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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

On #GivingTuesday, give local youth the chance to play baseball or softball through Catch 25!


What better gift to give on #GivingTuesday than the gift of baseball? For $25, you can give that gift to a local boy or girl in the form of Little League baseball or softball.

Cleveland Indians Charities introduced its “Catch 25” campaign earlier this season, and has raised thousands of dollars to fund baseball or softball for Cleveland youth.

And as the nation’s attention turns to Giving Tuesday, there still is time to donate for more kids to have the opportunity to play in 2014.

“Cleveland Indians Charities embraces its responsibility to serve and is dedicated to shaping children’s lives through the games of baseball and softball,” said REBECCA KODYSH, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “These contributions make a major impact on the lives of Cleveland-area children.”

To donate, visit To ensure secure transactions, an user name and password are necessary to donate. For those wishing to donate but who do not have an account, signing up is easy at

The Catch 25 campaign reflects the continued commitment of Cleveland Indians Charities to the Indians organization’s four Guiding Commitments, one of which is to positively impact the community and provide essential opportunities to Cleveland-area youth.

Established in 1989, CIC partners with groups in Northeast Ohio 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.

Through the years, CIC has raised money at a variety of fundraising events and is aided by the generosity of donors including Cleveland Indians players, coaches, fans, Front Office personnel and corporate partners.

Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $9 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation last April to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, high school baseball and softball in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are alive only because of the multi-million-dollar commitment made by the Indians organization.

Tribe front office spends Thursday rehabilitating two East Side homes

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Thirty members of the Indians front office spent Thursday out of the office on Cleveland’s East Side, helping rehabilitate two homes in conjunction with Rebuilding Together.

One home, owned by a special education teacher at Cleveland’s Glenville High School, got a fresh coat of paint on trim and dormers, plus improvements to drywall and floors on the interior. Downspouts and gutters also were repaired.

The other home is owned by a woman named Gloria who uses the adjacent lot to raise a garden, whose wares she sells at a farmer’s market. Her home got new paint on the interior, plus some improvements to the rear of the home’s siding and porch areas.

“This is usually one of the most popular events we participate in for our employees,” said Justin Sherman, coordinator of the Tribe’s Community Outreach department. “To get out in the community and make a tangible difference in people’s lives is a great feeling.”

The effort was part of the Indians commitment to the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities. Through the organization’s Community Outreach department, each member of the Indians front volunteers at various activities throughout each year, including Rebuilding Together.

Additionally, through Cleveland Indians Charities, the Indians have raised millions of dollars to support various youth activities, including complete funding of Cleveland Metropolitan School District baseball and softball and supporting Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and more.

Rebuilding Together is a a national nonprofit with a network of nearly 225 affiliates across the United States; its mission is to preserve affordable housing by bringing volunteers, organizations and communities together to restore the home of low-income homeowners. Homeowners are chosen through an application process.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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:


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 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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