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Cleveland Indians were first MLB team to wear numerals on uniforms, 100 years ago Sunday

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3-5-14-18-19-21: The numbers of Tribe legends. Flash back 100 years and these numbers were nonexistent. Fans were not able to identify favorite players by number because players didn’t wear numerals. This changed on June 26, 1916. On that day the Indians management rolled out the new concept of numbered uniforms.

The day after the game, The Plain Dealer recorded a brief mention of this historic event:

“An innovation was sprung by the management when the Indians appeared with numbers upon their sleeves such as are worn by the drivers of race horses. It was the carrying out of an idea by Vice President Robert McRoy, and will, it is expected, be adopted by the league. Graney for instance, is No. 1, Turner, No. 2; Speaker No 3, and so on.”

And just like that, the Cleveland Indians became the first Major League franchise to wear uniform numbers. The pinstriped jersey with a blue block C on the breast featured a digit affixed to the sleeve.

Newspapers from St. Louis to Chicago to New York all covered the development. One paper noted: “The Indians wore numbers on the sleeves of their baseball blouses which tallied with those opposite their names on the scorecard. The innovation made a big hit. This is the first time in the history of baseball that this idea was tried out.”

The paper in St. Louis was not as excited, seeing the move as a stunt that forced fans to purchase scorecards: “The present system merely FORCES the fan to pay money for information that should be gladly given him gratis.”

The use of the sleeve numbers, however, gradually faded out during the season. No reason was given. Several years later, the Indians also claimed another first in the uniform world. In 1929 they became the first MLB franchise to wear a number on the back of the uniform. Often this achievement is traced to the New York Yankees, however the Yankees Opening Day was rained out, while the Tribe had clear skies and thus became the first club to don the numbered jerseys.

A replica jersey will be on display at the Corner Bar.

–Tribe curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Cleveland Indians starters throw some of the nastiest pitches in baseball, according to FanGraphs

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At this point of the season it’s reasonable to expect that the stingiest pitching staff in the American League would be led by one of the game’s best starting rotations. And that is exactly what is happening in Cleveland this year, as the Tribe’s front five has been one of the most dominant rotations in baseball.

Indians starters have combined to post a 3.69 ERA, the second-best mark in the American League, while the Tribe’s current rotation of Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar has combined for a 3.14 ERA in 2016.

And just like a pitching staff is only as good as each individual piece, a pitcher is only as good as his pitches.

According to Fangraphs’ Pitch Value data, which can be found here, the Tribe’s starting five throws some of the most dominant pitches in the game.

Let’s begin with 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who owns both the best cutter and the best curveball in the American League. On a per-100-pitch basis, Kluber’s curveball has been the 3rd-most effective pitch in the AL this season, and opposing hitters are batting just .090 against it.

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Kluber also owns the AL’s best cutter, which is 50% more effective than the league’s second-best cut fastball. His cutter has so much movement that MLB’s PITCHf/x system actually classifies it as a slider, which might explain why opposing hitters have just a .488 OPS against.

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Following in Kluber’s footsteps, Josh Tomlin’s cutter ranks as the eighth-most effective cut-fastball in the AL this year, which he uses to setup the league’s 16th-best fastball. This combination allows Tomlin to work the edges of the plate as he has generated a 31.6% O-swing rate (percent of pitches outside of the strikezone that are swung on and missed), the 10th-best mark in the AL.

But it’s not all about the breaking balls with this group, because Danny Salazar owns the best changeup in baseball this season. Although he already possessed a mid-90s fastball when he debuted for the Indians in 2013, Salazar’s changeup has only improved with time. Opposing hitters batted .246 against his changeup in 2013, .179 in 2014, .155 in 2015 and a paltry .077 this season. A true strikeout-pitch, Salazar’s changeup generates an absurd 24% swing-and-miss rate.

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Now we turn to Trevor Bauer, who has quietly put together one of the most effective arsenals in the league this season. Each of Bauer’s five primary offerings are among the 20-most effective pitches of their kind this season. On a per-100-pitch basis, Bauer owns the League’s most effective slider, fifth-best curveball, 10th-best changeup, 12th-best fastball and 14th-best cutter.

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Among all of this, let’s not forget about Carlos Carrasco, who, due to injury, has not thrown enough innings to rank among league qualifiers at the moment. That said, his curveball would currently rank among the American League’s top-five hooks.

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Hat tip to Waiting For Next Year’s Michael Bode for the idea — give him a follow on Twitter.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

GALLERY: Trevor and Tribe sweep Rays, go undefeated at Progressive Field in June

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The Tribe started off the offense in the first inning in the series finale against the Rays, and kept it going. Behind big hits from Kip and Santana and a gem by Bauer, the Tribe collected their 6th straight win, sweeping the homestand with a perfect 6-0 record AND closing out an undefeated June at home.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win ninth straight at home, 7-4 over Tampa Bay Rays

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The Indians won the club’s ninth straight at home on Monday night, a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Rays. The Tribe’s AL Central lead is at a game, with KC idle on Monday.

Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe hit homers in the eighth – Lindor a solo shot leading off and Uribe a two-run shot later – to break open a 4-4 game after seven. Uribe has hit homers in three straight games for the first time in his career.

The Tribe got on the board in the fourth, as Carlos Santana drove in Francisco Lindor with an RBI fielder’s choice; Lindor had singled, moved up on Mike Napoli’s single and stole third. Rajai Davis and Jason Kipnis later pulled off a double steal after Kipnis’ fifth-inning RBI single.

Carlos Santana hit his 15th homer in the sixth, again tying him for the team lead with Napoli; the homer traveled an estimated 440 feet, per MLB’s Statcast technology, landing above the shrubs in the center field batter’s eye at Progressive Field. In the seventh, Yan Gomes doubled and Davis got him home with a sac fly to tie it at 4.

Josh Tomlin pitched seven innings, allowing four runs. Bryan Shaw struck out the side in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save.

The Indians entered Monday’s game second in the AL and third in baseball in steals (51), and after stealing three more bases in three tries on Monday, the club’s success rate (now 79.4%) is third in the AL and baseball.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians complete sweep of Chicago White Sox on Jose Ramirez’s walk-off single

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The Indians swept the White Sox on Sunday on Jose Ramirez’s 10th-inning walk-off single, the Indians second walk-off win of the weekend. (Carlos Santana hit a walk-off homer on Friday.)

The Tribe completed the sweep in front of 25,269. The Tribe drew 84,247 for the weekend series against the White Sox.

Rajai Davis – who had four hits and two stolen bases — led off with a double, and Jason Kipnis bunted him to third. The Sox intentionally walked Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli, and after Carlos Santana popped out, Ramirez singled past Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu.

Down 1-0, Napoli tied it in the first with a sac fly for his 36th RBI at home this year; he entered the game tied for second in the American League in that category. After the Sox took the lead on Melky Cabrera’s solo shot in the fourth, the Tribe answered again, with Juan Uribe’s second homer in as many days after returning from an injury suffered last weekend in Anaheim.

Carlos Carrasco went 7.1 IP, his second-longest outing of the season, striking out six and allowing just two earned runs.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians hammer Chicago White Sox in 13-2 Saturday victory

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Mike Napoli, Juan Uribe and Tyler Naquin hit homers as the Indians pounded out 13 runs and 15 hits in a 13-2 win in front of 31,066 at Progressive Field on Saturday.

Napoli’s three-run homer in the first gave the Tribe all the cushion it would need, while Naquin fell a double shy of the cycle in reaching base five times (single, triple, homer, two walks). Juan Uribe added three hits and three RBI.

Danny Salazar, who entered the game leading the AL in ERA, K/9, hits/runs allowed, bWAR and more, allowed two runs in 6.2 innings, striking out seven. He’s 8-3 with a 2.23 ERA.

Other notes:

  • Napoli’s 15 homers are a team-high
  • Francisco Lindor had three hits, tying Boston’s Xander Bogaerts with a league-high 12 games of three or more hits
  • Naquin’s four RBI were a career high and his three hits tied a career high

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Chicago White Sox on Carlos Santana’s walkoff homer

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Carlos Santana hit his fourth career walk-off homer (fifth career walk-off hit overall) in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night to lift the Indians to a dramatic 3-2 win over the White Sox in front of 27,912 at Progressive Field.

Santana’s homer was his 14th of the year, tied for the team lead with Mike Napoli and tied for 14th in the American League.

The Tribe had taken the lead in the eighth on a Jason Kipnis RBI double, but the Sox tied it in the ninth on Avisail Garcia’s RBI double.

Trevor Bauer dominated, striking out nine in seven innings and allowing just a run. In his last five starts, Bauer has logged a 2.52 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor

Party At Napoli’s T-shirts coming soon to Cleveland Indians Team Shop

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They’re arriving soon, and they’ll be available for purchase.

What is that we’re referring to? You guessed it. Your own personal “Party At Napoli’s” T-shirt.

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You may have seen Mike Napoli wearing the shirt in a post-game interview with Andre Knott following his walk-off sac fly against the Kansas City Royals on June 2.

You may have even heard Mike mutter to Andre: “Party at Napoli’s? Let’s do it!”

So where did this all come from?

It all began with #IndiansTwitter user @HipsterTito. He and friends had plans to participate in our #TribeLive section that night, and had the idea to make a sign to celebrate Mike’s achievements — a slogan which quickly caught on.

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It caught on so well, that we delivered Mike the makeshift version of the shirt (seen in the photo with Andre above), and well, he loved it.

He even commented how he wanted everybody wearing them, so we had the idea: Why not create “Party At Napoli’s” shirts for all fans to enjoy? We asked Mike his thoughts, and he was all for it.

All for it indeed, on one condition — he requested a portion of all proceeds go to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

A party for the kids? That’s a party everyone should attend!

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor visits inner-city kids at Compton, Calif., Urban Youth Academy

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As part of a year-long campaign to impact the lives of kids across the country, Francisco Lindor visited kids at Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., on Saturday.

The Indians are in southern California to play the Angels.

Lindor already has visited kids in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities programs in Philadelphia (in April, when the Tribe played the Phillies), and in Cleveland, at League Park. He’ll continue the initiative all season, in Cleveland and on the road.

Register now for the Cleveland Indians Continental Cup baseball tournament!

Continental Cup 2015 Day 4 Baseball and Basketball (13 of 16)We are proud to sponsor the baseball side of the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Sports – and there is still time to register your team!

The Continental Cup is a youth sports event featuring competitions in soccer, baseball and basketball, with a goal to create opportunities for young athletes from across to globe to interact, exchange culture and make lifelong memories and friends.

This year, the Cleveland Indians Continental Cup baseball tournament will be held from June 30-July 3 at Victory Park Ohio, a Cleveland Indians Community Partner. Championship games will be played at historic League Park, the one-time home of the Tribe.

This is the 11th year of the Continental Cup, which features 3,000 young athletes from 10-plus countries each year.

In its short history, the Continental Cup has featured over 2,100 teams from over 39 countries. Some notable international countries likely to participate this year include: Nepal, Pakistan, Greece, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Canada.

To register a team as part of the Cleveland Indians Baseball Tournament portion of the event, visit this link. The tournament features teams with kids ages 10-14.

Each team entered will play a minimum of four games, and will have access to opening festivities, athlete gifts and discounts to area attractions.

The maximum number for a roster is eighteen (18) players.

For more information and to register, click here.

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