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Indians Youth Baseball hosts “Rally Cap Program” in Brunswick this spring

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Indians Youth Baseball Rally Cap Initiation Program
The Rally Cap Program is the official initiation program of Indians Youth Baseball designed to ignite a passion for the game in young baseball players. This pilot program is perfect to get ready for the summer season and aims to develop the basic fundamentals of game knowledge, hitting, catching, throwing and base-running.

Program details
What: A six-week program that meets twice a week
When: Monday and Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. (begins April 11)
Cost: $99
Who: The program is split into two age divisions – 5/6 year olds and 7/8 year olds (limited to 24 players in each division)

Program goals
1) Create an environment in which children and adults can have fun with baseball 2) Teach and develop basic fundamentals, rules and strategies
3) Experience success with an emphasis on the process rather than the outcome and respecting the ROOTS of the game: Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self
4) Promote an A-C-E mindset, which focuses on controlling three elements: Attitude, Concentration and Effort
5) Recruiting, developing and empowering new coaches and volunteers (there will be two training sessions held for coaches and volunteers interested in the program)

TO REGISTER:
Please visit www.brunswickbatcage.com, or contact the B.A.T. Cage at 330-273-9559 or brunswickbatcage@aol.com.

For more information and to register for the program, email Matt Kata, Manager of Youth Baseball Development at mkata@indians.com.

Cleveland Indians Progressive Field renovations update with just 33 days left till our #TribeOpener

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With our #TribeOpener just 33 days away, Progressive Field construction has been kicked into high gear to be completed by Opening Day.

These photos show the scoreboard, scoreboard ribbon boards throughout the ballpark, and newly renovated Home Plate Club area.

We can’t wait for the regular season to commence here in just a little over a month, but until then – to get your baseball fix, our second game of #TribeSpring will be on SportsTime Ohio at 3:05 ET this afternoon.

-Photos by Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: A lovely Friday at #TribeSpring in Goodyear

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We’re getting closer, guys.

Our first #TribeSpring game is just four days away!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Fans enjoyed themselves at Indians Spring Training party at Happy Dog

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We had a blast at our official #TribeSpring report party last night held at Happy Dog.

Many fans came, enjoyed hot dogs, and had the chance to ask questions to Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus and Jensen Lewis about their thoughts heading into Spring Training and the 2016 season.

Fans were even able to buy early-access tickets for Opening Day, as well as win a multitude of prizes and giveaways in a raffle drawing.

Special thanks to Happy Dog for hosting the event, and Jeff Moreau of Sweet Moses for bringing delicious ice cream samples for all fans in attendance.

Thanks to everyone who came out, baseball season is upon us!

-Photos by Maureen MacGregor

Sign petition for Bob Feller to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

feller“If the game proved anything it proved that we must win this war so that we may be able to continue to play and to see baseball games, instead of learning how to do the goose step.”

-Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 8, 1942

Preparing to pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Bob Feller buttoned up his uniform. For the first time during his professional career, Feller donned a uniform that was not a Cleveland issued garment. As a member of the US Navy, Feller and a group of servicemen prepared to take on the American League All-Stars to help raise money for the war effort.

The United States All-Service team, coached by Mickey Cochrane, featured Feller, John Rigney (Navy-White Sox), John Grodzicki (Army-Cardinals), Mickey Harris (Army-Red Sox), Fred Hutchinson (Navy-Tigers), Frank Pytlak (Navy-Red Sox), Ken Silvestri (Army-Yankees), John Sturm and Morrie Arnovich (Army-Giants).

Opposing the service team was the American League All-Stars. Future Hall of Famers Hal Newhouser, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams highlighted a star-studded roster.

The Plain Dealer reported that the event had a World Series type of atmosphere. Beginning with the 6:30 p.m. batting practice, the event featured the Fort Hayes band, Marine Corps drill, Fort Custer tank destroyer battalion and artillery outfit, parade of tanks, Great Lakes Naval Training Station band, V formation and a flag raising. The baseball game did not even start until 9 p.m.

The ballpark was dolled up in red, white and blue bunting and flags of the United Nations were draped from the upper deck. Photos of Douglas MacArthur were affixed to the walls at the base of the stands. A crowd of 62,094 turned out to see Feller and the Servicemen drop a 5-0 decision to the All-Stars. Feller pitched into the second inning before leaving, down 3-0. Fans understood that perhaps Feller didn’t have his best stuff due to his Navy duties taking precedent of his time. Famed Plain Dealer writer, Gordon Cobbledick wrote it this way:

“American League pitching was too sharp for batting eyes dulled by months of devotion to another task. American League bats were too potent for pitching arms grown rusty in the service of a greater cause than baseball. This was the story of the United States Service-American League All-Star game at the stadium last night before one of the greatest crowds of Cleveland sports history.”

Interestingly enough, even during an unofficial game such as this one, fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium booed the Yankees’ star Joe DiMiaggio. He was quoted saying, “I can’t understand it. I don’t know of anything I’ve done to deserve it.”

Underlying the spectacle was the benefit of the game. For every ticket sold, $1 in War Stamps was included. The event raised between $130,000 and $150,000 for the war effort.

Bob Feller used his celebrity in the best way he could during the early part of the war. This game is just one reason why we believe Bob Feller deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Please help and sign the petition.

–Team curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Cleveland Indians Progressive Field renovations update: February 9

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In preparation for the Indians home opener against the Boston Red Sox coming up on April 4th, renovations are in full swing at Progressive Field. In these photos, you see:

-Continued work on the scoreboard, including the video board panels throughout the ballpark
-Main concourse work in the Left Field and Infield Districts
-New drink rails in the Left Field District, similar to those in the Right Field District near The Corner

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Q&A with Jonathan Levey, MLB Fan Cave Candidate

JonFanCaveWe are proud to have two candidates in the running for the MLB Fan Cave contest! We asked each of our candidates some questions to help you get to know them better and explain why they should represent the Cleveland Indians in the Fan Cave.  Don’t forget to go vote for Jonathan here and follow him on Twitter @jlevey!

What is your favorite Tribe memory? Where were you and why does it stand out?
My favorite Tribe memory is when Tony Pena hit the walk-off home run with two outs in the 13th inning to win Game 1 of the 1995 American League Division Series versus the Red Sox. It gave me goosebumps as a fan, as it was the Indians’ first postseason win since the clinching Game 6 in the 1948 World Series. I was watching the game with my dad and stepmom. It was a school night so it was even more special to get to stay up late that night to witness the extra-inning heroics.

Who is your favorite Indians player of all time, and why?
My favorite Indians player of all time is Roberto Alomar, because I was a second baseman growing up and viewed him as an idol. Well, he was the best second baseman of his era, and I enjoyed every moment of his three seasons with the Tribe. I admired him so much that I went to Toronto in July 2011 to see the Blue Jays retire their first number, Roberto Alomar’s No. 12, one week after Alomar became the first Hall of Famer to be inducted as a Blue Jay.

There are two Indians fans as hopefuls for the Fan Cave. Why should fans vote for you? What makes you a great representative of the Cleveland Indians?
Fans should vote for me because I’m a fellow Clevelander and I’m a loyal, lifelong Indians fan. It would be a dream of an opportunity to be in the MLB Fan Cave and to represent the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Indians.

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Sunny Weather and Timeless Tribe Memories ahead at Spring Training

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Can’t wait for Opening Day? For some Tribe fans, enjoying sunlit baseball games begins well before April. Spring Training is quickly approaching, with just eleven days until pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona.

TribeVibe had the chance to speak with Ryan Lantz, Manager of Spring Training Operations, on what makes a trip out to Goodyear such an awesome experience for Indians fans.

“First of all, the weather is incredible this time year,” Lantz explained. A quick peek at the forecast and sure enough, it’ll be sunny: in the mid-to-high 70’s.
“It’s also really the perfect time to get an up close and personal experience with the players, in a laid back atmosphere.”

The meet-and-greets and availability of the players lends to plenty of opportunities for fans to get autographs and interact with the team.

“Once the workouts start, one of the best opportunities to get autographs is 8:30-11:30 AM. Before the games, the place to be is down the first-base line. You can also come and catch BP on the major fields.”

TV also spoke with Tom Bowen, a huge Tribe fan and a regular at Spring Training who is excited for a relaxing vacation and to meet some of the new Tribe players.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the players up close, especially [Nick] Swisher,” Bowen said. “In the past, my wife and I got the chance to meet and talk with Justin Masterson a few times, who is just a really friendly, nice guy.”

Lantz and Bowen both love that all of the Cactus League ballparks are within a 45-minute drive, with most being twenty minutes or less, which is a huge draw for those who want to maximize the amount of games they can attend.

“It’s really nice to be able to see some of the other facilities and teams,” Bowen continued. “You can watch half of the league within a 45-minute drive, which is really convenient.”

As Lantz pointed out, Goodyear is also conveniently located for fans who would like to explore outside of the ballpark, with ample places for golf, hiking, shopping, etc. Sedona, Scottsdale, and Phoenix are nearby, and the Grand Canyon is less a than four-hour drive away.

“I’m looking forward to traveling up to Sedona and spending some time in the parks in Phoenix; it’s very scenic,” Bowen said.

If you’re interested in learning more about Spring Training or want to head out to Arizona yourself, indians.com/spring has all the information needed to get you on your way to Goodyear. The Indians travel partner Professional Travel has some great packages to fit any size family, vacation and budget.

“They are very helpful with the planning; they helped us book an extra day onto our six-day package, and accommodated my brother and his wife who are coming from San Diego. We can’t wait!”

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Hannahan at the Hot Corner

With the roster moves that came down the pipeline this morning, some of the biggest news of the day involved the announcement that Jack Hannahan would be the Indians’ starting third baseman to begin the season. Hanny was nice enough to share his reaction with TribeVibe and he also talked about getting off to a quick start after being sidelined for just over a week with a mid-back strain (2-for-2, 2 doubles yesterday vs. Milwaukee). Overall this spring, he is batting .300 (6-20) with 3 doubles, a home run and 5 RBI, while playing the kind of defense Jack has become known for.

Obviously decisions like these have ramifications for other players in camp and this one was no exception, as Lonnie Chisenhall was optioned to Triple-A Columbus where he will be the Clippers’ Opening Day third baseman and have the opportunity to receive regular playing time. Anytime a move is made involving one of the club’s top prospects it elicits a number of passionate responses from fans, but it’s important to maintain perspective and remember how the game of baseball has a way of teaching us all patience time and time again. At 23 years, 5 months and 23 days of age (as of March 27), Lonnie is currently the third-youngest player on the Indians 40-man roster. The only two players on the 40-man who have taken fewer trips around the sun are infielder Juan Diaz (23 years, 3 months, 15 days) and right-hander Danny Salazar (22 years, 2 months, 16 days) – incidentally, RHP Jeanmar Gomez is 4th-youngest (24 years, 1 month, 17 days). Like most other prospects their age, Juan and Danny finished the 2011 season at Double-A Akron and Low-A Lake County, respectively, while Lonnie spent the last 3 months of the year as the youngest member of the Indians Major League roster. To reiterate what Manny Acta touched on today, Lonnie’s been one of the youngest players at every level of his professional career thus far. As a 22-year-old, he batted .255 (54-212) with 13 doubles, 7 homers and 22 RBI in 66 games for the Tribe, which stirs up memories of another former Indian who debuted at the same position. As many will recall, Jim Thome originally came up with the Tribe at the hot corner before making the transition to first base. In 3 seasons between 1991-93, Jim combined to hit .244 (90-369) with 18 doubles, 10 homers and 43 RBI in 114 games at roughly the same age as Lonnie – Jim debuted with the Tribe as a 21-year-old in ’91 and turned 23 shortly after joining the club during the ’93 campaign. While we all remember the outstanding career Jim had during his time in Cleveland, it’s healthy to recognize and respect the hard work, learning and repetition that was required to build it.

(Kudos to Danny Steele of the Indians Baseball Information Dept. for research support)

Doin’ Fine On Cloud Nine

Just 9 days until Michael Brantley and the rest of the Indians trade Arizona cacti for Ohio Buckeye Trees and return home to Cleveland for 2012 Opening Day…

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