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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

What fans need to know for this weekend’s series vs. Minnesota at Progressive Field

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The Indians play host to American League Central Division rival Minnesota Twins this weekend as the Tribe continues its push for a 2013 playoff berth.

The series is filled with great promotions for fans, and here’s what you need to know for the entire weekend!

FRIDAY

Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture: Another of our 16 fireworks nights at Progressive Field will be set to a Blues Brothers theme and begin shortly after the conclusion of the series opener vs. the Twins.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Come out to Progressive Field and enjoy Sugardale Dollar Dog Night, one of 15 during 2013. Hot dogs are only $1 in the ballpark all evening.

Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Street performers, concessions, autographs by alumni Carlos Baerga and Marquis Grissom, and more will be featured. (Baerga and Grissom also will appear at Rally Alley on Saturday.)

TEAM Designated Driver Challenge: The Indians and Twins are competing to register the most fans through Budweiser’s Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge. The challenge is coordinated by Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management, and its goal is to increase awareness of the DD program. Indians fans can sign up to be designated drivers may sign up at any Fan Services or the Concierge Desk through the third inning to receive a coupon for a free small Pepsi product and be entered to win a prize pack courtesy of Budweiser. (NOTE: The challenge will go on all weekend!)

Ohio City shuttle: A free shuttle transports Indians fans from Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood starting one hour before game time and runs back to Ohio City for an hour after the game. (NOTE: The shuttle also is available on Saturday night.)

SATURDAY

Nick Swisher replica jersey giveaway, courtesy of KIA Motors: The first 10,000 fans through the Progressive Field turnstiles receive the Tribe first baseman’s jersey. Arrive early, as these are sure to be a hot item. Gates A and C open at 4:30PM, so arrive early if you want a jersey!

John Adams 40th anniversary: The Tribe’s longtime, unofficial drummer will be honored on the field pregame, while video tributes will play throughout the night, featuring interviews with fans, Indians executives and more.

Indians Wives Association “Shirts Off Their Backs” auction: Game-worn jerseys from Friday night’s game will be signed by Tribe players and auctioned off for charity on Saturday outside Section 156 on the Progressive Field concourse. Mystery Baseballs also will be on sale for $40.

Fireworks: U2 theme!

Terrace Club Pub open to public: The fourth floor of the Terrace Club will be open for all fans (space permitting) this weekend when the gates open. The menu features soda, mixed drinks, wine, beer, popcorn, chips and peanuts. (NOTE: The Terrace Club Pub also will be open to the public on Sunday.)

Ron Kuntz tribute: A gallery of the late Plain Dealer photographer’s work will be on display outside Section 150 on the main concourse for fans to view.

SUNDAY

Crafting at the Ballpark, presented by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores: All kids attending the game vs. Minnesota can participate in crafting activities on Gateway Plaza before the game.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: All Sunday home games feature KeyBank Kids Fun Days. Activities include appearances by Radio Disney, Jungle Terry and more; and the Kids Clubhouse, featuring the Rookie Suite presented by University Hospitals and Slugger’s Sandlot presented by KeyBank. Fun Days also feature Signature Sunday, where 150 children will be chosen to get autographs from select Tribe players, and Kids Starting Lineups.

Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run around the bases like their favorite players. All kids (12 & Under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and will receive a giveaway item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished. (NOTE: All kids participating in Kids Run the Bases will receive a coloring book, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic, at Gate A on their way out of the ballpark.)

Memorable moments from the Tribe’s first half

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It’s been a whirlwind nine months for the Cleveland Indians organization, starting in October with Terry Francona and ending on Sunday with the Tribe’s sixth series sweep of the 2013 season, over Kansas City.

Having won four in a row, the Indians entered the All-Star break with two representatives, Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson, in New York and a 51-44 record, good enough for second place in the AL Central. Detroit leads and is 1½ games ahead.

Given a few days to take a breather, here are some of our picks for the club’s most memorable moments of the first half:

SPRING TRAINING

Nick Swisher orchestrates Harlem Shake: Tribe Town 216 Edition – To say this one went viral would be an understatement. Personally, we loved Terry’s dancing the best, as did most of you!

APRIL

April 10: Mariano Rivera meets Indians staff in Yankees’ final visit to Progressive Field – Or, what we thought was their final visit. In his season-long farewell tour, Rivera insisted on meeting with longtime staff members at each club the Yanks visited. They returned to Cleveland on May 13 to make up rainouts, but Rivera showed he’s a class act by fielding questions from longtime Indians employees.

April 12: Swisher’s walkoff single – Already beloved in Cleveland after signing in December, Swisher’s walkoff single gave the Indians a 1-0 victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field on a cold Friday night. It also clinched the first of three complete-game shutouts in the first half by Masterson – and provided a fantastic highlight after Swisher did his best airplane imitation.

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Kipnis’ June ranks among best in franchise history; still time to vote for ASG

Jason Kipnis has been the catalyst for the Tribe's recent hot stretch, batting over .400 in June.

Jason Kipnis has been the catalyst for the Tribe’s recent hot stretch, batting over .400 in June.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was one of the most productive offensive players in the Majors in June, and there’s still time to vote for Kipnis and his Indians teammates for the 2013 All-Star Game, to be held July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

For the month, Kipnis ranked among MLB leaders in:

  • On-base plus slugging: first, 1.216
  • On-base percentage: first, .517
  • Hits: tied for first, 39
  • Average: second, .419
  • Slugging percentage: second, .699
  • Extra-base hits: second, 17

On a more impressive scale, Kipnis’ peripherals put him in the company of some of the best single-month performances in Cleveland franchise history: Kipnis became just the 15th Cleveland player dating back to at least 1921 to finish a single calendar month with a .400 batting average and OPS figure of at least 1.200, and the first since Jim Thome in August of 1996 (min. 50 plate appearances).

