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Party at Napoli’s event at Progressive Field set for September 4, tickets limited


Join the Cleveland Indians for a Party at Napoli’s at Progressive Field’s Corner Bar on Sunday, September 4 from approximately 8-11PM. Players and coaches will be on hand as celebrity bartenders to raise money for Cleveland Clinic Children’s, VeloSano and Cleveland Indians Charities. Players and coaches involved include first baseman Mike Napoli, second baseman Jason Kipnis, manager Terry Francona and more!

Tickets are $75 per person and include the following:

  • Opportunity to interact with Indians uniformed personnel
  • Limited Edition red Party at Napoli’s t-shirt
  • Light Refreshments
  • Access to cash bar and silent auction

Tickets are very limited and can be purchased here. Use password: Napoli

The event will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Indians vs. Marlins game that begins at 4:10PM on September 4.  A game ticket does not include an event ticket. You will need a separate ticket for admittance into the Party at Napoli’s private event.

Guests attending this event are encouraged to enter Progressive Field approximately one hour after the game at the E. 9th Street Patio (located on E. 9th Street across from the cemetery, right around the corner from Right Field Gate).


About Cleveland Clinic Children’s: At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, every child receives world-class care. At our main campus in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as at our community hospitals and Family Health Centers located throughout northern Ohio, children and families receive compassionate care from nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists.

About VeloSano: VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is an annual community initiative that raises money for cancer research through the sport of cycling. Whether you ride, volunteer or donate, every dollar raised by VeloSano participants benefits the cause and in just two short years, nearly $5 million has been generated to advance cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. How far will you go for the cure?

About Cleveland Indians Charities:  Established in 1989, CIC is a self-sustaining charitable organization that concentrates on creative partnerships with select organizations in the community. Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles


Hofbräuhaus Cleveland 5k & 10k races benefiting CIC


Run, eat and be merry! Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is holding a 5k and 10k races this Sunday with a portion of registration proceeds benefiting Cleveland Indians Charities. Runners receive a race shirt, finisher medal, age group awards, one free beer (21 & over only) and a brat!

There will also be an after party following the race that will include contests, prizes, live music, dancing and more!

Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility and develop confidence.



Sunday, August 7 @ 8:00AM

(registration and packet pick-up @ 7:00AM)


Hofbräuhaus Cleveland

1550 Chester Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115


Pre-Registration- $30 (fee includes a 12oz beer and a brat!) 

Online registration closes on Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 9:00AM

All mailed entries must be received by Wednesday, August 3 
Make checks payable to Hermes Sport and Events
2425 West 11th Street 
Suite #2 
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up- $40 (fee includes a beer and a brat!) Cash or Check Only*

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians Charities Celebrity Golf Classic

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Cleveland Indians Charities held its annual Celebrity Golf Classic Thursday at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord Township.

The event continues to be a top fundraiser for Cleveland Indians Charities’ outreach efforts. Golfers spent the day with Indians coaches, alumni and broadcasters, and nearly 50 celebrities will be on hand for this year’s classic.

Each fivesome of golfers was paired with a celebrity, a group that included current Tribe players Chris Gimenez and Dan Otero; manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Mickey Callaway; and alumni including Mike Hargrove, Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Rick Manning and more.

The day included great gifts, prizes, breakfast, lunch, cocktail dinner party, live and silent auctions, and more.

About Cleveland Indians Charities

Established in 1989, CIC partners with groups in Northeast Ohio to jointly create and execute youth education and health and fitness opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles.

Happy Holidays from the Cleveland Indians Community Impact team


2015 was an exciting year as we designed our Community Impact Strategic Plan to guide the charitable efforts of the organization for the next three to five years.

This past year, we launched and executed many events to help achieve our mission of utilizing baseball to strengthen youth through service initiatives focused on education, health and fitness. Please look out for our 2015 Community Report highlighting the impact we have made on our community over the past year. Below you will find a few highlights as we head into 2016.

Cleveland Indians Holiday Volunteering

As part of the Cleveland Indians organizational commitment to “Positively Impacting the Community”, front office employees annually volunteer at local nonprofit organizations throughout the holiday season. This year, more than 130 front office volunteers committed nearly 350 service hours and provided four families with gifts for the holidays. Volunteers packed and prepared food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, served our annual Thanksgiving Meal at Progressive Field, and participated in The Centers for Families and Children’s “Adopt A Family” program.

Additionally, Terry Francona donated $5,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which equates to 20,000 meals for those in need. The donation was packed at Discount Drug Mart on Friday and delivered to the Food Bank.


To achieve our primary goal of preparing youth for successful lives, we have launched our new Tribe Scholars program aimed at encouraging middle school academic achievement. Through partnerships with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and local schools, the Cleveland Indians will reward students for grade improvement in English/Language Arts, consistent attendance, and good behavior with Indians tickets and experiences during the 2015-2016 school year. This new program is implemented at the classroom level by teachers and administrators.

In addition, we will be unveiling the inaugural Cleveland Indians Career Day on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. This exciting new program will provide CMSD high school baseball and softball athletes with an opportunity to explore various career paths within the sports industry. Students will be exposed to 10 different departments in the Indians front office, participate in a resume building workshop, and have the opportunity to return later in the year for a full job shadow experience in a department of their choice.


As a baseball company, we strive to improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance are providing coaching workshops to Cleveland Baseball Federation (CBF) and CMSD baseball and softball coaches. We will host a youth baseball clinic at Progressive Field during MLB’s Play Ball weekend on Saturday May 14th and a mini camp at Historic League Park on July 5th,6th and 7th.Youth from the Cleveland Baseball Federation and the Boys and Girls Clubs will be invited to participate.


To ensure our youth programs continue to be impactful, we are working to create a sustainable plan for youth baseball and softball. We are identifying a select handful of Northeast Ohio companies to become Cleveland Indians Charities Community Partners. This new program focuses on innovative cause-related marketing that puts the spotlight on Community Impact. A portion of each sponsorship will directly support our youth programs. For more information on this program , please contact Penny Forster at

Cleveland RBI softball team No. 1 seed in RBI World Series


The Cleveland Baseball Federation softball team is the No. 1 seed in the National League at the 2015 RBI World Series in Dallas.

The team went 4-0 in pool play, and the playoffs begin on Saturday. The championship game will be played Sunday at UT-Arlington.

MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program — and the Cleveland Baseball Federation specifically — is a main benefactor of the Tribe’s Cleveland Indians Charities, which has donated millions to local youth baseball and softball programs and initiatives since its inception.

Congrats, ladies!

Cleveland Indians Charities “Fields For The Future” at Luke Easter Park

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Today the Cleveland Indians, in partnership with SportsTime Ohio, Benedictine Academy, and John Adams High took to Luke Easter Park to rebuild local fields.

The effort is part of the Cleveland Indians inititive “Fields For The Future” program. The new plan is aimed to rebuild and restore local Cleveland fields in to restore youth baseball.

Front office staff, along with local students refurbished fields, painted and restored player and spectator benches and more!

Yan & Jenna Gomes took part in the repairs and even took the time to speak to the high school students. The event was capped off by a ceremonial unveiling of the inaugural “Fields For The Future” sign hanging behind homeplate.

-TribeVibe Contributor Ryan Delgado/ photos by Sarah Sachs

Hattie Larlham to honor Cleveland Indians Charities, Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio at annual Circle of Caring event


Indians Vice President Bob DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities will be honored by Hattie Larlham at the nonprofit’s annual Circle of Caring event on Nov. 1 at The Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora.

Hattie Larlham supports developmental disabilities by providing medical, residential, recreational and vocational services to improve those people’s lives. DiBiasio, who’s been with the Indians for 35 years, has supported Hattie Larlham since 1999. He actively raises awareness and funds for people with developmental disabilities and was instrumental in developing a Hattie Larlham summer camp in Arizona.

Since 2001, Cleveland Indians Charities has been a key partner in Hattie Larlham’s annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic in Garrettsville. The golf classic raises funds for Hattie Larlham programs. To date, Cleveland Indians Charities has donated more than $20,000 to the event.

The event, in honor of DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities, will be baseball themed. The event includes entertainment; a cocktail reception; a full-course dinner; a wine pull; and live, silent, and fund-a-need auctions. WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling returns this year as the 2014 Circle of Caring hostess.

Sponsored by the Alpha Group, the Circle of Caring funds programs for the people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham serves. For more information and tickets, contact Hattie Larlham Events Manager Wendy Voelker at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3087, or Order Circle of Caring tickets online at

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


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 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

Brad Hamilton’s big day tops storylines from 2014 CIC Hardball Classic

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By Alex Gimenez

Cleveland Indians/TribeVibe

It’s been quite a year thus far for the Hamilton family.

Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton was honored with his sixth Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His oldest son, Nick, has continued to develop in the Indians farm system and received a start with the big league club in Spring Training with his proud father watching from the press box.

Most recently, Hamilton’s youngest son, Brad, a senior and starting catcher at Avon Lake, made a splash at Progressive Field through the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic, presented by Novacare Rehabilitation.

As part of a family with strong ties to Northeast Ohio, Brad grew up living in the shadows of Progressive Field, coming out to the ballpark in the summers once school had closed out for the year. The allure of Major League Baseball hooked the youngest Hamilton and helped to drive him towards a future in the game. The opportunity to play at Progressive Field thus carried with it some extra emotions.

“This is just an awesome experience, getting to play where we all grew up watching the Tribe and wishing we could play on that field. It’s a really neat opportunity,” he said of the experience.

Brad is unquestionably a leader on the Shoremen varsity baseball team. As a senior, team captain and catcher, he is charged with managing not only his pitching staff but the entire Avon Lake roster, and it is clear that his teammates look up to his leadership both on and off the field. On the field, he has done quite well for himself, following in his brother’s footsteps by earning an offer to play for Kent State as a member of the Golden Flashes baseball team.

With high school baseball season just under way in Northeast Ohio after one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Brad and his Avon Lake teammates were faced with an early test, taking on a powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Shoremen had lost this same matchup at the big-league ballpark last season, and in what would amount to his final high school game here, Brad wanted nothing more than a victory for his team.

Standing underneath the ballpark in the Indians batting cages, Brad was living the life of a big leaguer. He was hitting in the same batting cages that many of the players he’d looked up to over the years had used during their stay with the Tribe. Moments later, he walked out towards the home bullpen to warm up his starting pitcher, Avon Lake ace Logan DeLong, following the same path that Tribe great Sandy Alomar Jr. might have taken to warm up Charles Nagy before an early April Indians game in the 1990s.

“Bradley was so excited about getting to warm up his pitcher in the bullpen and hitting under the ballpark in the batting cages, all things that when you are around the game you take for granted,” Tom Hamilton said. “Every kid dreams of being able to play in the big leagues and they got to experience what that would be like for a day.”


Brad Hamilton was behind the plate for the first pitch, and it would not take much longer for him to take center stage in the ballgame, where he struck early and often. In the bottom of the first, Avon Lake loaded the bases with nobody out, bringing Hamilton to the plate. Standing confidently in the box, he lined a two-run single into left-center field to put the Shoremen on the board. The rally would continue as Avon pushed across a total of five runs in the first inning.

Not wasting any time, Hamilton came to the plate in the second inning, again with the bases loaded. On the first pitch, he drove a ball into the gap in left-center field, driving home two more runs to give his team a 7-0 lead. The hit wound up being the game-winner as Avon Lake held on for a 7-5 victory, and Hamilton would finish 2-3 with 4 RBIs.

“It was an unbelievable experience and to get the win is just a bonus,” he said. “I was really happy with everyone’s approach, the guys really battled before me and I was just lucky to be in that situation [to drive in the winning runs].”

The Hamilton family is enjoying a strong year in baseball this year, but understand very well that this game can be unrelenting, with every hitting streak there comes a slump and with success there comes failure.

“We’ve been very blessed and we know how fortunate we are. Baseball is a game with many ups and downs and my kids know that, and we cherish that the boys have had these great experiences thus far this year,” said Tom Hamilton.

Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation in April 2012 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school baseball and softball programs are made possible due to the multi-million-dollar commitment from CIC.

Hardball Classic game recaps

Avon Lake 7, St. Ignatius 5

Avon Lake struck first in the bottom of the first inning with five runs off of Ignatius starter Bennett Kinzel. After loading the bases with nobody out, Hamilton delivered a two-run single to get the scoring started. In the second, Hamilton again delivered for Avon Lake with the bases loaded, driving in two more runs to give the Shoremen a 7-0 lead. Hamilton would finish the day at 2-3 with 4 RBI.

“I don’t know if you can find a hotter hitter in baseball in Northeast Ohio,” Avon Lake head coach Jay Fowler said of Hamilton . “He’s a fabulous talent and a hard worker, and we’re just really happy for him.”

For the Shoremen, starter and ace Logan DeLong worked a scoreless first inning before being lifted from the game to preserve his arm after throwing earlier in the week. He was relieved by Logan Montague, who worked four strong innings, surrendering just one run on six hits.

Trailing by six in the sixth, Ignatius would rally for four runs off of Shoremen reliever Logan Cherni to make it a two-run game. Nick Longo led off the inning with a walk, then swiped second base and scored on a throwing error to ignite the Ignatius offense. Jake Kucia then singled home a run followed by a Sam Fuller two-run double to cap off the scoring for the Wildcats.

Leading by two, Avon Lake put the game into the hands of sophomore reliever James O’Connor, who was making his second appearance for the Varsity team. O’Connor delivered in a big spot, shutting down the Ignatius sixth-inning rally and returning in the seventh to close out the game retiring all four batters he faced.

University School 4, Gilmour Academy 0

In Friday’s Hardball Classic nightcap, Gilmour Academy and University School faced off under the lights of Progressive Field. With school out for the weekend, students from both schools were out in full force to support their teams, lining the home and visiting dugouts creating a playoff-like atmosphere for the players.

Pitching dominated the first two innings, as starters Brandon Jaces and Chandler Waszak traded zeroes for Gilmour and University respectively. Waszak had the strikeout pitch working, retiring five of his first six outs via the strikeout; Jaces pitched to contact.

In the top of the third, the Preppers struck first, scoring two runs on a well-hit ball to deep left-center field off the bat of Waszak. Andrew Domonkos followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Domonkos helped University tack on an insurance run with an RBI double to make it 4-0.

Waszak was a force to be reckoned with on the mound throughout, holding the Lancers to just five hits. In the bottom of the sixth, Waszak faced his biggest test of the game, allowing runners to reach second and third with nobody out. He retired the next three batters without surrendering a run on two groundouts and a strikeout, his 12th of the game. He finished with 13 punchouts.

“This is probably one of the first and only times I’ll be playing in a Major League stadium and to be able to come out here and play as well as we did was awesome,” Waszak said of his team’s performance.

For University Head Coach Ben Boka, the opportunity for his players to play at Progressive Field was special.

“This certainly is a tremendous place to play and these boys really appreciate the opportunity to come out here and play and it really makes them come out and play the best that they can,” said Boka.

Elyria Catholic 12, Highland 2

The Panthers scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to the victory over the Hornets. EC won for the second year in a row in the Hardball Classic; the Panthers beat Berea, 10-0, in last year’s event. Noah Bland had two triples and three RBI.


Tweet using #Whiff + @Indians to help Cleveland’s kids

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Major League Baseball and Head & Shoulders are teaming up for another “Season of the #Whiff” and we want you to get involved!

What is a whiff?

A whiff is the “swoosh” of the bat hitting nothing but air. Think of a terrible miss in a backyard game of whiffle ball, and you’ll hear a whiff.

While whiffs may be bad news for a hitter, whiffs are wonderful for a pitching staff — and now they could help kids in the Cleveland area get to play the game we all know and love. The MLB clubs with the highest whiff totals each month will earn funding for their local RBI program from Head & Shoulders!

What is the RBI program?

The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program was designed by Major League Baseball to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth.

Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC) and the Cleveland Baseball Federation team up to operate the local RBI and Rookie League programs that provide youth team-oriented activities while challenging them academically and physically. Kids are also required to attend educational seminars that stress positive social interaction, health issues, and the importance of staying in school. More than 4,500 Cleveland-area boys and girls participate in RBI and Rookie League each year.

How can I help?

Simply by including “#WHIFF + @Indians” in your tweets (or retweeting others who do) you could help raise thousands of dollars for Cleveland area kids! You can include “#Whiff + @Indians” in up to 27 tweets per day (per account) to count toward the Tribe’s whiff total.

The team with the highest total of #Whiff tweets each month will earn thousands of dollars for their local RBI chapter! Here’s the breakdown of dollar distribution for whiff leaders each month, April through September:

  • 1st Place: $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $7,500
  • 3rd Place: $7,500
  • 4th Place: $5,000
  • 5th Place: $5,000
  • 6th Place: $2,500
  • 7th Place: $2,500

Follow @HSforMen on Twitter to track @Indians‘ progress or visit Head & Shoulders “Season of the #Whiff” page at

Now get tweeting!

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling