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Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF JASON KIPNIS to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.

Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is coming off his first American League All-Star selection in 2013, hitting .284 (160-564) while leading the 2013 AL Wildcard Champions in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30) in just his second full Major League season.  He became just the sixth Indian in the 113-year history of the franchise to eclipse the 15 home run/30 steal barrier and finished tied for 7th in the AL in walks (76), tied for 9th in steals (30) and finished in the top 20 in RBI (T16th, 84) and on-base pct (14th, .366).

Entering his fourth overall season in the Majors, he has quickly established himself among the league’s best second basemen, finishing 3rd among MLB second sackers in OPS (.818), 2nd in stolen bases and tied for 3rd in RBI among his second base peers in 2013. The Chicago, IL native’s team-high 84RBI were the most by an Indians 2B since Roberto Alomar (100) in 2001 as he became the first Tribe 2B since 1948 to lead the team outright in RBI.

The homegrown product was originally selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. An outfielder in high school and college, Kipnis began the transition into the infield during the 2010 campaign and made his debut at second base in 2011 less than a year later. Jason is one of 16 Indians on the current Major League roster under team control thru at least 2016. That list includes:

  • Cody Allen
  • John Axford
  • Michael Bourn
  • Michael Brantley
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Yan Gomes
  • Jason Kipnis
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • David Murphy
  • Ryan Raburn
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Carlos Santana
  • Danny Salazar
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Nick Swisher

Indians and catcher Yan Gomes agree to long-term contract

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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed C YAN GOMES to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with club options for 2020 and 2021.

Gomes, 26, established himself as the club’s everyday catcher in the second half of 2013, hitting .294 (86-293) with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 88 games. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native also had a large impact behind the plate, as the club went 49-30 (.620) over his 79 starts at catcher while Indians pitchers recorded an ERA of 3.56 (281ER/710.0IP) when Yan was catching. He also threw out an AL-high 38.3% (18-of-47) of the runners attempting to steal while registering a .996 fielding percentage.

Yan was acquired from Toronto along with INF Mike Aviles on November 2, 2012 from the Toronto Blue Jays after beginning his professional career with the Jays in 2009. He made history with Toronto in May of 2012, becoming the first Brazilian-born player in Major League Baseball history.

MLB Leaders, Catcher OPS (Minimum 275 plate appearances)

  • Joe Mauer, MIN — .901
  • Jason Castro, HOU — .884
  • YAN GOMES, CLE — .837
  • Yadier Molina, STL — .836

Players under team control through 2016

  • Cody Allen
  • John Axford
  • Michael Bourn
  • Michael Brantley
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Yan Gomes
  • Jason Kipnis
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • David Murphy
  • Ryan Raburn
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Carlos Santana
  • Danny Salazar
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Nick Swisher

Game Information: March 9 vs. Milwaukee at Goodyear Ballpark

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-1-1) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (6-5-0)

RHP Josh Tomlin (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00)

Spring Game #11/Home #6 » Sun., March 9, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/IRN/webcast

NINE TONIGHT: After dropping their Cactus League opener to Cincinnati on Feb. 26 by a score of 8-3, the Cleveland Indians have not lost over a 9-game span, going 8-0-1 following yesterday’s 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria.

THE INDIANS ON TV…: Beginning with this afternoon’s tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers, SportsTime Ohio will carry each of the Indians’ next 5 games on TV through Thursday…Matt Underwood & Rick Manning are scheduled to be in the booth for all 5 and will have a number of in-game interviews with Indians players and coaches throughout the week.

…AND ALSO ON YOUR RADIO DIAL: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will also have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.

…BUT I CAN’T GO BACK I KNOW: Time stands still here in Arizona, as much of the country lost one hour last night by rolling their clocks forward as part of Daylight Saving Time…aside from the now 3-hour time difference between Phoenix and Cleveland, those of us here in the desert were largely unaffected (AZ now aligns with the Pacific Time Zone).

“TWO OAT SODAS GARY”: A city with no shortage of high-quality microsuds, Cleveland is set to host the Milwaukee Brewers today at Goodyear Ballpark for the first of two meetings between the two squads, as the Tribe will host the Brew Crew again on March 26…club’s met 3 times last spring, with the Indians winning 2 of those…Cleveland and Milwaukee have not met in the regular season since the Brewers swept a 3-game set at Progressive Field in June 2009 (Milwaukee has won last 7 regular season tilts)… Cleveland is 201-205 all-time vs. the Milwaukee franchise (1969-present) in regular season play, which includes a 7-11 mark in Interleague Play since the Brewers made the switch to the Senior Circuit.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Cleveland and San Diego battled their way to a 4-4 tie before the game was called after 10.0 innings at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday afternoo…MICHAEL BRANTLEY (2 2B, RBI) led the way for the Tribe with 4 hits (4-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), including a key RBI-single in the team’s 3-run first inning…ASDRUBAL CABRERA and CARLOS SANTANA also drove in runs, while Santana recorded 3 assists at third base…TYLER CLOYD (2.0IP, 2H, 0R) took the bump first in the starter-by committee affair for the Indians, while SCOTT ATCHISON, BRYAN SHAW, AUSTIN ADAMS, SCOTT BARNES and MIKE ZAGURSKI also enjoyed scoreless outings.

BULLPENNINGS: Indians pitchers who were scheduled to throw bullpens this morning at the Goodyear Complex: RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP COREY KLUBER, RHP FRANK HERRMANN.

LET IT “B”: The Indians announced Saturday that the club will participate in its second “B” game of the spring, as Cleveland will host the Chicago White Sox at 10:00AM AZT/1:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 11 at the Goodyear Development Complex…the Indians edged the Angels 3-2 in a March 4 “B” game here in Goodyear.

UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 games in 2014… FOX will broadcast nationally the Tribe’s June 21 game vs. Detroit – which will feature the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel – while six other games (April 5, May 10, June 7, July 19, July 26 and August 9) will be broadcast on FOX’s new FOX Sports 1…SportsTime Ohio will also air Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story on March 13 at 3:00pm and a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pm.

Indians game information: March 2 vs. Seattle

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (2-1-0) vs. SEATTLE MARINES (3-0-0)

RHP Aaron Harang (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Randy Wolf (0-0, —)

Spring Game #4/Home #3 » Sun., March 2, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/3:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WTAM, IRN, Indians.com webcast

SCHEDULED TO PITCH AFTER HARANG:

Trevor Bauer
Bryan Shaw
Nick Hagadone
Colt Hynes
Preston Guilmet
Travis Banwart

IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAIN: The Indians and White Sox were rained out yesterday for their scheduled tilt at Camelback Ranch, as Cleveland’s squad was pulled off the bus just prior to the team’s scheduled departure from Goodyear…just one other game on the Cactus League slate was rained out yesterday, a 7:10PM affair between the Cubs and Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields…7 other contests were played to completion, including the Rockies/Reds game here in Goodyear, some of those impacted by rain delays…the Indians experienced one rainout last spring in Surprise, although that contest was called in the top of the 3rd inning with Kansas City holding a 3-2 lead.

THE GREAT ONES ADJUST: In the wake of yesterday’s rainout, Saturday’s list of probables was shifted to today’s game, while several other pitching adjustments were made…JUSTIN MASTERSON had been scheduled to get today’s start against Seattle, but was instead scheduled to throw a sim game this morning at the Goodyear complex along with AUSTIN ADAMS, FRANK HERRMANN and MIKE ZAGURSKI.

THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA: The Indians are set to square off against a team other than Cincinnati for the first time this spring, as they host the Seattle Mariners here at Goodyear Ballpark…Cleveland is 1-6-2 against Seattle in 9 meetings all-time since moving to the Cactus League in 2009…the two clubs split a pair of decisions last spring, as the Tribe finally notched their first ‘W’ in Peoria on March 23 (10-5) after going winless in the first 8 meetings…Cleveland held a 5-2 advantage over the M’s during the 2013 regular season, sweeping a 4-game set at Progressive Field in May before dropping 2 of 3 at Safeco Field in July.

Photo Gallery: Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Tribe Fest: Frequently Asked Questions — and Answers!

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Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding this weekend’s Tribe Fest event, presented by KeyBank, at Progressive Field!

Where can I get tickets for Tribe Fest?

The easiest, most convenient way to get Tribe Fest tickets is by visiting Indians.com/TribeFest. Our Tribe Fest HQ features plenty of information about the event, plus ticket information. General Admission tickets are $10, and children under the age of 12 get in free when reserved with adult ticket purchases at Indians.com/TribeFest.

Can I walk up and purchase tickets on the day of the event?

Yes, our ticket windows outside Gate A will be open. However, by purchasing in advance at Indians.com/TribeFest, fans can avoid waiting in line at the ticket windows – potentially in cold weather. Additionally, tickets for children age 12 and under are $5 on the day of the event.

How many autographs can you get with an autograph ticket?

You are guaranteed at least one autograph from an Indians roster player, alumnus or prospect, depending upon which autograph session you purchased. In some cases, there will be more than one player, alumnus or prospect at a session, but those details are to be determined and not guaranteed. Fans who have purchased an autograph ticket are guaranteed at least one autograph.

My ticket does not specify what autograph session I bought. How do I tell where I need to go?

On your ticket – either a ticket we printed and sent to you, or you purchased at home – there is a six-digit Ticketmaster code. That code will guide you once at Tribe Fest.

The codes are as follows:

  • ROAADT/ROACHD: Roster A session
  • ROBADT/ROBCHD/ Roster B session
  • PROADT/PROCHD: Prospect session
  • ALUADT/ALUCHD: Alumni session

Once you arrive at Tribe Fest, look for the signage directing you to the appropriate autograph session location. Indians staff will be wearing Tribe Fest Staff T-shirts if you need assistance finding your location, and we will be checking tickets in line to make sure fans are in the right place.

How many items can I have autographed?

Each fan with an autograph ticket can have one item per player/alumnus/prospect.

Can I bring items to be autographed?

Yes! But, whether you have items to be signed or use a card provided at Tribe Fest, the same one-autograph per person per player applies.

Can I get autographs without an autograph ticket?

The only way to guarantee an autograph is by bundling an autograph ticket with a General Admission ticket at the time of purchase. However: If an autograph session’s 250 slots are not sold out, fans can stand in line after all autograph ticket holders for a chance to get an autograph. Again: The only way to guarantee an autograph is by bundling an autograph ticket with a General Admission ticket at the time of purchase.

Can I take pictures with the players in the autograph line?

Given the strict time schedule of our players during the event, and to keep the autograph lines moving, no pictures will be permitted with the players. Gameday staff will be on hand to ensure lines keep moving to ensure all fans who have purchased an autograph ticket get their autograph.

For fans who want to take pictures with players, there is a Player Photo Booth located in the Club Lounge, where 1-2 Indians players will be appearing each hour for photographs with fans. Photos are free with your camera or can be purchased via our FanFoto group.

Do you have full player list for Friday’s Tribe Fest VIP Premiere event?

Scheduled to appear are: Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Mike Aviles, Danny Salazar, David Murphy, Corey Kluber, Bryan Shaw and more. (All player appearances for the entire weekend are subject to change.)

When will Nick Swisher be there, and what autograph sessions will he take part in?

Player appearances will be determined at the event and will not be announced beforehand, due to all player appearances being subject to change.

How can I add additional autograph tickets?

There is a limit of one autograph ticket per General Admission ticket purchased; to purchase additional autograph tickets, you must add them at the Guaranteed Autograph Ticket Booth once inside Progressive Field for Tribe Fest.

If fans want to purchase an additional guaranteed autograph ticket within a different Tribe Fest session – for example, they are attending Saturday 10-2, but want an autograph session within the Saturday 4-8 session – they will need to General Admission/guaranteed autograph ticket bundle.

Can I change my autograph session?

There are no refunds or exchanges for Tribe Fest tickets. Additional autograph tickets may be purchased at the Guaranteed Autograph Ticket Booth inside Progressive Field during event hours, based on availability.

Do I need a waiver?

Only those fans participating in activities in the batting cages, inflatables & games, Haircut Like A pro and Kids Clubhouse are required to sign a waiver this year at Tribe Fest. Completing a waiver and receiving a wristband at one activity is good for all activities throughout the day. If you return for the second day of TribeFest you must complete a new waiver to participate in the above mentioned activities.

Does a baby need a ticket?

Per Progressive Field policy, children 2 and under do not need a ticket.

Can I bring a stroller[JK1] ?

Yes! Strollers can be checked during the event. Stroller check-in is located by the Info Booth and Guaranteed Autograph Ticket Booth.

Where’s the best place to park?

Gateway East Garage, accessible via Bolivar Avenue and Huron Road, will be open for parking during each Tribe Fest session. Surface lot and meter parking around the ballpark also will be available.

Can I purchase Indians Season Tickets or Group tickets, or talk with Indians ticket representatives, at Tribe Fest?

Yes! We will have a Season Ticket and Group Ticket table in the Underground Service Area tunnel during the event, where reps will be on hand to answer fans’ questions about the benefits of becoming a Season Ticket Holder at Progressive Field. Remember: Our Season Ticket Holders saved over 40%, on average, over Single-Game buyers at Progressive Field in 2013.

Additionally, current Season Ticket Holders can visit our Fan Cave table at Tribe Fest to talk with their Client Service Specialist.

Can I buy single game tickets for 2014?

Our Single Game tickets will be available in a 2014 Online On-Sale in early March, with more information about registration for the on-sale available next month.

Can I purchase Indians merchandise at Tribe Fest?

Yes! There will be three locations for merchandise purchases: in the main Underground Service Area, in the Club Lounge and near Autograph Station 3, located on the underground level near the Kids Clubhouse. Plus, the Indians Team Shop on the main concourse level will be open and accessible as well.

Will there be a Twitter Scavenger Hunt again?

Yes, there will be. Stay tuned to @Indians and our website for further details, but the scavenger hunt returns and the prize remains the same: The entire Social Suite for a game! (12 tickets, food/beverage not included)


Indians sign RHP John Axford, DFA Trey Haley; read Antonetti and Axford comments on deal

The Cleveland Indians on Thursday signed free agent RHP JOHN AXFORD to a Major League contract.

Axford, 30, owns a career Major League record of 22-19 with a 3.29ERA and 106 saves in 281 relief appearances (273.2IP, 240H, 100ER, 329K) with the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals since debuting in 2009.  He tied for the National League lead (Craig Kimbrel/ATL) with 46 saves in 48 opportunities in 2011 and finished 6th in the NL in saves (35) the following season.  His 49 straight save conversions stretching over 2011-2012 represent the fourth longest streak in MLB history. The Simcoe, Ontario native, who played collegiately at Notre Dame and Canisius (NY), began his professional career in 2007 in the Yankees system before latching on with the Brewers organization prior to the 2008 season.

The hard-throwing right-hander split the 2013 season between Milwaukee and St. Louis, going a combined 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 75 relief appearances (65.0IP, 73H, 29ER, 26BB, 65K).  He finished tied for 4th in the NL in games pitched and recorded a Postseason ERA of 1.59 in 6 games for the National League Champion Cardinals (5.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 9K, .105AVG) after posting scoreless outings over his final nine regular season appearances (7.2IP, 11K) for St. Louis. After recording an April ERA of 8.44, Axford enjoyed a stretch from May 15-July 24 where he allowed just 1 run (1ER/28.0IP) over 32 outings.  He has never been on the Disabled List over his five-year big league career.

In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Axford, the Indians designated RHP Trey Haley for assignment.

Both Axford and Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with reporters via conference call on Thursday to discuss the deal. Below are their comments:

Signs of a bounce-back season 

Chris Antonetti: He has maintained all of his stuff. He still has an elite fastball and a very good secondary pitch. He made some adjustments towards the end of his year when he got to St. Louis that got him back to the pitcher he was when he had all of the success in Milwaukee. As we look at a lot of information from our scouts, video analysis and analytics they all pointed to a bounce back year after looking at the way he pitched in September. We thought it was the right guy to take a chance on, and we are confident that he will help stabilize the back end of our bullpen. As we have seen, roles in the bullpen can evolve over the course of a season, but our expectation is that John will be our closer.

On Axford’s challenging 2013 season

Antonetti: I think he got ramped up early for the WBC [World Baseball Classic] and then he fell into some challenging habits early at the start of the season. If you look at him after his first four outings, his results were actually pretty good. I think he threw 60+ innings, and his ERA was under 3.00 with good strikeout and reasonable walk totals. His first four outings of the season were challenging. I think he gave up runs in each of those outings. Whether or not that was attributed to the WBC directly or not is hard to say, but I think once he stabilized after the first 10 days or so he pitched pretty well for the balance of the year. He threw especially well at the end of the season and into the postseason.

Confidence in Axford and current bullpen alternatives

Antonetti: We feel that we have a number of quality options for the back end of our bullpen. We feel that John will fit in seamlessly out there. He has experience pitching in high-leverage situations and pitching on competitive teams. We think he will have a tremendous amount of success in that role but we also, as is important for us to do, have alternatives and options. Our job is to build the best bullpen we can, and build in as many quality, late-inning options that we can. As we saw first-hand last year, things don’t always go as planned.

On Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen and others filling vital roles

Antonetti: Both guys did an extraordinary job in the roles they were in. We feel either guy would be capable of expanded duties, whether that was pitching in a closer role, or even in the primary set-up role. We still feel those guys are capable of doing that, but in bringing a guy like John aboard give us someone back there with a little bit more experience and improves our options. I think we feel better about the guys that we have now than we did at the start of the offseason. We feel that we have improved our options, but if there is a way for us to continue to improve we will continue to look to do that, whether that’s in the bullpen or the rotation.

On deciding on Axford

Antonetti: We examined all of the alternatives out there, but in the end we felt John was a very good fit, not only for our team on the field, but in the clubhouse. He is very well-respected as a teammate in the places he has pitched recently. We feel like he will fit in well in our clubhouse and be a leader in our bullpen.

On going through the free-agency process

John Axford: It definitely was difficult. I had to take a lot of different things into account. This was my first experience in the free agent market and I enjoyed it too. It was fun but it was also difficult.

On his desire to play for Cleveland

Axford: The opportunity to step into a closers role was a big part of it. There were quite a few factors including the team itself and how well they played last year. It’s always good to play for a contending team and a team that’s done well and had success. The makeup of the team and the clubhouse seems like a fit that I will enjoy and that I will enjoy being with for an entire season. Obviously talking to Terry Francona as well before even signing [played a role in my decision]. Hearing everything from him, and the approach he wants to take – he was just very up-front with me about the way he feels about me, the team, the city and the organization. All of those things were telling of a team and organization that I wanted to be a part of.

On challenging 2013 season

Axford: I really don’t want to make any excuses for myself, but in all honestly I just don’t think my arm was ready at the beginning of the year. I pitched in the WBC, and I loved every minute of that – it was great to pitch for my country, but there is something telling about throwing 98 mph. against Team USA and then not being able to hit 91-92 mph. in the second outing of the season. It could have just been a dead-arm issue since I got ready a little too early, but my velocity was definitely down for the first couple games of the year. After those games were out of the way my arm started feeling a lot better and everything kind of clicked again. If you erase those first four games my year last season was actually a decent one. Unfortunately, we can’t get rid of every bad game.

On interest from other clubs

Axford: There were certainly other teams in the mix and that was the most difficult part. I’ve never had to make this decision before of actually choosing between teams. As a non-drafted free agent twice, teams never really wanted me. When I signed with the Yankees originally in 2007 it was the only team that I tried out for. With the Brewers, it was the only team that actually came out to a tryout that I was pitching at. This is the first time that I’ve ever had that opportunity. The difficulty of making that choice was tough, trying to put all the pieces together of what would work, and like I said, it really seems like a great clubhouse.   The guys that I have talked to, including Terry, said it’s a great clubhouse and they love every moment of enjoying time with the guys. The team had a good season last year, and they are really stepping into the forefront of where baseball in Cleveland should be.

Close to home

Axford: Cleveland is very nearby to my home. It’s very drivable, I can see my family and they can come see me a lot easier which is fantastic. I live literally northeast on the other side of Lake Erie in a town called Port Dover – my family and I only live about 4 hours away.

Favorite 2013 Memories from the Cleveland Indians

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This time of year, reflection and resolutions go hand-in-hand with Auld Lang Syne. TribeVibe caught up with Cleveland Indians players and coaches about their favorite memories from 2013 and resolutions they have for the new year.

What was your favorite moment from 2013 and why?

  • Terry Francona: Had to be the (Jason) Giambi walk off. It was going to be a hurtful loss and it became a wonderful emotional comeback win!
  • Justin Masterson: My favorite moment hasn’t happened as of this interview, but when my twins enter this world that will be my favorite moment of 2013. Nothing like the gift of life to remind you who is in control, what really matters, and that it is amazing that newborns’ poop does not smell!
  • Bryan Shaw: I have two. My first favorite was something that Swish did for me that I really appreciated. I have looked up to Mariano Rivera my whole career because he is the best closer ever. We were playing a series against them and I really wanted to get a jersey from him signed. Swish said he’d walk it over to him and get it signed for me. It’s hanging in my house right now. The other is getting to meet Big G and play with him during the season. He and I both went to the same college. Getting to play with another former (UC-Long Beach) Dirtbag in the majors was really exciting.
  • Josh Tomlin: Getting back to traveling with the team, being around them, and enjoying the last month with them.
  • Yan Gomes: Definitely all the walk-offs were awesome! But clinching that Wild Card game and hosting was a great experience!
  • Mike Aviles: Big G’s walk-off followed by an ice bath courtesy of Swish and myself.
  • Mike Sarbaugh: Giambi’s walk off HR against the White Sox in late September. We needed to win that game to stay in the one of the top two Wild Card spots.
  • Corey Kluber: I don’t think I could single out one moment as my favorite from 2013, but Big G’s walk-off the last week of the season was pretty special.

And a few New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

  • Terry Francona: 95 wins!
  • Bryan Shaw: Just to stay healthy and help the team get back to another post season.
  • Corey Kluber: 2014 resolutions are pretty simple: 1. be a good father & husband 2. Help the Indians win the World Series.
  • Mike Aviles: WIN THE WHOLE THING!!!

Happy New Year, Tribe Fans!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Chris Antonetti on the Tribe roster, Santana, Vinnie and the Winter Meetings

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Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti met with reporters on Friday before heading to Florida for the 2013 Winter Meetings. Here’s what he had to say:

Overall offseason outlook and primary focus of improvement

“We went into the offseason with a defined set of needs and in a much better position than the last few offseasons. Some of our strategy last offseason was to put ourselves in a stronger position this offseason. We acquired players that would fit and impact our roster beyond just the 2013 season. Now that we are looking to 2014, some of those same players that we acquired last year, we expect will impact us moving forward. That has lessened some of the needs we have for this offseason. We addressed what we felt was one of our primary offseason objectives of improving against right-handed pitching by signing David Murphy. We will continue to look at options to try to find ways to improve, but our focus right now is pitching.

We are focused on trying to improve our pitching alternatives. Again, we come into the offseason in a much better position than we have in prior offseasons, especially with the quality and quantity of the alternatives that we currently have on our roster and within the organization. That said, we are going to try to find ways to improve that. We want to make sure we find that right guys (starters and relievers) at the right values. With Bryan (Shaw) and Cody (Allen), we feel that those guys have the stuff to pitch in the most high-leverage innings. They did that last year and excelled in those roles, but they weren’t the ones primarily responsible for getting the 27th out, but we feel that they are both well-equipped to do that.”

On reliever Vinnie Pestano

“His mindset is in a good spot. He is anticipating going to the complex and working hard to put himself in a better position coming into the season. He is set on having a much better year this year than last year. A culmination of different things (led to his inconsistent season), whether it was buildup for the (World Baseball Classic), physical or mechanical issues; I think there were probably a number of smaller things that resulted in him not having the year he wanted. There have been a lot of guys that have down years and come back and respond. Vinnie lives in Goodyear, so he will be at our complex a lot starting from the first of the year on. I know (Terry Francona) and (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway) have both been in touch with him. We will see a lot of Vinnie this winter.”

On Carlos Santana

“We were really impressed by the approach Carlos took (towards becoming a viable option at third base). He really is passionate about wanting to find a way to impact the team in any way that he can. He recognized how well Yan (Gomes) caught, and how important the contributions were that (Gomes) made to our team. Carlos took it upon himself to not only be able to catch, but also attempt to be serviceable at third base; that could potentially give Tito another option. To his credit, he has worked at it, he’s been at the complex taking ground balls and now he will progress into games in winter ball. It could (be viable enough to impact our winter plans). We will have more information as he is out there playing more. He has played there before, he has experience playing third base, and most importantly it’s something Carlos wants to do and has already worked towards. He’s athletic, he has good hands, a phenomenal arm; I think it’s just him getting re-acclimated to the position.”

Heading into next week’s Winter Meetings

“I don’t think last year at this point we had made any significant acquisitions, so this year we have already made what we feel is a significant acquisition in David Murphy and a number of other smaller deals. We expect there will be other activity between now and Spring Training; the magnitude of that and what shape that will take is hard to say. We feel like we have the resources we need to field a contending team.”

 

2013 Indians Season in Review: September

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

For previous monthly reviews:

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly record: 21-6
  • Overall record: 92-70
  • Home record: 11-4
  • Road record: 10-2
  • Weekend record: 8-1
  • Standings: 92-70, 1GB of Detroit
  • High-water mark: 92-70. Sept. 29

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Michael Brantley: .345 AVG (29-84), 2 HR, 14 RBI, .828 OPS
  • Matt Carson: .700 AVG (7-10), 3 RBI, one gigantic walk-off (see below)
  • Yan Gomes: .309 AVG (25-81), 2 HR, 9 RBI, .824 OPS
  • Jason Kipnis: .287 AVG (27-94), 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB

TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING

  • Matt Albers: 0.82 ERA (1ER in 11IP), 6 K, .139 opp. AVG
  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 4-0, 1.09 ERA (5ER in 41.1IP), 51 K, .230 opp AVG
  • Scott Kazmir: 3-2, 2.57 ERA (8ER in 28IP), 43 K, .268 opp. AVG
  • Mark Rzepczynski: 2.08 ERA (2ER in 8.2IP), 10K, .172 opp. AVG
  • Joe Smith: 0.79 ERA (1ER in 11.1IP), 11 K, .179 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .267 AVG (239-894), 29 HR, 132 RBI
  • Pitching: 2.84 ERA (76ER in 241IP), 262 K, .259 opp. AVG

WALKOFFS

  • September 19, Cleveland: Matt Carson – who, as noted above, had a big September in a limited role – rescued the Indians in the 11th inning with a sharp single through the right side of the infield to start the Tribe’s season-ending 10-game win streak.
  • September 24, Cleveland: After the White Sox hit two solo homers in the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi hit a mammoth home run to right to again save the Tribe, with the club’s 11th walk-off of the season. A giant photo of the celebration now adorns one of the walls leading to the Indians clubhouse at Progressive Field.

OTHER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A much-needed slam: Losers of five in a row, the Indians needed something good to happen on September 1 in Detroit. And in a scoreless game in the ninth, this happened, courtesy of the man who coined “Goon Squad” and also goes by “Handsome Mike”:
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the Tribe: Fox Sports One aired its “Mission: October” series, a revealing look at teams contending for playoff spots, on Sept. 23 after filming throughout the previous weekend during the Indians home series vs. Houston. Here’s a snippet.
  • Final out: It couldn’t have been easy, right? On the verge of winning a 10th straight and clinching a home Wild Card game, Jason Kipnis had to range to his left, dive and fire to a covering Justin Masterson. No big deal, right?

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sweep, it is: The Indians had seven sweeps of 4-plus games in 2013, the first team since 1943 Cards to accomplish that feat.

Streaking: The Tribe ended the season on 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the Modern Era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.

Streaking, part II: The Indians won 15 of their last 17 games, and it turned out they needed every one of them to clinch a home Wild Card Game.

Ubaldo flawless down the stretch: For his efforts – detailed above in the “Top Performers – Pitching” section – Ubaldo was awesome and won the Pitcher of the Month for September.

September sweets: The Tribe won 21 games in the month, marking only the fifth time in club history with 20 or more wins in a month. The last? 1948.

Fine 90: The Indians, with 92 wins, recorded their eighth 90-win season since 1995.

Matching another club record: The Indians 92-70 record marked a 24-win jump over 2012, tying a club record; the other time the franchise accomplished the feat was from 1985 to 1986.

Fleet feet: Jason Kipnis logged his 30th steal on September 29, the last day of the regular season, and became the first Indians player since Grady Sizemore in 2007-08 to steal 30 or more in consecutive seasons. The Indians had 117 steals, sixth most in MLB.

What a relief: Bryan Shaw, in his first year with the club, didn’t allow a run 15 1/3 September innings; we would have included him above, but figured he deserved a callout.

Coach of the month – hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo: The Tribe had its best collective month at the plate, and for the year, the Indians offense ranked among American League leaders in pitches per plate appearance (third, 3.95), walks (fourth, 562) and OBP (fifth, .327).

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