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Swisher on Feller Act of Valor Award: ‘First thing that comes to mind is honor and pride’


The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation has recognized Tribe first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher for his integrity and named him a winner of one of its 2014 awards.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, in its second year, honors three winners each year—one U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, one Baseball Hall of Famer, and one current Major League Baseball player. All of these winners represent the values and integrity that Bob Feller displayed on and off the field.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson (U.S. Navy) and Hall of Famer and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda join Swisher as the 2014 recipients of this award. All three winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on November 5, 2014, at The United States Navy Memorial in Washington.

Swisher’s service in the community and his support overseas undoubtedly touch the lives of those in the U.S. military.

Swisher said he was honored to be mentioned with a name such as Bob Feller.

“The first thing that comes to mind is honor and pride. For me, just to be in the same breath as a man like Bob Feller, I could not be more honored to be in this position,” Swisher said. “I could not be more grateful to receive this award, something that is near and dear to my heart.”

Swisher, whose grandfather served in the U.S. military during the Korean War, continues to support the military through his charitable efforts. He works with the Wounded Warriors Program and also supports Philips Norelco’s projects on Operation Homefront. Both Nick and his wife, Joanna Garcia Swisher, have brought their enthusiasm and energy to the troops in Afghanistan on several occasions.

“I’ve spent countless hours with the U.S. military — all branches — just to be able to be with them and to see what they go through each and every day,” Swisher said. “These men and women are fighting for our freedom; they give us what we have today. They deserve all the credit.

“For a man like Bob Feller, who was not only one amazing baseball player but [also served] his country the way he did, what an honorable man. Wish I had the chance to meet him. To accept this award, I could not be more honored. Thank you so much.”

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–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Nick Swisher named one of three 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipients


Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Swisher and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson to be Honored at Navy Memorial Event November 5, 2014

Washington, DC –The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation is excited to announce the winners of the 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. This award recognizes three recipients – one Baseball Hall of Famer, one current professional baseball player, and one US Navy Chief Petty Officer – each of whom possesses the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson of the United States Navy will formally receive their awards at a ceremony on November 5, 2014, the week before Veterans Day, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The United States Navy Memorial in Washington. The ceremony will feature a unique gathering of baseball luminaries and Navy leadership, as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens are scheduled to participate in the honoring of the three award winners.

Like Bob Feller himself, Tommy Lasorda put his professional baseball career on hold to fulfill his duty to our country. He served in the US Army from 1945 to 1947, during which time he was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. Said Lasorda, “It is a privilege and an honor to receive the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. I have the highest respect and admiration for the men and women who serve in the United States Navy, as well as the other branches of the military. I loved Bob Feller and am so grateful to receive an award that bears his name.”

To date Lasorda has visited more than 40 US Military installations worldwide, and in 2009 he provided entertainment and motivation to US troops in Iraq as part of a USO Goodwill tour. In the last calendar year alone, he has taken part in Navy general retirement ceremonies and participated in the swearing-in ceremonies of over 1,500 new US troops.

Nick Swisher, first baseman and outfielder for Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, continues to honor the legacy of his grandfather, who served in the US military during the Korean War, by supporting the Wounded Warriors Program and assisting Philips Norelco’s charitable activities on Operation Homefront.

“The first thing that comes to mind is honor and pride. For me, just to be in the same breath as a man like Bob Feller, I could not be more honored to be in this position. I could not be more grateful to receive this award, something that is near and dear to my heart,” said Swisher. Nick and his wife JoAnna Garcia Swisher have also participated in USO tours to Afghanistan to provide morale for our troops.

Leadership, peers, and shipmates of Senior Chief Thompson hold him in the highest regard and look up to him as an exceptional and valued leader. His Commanding Officer, Captain Fenton said, “The success Senior Chief Thompson has achieved throughout his career is indicative of his professionalism, technical expertise, and genuine concern for his Sailors.”

Senior Chief Thompson stated, “This is a tremendous honor and such a humbling experience for me. I am overwhelmed and extremely excited at the same time.  I would have never dreamed that I would receive an award for the way I live my life but I am extremely grateful for my parents and all those teachers, mentors, and community leaders along the way who instilled in me the morals and ethics that I live my life by.” Senior Thompson is currently serving as the Calibration Laboratory Leading Chief Petty Officer supporting 18 departments, 71 Carrier Air Wing FIVE aircraft, and the USS George Washington Strike Group. He also voluntarily completed an Individual Augmentee/Operational Support Assignment to Djibouti, Africa, where he served as Command Security Manager for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa.

While many know Bob Feller as one of the greatest pitchers to ever grace the baseball diamond, few remember that he also served our country when he made the selfless decision to enlist just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller served on missions in both the Pacific and North Atlantic and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer along with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. When asked about the most important game he had won, Feller famously replied without hesitation, “World War II.”

Including Nick Swisher, six Major League Baseball players were named finalists for the 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award – Adam LaRoche of the Washington Nationals, Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers, Charlie Morton of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, and Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Several finalists and nominees were honored with on-field ceremonies and presented with commemorative quilts by Quilts of Honor. Swisher and nominee Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals were honored at Progressive Field on July 4 and 5, with Mrs. Anne Feller present; LaRoche and Ziegler were both honored at Nationals Park on August 19; Lucroy and Morton were both honored at PNC Park on September 20, also with Mrs. Anne Feller present; and nominee Darren O’Day of the Baltimore Orioles was honored at Camden Yards on September 21.

Peter Fertig created The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award with the support of the US Navy, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, The Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller.

“It is truly inspiring to watch these players within major league baseball honor our US Military and those who serve proudly today,” said Fertig. “Bob Feller led his generation onto the field of battle and away from the baseball diamond for a more significant reason. He was not alone; Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, Yogi Berra, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, Tommy Lasorda and millions of other regular citizens joined him. These celebrated Americans from our past understood the importance of keeping our world safe from tyranny. The legacy of Bob Feller and the greatest generation are embodied throughout these players and their respective clubs for honoring those who serve this great nation, and for this we are forever grateful.”

The winners of the inaugural 2013 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were former New York Yankees great and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, and U.S. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth Sinclair.

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The Navy Memorial includes both a commemorative public plaza and a Naval Heritage Center. The plaza is a round ceremonial amphitheater paved in granite to form a 100-foot diameter of the world. Surrounding the deck of the plaza are fountains, pools, flagpole masts, and sculptural panels near the edge of the plaza. The Navy Memorial is located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004.





Joel Hammond

Communications Coordinator
Cleveland Indians Baseball
Cell: 216-287-1454



2014 Season in Review: May — Kottaras, T-Plush, Lonnie/Good Guy go wild, Crockett and KLUBER

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

May 4 – New guy George Kottaras makes history: Kottaras, a journeyman catcher brought up from Columbus, homered in his first two at-bats with the Indians, somehow overshadowing another fantastic Corey Kluber start.

May 7 – Aviles logs the Tribe’s first walk-off of 2014: After 11 walk-offs in 2013, Mike Aviles gets the Indians first of 2014, a single up the middle to beat Minnesota.

May 11 — Nyjer Morgan offers epic postgame interview: Morgan, who joined the club during Spring Training, had an eventful couple months with the team before his season was cut short by injury … those events included this wild, epic postgame interview with Tribe radio men Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus.

May 13 – ‘Dr. Smooth’ is official: Michael Brantley’s nickname is officially official, as the roundly accepted measure of such things – being added to a player’s Baseball Reference page – happens. (more…)

Photo gallery: Progressive Field renovations, Week 2


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Late last week, the Bob Feller statue was moved from its place near Gate C at Progressive Field so that construction crews could begin work on a dramatic transformation of that area. (Link includes video!)

This week, work continues inside the ballpark, with the destruction of the Batter’s Eye Bar — which eventually will pave the way for great new views for Clevelanders outside the ballpark — and more prep work for the installation of a new group seating area in the former Upper Reserved area in right field.

The Bud Patio also is being taken out to make way for a new, two-story, climate controlled bar in near the right-field foul pole.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Indians, Twitter followers raise $37,500 for Cleveland RBI leagues

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After $7,500 September donation in Head & Shoulders and MLB 2014 “Season of the Whiff” monthly Twitter competition, season total grows to $37,500 for Cleveland Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Leagues

Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of September, 2014. As of October 1, 2014, the Cleveland Indians racked up 30,384 #Whiff @Indians tweets, securing third place for the month of September, resulting in a $7,500 donation to local Cleveland RBI leagues.

For the year, the Indians and the club’s large, engaged social media followers have secured $37,500 to be donated to Cleveland RBI leagues through Head and Shoulders’ #Whiff campaign. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

“The Indians are proud to support, through Cleveland Indians Charities, many charitable efforts in our community, including the RBI program,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “We’d like to thank our loyal Twitter followers for helping us continue our commitment to the Northeast Ohio community.”

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular Season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!

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2014 Season in Review: March/April — Contract extensions, Opening Day homers, squirrels, KLUBER

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Here’s the first installment — April:

March 31 — Yan Gomes signs contract extension: The Tribe’s catcher inked a six-year deal on Opening Day, committing to Cleveland through 2019 with club options through 2021. Gomes following it up with an All-Star-caliber season.

March 31 — Nyjer Morgan’s sac fly and Nick Swisher’s RBI single help Indians win opener: The Tribe’s 2014 season got off on the right foot as the Tribe beats Oakland early on Tuesday morning. (Morgan had an eventful and productive stint in Cleveland before succumbing to an injury sustained in Toronto.)

April 4 – Jason Kipnis signs contract extension: Kipnis joined Gomes and Michael Brantley in committing to be a part of the Tribe’s core going forward by signing a six-year deal.

April 4 — Rain delays Tribe home opener, but Swisher’s late homer pushes the Indians to a victory: In a game delayed by two hours due to soggy conditions, the Indians beat the Twins on a cold Friday evening to open the home portion of the slate with a victory. Swisher’s homer to right in the sixth put the good guys ahead for good.

April 20 — David Murphy’s bases-clearing double beats Toronto: The new guy – also known as Good Guy, hit a two-out, three-run double in the sixth to drive in Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera and beat Toronto.

April 21 – A new Progressive Field inhabitant introduces himself: A squirrel hung out in the outfield throughout the Tribe’s series opener vs. KC; we, of course, conducted a fake interview with it about his time in Cleveland.

4/21 – Indians introduce free high-speed Wi-Fi at Progressive Field: The Indians, in response to fan feedback about cellular service at the ballpark, introduced high-speed, free public Wi-Fi for fans at Tribe games, in partnership with Verizon.

April 24 – Corey Kluber has his coming-out party: Kluber pitches a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 11 vs. Kansas City as the Indians take three of four. It, clearly, was a sign of things to come for the Cy Young favorite.

Limited number of Progressive Field seats on sale at ballpark Team Shop


Seat pairs available at Indians Team Shop, make perfect gifts for Tribe fans

Cleveland, OH—Cleveland Indians fans now can secure the perfect holiday gift for the Indians fan in their lives: seats from Progressive Field.

A very limited number – around 200 – of mounted pairs of seats affected by the ongoing Progressive Field renovations are available for purchase in the Indians Team Shop at Progressive Field; each pair is $600.

The project, expected to be completed by Opening Day 2015, will enhance the fan experience at Progressive Field for all generations. It features an expanded Kids Clubhouse for young fans, new social spaces for all fans to gather and enjoy Indians baseball, and a dramatic new Gate C Entrance that will better connect the city and ballpark.

For complete details on the renovations, visit Field.


100-year-old former Tribe bullpen catcher a Tribe throwback


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Significant renovations at League Park have been completed, and several local teams have tested the newly-installed turf field and visited the Baseball Heritage Museum. Now more than ever, Indians fans are able to learn about their team’s history.

A special part of that history was on hand during the Tribe’s last homestand of the year, on Wednesday against the Royals at Progressive Field — 100-year-old Laden Bell. Bell, a former Indians batting practice catcher – including at League Park — came armed with numerous great stories from his time with the team.

“When the catcher got tired, I used to catch,” Bell said. “It was good. We didn’t do much winning, but they eventually started winning.”

Bell said he caught batting practice for the likes of Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.

“I loved all the players and got along with all of them,” Bell said.

Bell, who said to tell Tribe fans that he was really only 94 years old, had a great relationship with Satchel Paige – a Negro League legend and eventual Indians Hall of Famer who pitched for the Tribe from 1948-1949.

He told a group of fans one of his favorite stories of the tall right-hander.

“We asked Satchel Paige why he walked so slow, and he said, ‘No use in hurrying into trouble.’”

Bell’s long-time memories as a batting practice catcher have given the 100-year-old an entirely new meaning of the game.

“There is so much to be thankful for; I’m just happy [to be here],” he said. “I’ll go wherever they put me, as long as I’m in the ballpark.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Photo Gallery: Bob Feller temporarily moves during ballpark renovations

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The Bob Feller statue was moved temporarily on Friday for safe keeping during the ongoing Progressive Field Evolution renovation project; surely a few motorists on East Ninth Street this morning wondered just what the heck was going on.

Don’t worry: The statue will be back in place by Opening Day.

EDIT: Here’s a short video showing Feller’s quick move  to the Players Lot.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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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!


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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