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Cleveland Indians announce schedule of Opening Day festivities for Friday, April 10

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Tribe Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, the team’s first Cy Young winner in 1972, will throw ceremonial first pitch

Balloon launch set for 2PM as new Right Field Gate opens to unveil Progressive Field’s dramatically renovated Right Field District

The Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday a full slate of festivities leading up to first pitch at 4:10PM next Friday, April 10, the team’s 2015 home opener at Progressive Field. All gates open at 2PM.

The game, the Tribe’s 22nd Home Opener at Progressive Field, marks the 115th as a charter member of the American League, and the 23rd consecutive Home Opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. This year’s game sold out in 11 minutes on March 3.

Indians Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, who won the Tribe’s first American League Cy Young award in 1972, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

A balloon launch will mark the opening of the new Right Field Gate, part of the dramatically renovated Right Field District at Progressive Field. Also featured at the Right Field Gate, as part of a Block Party:

  • Popular local band The Spazmatics
  • Autographs by Carlos Baerga, part of the 1995 Indians team that played in the World Series, will be signing autographs from 3PM-3:30PM (The Indians will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 team throughout the 2015 season)
  • Family-friendly activities including Jenga, speed sketch, juggler and more

The national anthem will be performed by Arianna Körting, a pianist who won first prize in the Senior Division of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition’s Young Artists showcase in 2012. Körting, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, currently is pursuing her degree at Juilliard.

The team also will honor all branches of the United States military, as members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will present the colors, while an oversized American flag will be presented by 250 employees of Progressive Insurance, the Presenting Partner of the Opening Series.

SportsTime Ohio, WKYC and WTAM 1100 also will broadcast live from inside the ballpark, including SportsTime Ohio’s live pregame show from its new studio in the ballpark’s Right Field District from 3PM-4PM.

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Photo Gallery: Best of 2014 from Tribe photographers

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Our photographers had another strong year in 2014, which we shared with you throughout the season.

We asked them to pass along their favorites from the season, and you can find those in the gallery above.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: July 29 Batting Practice vs. Seattle

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– Photos By David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame Benefit Luncheon

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—Photos by David Cleveland

Indians Hall of Fame Benefit Luncheon, featuring 2014 HOF inductee Omar Vizquel, returns on June 21

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Fans can hear former Indians greats in roundtable discussion, get autographs as part of Indians Hall of Fame Weekend

Select former Cleveland Indians greats and members of the team’s Hall of Fame will participate in a roundtable discussion at the Indians second annual Hall of Fame Benefit Luncheon on June 21.

The event, which will take place in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field, begins at 11:30AM and is part of Indians Hall of Fame Weekend. Scheduled to appear in the roundtable are 2014 Indians Hall of Fame inductee OMAR VIZQUEL and former teammates KENNY LOFTON, 2014 Hall of Fame inductee CARLOS BAERGA, SANDY ALOMAR and CHARLIE NAGY.

Later that evening, as the Tribe takes on the Detroit Tigers at 7:15PM, the Indians will induct Vizquel into the Indians Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the luncheon are $100 and can be purchased at Indians.com/HOFLuncheon. Included is a ballpark fare buffet and the opportunity to get autographs (one per player per person) from Indians greats in attendance. All proceeds benefit Cleveland Indians Charities.

Of the 1,700-plus players who have worn a Blues, Bronchos or Indians uniform since 1901, Vizquel will be the 40th inductee into the Indians Hall of Fame in an on-field pre-game ceremony.

Vizquel is the current all-time Major League Baseball leader at shortstop in fielding percentage (.985), double plays turned (1,735) and games played at the position (2,709). He won 11 Rawlings Gold Glove awards (nine consecutive from 1993-2001, and 2005- 2006), and is the oldest shortstop to win the award (at age 38 and again at 39). He also made three American League All-Star teams (1998, 1999, 2002).

Vizquel helped the club win two American League Championships (1995, 1997) and six American League Central Division championships (1995-1999, 2001). In 1999, he boasted a .333 batting average and scored 112 runs for an Indians team that scored a league-leading 1,009 runs, marking the most productive offensive lineup in Cleveland Indians baseball history.

