted him to Cleveland
David Murphy: When the offseason began and I thought about where I wanted to go, I wanted to go to a place where I was wanted as badly as I wanted to be there. Cleveland was very aggressive from the very beginning. They were easily the front runner the entire time. Honestly, it was pretty simple. From the first phone call I received from my agent about interested teams, they were first and foremost in my mind.
On what adjustments he may make offensively in 2014
Murphy: A few different factors played into (2013). I saw we lost Josh (Hamilton), Michael Young and Mike Napoli, and I put pressure on myself to step into a role and play a bigger part in the offense. I tried to re-create my own identity instead of being the same guy I had been in the past. I had that mindset, which created a little bit more of a pull mindset instead of using the entire field. That created some bad habits that lengthened my swing and that obviously produced the results that it did.
I think every player wants to be as complete a player as possible. After having the best year of my career in 2012, I knew that I could hit for a high average after that; I wanted to add the power to it. That added to that mindset of lifting the ball and pulling the ball. After I finally got away from that mindset, halfway through the season, I didn’t have the greatest luck. Some years, balls fall. Some years, they don’t. 2013 was a year when I didn’t have the greatest luck. In the end, I’ll put it on myself in not having the right mindset. I’m looking forward to getting back to the old me in 2014.
On the Indians offensive balance and how he fits in
Murphy: There are a lot of guys I’m excited to play with on this team. I’ve loved the type of player Jason Kipnis is since he came into the league. I love what he brings in all aspects of the game. I’ve known Michael Bourn since high school; I played against him in college and the minor leagues. He’s a dynamic player that’s great in the leadoff spot. Up and down the lineup, it’s a very balanced lineup and I’m excited to be a part of it.
About his daughter’s now famous comments breaking the news Murphy was signing with Cleveland
Murphy: She was at preschool one day and with Thanksgiving coming up, they were learning about Pilgrims and Indians. She happened to speak up and said, “My daddy’s going to play for the Indians.” Nowadays, rumors spread quickly and word got out there pretty quickly. It wasn’t the best situation how that got out. But in the end it’ll be a cute story one day that we can tell her about.
On whether he feels comfortable hitting at Progressive Field; he’s hit at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games at the ballpark
Murphy: I don’t know if there’s anything to that. I know the places I’ve been before and I know the places where I like to hit and feel comfortable in the box. I have no real reason for it but it’s always been a place where I’ve liked to hit. It’ll be great to play half my games there.
On his relationship with Indians manager Terry Francona
Murphy: I was drafted by Boston and had about 35 days of MLB service time with the Red Sox between 2006 and 2007, and I spent time with the team in Spring Training from 2004 to 2007. I had the chance to play under him there; he definitely played into the decision to sign with Cleveland. He called me pretty early in the process. He did a great job of letting me know how interested they were, but at the same time not putting any pressure on me. He made me realize I’d be doing an injustice if I didn’t look at all the options out there.
On his impressions of the 2013 Indians from the opposing dugout
Murphy: They reminded me of the Rangers when we started to become a good team in 2009 and 2010. It’s a group of young, talented guys, with veteran leadership with Giambi and Swisher mixed in, and it’s a group of guys that looks like they have a lot of fun on the field and believe in one another. They won 92 games last year and they look like they’re only going to get better.
Members of the Cleveland Indians front office, with a little help from sidekick Slider, visited the Cleveland Foodbank on Friday morning to help the staff sort food and pack backpacks for kids to take home on weekends.
Foodbank officials said that this is the busiest time of the year, with over 200,000 pounds going out of the warehouse on Cleveland’s near East Side on Thursday alone.
Nearly 30 members of the Indians front office visited on Friday, sorting vegetables that then would be sent to local food pantries, and preparing backpacks that eventually would end up going home with kids from school on weekends, when they’re most likely to miss meals.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photos by Dan Mendlik
Indians Vice President Ross Atkins took time from his most recent trip to the Dominican Republic – where, he kindly informed those of us back in Northeast Ohio, it’s about 85 degrees – to answer fans questions via conference call on Friday afternoon.
He also mentioned that Carlos Santana and Danny Salazar were in the Dominican this week at the Tribe complex. Atkins, who oversees all Minor League operations – the Indians just named Joe Wendle and Cody Anderson as the organization’s Minor League Players of the Year — opened with this primer on the offseason:
“This is an exciting time for us. The (Minor League Player of the Year) process is one that, of course, performance is going to have a large part. But we look at performance in many ways: In the minors, one thing that we often will put a little more time stock in is how they did it. Did they go about it the right way? Does he embody what we’re looking for in a future Indian player?
