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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!
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.
Date/score: September 26, 1-0
Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays
Pitching line: 8 IP, 0 ER, 11 SO, 2 BB
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
Date/score: September 21, 7-2
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Pitching line: 8 IP, 2 ER, 14 SO, 1 BB
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
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.
Date/score: September 16, 4-2
Opponent: Houston Astros
Pitching line: 7 IP, 1 ER, 14 SO, 2 BB
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
Date/score: September 11, 8-2
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO, 0 BB
2014 strikeout total: 230
Key at-bat(s): Trying to hang on for a complete game, Kluber allowed singles by Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar in the eighth – but as he had done all season, buckled down, striking out Jordan Schaefer and getting Danny Santana to line out. He entered the ninth having thrown 96 pitches, but allowed three singles, the latter an RBI variety by Trevor Plouffe, and exited after 8.1 innings.
Notable: The second of five wins in a row, Kluber had five 1-2-3 innings in the victory.
Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 66
Date/score: September 6, 3-1
Opponent: Chicago White Sox
Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB
2014 strikeout total: 223
Key at-bat(s): In the fifth, Carlos Sanchez singled and Tyler Flowers doubled a batter later to put men on second and third; Kluber, though, got Adam Eaton to fly out to center to end the inning and the threat.
Notable: Kluber’s outing marked the seventh time he allowed no earned runs in a start; in those starts, he averaged eight innings per outing.
Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 83
(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)
Date/score: August 9, 7-1
Opponent: New York Yankees
Pitching line: 6 IP, 0 ER, 10 SO, 1 BB
2014 strikeout total: 187
Key at-bat(s): Kluber cruised through five innings in the Bronx, but Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury singled to start the sixth. Kluber buckled down and struck out Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew to retire the side.
Notable: Along with a no-decision in his next start, in which he allowed one run in 7.2 innings, Kluber lowered his ERA to a season-low 2.41.
Everyone knows that Corey Kluber is stoic on the mound. Heck, we based a lot of our #VoteKluber campaign around the All-Star Game around his stoic nature.
But, did you know Corey is also a prankster, with a fantastic sense of humor? To wit:
The chicken is back – May 2: The Indians went 0-6 on a West Coast trip to San Francisco and Anaheim. So after an off day, the Rally Chicken was back – sort of.
Justin Masterson was the brains behind last year’s Rally Chicken stunt, in which the players brought a live chicken to mess with Cody “Chicken Al” Allen. This year, after that losing trip, Kluber brought out a chicken costume to wear and lighten the mood. The Indians won six of their next eight.
JK Construction Co. – July 11: Rumors have it – but are unconfirmed – that Jason Kipnis likes to break things when he’s frustrated. So to presumably poke fun at his destructive teammate, Kluber had JK Construction Co. shirts made for the rest of the group, with a fun fake company slogan on the back: I break it. You fix it.
Rust Cohle impersonation – August 18: With a little help from our friends at MLB Fan Cave, Kluber tried his hand at acting in a spoof of HBO’s “True Detective” show. Corey took on the Rust Cohle and nailed it, the video of which you can see below: