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You’re invited to ¡Pleibol! at League Park!

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The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with the Baseball Heritage Museum cordially invites you to ¡Pleibol!

¡Pleibol! is a celebration of Latinos and African Americans in America’s favorite pastime with special guests including Carlos Baerga, Davey Nelson and Luis Mayoral! This unique event includes guest speakers, a private dinner reception and more! ¡Pleibol! will take place on Friday, September 30 at historic League Park, located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood.

Schedule of events:

6:00-6:30PM: VIP Meet and Greet

6:00-7:00PM: Dinner and networking

7:00-8:00PM: Program

8:00-9:00PM: Tour museum and park

Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 216-894-5664. Tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $100 each.

 

Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard to be recognized on August 11 at Progressive Field

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In the midst of the 2016 Rio Olympics, it’s only appropriate to recognize Cleveland native and four-time Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard.

The Indians will recognize Dillard with a pregame presentation on Thursday, August 11 vs. the Angels. Additionally, Dillard will accompany his granddaughter, Izmailia Sougoufara, on the mound as she throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Dillard competed in track and field in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He won gold in 1948 in the 100 meter race and 4×100 meter relay. Then in 1952, he took gold for the 110 meter hurdles and 4×100 meter relay.

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In later years, Dillard was hired by Bill Veeck to work with the Cleveland Indians as a speed coach during spring training.

Dillard is also a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, James E. Sullivan Award winner and has been honored with a statue at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University.

Beat the Heat: Tips to stay cool and hydrated at Progressive Field

With temperatures anticipated to rise into the 90s on Thursday, and hotter temperatures on the way, we’d like to offer a couple tips to stay cool:

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1. Every fan is allowed to bring one factory-sealed 20-ounce bottle of water into the park.

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2. Bottles can be refilled at drinking fountains located around the park.
a) Water fountains are located at sections 504, 508, 511, 516, 527, 529, 548, 552, 553, 557, 558, 564, 567, 575, 577, 316, 101, 111, 117, 119, 121, 130, 140, 170, 176, 181, 184

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3. Keep hydrated and periodically seek shade in order to avoid the effects of the extreme heat.

All fans are able to visit The Corner, which will offer shade, along with concourses along the first and third-base sides.

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland 5k & 10k races benefiting CIC

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Run, eat and be merry! Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is holding a 5k and 10k races this Sunday with a portion of registration proceeds benefiting Cleveland Indians Charities. Runners receive a race shirt, finisher medal, age group awards, one free beer (21 & over only) and a brat!

There will also be an after party following the race that will include contests, prizes, live music, dancing and more!

Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity 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.

RACE DETAILS:

When:

Sunday, August 7 @ 8:00AM

(registration and packet pick-up @ 7:00AM)

Where:

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland

1550 Chester Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

Registration:

Pre-Registration- $30 (fee includes a 12oz beer and a brat!) 

Online registration closes on Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 9:00AM

All mailed entries must be received by Wednesday, August 3 
Make checks payable to Hermes Sport and Events
2425 West 11th Street 
Suite #2 
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up- $40 (fee includes a beer and a brat!) Cash or Check Only*

GALLERY: Cleveland Indians pitchers Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw donate a turf wiffle ball field to Providence House

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Cody and Mallory Allen, Bryan and Kristen Shaw, and the Cleveland Indians have donated a turf wiffle ball field to the Providence House, a crisis nursery located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, with an official unveiling this morning.

Allen, Shaw and the Indians have partnered with The Motz Group to build the wiffle ball field, which will be located in Providence House’s back yard. Additionally, wiffle balls, bats and other equipment will be donated along with the field. Allen and Shaw spent time this morning playing wiffle ball and visiting with kids during the field unveiling!

Providence House is a nonprofit organization that strives to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis and by building safer communities. Cleveland Indians players and the Wives Association are long-time volunteers and supporters of Providence House.

Corey Kluber announced as a finalist for 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

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The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced its Major League Baseball nominees for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award today.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller.

Beginning Friday, June 24, in Texas and during the next couple of months, each team, along with foundation and military representatives, will honor the nominated players during a pre-game ceremony.

Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on Thursday, November 17th at the United States Navy Memorial.

Previous award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Jonathan Lucroy, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, George Brett, U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.

The 2016 MLB Player Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler

Baltimore Orioles: Darren O’Day

Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia

Chicago White Sox: David Robertson

Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber

Houston Astros: Scott Feldman

Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis

Los Angeles Dodgers: Ron Fairly

Miami Marlins: Mike Dunn and Jeff Conine

Milwaukee Brewers: Jimmy Nelson

Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle

San Francisco Giants: Jake Peavy

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore

Texas Rangers: Bobby Jones

Kluber’s Nomination Letter: 

The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. After winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award, he has continued to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.

Throughout the 2016 season, Corey and his wife, Amanda, have committed encouraging and reaching out to wounded veterans at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VA Medical Center. Each month, Corey visits rehabilitating military veterans, spends time building personal relationships, and provides memorable experiences and autographed memorabilia for our servicemen and women. He will visit with veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury & Dysfunction Center, blind rehabilitation and other long-term care programs. Currently, there are six scheduled visits where Corey will invest time with over one hundred veterans throughout the season. In addition, the Kluber’s will look to host many of these rehabilitating veterans at Cleveland Indians home games whenever possible. The Kluber’s dedication to these hospital visits represents their personal passion and appreciation for our country’s veterans, in particular, showing support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

In addition to his commitment to serving our veterans, Corey hosts young patients from Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital every Wednesday home game as part of his Kluber’s Kids program. Through this program, Corey spends time getting to know each special guest and his/her family personally on-field during batting practice. He also provides an autographed jersey and memorabilia, and hosts them during the game with 10 Club Level tickets including all-you-can-eat food.  With 12 events in 2016, Corey hopes to create special memories for young children and their families here in Cleveland.

It’s a genuine dedication and appreciation for the veterans and youth of our local community that makes Corey Kluber an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

Indians Homestand Guide: Tribe battles rivals Tigers and Royals

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The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a six-game homestand against the Tigers (May 3-5) and Royals (May 6-8). Homestand highlights include the return Michael Brantley to Progressive Field, a tote bag promo courtesy of MLB Network and KeyBank Kids Fun Day.

Indians players to take part in community events this week:

The Indians and Tribe players have these community events planned this week:

  • Tuesday: Kluber’s Kids, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, during batting practice
  • Thursday: Cleveland Indians Wives Association to visit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Thursday: Mike Napoli to host up to 20 guests from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital during BP
  • Thursday:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland Spring Arts Showcase on the Plaza with Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar joining kids on stage
  • Friday: Corey Kluber to visit Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Sunday: Honorary Bat Girl Recognition – Danny Salazar to present a bouquet of flowers to honoree Eva Johnson during pregame ceremonies

Sign up now for TribeTown MVPs:

Fans can sign their children up for the official kids club of the Cleveland Indians, TribeTown MVPs, and gain access to exclusive experiences and offers. Memberships are limited, so sign up here and enjoy the perks of being an MVP!

VeloSano:

Help the Indians and Cleveland Clinic in the fight against cancer and join Sandy Alomar and the Tribe’s team in this July’s VeloSano Bike to Cure event! Fans who join the Tribe’s team will ride with an Indians legend and get a cool Indians bike jersey. (Minimum fundraising requirements exist.) More info.

Lindor visits underprivileged youth in Philadelphia:

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor plans to visit underserved youth, mainly those residing in urban and underprivileged communities, throughout the season. His first stop was at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy on April 28; his next stop is planned for May 26 in Cleveland.

 

TIGERS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS BALLPARK EVENTS

Tuesday, May 3 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Michael Brantley’s home debut: Left fielder Michael Brantley will return to Progressive Field for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in November.

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital patient and their family every Wednesday home game. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber. Additionally, guests receive goodie bags and an autographed Kluber jersey, and enjoy the game Club Level with all-you-can-eat food.

 

Wednesday, May 4 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

 

Thursday, May 5 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Tote Bag courtesy of MLB Network: 10,000 fans at Progressive Field will receive a tote bag featuring the ‘Script Indians’ logo courtesy of MLB Network.

Napoli hosts kids: First baseman Mike Napoli to host up to 20 guests from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital during BP.

Wives visit hospital: Cleveland Indians Wives Association to visit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Boys & Girls Club talent showcase: Kids from the Boys & Girls Club will showcase their talents on Gateway Plaza during pregame with Danny Salazar joining them on stage.

 

ROYALS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS BALLPARK EVENTS

Friday, May 6 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

 

Saturday, May 7 vs. Royals @ 4:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 2PM

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Cleveland Museum of Art 100th Anniversary: The Cleveland Museum of Art is celebrating its 100th anniversary with summer-long fun beginning at Progressive Field. To celebrate there will be in-game interactive activities on the Family Deck and a Cleveland Art Museum poster giveaway.

First pitch: The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Beverly J. Warren, the president of Kent State University.

 

Sunday, May 8 vs. Royals @ 1:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 11PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

MLB Mother’s Day: The Indians will wear a special Mother’s Day uniform featuring a pink Block C on their caps and pink Script Indians on their jerseys.

Honorary Bat Girl: Every year MLB raises awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer by hosting someone who has “Gone to Bat Against Breast Cancer.” Eva Johnson, who has been cancer free for three years, was selected to be the Indians Honorary Bat Girl for and will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar will catch her first pitch.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including a Kids Starting Lineup, Kids Grounds Crew and Play Ball Kid.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to play catch on the field and run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

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Sign petition for Bob Feller to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

feller“If the game proved anything it proved that we must win this war so that we may be able to continue to play and to see baseball games, instead of learning how to do the goose step.”

-Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 8, 1942

Preparing to pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Bob Feller buttoned up his uniform. For the first time during his professional career, Feller donned a uniform that was not a Cleveland issued garment. As a member of the US Navy, Feller and a group of servicemen prepared to take on the American League All-Stars to help raise money for the war effort.

The United States All-Service team, coached by Mickey Cochrane, featured Feller, John Rigney (Navy-White Sox), John Grodzicki (Army-Cardinals), Mickey Harris (Army-Red Sox), Fred Hutchinson (Navy-Tigers), Frank Pytlak (Navy-Red Sox), Ken Silvestri (Army-Yankees), John Sturm and Morrie Arnovich (Army-Giants).

Opposing the service team was the American League All-Stars. Future Hall of Famers Hal Newhouser, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams highlighted a star-studded roster.

The Plain Dealer reported that the event had a World Series type of atmosphere. Beginning with the 6:30 p.m. batting practice, the event featured the Fort Hayes band, Marine Corps drill, Fort Custer tank destroyer battalion and artillery outfit, parade of tanks, Great Lakes Naval Training Station band, V formation and a flag raising. The baseball game did not even start until 9 p.m.

The ballpark was dolled up in red, white and blue bunting and flags of the United Nations were draped from the upper deck. Photos of Douglas MacArthur were affixed to the walls at the base of the stands. A crowd of 62,094 turned out to see Feller and the Servicemen drop a 5-0 decision to the All-Stars. Feller pitched into the second inning before leaving, down 3-0. Fans understood that perhaps Feller didn’t have his best stuff due to his Navy duties taking precedent of his time. Famed Plain Dealer writer, Gordon Cobbledick wrote it this way:

“American League pitching was too sharp for batting eyes dulled by months of devotion to another task. American League bats were too potent for pitching arms grown rusty in the service of a greater cause than baseball. This was the story of the United States Service-American League All-Star game at the stadium last night before one of the greatest crowds of Cleveland sports history.”

Interestingly enough, even during an unofficial game such as this one, fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium booed the Yankees’ star Joe DiMiaggio. He was quoted saying, “I can’t understand it. I don’t know of anything I’ve done to deserve it.”

Underlying the spectacle was the benefit of the game. For every ticket sold, $1 in War Stamps was included. The event raised between $130,000 and $150,000 for the war effort.

Bob Feller used his celebrity in the best way he could during the early part of the war. This game is just one reason why we believe Bob Feller deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Please help and sign the petition.

–Team curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Tribe’s Spring Training trucks are officially en route to Arizona

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Just as Punxsutawney Phil predicted just three days ago, spring should be upon us shortly.

And for the Indians, the first sign of spring is Truck Day, the long awaited departure of our supply-filled trucks that have a final destination of Goodyear, Arizona.

That day was today.

This morning, the trucks loaded up with all the necessities, and departed Cleveland about noon. The trucks are expected to roll into Arizona by Tuesday.

Hang on, Tribe Town – there are just 12 days until pitchers and catchers report, and only 59 days until Opening Day!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Carlos Carrasco purchases books, delivers them to Luis Munoz Marin School in Cleveland

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In May, Carlos Carrasco visited Cleveland’s Luis Munoz Marin School to deliver an important message to the school’s students: Reading is important.

Today, he returned to back up that message and he was bearing gifts: Carrasco purchased books for the school and delivered them. Video:

–Photos by Dan Mendlik