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Carlos Santana — aka @TheRealSlamtana — at it again on Twitter

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Carlos Santana has had a pretty good 2014: After a slow start with the Tribe, he rebounded to become the first Indians switch hitter with 25 or more homers and 100 or more walks in the same season, finishing with 27 homers and 113 walks. (He led MLB in free passes.)

Then he played with the MLB All-Stars in the Japan Series.

In between, he joined Twitter, and Tribe fans have benefited since — Waiting for Next Yearhas called him Cleveland’s most engaging Twitter personality. He’s tweeted out fun (and sometimes weird) pictures, but most often just answered fans’ questions, pulling back the curtain a little on what it’s like to be a big-leaguer.

He did that again on Monday night — a sampling:

Carlos Santana, Terry Francona to represent Indians in Japan All-Star Series

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have announced the players who have been named to the MLB All-Star Team to be led by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell – and one of his coaches, Tribe manager Terry Francona! — during the upcoming Japan All-Star Series 2014.  The Japan All-Star Series 2014 will feature MLB All-Stars traveling to Japan next week to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team).

Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana, who in 2014 became the first Tribe switch hitter to hit 25 homers and walk 100 times in a season, will join Terry overseas in this unique series. Santana also led the Majors in walks this season.

MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4AM ET.

MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app. The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton. Each game will re-air later the same day at 9PM ET.

For more information regarding MLB Network’s coverage, please visit http://m.mlb.com/network/shows/?id=live_games.

Core values: Tribe’s young stars under control through at least 2017

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With the World Series nearing an end – and what a series it’s been – baseball’s offseason will move into high gear, beginning with the postseason awards the week of Nov. 10. Those include MVP, where Michael Brantley should finish in the top 3, and Cy Young, where Corey Kluber should have a good chance at winning.

Before the offseason begins, it’s prudent to take a look at exactly where the Tribe’s roster stands – especially since it’s in a good place: 16 players are under Indians control through at least 2016, with the team’s top young players – Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and more – under control even longer.

Here’s a look at the current Indians roster and the number of seasons through which individual players are scheduled to be under club control. Certainly this can change over the course of an offseason – for instance contract extensions to Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis last year.

Under club control through at least 2019

  • Jason Kipnis
  • Yan Gomes
  • Danny Salazar

Under club control through at least 2018

  • Cody Allen
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • Nick Hagadone

Under club control through at least 2017

  • Michael Brantley
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Carlos Carrasco

Under club control through at least 2016

  • Nick Swisher
  • Michael Bourn
  • Carlos Santana
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Josh Tomlin

Additionally, a group of young Tribe players who impacted the big-league club are under control for even longer; they’re just into their Major League service time clock, so the club controls their rights even past 2019. That group includes:

  • Jesus Aguilar
  • Kyle Crockett
  • Tyler Holt
  • TJ House
  • CC Lee
  • Roberto Perez
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Zach Walters

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

2014 Season in Review: September — #CyKluber, #Smooth200, home victories and more

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Sept. 5 — Murphy notches final walk-off of 2014: David Murphy got his first – and the Tribe’s 11th – walk-off of 2014, a single to give the Indians a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the White Sox.

Sept. 7 – Carlos Carrasco puts an exclamation point on his resurgence: Carrasco, whose return to the rotation was a major reason the Indians contended until the team’s 160th game, pitched 8.2 innings and allowed just four hits, falling one out shy of a complete game shutout.

Sept. 8 — Rocco Scotti returns: The longtime anthem singer was back at Progressive Field, as a version of his well-known, operatic anthem style was played as he stood at home plate with his grandson and sung along.

 

Sept. 11 – TJ House joins rotation mates in setting Indians history: House, called up earlier in the year, became the first Indians player with three consecutive start with 7 or more innings pitcher, 1 or fewer runs allowed and no walks. All this from a guy who didn’t know his way around Cleveland in May.