CLEVELAND PLAYERS TO BAT .400+ WITH 1.200+ OPS IN SAME CALENDAR MONTH, SINCE 1921 (min. 50 PA):

  • Tris Speaker (5/21, 8/22, 7/23, 5/25, 7/25)
  • Joe Sewell (8/23)
  • Earl Averill (7/36)
  • Frankie Pytlak (8/37)
  • Hal Trosky (9/39)
  • Dale Mitchell (9/50)
  • Johnny Grubb (5/77)
  • Albert Belle (5/94)
  • Carlos Baerga (7/94)
  • Jim Thome (8/96)
  • Jason Kipnis (6/13)

Kipnis has reached safely via hit, walk or HBP in 32 consecutive games dating back to May 26. The last Indians player to reach safely in more than 32 straight games was Victor Martinez, who reached safely in 45 straight from Sept. 17, 2005-May 6, 2006.

–TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp

Indians Hall of Fame inductions offer a look back at ’90s teams

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The 1990s were celebrated heavily on Saturday night at Progressive Field – and not only with the fireworks set to Bon Jovi music.

The mid- to late-90s Indians teams that played in two World Series were well represented in the 2013 Indians Hall of Fame inductions. Former second baseman Carlos Baerga became the 39th member of the Indians Hall of Fame, with former general manager John Hart joining the Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel.

Also on hand were Mike Hargrove, who managed those 1990s teams, and Kenny Lofton and Sandy Alomar Jr., two of Baerga’s teammates during those years. Alomar, of course, was traded along with Baerga to Cleveland from San Diego in exchange for Joe Carter.

Hart talked often this weekend of that era of Tribe teams re-energizing the city and franchise; he reminisced of watching a ceremonial first pitch on a patch of dirt that later would become Jacobs Field (and now Progressive Field).

Baerga, meanwhile, addressed the current Indians, saying they must develop an attitude, a meanness in a sense. Make the opposition fear you, like the opposition feared him and Albert Belle and the others.

“Approach every game like you’re going to kill (the opponent),” Baerga said. “You need to be cocky like we were.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

By Land, By Sea, Baerga to the Indians Hall of Fame

Carlos Baerga talks with media members today in Goodyear. (Dan Mendlik photo)

Carlos Baerga talks with media members today in Goodyear. (Dan Mendlik photo)

The Cleveland Indians announced today that Carlos Baerga, one of the best second basemen in Cleveland Indians history and a member of the 1995 World Series team, will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame on June 22.

Baerga always has been a fan favorite and is warmly remembered throughout the organization as being an uplifting, positive force in the clubhouse.

“As difficult as it is to identify one player who made the most significant impact on the renaissance of Indians Baseball in the 1990s, I would have to have Carlos Baerga at the heart of the discussion,” said Indians Vice President of Public Relations Bob DiBiasio. “It took Carlos’ passion and enthusiasm to awaken a baseball franchise and its fan base from a 40-year slumber. His energy was infectious. Constantly moving, constantly dancing and talking whether in the clubhouse, during BP or during a game, Carlos provided an enthusiasm that helped create perhaps the best run of Indians baseball in club history.”

Tom Hamilton, voice of the Indians, agrees. “The guy unified the clubhouse. His personality was so magnetic; he made sure everyone was ready to play. Baerga didn’t have a problem getting guys fired up. He was never one of those guys that said, ‘that’s not my job.’ He did things others hadn’t done before.”

His impact on the field was just as — if not more — incredible. A switch hitter, Baerga was the first (of only three players) to have ever hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. He had back-to-back seasons with 200 or more hits; Kenny Lofton, in 1996, is the only Indians player to accomplish the feat since Baerga.

“In 1993, he had cellulitis after fouling a ball off his leg with 199 hits. He spent five days in the hospital and on the sixth day came out and got his 200th hit,” said Indians Director of Media Relations Bart Swain. “That 200 was a magical number for him. Most guys would have shut it down, but Carlos gutted it out and got his 200th hit legging out a swinging bunt down the third base line in the last game at the old stadium.”

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“Whether leading the team in hits or hustling from first to third, Carlos was in constant motion,” DiBiasio said. “Most remember Carlos’ highlights on the field — hitting homers from both sides of the plate in one inning to set a Major League record or producing seasons for a second baseman that rivaled baseball legend Rogers Hornsby — but my memories of Carlos focus on what an incredible teammate he was. Always smiling, always keeping the clubhouse a fun place to be. And when our franchise suffered the tragic deaths of Steve Olin and Tim Crews, it was Carlos who represented his teammates at a press conference the morning following the accident. Few have worn the Cleveland Indians uniform with more pride than Carlos.”

Baerga currently works as an Alumni Ambassador for the club and is assisting new manager Terry Francona’s staff at Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Most recently, he was named Manager of the Year in la Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Walker in Puerto Rico.

Out in Goodyear, it seems Baerga’s passion has been revived. “Having (new outfielder Nick) Swisher here reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm that Carlos brought day in and day out,” Swain said.

“He has never changed,” Hamilton added. “That’s why you knew it was genuine.”

Baerga will be honored in a ceremony before the Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins and later will be recognized in Heritage Park, behind the center field wall at Progressive Field. Sincerest congratulations to Carlos Baerga on being the 39th member inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame.

–TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

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