Cleveland Indians thank Jacque Mazey, who crocheted 40 afghans for players and staff

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If you haven’t heard by now, last week, 67-year-old Jacque Mazey of Perrysburg, OH specially delivered forty hand-crocheted afghans for Tribe players, coaches and broadcasters.

Along with her afghans, which each include over a million stitches, Jacque included a personalized note for every recipient.

So, today, we brought Jacque to Progressive Field as a thank you. In addition, we had our guys sign a baseball for her as a token of our thanks.

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We also had another little surprise for her during batting practice, when Indians OF Rajai Davis paid her a surprise visit to personally thank her for her gift.

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It’s fans that always make baseball so special, but fans like Jacque are truly one-of-a-kind.

GALLERY: The Cleveland Indians, Lift Up America, and Tyson Foods host food drive at Progressive Field for 10th straight year

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The Cleveland Indians, Lift Up America, Tyson Foods, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Insurance Partners Agency hosted a food drive today at Progressive Field.

Lift Up America and the Cleveland Indians are teaming up with Tyson Foods for the 10th consecutive year to help bring the gift of food to more than 30 Cleveland-area pantries and hot meal programs today at Progressive Field.

The Indians organization hosted a press conference beginning at Noon, along with employees from Tyson Foods, Lift Up America, Insurance Partners Agency, and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank followed by the food distribution that lasted until 1PM. Indians radio personality Jim Rosenhaus emceed the event while more than 50 volunteers from Insurance Partners Agency again rolled up their sleeves and led teams loading the frozen food into community agencies’ vehicles. Matt Dolan, a representative from Cleveland Indians Ownership, and Indians Alumnus Paul Shuey were also in attendance.

“Hunger is a basic need that goes unmet for many families in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are proud to host this food drive to combat hunger as part of our commitment to the region’s communities,” said Rebecca Kodysh, executive director of community impact for the Cleveland Indians.

It’s the final homestand: Don’t miss it!

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The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field for a nine-game homestand – the club’s last one of 2016 — on Friday, Sept. 16 to take on the Tigers (Sept. 16-18), Royals (Sept. 20-22) and White Sox (Sept. 23-25).

 

TRIBE FANS ENCOURAGED TO BUY TICKETS EARLY AND #ROCKRED FOR DETROIT SERIES

As this weekend draws near for the Indians important AL Central showdown vs. the Detroit Tigers, fans are encouraged to buy early and save to ensure Tribe fans pack Progressive Field vs. Tigers fans from Detroit.

Tribe fans also are encouraged to #RallyTogether by wearing red Tribe gear when attending all three weekend games vs. Detroit. Tickets can be purchased at Indians.com or digitally on MLB.com’s Ballpark App.

 

GUARANTEE POSTSEASON PRIORITY WITH 2017 SEASON TICKET PURCHASE

Cleveland Indians fans now can secure priority access to tickets for any 2016 Postseason game played at Progressive Field by buying 2017 Indians Season Tickets. Along with current Tribe Season Ticket Holders, fans who buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets will receive access to a Postseason ticket presale before any public Postseason ticket on-sale.

Indians Season Tickets offer many perks, including:
• Priority Postseason access
• Priority Opening Day access
• Substantial savings over Single-Game ticket prices
• Tribe Rewards access
• And plenty more

Visit Indians.com/Postseason for more information and to buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets or call Season Ticket representatives at 216-420-HITS for more information. Fans attending games may also speak directly to Indians Ticket representatives by visiting the Tribe Rewards kiosk, located behind Section 156 on the lower concourse.

 

TIGERS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS
Friday, September 16 vs. Tigers @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

#RockRed: Fans attending the Detroit Tigers series are encouraged to support the Indians by wearing red Tribe gear. Additionally, 30,000 fans will receive a red pom-pom.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the 2016 season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Tyson Food Drive: The Indians, Lift Up America, Tyson Foods, Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Insurance Partners Agency will be holding a food drive on Gateway Plaza beginning at Noon.

Cleveland Indians and APL Pet Calendar: The Cleveland Indians and APL Pet Calendar will be available for purchase for $15 near Section 156 during the game. The calendar is also available in the Team Shop. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland APL, Friendship APL and Cleveland Indians Charities.

 

Saturday, September 17 vs. Tigers @ 4:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 2PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

#Rock Red: Fans attending the Detroit Tigers series are encouraged to support the Indians by wearing red Tribe gear. Additionally, 30,000 fans will receive a red pom-pom.

American Cancer Society: An American Cancer Society purple ribbon will be displayed on-field during pregame.

Cleveland Indians and APL Pet Calendar: The Cleveland Indians and APL Pet Calendar will be available for purchase for $15 near Section 156 during the game. The calendar is also available in the Team Shop. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland APL, Friendship APL and Cleveland Indians Charities.

CLE Clothing Co. coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to CLE Clothing Co. after the game.

 

Sunday, September 18 vs. Tigers @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

#Rock Red: Fans attending the Detroit Tigers series are encouraged to support the Indians by wearing red Tribe gear.

KeyBank Glove Drive: For those fans who donated new and used gloves this season to our KeyBank Glove Drive, players will sign autographs in the Right Field District beginning approximately one hour after the game’ s final out.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

 

ROYALS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Tuesday, September 20 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Dunkin Donuts coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to Dunkin Donuts after the game.

 

Wednesday, September 21 @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Career Day: From 10:00AM-1:30PM approx. 30 students from Max Hayes high School will visit the Cleveland Indians Front Office to learn about different departments’ responsibilities. Additionally, Tribe pitcher Trevor Bauer will make a special visit to discuss how he builds drones.

 

Thursday, September 22 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

 

WHITE SOX SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Friday, September 23 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

 

Saturday, September 24 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the 2016 season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Postgame Fireworks: Fans can enjoy ‘Thank You TribeTown’-themed postgame fireworks presented by KIA Motors.

Fan Appreciation Night: To celebrate Tribe fans, throughout the game the Cleveland Strikers will deliver prizes to select fans in the stands. Additionally, 30,000 fans will receive a 2017 Indians schedule poster as an exit giveaway.

 

Sunday, September 25 vs. White Sox @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Kids (all fans) Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: All fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All fans can stay immediately after the game to take part.

Coco Crisp’s return to the Cleveland Indians makes a fan happy — nine years later

SEPT. 16 UPDATE: Upon returning from the team’s road trip to Minnesota and Chicago, Coco signed a ball for Spencer:

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A colleague was sifting through an old pile of stuff in our library at Progressive Field recently and stumbled upon the letter below:

Given Coco Crisp’s recent return to the club, we couldn’t believe our good fortune in timing!

So we called in a favor from the Lakewood School District to see if they could help connect us with ol’ Spencer, and sure enough — voila! We talked to him on Tuesday.

“I totally remember sending this. It was a project for school, a persuasive essay when I was in fifth grade. I was super into baseball as a kid, and played through my sophomore year. I was very upset when Coco and Victor left.

“A few years later, I wrote an essay for another class, wrote to Victor – someone sent me an autographed picture. Not sure where that ended up.

“When the Indians got Coco back, it rang a couple bells and when you reached out I couldn’t believe you’d found this letter. Obviously I was the reason he’s back.

“My favorite part is the part about if you guys need any more advice on how to manage a team, I could help.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

#RockRed and Pack Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers this weekend

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As this weekend draws near for the Indians important AL Central showdown vs. the Detroit Tigers, fans are encouraged to buy early and save to ensure Tribe fans pack Progressive Field vs. Tigers fans from Detroit.

Tribe fans also are encouraged to #RallyTogether by wearing red Tribe gear when attending all three weekend games vs. Detroit. The Indians hold a seven-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, and the Tribe’s magic number (combination of Indians wins, Tigers losses) is 14.

DETROIT SERIES

  • Friday, September 16, 7:10PM: Sugardale Dollar Dog Night
  • Saturday, September 17, 4:10PM
  • Sunday, September 18, 1:10PM: Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Tickets can be purchased online at Indians.com or digitally on MLB.com’s Ballpark App.

Secure priority Postseason access now

Cleveland Indians fans now can secure priority access to tickets for any 2016 Postseason game played at Progressive Field by buying 2017 Indians Season Tickets. Along with current Tribe Season Ticket Holders, fans who buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets will receive access to a Postseason ticket presale before any public Postseason ticket on-sale.

Fans who purchase 2017 Season Tickets by Tuesday, Sept. 13, will guarantee priority access to all Postseason games at Progressive Field this October.

Indians Season Tickets offer many perks, including:

  • Priority Postseason access
  • Priority Opening Day access
  • Substantial savings over Single-Game ticket prices
  • Tribe Rewards access
  • And plenty more

Visit Indians.com/Postseason for more information and to buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets or call Season Ticket representatives at 216-420-HITS for more information.

 

You’re invited to ¡Pleibol! at League Park!

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The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with the Baseball Heritage Museum cordially invites you to ¡Pleibol!

¡Pleibol! is a celebration of Latinos and African Americans in America’s favorite pastime with special guests including Carlos Baerga, Davey Nelson and Luis Mayoral! This unique event includes guest speakers, a private dinner reception and more! ¡Pleibol! will take place on Friday, September 30 at historic League Park, located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood.

Schedule of events:

6:00-6:30PM: VIP Meet and Greet

6:00-7:00PM: Dinner and networking

7:00-8:00PM: Program

8:00-9:00PM: Tour museum and park

Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 216-894-5664. Tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $100 each.

 

Cleveland Indians donate baseballs, $2,500 to Puritas Baseball League, victim of theft and vandalism

The Indians made a monetary and equipment donation to the Puritas Baseball League on Thursday after the league and its fields on the city’s southwest side were victimized by thieves earlier this week.

The league lost food and beverage, gear and suffered property damage as part of the crime. Former big-leaguer and Indians Manager of Youth Baseball Development Matt Kata presented the donation Thursday evening at Maplewood Diamonds.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians fan crochets afghans for players, coaches, TV broadcasters — 40 in all

We are always incredibly thankful for our fans’ tremendous support and passion, but periodically a story comes along that makes us even more appreciative.

That happened on Wednesday.

As players got settled into their pregame routines in the clubhouse, suddenly a few flatbed carts of similar-looking boxes arrived, all from the same address.

Turns out they were afghans, crocheted by 67-year-old Jacque Mazey of Perrysburg. The rest of the story:

—TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

GALLERY: Corey Kluber, a finalist for the ’16 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, continues support of veterans with a visit to the VA

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Corey Kluber, a potential candidate for the 2016 Cy Young Award (which he won in ’14) visited with residential/inpatient PTSD and substance use support group at the VA this morning. Corey is our nominee for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award for his continued support and dedication to veterans and our troops.

-Photos by Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians affiliates Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks, Lynchburg Hillcats prep for postseason

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Columbus slugger Jesus Aguilar

While the Indians are in the middle of a strong playoff push, our top three Minor League Affiliates are already playoff bound.

Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and Advanced-A Lynchburg will all begin playoff action Wednesday, with Columbus and Akron each opening a best-of-five series, and Lynchburg beginning a best-of-three.

The Clippers will host the IL South Division Champion Gwinnett Braves for Games 1 and 2 before heading to Gwinnett for Game 3, as well as Games 4 and 5 if necessary.

Triple-A Columbus won its third straight International League West Division title, going 82-62 as they ran up an 11.0-game lead on the second place Louisville Bats.

They finished third in the IL with a .261 team average, but led the league with a .400 slugging percentage and finished second with a .720 team OPS.

Offensively, Jesus Aguilar is the player to watch for the Clippers. Despite a pedestrian .247 batting average, the 26-year-old first baseman led the league with 30 home runs, 92 RBI, 56 extra-base hits and 243 total bases. If Aguilar can continue to cash in behind table setters Yandy Diaz, Ronny Rodriguez and Giovanny Urshela, the Clippers offense should be in good shape against a G-Braves pitching staff that posted the second-highest ERA (4.05) in the IL.

Right-hander Adam Plutko will get the ball to start Game 1 for Columbus. Plutko is 6-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 15 starts with the Clippers since being promoted from Akron on June 16. The Clippers will then turn to southpaws Ryan Merritt (11-8, 3.70 ERA) and Shawn Morimando (5-2, 3.51) in Games 2 and 3, respectively.

Double-A Akron will head to Pennsylvania for Games 1 and 2 against the Altoona Curve, before returning to Canal Park for Game 3, as well as Games 4 and 5 if necessary.

The RubberDucks erased a pair of disappointing months in June and July as they won 19 of their final 23 games, including 11 straight from August 12-24, to win the Eastern League West Division by 0.5 games over the Curve.

Much like Columbus, Akron’s first baseman, Nellie Rodriguez, is the lynchpin of the RubberDucks’ offense. Rodriguez finished third in the EL in homers (26), fourth in extra-base hits (56) and total bases (233), and fifth in RBI (85).

Right-hander Julian Merryweather, who posted the second-best ERA (2.60) among Indians farmhands in 24 combined starts between Akron and Lynchburg this season, is slated to take the hill in Game 1 for the RubberDucks.

Merryweather, a fifth-round selection by the Indians in the 2014 draft, has gone 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 starts with Akron this year. Right-hander Michael Peoples (12-6, 3.68 ERA) will toe the rubber in Game 2, followed by left-hander Rob Kaminsky (11-7, 3.28 ERA) in Game 3.

Last, but certainly not least, the Lynchburg Hillcats head to Woodbridge, VA, to take on the Potomac Nationals in Game 1, before returning to Lynchburg for Game 2 and Game 3 if necessary.

Although Lynchburg first baseman Bobby Bradley was named the Carolina League MVP, the Hillcats league-leading 763 runs scored were truly a team effort.

Bradley led the league with 29 homers, 102 RBI and 75 walks, finished third with 53 extra-base hits and tied for third with 226 total bases. Outfielder Anthony Santander wasn’t far behind, as he led the league with 42 doubles and 62 extra-base hits, finished second with 247 total bases and finished third in homers (20), RBI (95) and hits (145).

Right-hander Matt Esparza will take the hill for Lynchburg in Game 1. Esparza has posted a 10-10 record with a 3.36 ERA in 27 combined appearances (26 starts) between Lynchburg and Lake County. The 22-year-old is 2-4 with a 3.92 ERA in seven starts for Lynchburg this year.

The Hillcats have yet to announce a probable starter for Games 2, as that will likely depend on who sees action in Game 1.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson