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Before becoming #CyKluber, Corey Kluber chats w/fans on Twitter

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Tribe pitcher Corey Kluber took an hour or so to chat with fans on Twitter last Wednesday, about four hours before being named the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner.

Questions and answers ranged from serious:

… to fun:

Make sure you’re following Corey (@CKluber) to know more about the Cy Young winner!

Tribe staff, Slider lend helping hand at Cleveland Foodbank

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Members of the Cleveland Indians front office, with a little help from sidekick Slider, visited the Cleveland Foodbank on Thursday morning to help the staff sort food and pack backpacks for kids to take home on weekends.

Nearly 30 members of the Indians front office visited on Thursday, sorting vegetables that then would be sent to local food pantries, and preparing backpacks that eventually would end up going home with kids from school on weekends, when they’re most likely to miss meals.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

 

#CyKluber honored at Cavaliers vs. Spurs game — pics, Tweets, video

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Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was honored at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night as the Cavs took on the Spurs! To watch the Cavs present Kluber with his own Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, check out the highlights by clicking here.

Here are some Twitter highlights, as well; photos above are from the Tribe’s Dan Mendlik.

92 years young, Joe Duncan building model of old ballpark

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92-year-old Joe Duncan presents a great case for “Indians Superfan,” as written in Scout’s feature on the former U.S. Army Corporal.

Duncan, a native of Sharon Center, Ohio, grew up cheering for the Indians and continued doing so throughout his time in the military.

After returning home from serving our country, Duncan got to have some fun with his second passion — the Indians — as he is now building a model of Jacobs Field in his attic. To view photos of his artwork and to read more on Duncan’s passion for his country and for the Tribe, visit: http://www.scout.com/story/1479319-meet-indians-superfan-and-wwii-vet-joe-duncan?s=143#/story/1479319-meet-indians-superfan-and-wwii-vet-joe-duncan?s=143.

Baseball art of CLE native Allen Friedlander to be on exhibit Dec. 13 at Baseball Heritage Museum

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The Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park will host artist Allen Friedlander’s Baseball Art exhibit on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

All fans are invited to attend the event as it is free of charge and open to the public. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day. Free parking will also be available.

Fans that have not yet had an opportunity to browse through the Baseball Heritage Museum are encouraged to visit the newly-renovated site and check out Cleveland native Allen Friedlander’s work.

“The Baseball Heritage Museum is at home in Cleveland’s historic Ticket House at League Park,” Bob Zimmer, founder of the Baseball Heritage Museum, said. “It is truly a magical place where history was made and the future begins. Imagine all those that walked the hallowed ground: the Babe hitting his 500th home run, the Indians winning the 1920 World Championship, the Buckeyes winning the 1945 Negro League World Championship, and so many more.”

Friedlander, who graduated from Cleveland Heights High School (1971) and Cleveland State University (1979), will be present to show off his artwork.

“Allen Friedlander is a long-time Clevelander and sports fan,” Zimmer said. “Allen’s pencil drawings capture the essence of the player and sport depicted in the photographic images from where Allen bases his work. The detail takes you to a new level of expression and provides an ambiance of its own.”

Friedlander’s artwork includes pencil renderings of Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, all of whom are Hall of Famers who played at League Park.

For more information on the event, please contact the museum by calling 216-789-1083 or emailing info@baseballheritagemuseum.org.

 

#CyKluber countdown: CK finishes 2014 with a bang, dominates Rays for win No. 18

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Date/score: September 26, 1-0

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching line: 8 IP, 0 ER, 11 SO, 2 BB

Record: 18-9

2014 strikeout total: 269

Key at-bat(s): With support mounting for Kluber’s Cy Young candidacy, he turned in a gem – an exclamation point-type outing, limiting the Rays to five hits while striking out the side in the first as a sort of announcement that, “Yep, I’m the Cy Young.” Only once did Kluber have more than one base runner on, and in the fifth, faced a test after a two-out Kevin Kiermaier triple. Yet as he’d done all season, Kluber ended the threat by striking out Ryan Hanigan.

Notable: By striking out 11 overall and allowing no earned runs while walking two, Kluber logged his 11th start of the season with 10 or more strikeouts, two or fewer earned runs and two or fewer walks. Incredible.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 81

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: CK strikes out 14 for second straight start, stifles the Twins for win No. 17

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Date/score: September 21, 7-2

Opponent: Minnesota Twins

Pitching line: 8 IP, 2 ER, 14 SO, 1 BB

Record: 17-9

2014 strikeout total: 258

Key at-bat(s): Minnesota cut its deficit to 5-2 in the fifth on doubles by Chris Hermann and Danny Santana, but Kluber struck out Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer to end the frame. He did the same (to Oswaldo Arcia and Josmil Pinto) in the sixth after a one-out single by Trevor Plouffe.

Notable: Kluber had at least two strikeouts in each of the first six innings as he matched his career high for strikeouts in a game with 14 – set in his previous start, a Sept. 16 win over the Astros in Houston.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 73

Highlights:

Indians plan festivities for Nov. 12, 13 prior to AL Cy Young, MVP Award unveiling

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The Cleveland Indians have a host of activities planned for Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the announcement of the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, for which Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley are finalists.

Kluber, 28, is coming off one of the best seasons in Indians history by a starting pitcher, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts, sixth-most in club history for a single season. He finished tied for first in the American League in wins (18) and starts (34), second in strikeouts and third in ERA (2.44) and innings pitched (235.2).

Brantley earned his first American League All-Star selection in 2014 and led the club and set career-bests in virtually every offensive category. He became the first Indians player to amass 200 hits, 45-plus doubles, 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases in the 114-year history of the franchise (and the ninth overall player in MLB history to do it). He also won an AL Silver Slugger Award.

Among the activities planned are:

  • Kluber Q&A: Fans will have the opportunity to ask Kluber questions on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon; fans should follow @Indians and @CKluber to participate.
  • Callaway conference call: Tribe Season Ticket Holders and social media followers can chat live with the man who works most closely with Kluber during the season, Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway, at 4PM Wednesday.
  • Business/school support: The Indians are asking Cleveland-area businesses and schools to wear Tribe colors to support Kluber and Brantley on Wednesday and Thursday; those that do, and tweet photos of their workplace or school in Tribe gear using the hashtag #CyKluber, will be eligible to win Indians prize packs. (Click here for contest rules.)
  • Social media contests: The Indians will offer prizes for fans on social media who enter a Kluber look-a-like contest and others.
  • #CyKluber countdown, #SmoothMVP highlights: On social media, the Indians will wrap up their month-long countdown of Kluber’s AL-high 18 wins with recaps of each start, including pitching lines, highlights and more. On Thursday, the club’s social media accounts will focus on highlights of Brantley’s historic season.
  • Cy Young announcement: Kluber, along with the other finalists, will be interviewed on MLB Network starting at 6PM Wednesday ahead of the announcement.
  • MVP announcement: Brantley will be interviewed, along with the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Tigers’ Victor Martinez, on MLB Network starting at 6PM ahead of the award unveiling.

 

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber strikes out career-high 14 in Houston for win No. 16

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Date/score: September 16, 4-2

Opponent: Houston Astros

Pitching line: 7 IP, 1 ER, 14 SO, 2 BB

Record: 16-9

2014 strikeout total: 244

Key at-bat(s): Kluber found himself in rare trouble in the fourth – Marwin Gonzalez singled, Jon Singleton walked and Max Stassi singled to load the bases. Kluber once again locked in, striking out Alex Presley and Gregorio Petit to end the inning.

Notable: Kluber’s previous career-high in strikeouts was 13, on May 4 vs. the White Sox at Progressive Field; he pitched 8 innings that afternoon but got a no-decision.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 71

Highlights:

Michael Brantley discusses being named AL MVP finalist and receiving the AL Silver Slugger Award

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Michael Brantley caught up with reporters on a conference call this afternoon to discuss his reaction to being named an AL MVP finalist and winner of the AL Silver Slugger on Thursday.

Brantley’s thoughts:

“When I sit back and reflect on the season, the coaching staff, teammates and trainers, family, the fun season we had together, to be recognized for these awards is a blessing and an honor. Your peers and voters have their say as well. I’m just honored to be mentioned in that category with those guys. It’s a tribute to a lot of hard work that’s paying off.

On Yan Gomes being awarded the Silver Slugger: “It’s very exciting because you see that he is one of the leaders on this team. We hit side by side in the cage. He works hard each and every day as a catcher; it’s not easy. To be his teammate and to watch how hard he worked to earn this award, I couldn’t be more happy for him.

On Terry Francona’s contract extension: “It’s exciting because it’s somewhere he wants to be. He is happy coaching us, and we are happy playing for him. 162 games is a long time. He allows you to go out there, play the game and enjoy it. He is truly a players’ manager. When you enjoy your manager, enjoy the guys, enjoy playing, it’s awesome. Something special is going to happen.

On the conversation he had this week with his father, Mickey Brantley: “It’s funny, we were just talking the other day. After I was nominated for a couple awards, I said, ‘Dad, I had a pretty good season.’ He just laughed and said, ‘Son, you had a great season.’ I’ve never been the player that was stat-driven; I care about my teammates and winning, and that comes first.

On his offseason and his anticipation for the 2015 season: “I pride myself on working hard in the offseason. Consistency and your workout routine, eating right and coming into Spring Training ready is important. Once the first game comes, I’m acclimated and ready to go. You have to come into Spring Training prepared and ready to play baseball.

I’m very excited for next year, and I hear from teammates that they are as well. Being with one another, especially the great group of guys we have in the locker room, it’s special. If guys push each other and work hard, I think good things will happen.”

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