Twitter reacts to Melt, Barrio and Sweet Moses coming to Progressive Field

Today, the Cleveland Indians announced that local favorites Melt Bar & Grilled, Barrio and Sweet Moses will serve up their unique food at Progressive Field in 2015!

These new food selections will be located in the renovated Right Field District of the ballpark and provide fans with another fan-friendly option.

Melt, founded 6 years ago in Lakewood, will offer five of their most popular sandwiches: Kindergarten (grilled cheese), Chorizo & Potato (spicy sausage and potato hash), Parmageddon (pierogi, onion and sauerkraut), BBQ Pork (with onion rings) and Mushroom Melt (garlic mushrooms, onions and arugula).

Barrio, with locations in Tremont and Lakewood, has gained notoriety for its casual atmosphere and fresh, flavorful tacos which fans can now enjoy while watching a game live at Progressive Field.

Sweet Moses, named after Cleveland’s founder, will bring classic ice cream sundaes and more to the ballpark including a sundae featuring homemade caramel corn and peanuts atop a salted caramel ice cream.

Our Twitter followers were pretty excited about the announcement. Here are some of our favorite reaction tweets!

Congrats to 2015 Cleveland Indians Mentors of the Year: Ned Barnes and Michael Gong from Carroll Ballers

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Ned Barnes and Michael Gong started the Carroll Ballers program to help mentor at-risk young people. They’ve been lauded locally and nationally for their efforts — and now they’ve been voted as the 2015 Indians Mentors of the Year.

The second annual contest awards those making . Fans can nominate people for the award, and after finalists are chosen, fans then vote. The duo

From Cleveland.com, more on the program:

It was before their sophomore year at John Carroll University that Michael Gong and Ned Barnes formed the John Carroll Ballers. It is a group of more than 60 JCU students who, five nights per week make the trip to the detention center to play basketball, eat pizza, and hold discussions about valued character traits with those in the center. Boys and girls at the detention center receive the students’ attention.

Both Gong and Barnes are now seniors. Gong plans to become a doctor, while Barnes majors in political science, but it is this project that is now their passion.

Gong said the whole idea for John Carroll Ballers began when he worked as a freshman at the detention center as part of the Passport to Manhood program through the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.

It was at that time that Gong began to see those in juvenile detention in a different light.

“I thought, ‘Isn’t this an interesting place?'” Gong said of his reaction upon first entering the facility. “After you talk to them, you see they’re all boys with hopes and dreams, just like the rest of us. And, yes, they’ve made mistakes, but haven’t we all?”

Watch Ned and Michael talk about the program below:

Fryman returns to manager role at Mahoning Valley; Indians announce full Player Development System assignments

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The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season.

The Indians will begin their first season of Carolina League action with the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats, as MARK BUDZINSKI takes the helm of the Central Virginia franchise. SHAUN LARKIN, 35, will take over the controls of the Lake County Captains after serving as the Hitting Coach for the Captains in 2014. The 2015 season marks his fourth season in the Indians organization after playing six seasons in the organization from 2002-07. CHRIS TREMIE returns for his third season piloting the Triple-A Columbus Clippers after leading the Clip Show to a 79-65 record in 2014. DAVID WALLACE is again managing the Double-AA Akron RubberDucks, his fourth season as Minor League manager after guiding Akron to a 73-69 record in 2014.

TRAVIS FRYMAN returns to a managerial role, taking over the reins once again at Short-Season A Mahoning Valley. The 13-year Major League veteran and five-time American League All-Star also managed the Scrappers from 2008-10, spending the last four seasons as a Special Assistant and Infield Coordinator. ANTHONY MEDRANO will lead the Rookie-Level Arizona League Indians for the 5th consecution season in his 8th season overall in the organization.

SCOOTER TUCKER moves from the dugout to Catching Coordinator entering his fourth season in the system after spending 2013 (Lake County) and 2014 (Carolina) managing. Tucker, who appeared in 51 Major League games with Houston & Cleveland from 1992-95, will now mentor the organization’s backstops in a roving capacity.

CARL WILLIS returns to a Pitching Coach role after re-joining the Indians organization in 2014 as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. Willis was with the Indians organization from 1997-2009 and spent seven seasons guiding the Indians Major League pitching staff from 2003-2009. The nine-year Major League veteran was the Pitching Coach of the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2013.

JIM RICKON has been promoted to organizational Hitting Coordinator after spending the last season as Hitting Coach for AAA Columbus. The Cleveland State alum played three seasons in the Indians organization from 1999-2001 and has been a Hitting Coach in the system since 2002.

ERIC BINDER has been promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development. Binder joined the organization in 2013 as a Baseball Operations intern after a two-year Minor League pitching career starting in 2011. The Burr Ridge, IL native attended Northwestern and Trinity University, graduating in 2010, and attended and instructed at the Texas Baseball Ranch from 2009-13. As the Assistant Farm Director, Eric will take on increased responsibility in the leadership of the Player Development staff and the design and creation of its programs, policies and curriculums.

Other new additions to the Player Development staff include KEN KNUTSON joins the Indians organization as Pitching Programs and Rehab Coordinator. In this role, Ken will coordinate and monitor pitcher throwing and arm care programs, with an emphasis on off-season development. Most recently, Ken served for five years as the Pitching Coach at Arizona State University. Prior to his time with the Sun Devils, Ken spent 17 years as head coach at the University of Washington, where he compiled a career overall record of 584-399-2 and recruited and coached current Indians pitcher NICK HAGADONE.

BOBBY MAGALLANES joins the organization as Hitting Coach for the Rookie Arizona League Indians. The Goodyear, AZ resident spent the last four seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization where he managed AA Birmingham and served as a Latin Liaison. Prior to his stint with the White Sox he coached and managed in the Los Angeles Angels system from 2002-10. He played professionally for ten Minor League seasons from 1990-2001 and is the brother of former Indians infielder Ever Magallanes.

LARRY DAY will serve as the Hitting Coach for Single-A Mahoning Valley in 2014. Day joins the Indians out of Ohio University, where he served as an assistant coach in 2014. Prior to his stint at OU he was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University from 2009-13. The Amesbury, MA native played professionally in the New York Yankees organization for two seasons (2007-08) after a collegiate career at the University of Connecticut.

Players will take part in Tribe Feud on Saturday at Tribe Fest — and fans can win their way in!

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Do you love the Tribe? Do you love “Family Feud”?

Then you HAVE to be at Saturday’s early Tribe Fest session: “Tribe Feud” will pit four Indians players against each other in a game of Family Feud on the KeyBank main stage – and comedian Mike Polk will be your host!

And here’s a bonus: YOU can win your way on to one of the players’ teams!

Teams will be made up of two players and two fans. On Tuesday afternoon, beginning at 4PM, we will have a contest to see which Tribe fans will be

We won’t give away what the object of the contest is, but suffice it to say you’re going to have to prove how big of a Tribe fan you are.

For those that don’t win your way on to one of the teams, be sure to be at the KeyBank main stage at 12:45 to watch all of the fun. Should be a heck of a good time.

In the meantime, here are some of our favorite “Family Feud” moments:

Win a trip to Spring Training — but you have to be at Tribe Fest!

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ProTravel and Goodyear Ballpark are giving away a trip to Spring Training! Come to Tribe Fest and look for the Goodyear/Pro Travel booth to sign up for your chance to win.

The winner will receive a  four-day, three-night trip for four to Goodyear, AZ with airfare (up to $500 per person), hotel, car rental and game tickets included in the prize. Sound fun? We thought so. Stop by the Goodyear table at Tribe Fest on January 24 and 25 to enter. A winner will be selected on February 6, 2015.

Good luck, and we’ll see one of you at Spring Training.

 

Congratulations to our #AskBauer contest winners

If you could ask Tribe starter Trevor Bauer any question, what would it be? Today we asked our Twitter followers to send us their best questions, and they did not disappoint.

The incentive? Whoever asked the best questions would receive a ticket to Tribe Fest and a pass to #TribeFestSocial where they get to sit down with Bauer and ask their question in person.

Congrats to our 9 #AskBauer winners:
@TheRichTheus
@ronV216
@LoriAGrim
@Nate_Allison
@BriDiddy
@AnthonyDiPiero7
@AZiemak
@S_Lech234
@ClevelandHam
Check out their questions:

We can’t wait to hear Bauer’s answers. Thanks to all those who participated, and we’ll see the winners at #TribeFestSocial!

Fans’ guide to Tribe Fest 2015: event FAQ, social media plans and more!

 

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Tickets: General admission tickets are $10, and available at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans can guarantee autographs by bundling autograph tickets with their GA purchase – and they should do soon because autograph sessions are selling out quickly!

Parking: Due to events at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night and Sunday, parking could be both limited and costly. We have a limited supply of $3 parking spots available in the Gateway East garage: If you’ve already purchased tickets for Tribe Fest, call 216-420-HITS and they will add parking to your purchase for just $3. If you haven’t purchased tickets but will, add parking on to your purchase during the checkout process.

Who will be there?: Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, MVP finalist Michael Brantley, Silver Slugger Award winner Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana, Manager Terry Francona and plenty more!

Who will be signing when and where?: All player appearances are subject to change and will be announced shortly before each autograph session.

Promotional schedule announcement: We’ll announce our exciting 2015 promotional schedule on the main stage at Tribe Fest at Noon on Saturday – be there to find out what great stuff we have planned!

Text alerts: Sign up for event updates by texting TRIBEFEST to 38955 (msg/data rates may apply).

Win a trip to Goodyear!: ProTravel and Goodyear Ballpark are giving away a trip to Spring Training! Stop by their booth at Tribe Fest to enter.

Batting cages: Kids can swing like the pros in the batting cages at the ballpark (waivers required).

MLB Advanced Media table: Stop by the Club Lounge (where player photos will take place) to receive a free pair of Indians sunglasses – perfect for thinking of spring!

 

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MLB.com Ballpark app: Make sure to download the Ballpark app from the iTunes store for Tribe Fest and for the 2015 season at Progressive Field! Check in to receive benefits such as:

  • Check-in offers: KeyBank will be giving away fun stuff all weekend long to select people who check in on the Ballpark app
  • Tribe Fest maps, information
  • And plenty more during the season!

Tribe Fest Feud: You can win your way into a game of the feud! Four of our players will split up into two teams, and on Jan. 21, we will run a contest for four fans to win spots on those teams! Stay tuned…

Hashtag: Use #TribeFest on Twitter and Instagram all weekend long to have your Tweets or pictures featured on our big screen!

Twitter takeovers: We’ll have our crew taking over @Indians all weekend – Mark Shapiro on Saturday, and then Terry Francona on Sunday!

#TribeFest Social: In-person with chats with Trevor Bauer (Saturday) and TJ House (Sunday)

  • Stay tuned to our Twitter account for how you can win!

AUDIO: Mark Shapiro joins Triv Show to talk Spring Training, offseason, Tribe Fest and more!

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Tribe President Mark Shapiro joined WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno Show on Friday afternoon, talking about Spring Training, the team’s offseason, the team’s strong core of players in place for years to come, and Tribe Fest.

Take a listen!

From the archives: Telegrams to Bob Feller after selection to Baseball Hall of Fame

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The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class today, and with that occasion, we dug through the archives a bit and found the above pictures — a letter from the Hall to Bob Feller, who was inducted in 1962; and telegrams from Jackie Robinson, future Indians Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau, former Tribe owner Bill Veeck and more.

 

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow-covered updates to ballpark enhancements

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Snow has fallen and temps are dropping, but that doesn’t mean our construction crews are stopping. (That was kind of poetic.)

Check out the latest photos from our ongoing ballpark enhancement project — as you’ll see, the bullpens continue to take shape, as does the two-story bar in right field and the new group area in the former Upper Reserved in right field.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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