 

Sept. 16, Sept. 21 – Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in consecutive starts: In his second- and third-to-last starts of 2014, Kluber outdid himself (and in 2014, that’s saying something). By striking out 14 in back-to-back starts, Kluber became only the 15th player to accomplish the feat in MLB history. The previous guy to do it? Randy Johnson, in 2004 for the Diamondbacks. The only other Indians player to do it was Sam McDowell, who did it twice in 1968. (more…)

Photo gallery: Season Ticket Holder party

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One of the biggest perks of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder — aside from the major savings over Single Game ticket prices, Tribe Rewards access, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more — is the midseason STH party at Progressive Field, where players sign autographs and interact with fans in attendance. Here are photos from this year’s party.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.

Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.

8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.

8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.

Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.

Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)

New to Twitter, Carlos Santana chats up Tribe fans

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Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana joined Twitter on Sept. 8, and since then, has shown an entertaining and engaging side with Tribe fans, as the below Tweets show:

Santana told us he’s enjoying himself so far, and enjoys interacting with Tribe fans.

Make sure you follow Carlos on Twitter, and chime in — he may answer your question!

Top 10 most popular TribeVibe posts of 2014 (so far)

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No. 10: Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

  • On Opening Day, the Indians announced that Jason Kipnis had agreed to a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. The first-time All-Star in 2013 struggled with an injured oblique muscle throughout the 2014 season, and will be looked to to rebound in 2015 and continue to be a clubhouse leader for the team.

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No. 9: Taking a trip down memory lane: Ballpark construction photos

  • While looking at some old files in February, we found these photos of the original construction of then-Jacobs Field. Great memories, especially as we embark upon the current ballpark renovation project!

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No. 8: Exclusive interview with the Progressive Field squirrel

  • Sometimes, in a long season, you have to have some fun … So when a random squirrel showed up and stayed a while during an April series with Kansas City, we posted a fake/sarcastic interview with said squirrel. It was a hit.

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Photo gallery: Season finale victory over the Rays

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The Indians completed their 2014 season on Sunday, wit ha 7-2 victory spurred by the team’s young players — and some familiar faces, as well. Afterward, players thanked fans by handing out autographed gear … thanks, fans, for a great 2014 season!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Pregame notes: Red-hot Carlos, rotation (again) and 2013 redux?

Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

After Friday’s win over the Royals – and the Tigers’ loss earlier Saturday — Cleveland is 4.5 games out of the division lead and 3.5 games back of the second A.L. Wildcard…last year after 133G the Indians were 71-62, 6.5GB in Central and 4.0GB in Wildcard.

The Tribe is 16-9 in August (T3rd in A.L., T4th in MLB) with 2 games remaining, as the club is now guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April-July 1998

PITCHING

With a 2.79 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.21 ERA (81ER/227.1IP) by the rotation (4th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a 2.06 ERA (29ER/127.0IP) by the bullpen (lowest in the Majors)

Club’s 2.48 team ERA in August is the lowest figure in Majors this month (16-9 team record)…includes a 2.73 ERA by rotation (3rd in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.04 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)

Cleveland’s rotation owns a 2.12 ERA (24 ER/101.2 IP) over the club’s last 17 games since Aug. 9 (12-5 record), collecting 109 K’s against 28 walks while holding opponents to a .198 clip (73-368).

MLB August ERA leaders

  • Cleveland 2.48
  • Seattle 2.81
  • Baltimore 2.93
  • Washington 2.94

CARLOS!

Carlos Santana (2-4, HR, 3RBI last night) is now hitting .380 (19-50) vs. KC this year with 2 2B, 7HR & 14RBI in 13 games…In Kauffman he is hitting .538 (14-26) w/6HR & 13RBI in 7 games (1.906OPS)…T2nd most homers vs. KC in a single-season by an Indian (Manny Ramirez hit 8 in 1998 (Sizemore hit 7 in 2008).

According to Elias his 6HR tied for the most HRs at “The K” in one season by any visiting player (opened in 1973)…Only other visiting players to hit six homers in a season at Kauffman are Jacque Jones in 2002 and Jose Valentin in 2003…Santana’s six home runs in his last four games at Kauffman are more than he hit in his first 30 games here (5HR).

A.L. OPS LEADERS (SECOND HALF, min 100pa)

  • Yan Gomes (CLE) .975
  • Carlos Santana (CLE) .928

 

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