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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hat tip to Waiting For Next Year’s Michael Bode for the idea — give him a follow on Twitter.
–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson
Tribe rewind: Cleveland Indians four-game sweep of the Rays behind amazing pitching, near Carrasco no-no
As we embark on a three game series against Tampa Bay starting tomorrow, we figured it would be a good time to reflect on our last visit to Tropicana Field — a four-game sweep in June/July.
Not only did we sweep the Rays, but we did it in impressive fashion, with near no-hitters all around. Here’s a recap:
June 29: 7-1 win behind Cody Anderson
In his second big-league start — and his second against the Rays — Anderson allowed just 2 hits through 8 innings, on just 100 pitches, before Bryan Shaw came in for the 9th.
June 30: 6-2 win behind Danny Salazar
Danny pitched a strong 7.2 innings, allowing only two hits and a walk — with the first hit coming in the bottom of the 6th. The Tribe topped the Rays in that contest 6-2, behind booming homers from Jason Kipnis, Gio Urshela and David Murphy.
July 1: Carrasco nearly throws a no-no
Carlos Carrasco nearly no-hit the Rays the next night, losing his historical achievement with just one out to go — on a single by Joey Butler in the ninth. In all, Carrasco struck out a then-career high 13 in the victory.
July 2: Kluber pitches well, Aviles gives the Tribe the sweep
Corey Kluber struck out 14 in eight innings, but the Indians needed a 10th-inning homer from Mike Aviles to win 5-4 and complete the four-game sweep.
Corey Kluber and his wife, Amanda, have teamed with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital on a new program called “Kluber’s Kids” — the first installment of which took place before Wednesday’s game!
Each Wednesday home game, we will host a child from one of our hospital partners for our “Kluber’s Kids” program. The guest will be able to watch batting practice from a VIP location in front of the dugout, potentially tour the clubhouse, and meet players.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 6, 2016
The Cleveland Indians fell, 6-2, in the club’s rescheduled Home Opener at Progressive Field on Tuesday.
Yan Gomes and Marlon Byrd drove in runs, but Boston took a 4-2 lead in the sixth and put it away on David Ortiz’s two-run homer in the ninth.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor
The Tribe, back home from Spring Training and two exhibition games in Texas, took part in workouts at a cold Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.
And the guys seem to be loose.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Michael Brantley returned to the lineup with a bang on Saturday, hitting a two-run homer and logging an outfield assist in the Indians win over the Cubs.
Watch Michael, Corey Kluber and Terry discuss MB’s return:
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/video courtesy of Jordan Bastian
PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber adds to strong Spring Training with 4 scoreless innings
Corey Kluber continued his strong Spring Training with four more scoreless innings today in a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers.
Kluber now has pitched nine scoreless innings this spring. Yan Gomes homered for the second straight day and Mike Napoli drove in another run.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Corey Kluber made his Spring Training debut in Saturday’s game at Goodyear Ballpark against the San Francisco Giants.
Kluber pitched two scoreless innings, with three strikeouts. Giovanny Urshela and Carlos Santana had RBI doubles.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Cleveland Indians players Corey Kluber, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Cody Allen joined MLB Network on Tuesday, as the network began its “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series.
Check out videos below!
–Videos courtesy of MLB Network