The Indians also will posthumously induct radio broadcaster JIMMY DUDLEY into the Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel.

This year’s Hall of Fame celebration will include an Omar Vizquel replica jersey that 12,500 fans will receive courtesy of Medical Mutual, fireworks (Led Zeppelin tribute) presented by RTA, and Rally Alley presented by RTA, at which fans can access games, live music and other entertainment on Larry Doby Way, north of Progressive Field. Game tickets for June 21 – which are going fast — can be purchased at Indians.com.

Cleveland Indians announce full slate of 2014 Opening Day festivities

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The Cleveland Indians again have a packed schedule of pregame festivities leading up to next Friday’s home opener, set for 3:05PM at Progressive Field vs. the Minnesota Twins.

The game, the Tribe’s 21st Home Opener at Progressive Field, marks the 114th as a charter member of the American League, and the 22st consecutive Home Opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. This year’s game sold out in 15 minutes on March 3.

April 4 is the 20th anniversary to the day of the first game at then-Jacobs Field, and this year’s Home Opener theme will celebrate those 20 years. Progressive Field’s gates will open at 1PM, and the team is encouraging fans to be in their seats by 2:30PM to enjoy a bevy of pregame activities, including:

  • Video tribute to the first game at then-Jacobs Field, on April 4, 1994 vs. Seattle
  • Raising a 20th-anniversary flag, which features eight Postseason pennants
  • Recognition of select Season Ticket Holders who have been with the Indians since 1994
  • Recognition of the 2013 Postseason team
  • Mike Hargrove throwing a ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Alomar Jr.
  • Moment of silence for late broadcaster Mike Hegan

The team also will honor all branches of the United States military, as members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will present the colors, while an oversized American flag will be presented by 250 employees of Progressive Insurance, the Presenting Partner of the Opening Series.

The national anthem will be performed by the Cleveland Orchestra Double String Quartet, some members of which performed the anthem on Opening Day in 1994.

Rally Alley presented by RTA will get things started at Noon from Larry Doby Way. Opening Day Rally Alley will feature:

  • Alumni autographs (2-2:30PM)
  • Live music
  • Street performers
  • Live broadcasts from WTAM and SportsTime Ohio
  • Concessions
  • Budweiser Build-a-Bar will be featuring Day-Fresh Drafts, along with the Hot Corner Bar in Section 175 and the Bud Patio
  • Flo’s Rock N’ Rally trailer, presented by Progressive Insurance
  • Chevrolet car display

Additionally, concession stands will offer many options for Catholics in attendance who observe Lenten traditions. They include:
• Veggie Dogs: Sections 162 and 541
• Salads: Sections 108, 162, 550
• Nachos: Sections 121, 154, 162, 171, 181, 311, 529, 556 and 558
• Cheese Pizza: Sections 101, 152, 555
• Fish Sandwich: Sections 101, 152, 164, 562

Photo Gallery: First full-squad workout in Goodyear

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo gallery: February 16 in Goodyear

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Indians Season in Review: June

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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: 15-13
  • Overall record: 44-38
  • Home record: 7-4
  • Road record: 8-9
  • Weekend record: 5-5
  • Standings: Tied for first
  • High-water mark: 44-38, June 30

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Jason Kipnis: .419 AVG (39-93), 27 R, 12 2B, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 20 BB, 1.216 OPS
  • Michael Bourn: .292 AVG (31-106), 15 R, 3 SB (Bourn also was the hardest player to double up in AL, with only two double plays in 525 ABs)

TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING

  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 3-1, 3.09 ERA (11 ER in 34 IP), 32 K, .268 opp. AVG
  • Matt Albers: 1-0, 0.00 ERA (9 IP), .194 opp. AVG
  • Nick Hagadone: 3.86 ERA (5 ER in 11.2 IP), .211 opp. AVG
  • Vinnie Pestano: 2.08 ERA (3 ER in 13 IP), 6 SV, 15 K, .245 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .254 AVG (236-930), 27 HR, 126 RBI, .395 SLG, .332 OBP
  • Pitching: 4.15 ERA (112 ER in 243 IP), 30 HR allowed, 97 BB, 202 K, .263 opp. AVG

WALKOFFS

  • June 14: Kipnis fielder’s choice scores Drew Stubbs charging home from third.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kipnis wins American League Player of the Month Award, including Player of the Week awards from 6/10-6/16 and 6/24-6/30: All Kipnis did, as you can see above, was carry the Tribe to a winning record for the month and hit .419, with an OPS of 1.216. Incredible!

Corey Kluber joins Kipnis as co-AL Player of the Week winner for week of 6/10-6/16: Kluber pitched back-to-back outings of 8 innings, allowing one run in that stretch. That included the below start in Texas:

More on Kluber: The young righty did not lose a decision after June 27.

Above .500: The month included the last day the Indians spent below .500, on June 17, a 2-1 loss to KC. The club went on a four-game winning streak directly afterward.

Rain delay blues: We couldn’t decide whether this one fit in May or June, so we stuck it here – any fan who started at Progressive Field on May 31, a Friday night game vs. Tampa, and ended either on Saturday morning, July 31 or September 6, will remember this one. Rain delayed the start of that Friday game, then delayed it again after 1.2 innings, and the game did not resume until after midnight. It ended at 2:53AM, and the Indians offered those fans affected by the rain delays tickets to either July 31 or September 6 games at Progressive Field. We’ll get to those games later!

Welcome to town, rookie: First-round pick Clint Frazier is welcomed to Cleveland for BP by a bunch of grown men wearing red wigs to razz him a little. He took it all in stride, looked good in BP and begun his pro career soon thereafter!

Hall of Fame Day: Former second baseman Carlos Baerga and former GM John Hart were honored on June 22 as part of the Tribe’s 2013 Hall of Fame ceremonies.

NBD, just the place to be is all: Kevin Costner, filming in Cleveland for his new film “Draft Day,” takes BP and infield practice at Progressive Field. No big deal.

June 28 – a long day: The Tribe’s doubleheader at the Chicago White Sox – a sweep by the Indians by scores of 19-10 and 9-8 – lasts 7:53 and becomes the longest doubleheader in MLB history featuring two nine-inning games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Coach of the month — Kevin Cash: Given the solid performance this month from the pen, including Albers, Hagadone and Pestano as mentioned above, a tip of the cap to “Cashy,” as he’s affectionately known. All this year’s bullpen did was post 33 wins, one shy of the franchise record and tied for the third-most in the Majors. The pen stranded 72% of inherited runners this year, fourth-best in the AL.

Postseason primer: A chat with Tribe Hall of Famer Carlos Baerga

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Like Mike Hargrove, former Tribe second baseman – and the newest member of the Indians Hall of Fame — Carlos Baerga preaches a Postseason attitude that Terry Francona has instilled in this current Indians club: Relax. Stay calm. Treat it like every other game – which is to say, treat it as a big game and play it that way.

Baerga should know: As one of the most gregarious Indians players in club history, he was one of the guys trying to keep it loose in the clubhouse as the stakes rose in 1995, when the Indians took Atlanta to six games in the World Series.

“It is hard to forget about it and treat it as another game, but my job is to not make it any more intense than other games,” Baerga said in a Monday phone interview. “I want everyone to be loose, to keep doing what you’ve been doing. And this team has put everything together, everyone’s doing their jobs. There’s no reason for there to be any more pressure.”

Baerga played in 15 Postseason games over three series, all in 1995, when the Indians lost to the Braves in the World Series. He hit .292, with 9 RBI and 19 hits. That same season, Baerga appeared in his third All-Star Game after hitting .314 with 15 homers and 90 RBI. It was the fourth straight season he’d hit above .300 and driven in over 80.

Like that team, Baerga sees the same recipe for success in this year’s team: a good clubhouse.

“Since Spring Training, with the Harlem Shake, Terry’s done a great job,” Baerga said. “Everything changed in the clubhouse. Years before, it was intense, with a lot of pressure on the players. This year, he changed it.

“It has to be loose. The pressure gets higher as the game gets tougher, but I like what this team is doing. There’s no need to change anything they’re doing.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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