“There are no better examples than Joey Wendle and Cody Anderson. They understand the fundamentals and mechanics. We vote among player development staff and front office on those awards, and it was abundantly clear that these two represent the Indians very well, among a very good group of players.
“That (Wendle) beat out (shortstop prospect Francisco) Lindor suggests how good Wendle is. He’s already an incredible story; he does not have a huge pedigree. Cody, too, came from Feather River Community College. Similarly, he wasn’t a pitcher in college, or in high school; he’d pitched very little. They’re very confident players, and their confidence comes from work.”
Question: One of the players that stick out is (outfielder) Bryson Myles. Where will he start?
Answer: Bryson Myles is one of our best surprises. He will all but be in Akron. He’s a really interesting story: He was a football player who didn’t play a bunch of baseball and slipped a little in the draft. We were really excited about his athleticism. He worked at the right things, and that’s hard to learn: Not everyone enjoys learning what it takes to become a great base runner, and other things like that. Learning how to put all the information together and prioritize it is vital. For Bryson, it clicked midway through the season. He lost some playing time, and that was part of what made it click for him. His focus took up a notch. Then came confidence and then came results. He’s a very promising story.
Question: I think other intriguing guys are (pitchers) Ryan Merritt and Louis Head.
Answer: Merritt is interesting; there’s not many MLB players that are 6-feet, 165 pounds. We have no signs of him not being durable or not holding up; the strikeouts are there and the walks aren’t. He keeps the ball in the ballpark, and commands the ball better than anyone in our system.
Louis will be a reliever, and he’s had some success. He will have to outwork people and continue to get outs; that’s the nature of the beast with relief pitchers. (Editor’s note: Head played at all three levels in 2013, while Merritt finished the season with the fourth-best ERA in the Indians Player Development System.)
Question: When will Minor Leaguers report to Spring Training?
Answer: With us having a facility in Goodyear, a lot of guys come in very early, in January. We incentivize them for that. A lot of it depends on what position they’re in, where they are in their careers. We’ll have everyone there by March 9. Half of them will be there by Feb. 20. The reason for (some of the later arrivals) is that the MLB season is much longer than the minor league seasons in many cases, so some guys report later.
Question: What players with current MLB team do you model the minor league system after, in terms of work ethic, preparation and workout routine?
Answer: There are a few players that have evolved and that’s changed. (Former Indians outfielder) Grady Sizemore was at the pinnacle .(Former Indians outfielder Shin-Soo) Choo was a model. (Outfielder Michael) Brantley is a current incredible model for our young players to look to. (Second baseman) Jason Kipnis is an exceptional model. (Starting pitchers) Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister are off the charts from a work ethic standpoint.
Right now, Danny Salazar is a good model. He’s experienced a lot, being 24. He’s had Tommy John surgery, was signed out of the Dominican at 16. He didn’t come onto the scene as quickly as he would have hoped, but now he has and made a splash. He has all the intangibles. It starts with the player’s vision. He understands that and then follows through with the plan.
Question: What’s the plan for (2013 top pick) Clint Frazier?
Answer: He played half the season in Arizona. In his first at-bat, he hit a home run. He finished the year with an above-average OPS, was getting on base, hitting for power. He really took to center field, too; playing center as a pro is a little more demanding, with the pace of the game. He has it all, has all of the skills to do exceptional things. All of those other things, work ethic, will determine his route. It’s extremely difficult for a high school player to become a MLB player, because of expectations and demands. Sounds easy, but it’s very challenging. We have little doubt he’ll have a solid big-league career.
Question: What are our strengths at each level and what are our weaknesses?
Answer: Our system is balanced, especially with middle infield prospects and lower-level bats and position players. That’s where we’re strong. There are areas where we want guys to make strides forward. We feel very good about (Trevor) Bauer. Remember, he’s a year younger than Danny Salazar. He didn’t have the year he hoped for, but at 22, we’re still very encouraged.
We feel very good about some of the starters we have working their way up. They all have the intangibles. We have to have guys make positive strides each year; that’s what we had this year.
Question: What is the organization pushing (Lake County shortstop) Dorssys Paulino on?
Answer: We had him in Arizona this fall, and he’s been working on strength, conditioning and agility. His mobility and agility don’t match the strength he has, and that’s somewhat common in Dominican athletes. We’ve been working on his speed and agility. He’s going through a very rigorous offseason, and likely will start in Lake County again. He turned 18 last year; it was an adjustment to cold temperatures, 13-hour bus rides, and very little BP outdoors due to weather. That’s atypical, so it was an interesting spring for him. For a young Dominican player trying to find his groove, that’s not easy.
Question: Do you have an update on (2012 first-rounder) Tyler Naquin?
Answer: Tyler was among the group that was special to watch, with Joe Wendle and others. They were the leaders of the Arizona Fall League. He was at the forefront. One of the most encouraging things about him: He’s made an incredible adjustment and he did it in season; he’s spread out his lower half. There were some questions and he’s silenced them.
Yesterday, the Indians appointed Matt Quatraro (pronounced “Kwah-TRARE-oh”) as Major League Assistant Hitting Coach.
Quatraro, 40, spent his entire 19-year professional career in the Tampa Bay Rays organization prior to yesterday’s hiring, serving as the club’s Minor League Hitting Coordinator of the last four seasons since 2010. The Albany, NY native also managed in the Rays system over four seasons from 2006-09 after beginning his coaching career in 2004. Matt was Tampa Bay’s 8th round selection in the 1996 First-Year Player draft and played seven seasons in the Rays system, topping out at Triple-A Durham in 2002. Matt will assist Hitting Coach Ty Van Burkleo in all facets of the position, specifically the compilation and dissemination of advance scouting reports and assisting with pre-game cage work and on-field batting practice.
Indians GM Chris Antonetti discussed the decision the add Matt to the Major League coaching staff during a conference call on Wednesday:
CA: “I think it’s just that the nature of the hitting coach position has evolved. We ask so much of that spot. When you think about it (the duties of other members of the coaching staff), we break up our pitching staff into starters and relievers and there are two pitching coaches – the pitching coach and the bullpen coach – to handle 12 or 13 or [jokingly] in some cases 19 pitchers with Tito. We have the two pitching coaches to divide labor among the pitchers and spend time with them.”
“The catching instructors are primarily responsible for 2 or 3 catchers, our infield coaches have a handful of players, our outfield instructors and base running coaches deal with a handful of players, but our hitting coach (has always been) asked to work with 13 or 14 hitters which is an extraordinary amount of guys to have to work with, especially with the demands of the other parts of the job.”
“(The modern responsibilities of a Major League hitting coach include) not only all of the time in the cage, and all of the time pre-game, on the field, but also the prep work that goes in to it from an advance scouting standpoint – looking at video, analytics so we just felt it was an opportunity to provide additional resources to our coaching staff. Ty did a really good job this year and he will continue to lead our efforts there, but this will give him another resource to utilize and to continue to help our hitters. Matt is actually a guy that we have always admired from afar. We have overlapped with him in different developmental leagues that our teams have been in. He was the hitting coach for Dave Hudgens (Indians Field Coordinator 2006-2010) down in winter ball and he is a guy we have always heard great things about. The more work we did the more he stood out as a potential candidate for us. He brings a lot to the table – he’s an unbelievable worker with a great knowledge of hitting, a true team-organization player and is looking to help our players and staff in any way that he can. I think we are all confident that he will fit in seamlessly with our Major League staff and make an impact.”
– TribeVibe contributor Michael Stimpert
Among the many important decisions being made by MLB front offices this time of year sits the deadline for teams to file their Major League and Minor League reserve lists, which occurred at Midnight ET last night – the establishment of each club’s preliminary 40-man roster is particularly notable because it helps determine which players are protected from being selected in the annual Rule 5 Selection Meeting (more commonly referred to as the “Rule 5 draft”) that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 12 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL. In basic terms, a player who signs his first contract at the age of 18 is shielded from the Rule 5 draft for 5 years, while those 19-or-older fall under the same classification for 4 years – at that point, their respective Clubs must decide whether to extend that protection by adding a given player to the 40-man roster or alternatively run the risk of losing him to another team in the Rule 5. TribeVibe will take a more in-depth look at Rule 5 procedures during the Winter Meetings.
Late yesterday, the Indians announced that the club has added 5 minor league players to the 40-man roster, purchasing the contracts of RHP Bryan Price from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, RHP Austin Adams, INF Jesus Aguilar and OF Carlos Moncrief from the Double-A Akron RubberDucks and INF Erik Gonzalez from the Single-A Carolina Mudcats. In a conference call with local beat reporters, GM Chris Antonetti discussed each player selected to the roster, and the difficult decisions that were made regarding players that were left unprotected.
RHP Bryan Price -
CA: “In Bryan’s case it was a guy that really thrived this year in Triple-A. He made a lot of progress in how he attacked hitters. He features a good fastball and two good secondary pitches – he was one of the more effective relievers in all of Triple-A. He could (contend for a roster spot in Spring Training). He will come into camp and we will have to see how things shake out in our bullpen, but he could be a guy that comes in and earns a spot.”
RHP Austin Adams -
“Austin has bounced back from his shoulder surgery extraordinarily well. He worked really hard to get back to where he was pre-surgery. He’s got one of the best arms, not only in our system, but throughout the minor leagues. He has a good compliment of secondary pitches as well, and has missed a lot of bats. He is another guy that we feel isn’t too far away from contributing at the major-league level if he continues to make progress. He is a reliever at this point; a power arm with really good stuff.”
OF Carlos Moncrief -
“He was one of the highlights of our development system this year, because it is a guy that has made a lot of progress. If you look at what he’s done and how he continued his development as a hitter – he really cut down in the strikeout rates, continued to improve his defense in the outfield to the point where he is now a very good outfielder with a well above-average arm with good reads and routes – that’s now become a strength for him and he’s continued to improve as a hitter. Given his limited experience as a hitter, because he started his professional career as a pitcher, it’s been encouraging to see the progress he has made.”
INF Jesus Aguilar -
“He is getting closer (to contributing to the Major League roster). He made a lot of progress from last year to this year. The Double-A level is always a good test, especially for position players, and Jesus did a really good job of anchoring that lineup. He is continuing his work in winter ball, he’s off to an extraordinary start down there and is continuing to work hard. He has a really bright future, he is on a good path developmentally and we expect this year that he will get some opportunities at Triple-A. If and when we have a need he can certainly be an option for us.
(He has played some third base in the winter league because) they had a lot of injuries. It is always good to increase your versatility. We will have to continue to see how that goes. It wasn’t something (considering Aguilar an option at first base) that was top of mind for us as the season ended, but the fact that he’s gotten opportunity and experience down in winter ball is something that we will look to maybe continue as we head into Spring Training, but right now we view his primarily as a first baseman.”
INF Erik Gonzalez -
“Another great development story; Erik is one of the hardest workers and best teammates in our organization. He did a tremendous job of improving himself as a player. He has always been a really good defensive player, and has worked hard at every position he has played on the field. We gave him an opportunity to play some shortstop and he really excelled there. We think he has the chance to be an above-average defender no matter where he plays defensively – whether that’s shortstop, second base, he can play the corners on the infield, and he can play the outfield and he has also continued to improve as a hitter. As much as any player in our system, he’s made progress through his hard work this year. I wouldn’t set any ceiling (defensive position) on him. With the work he’s put in defensively and the way he’s playing in winter ball, some of the reports we are receiving back from there (are proving) defensively he is capable of playing at a very high level right now and he’s continuing to develop offensively.”
Antonetti also addressed the inevitable difficulty in having to leave other prospects unprotected:
CA: “I won’t go through the specific guys, but there were a lot of tough decisions. We felt like there were another handful of guys that were very deserving of being on the roster, but unfortunately we only have so many spots that we can use to protect guys.”
– TribeVibe contributors Michael Stimpert/Court Berry-Tripp
Over 19,000 Tribe fans signed up to be a Designated Driver at Progressive Field this year, beating the number of Minnesota Twins fans (16,831) and increasing well over last year’s total of 18,156.
The Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge is a competition between two MLB Clubs, with the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians facing off for the 2013 season. Tribe fans that pledged to be a designated driver at any Fan Services kiosk or Concierge Desk received a coupon for a free small Pepsi product and were entered to win a prize pack courtesy of Budweiser.
One lucky fan that signed up — Sharon Mackertt – received autographed baseballs, Tribe gear, and other items from the Cleveland Indians and the TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) coalition. She will also be entered into a drawing at the Winter Meetings for the chance to win a trip to the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
You can find more information on the challenge and the TEAM Coalition at http://www.teamcoalition.org.
Thank you for your support, Tribe Fans. We are looking forward to growing these designated driver totals even more next year!
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
This November, Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson traveled to Kenya to participate in the Feed Their Future project with Bright Hope, an organization that helps bring hope to those living on less than $1 a day.
Justin visited Mathare Valley, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Children there are faced with having to decide whether to go to school hungry or spend their day searching for food. Feed Their Future combines education with two warm meals every day, so that children can earn a degree and create better lives for themselves.
Masterson met the with children, ladling soup and speaking at the school and church. Check out Feed Their Future in action with these videos from Masterson’s trip to Kenya:
When he was nominated for the Roberto Clemente award, Justin said, “To whom much is given, much is required, and I try to live by that.”
You can learn more about Justin Masterson’s partnership with Bright Hope at http://www.brighthope.org/feedtheirfuture.
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling