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SI ranks Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis as AL MVP front-runner

Kipnis Laugh

First it was the pre-season cover, “This is our Year.” Then it was a low blow at a Carrasco injury. Then is was calling us the worst defensive team in history. Then it was not even mentioning us a tweet. Now, it’s Jason Kipnis.

It seems Sports Illustrated can’t get enough of the Cleveland Indians, and the magazine’s latest MLB article supports that: In its “Awards Watch” segment, Jason Kipnis was named as the AL MVP if the season were to end today. We know just how ridiculous Kipnis’ line is, so this should come as a surprise to no one. Here are some notes on him from Indians Baseball Information as of 6/24:

  • Extended his current hit streak to a career-best 19 games with a single in the bottom of the 3rd…marks the longest hit streak by an Indians player since a 22-game streak by Michael Brantley from May 20-June 15, 2012…is the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest hit streak in the American League this yearalso matches longest hit streak in the Majors this season, as Washington’s Wilson Ramos had a 19-game streak from April 24-May 19.
  • Kipnis has also hit safely in 28 straight games at home, which is the longest hit streak by any player at Progressive Field…marks the longest active home hit streak in the Majors and the longest by any player since Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez hit in 29 consecutive home games from May 20-July 31, 2012.
  • Is hitting .500 (54-for-108) with 17 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored during this 28-game home hit streak.
  • The 28-game streak is now the 2nd-longest home hit streak in club history, behind Hal Trosky’s 31-game home hit streak that spanned from May 27, 1936-Aug. 2, 1936.
  • His 99 hits through the team’s first 71 games are the most by an Indians hitter since Carlos Baerga tallied 101 hits through the team’s first 71 games in 1995.
  • Has a hit in 57 of the 70 games he has played…Miami’s Dee Gordon and Texas’ Prince Fielder have both hit in 56 games coming into today.

MVP numbers indeed. Let’s hope we get the wins rolling and really make a case for this deserving candidate.

SI’s full article can be read here.

-TribeVibe contributor Ryan Delgado

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s first homer turns out to be a nice gesture


Francisco Lindor came to bat against Buck Farmer in the fifth inning in a close 3-0 ballgame. Out in section 103 sat a young man by the name of Kyle Armbrecht, hailing from Streetsboro High School. Little did the two know that by the second pitch into the at-bat, they would be forever connected.

Lindor took a hack at Farmer’s 1-0 fastball and deposited his first Major League home run into the stands. In a day where milestone baseballs are either being held for ransom, or held for moral publicity, Kyle had no thoughts about that. He graciously was willing to give the ball back to Lindor: “It’s (his ball), not mine,” he said.

Kyle didn’t catch the ball on the fly, but managed to corral it after the people in front of him whiffed on the catch.

“It just kind of hit the people in front of me then bounced off the chair and I got it,” he said. A humble statement from a humble kid who actually was there via free tickets: Kyle is a pretty good baseball player in his own right, and was able to come to the game because he won the tickets for being named his high school’s team MVP.

Armbrecht claims his favorite player is Corey Kluber, who was also gracious enough to give a signed ball; but maybe after a Lindor home run this favorite player may change.

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Spelling and grammar in Tribe Town is prodigious

When we’re mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, it’s usually about the brand and the business. This time though, it because of our fans and their astute approach to spelling and grammar. Who would have thought!?

Grammar Rankings

Photo Via: Wall Street Journal


The Journal took fan responses and profiles and calculated how often there was proper use of spelling and grammar. As seen in the above table, our social media followers came in at 3.6 mistakes per 100 words, while the highest rate was 13.9 mistakes per 100 words.

Another take from the WSJ study: Royals fans were most verbose in their posts, so thanks, Tribe fans, for your brevity.

You can read the whole WSJ piece here.

-TribeVibe contributor Ryan Delgado & WSJ


Young Cleveland Indians fan can’t be swayed by Miguel Cabrera’s gift

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On Tuesday night, young Indians fan Dom Opron was sitting in the front row on the first base side when a foul ball came his way. After making a spectacular grab with his cap, Dom exchanged a few words with Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

“I just told Miggy, I got your back,” Dom told Fox Sports Detroit in an interview. “I’ve been telling him. He needed to be fired up…”

Miggy took note and handed Dom a ball, batting gloves and bat. However, the gesture wouldn’t sway Dom, who has been an Indians fan since birth, away from the Tribe.

When asked if Miguel Cabrera is now one of his favorite players, he had the perfect response, “I don’t know … I mean he’s on Detroit.”

Well said, Dom. Enjoy the bat, but go Tribe.

– TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin/Photos courtesy of John Opron

PHOTOS: Cleveland Indians players become celebrity bartenders to raise money for VeloSano

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Jason Kipnis, Terry Francona, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, Roberto Perez and more all stopped by The Corner on Wednesday after the Indians beat the Tigers — all for a good cause.

The players participated in an event to raise money for VeloSano, a Cleveland Clinic fundraising bike ride that supports cancer research. The Indians, led by owner Paul Dolan, are founding partners of the event, which raised $1.7 million in its first year in 2014.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Tampa Bay Rays with a walk-off by David Murphy on Sunday

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Friends of Francona program honors veteran Jake Kucbel at Sunday’s game

Friends of Francona

Continuing with our Friends of Francona program, we had Air Force Veteran Jake Kucbel here on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jake Kucbel proudly served in the United States Air Force, stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California, from 2000 until 2004. In September of 2001, Jake was scheduled to come home to Ohio for his 22nd birthday, but his plans were quickly changed when he was called to duty just days after September 11, 2001. During his time in combat, Jake received many awards including the Air Force Achievement Medal, Nato Medal, Global War on Terror Service and Expeditionary Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Jake is a life-long Indians fan, living most of his life in Lorain and Amherst and says he’s been a fan since day one.

“I’ve lived around here my whole life, this is my team,” Jake said Sunday. He’s been to a number of games and recalls of the 2007 ALCS: “I’ve been to many games, but one of the latest games I’ve been to was ’07 in the ALCS, we were up 3 games to 1 against Boston, this experience today though is incredible.”

Jake is a service-connected disabled Veteran. After returning stateside from his tours of duty, Jake began experiencing severe migraines. He suffers from these migraines every day of his life. Often, these migraines impact daily activities and can be especially difficult in day to day life.

Jake works full time as a Corporate Quality Engineer at PolyOne in Avon and attends graduate school at Ashland University. He and his wife care for their four children Emma (age 6), Jonathan (age 4), Olivia (age 2), and Nicholas (age 5 months).

Being at the park with his family today was special to Jake.

“My wife put this together…I was just looking forward to coming to the ballpark with my children, and after the game to go play catch on the field which was just fantastic,” he said. “But with this not only is my family here, but my brother’s here, her brother’s here, everyone’s here, so it’s a great family affair.”

Jake couldn’t have beeen more excited when he got the news of what was happening today.

“We walked into the stadium and I didn’t even know! It wasn’t until we saw other people show up that I was asking why are my parents here? They told me they were going golfing today!….They got me pretty good!”

The Friends of Francona program looks to honor deserving Tribe fans with 10 free tickets to the Club Lounge (all food and soft drinks included in the price of the ticket) as well as $20 fun money on each ticket. The program was started by Indians Manager Terry Francona in 2013 with everything paid for in full by Tito and WTAM.

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Tribe fans celebrate AL Champs at 1995 Indians Reunion

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians celebrate 1995 AL Championship team at Progressive Field

Friday was an amazing night of celebration for the Cleveland Indians 1995 AL Championship team, with a pregame ceremony on the field, in-game highlights from the magical season and a post-game flag raising ceremony in the Right Field District.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Francona, Kipnis, Lindor, coaches and more to appear post-game June 24 at The Corner to benefit VeloSano

Indians vs Blue Jays

Indians vs Blue Jays

Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti scheduled to appear at charity eventC

Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians will play host to a celebrity bartending event to benefit VeloSano following the Tribe and Tigers Noon game on Wednesday, June 24. The event will be held at Progressive Field’s “The Corner” in the Right Field District, which has become one of the hottest spots in Cleveland featuring nearly 40 beers on tap.

The Indians celebrity bartending lineup includes:

  • Manager Terry Francona
  • President Mark Shapiro
  • GM Chris Antonetti
  • 2B Jason Kipnis
  • RHP Trevor Bauer
  • RHP Carlos Carrasco
  • RHP Danny Salazar
  • RHP Bryan Shaw
  • LHP Marc Rzepczynski
  • SS Francisco Lindor
  • 3B Giovanny Urshela

*All celebrity bartenders subject to change

Fans are encouraged to attend the Noon game vs. the Tigers and stay post-game to support the cause, with tips and 20% of proceeds going directly to VeloSano.  The Indians will have a silent auction available to raise additional money. Snack items such as nachos and peanuts will also be available for purchase.

Fans not able to attend the game are still invited without a game ticket to attend the event and enter Progressive Field at the Right Field Gate near the New Era Team Shop off East 9th St. 30 minutes following last out of the game. The event is expected to conclude 3.5 hours (approx. 6:30pm) following the last out.

The Indians partnered once again with Cleveland Clinic to support VeloSano, an annual charity bike ride event, held this summer July 17-19 in Cleveland. The Indians will also field a team of nearly 60 riders, including Indians Chairman and CEO Paul Dolan and other members of the Indians front office.

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is a major community fundraising initiative, where 100% of dollars raised by VeloSano participants directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. At its core, it’s a cycling event where riders commit to raise a pre-determined dollar amount by requesting support from personal contacts.


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