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We brought you our great photographers’ shots from Day 1 last night/this morning.
Here’s more. We’ll see you in 75 days at Progressive Field!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs
Tickets: General admission tickets are $10, and available at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans can guarantee autographs by bundling autograph tickets with their GA purchase – and they should do soon because autograph sessions are selling out quickly!
Parking: Due to events at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night and Sunday, parking could be both limited and costly. We have a limited supply of $3 parking spots available in the Gateway East garage: If you’ve already purchased tickets for Tribe Fest, call 216-420-HITS and they will add parking to your purchase for just $3. If you haven’t purchased tickets but will, add parking on to your purchase during the checkout process.
Who will be there?: Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, MVP finalist Michael Brantley, Silver Slugger Award winner Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana, Manager Terry Francona and plenty more!
Who will be signing when and where?: All player appearances are subject to change and will be announced shortly before each autograph session.
Promotional schedule announcement: We’ll announce our exciting 2015 promotional schedule on the main stage at Tribe Fest at Noon on Saturday – be there to find out what great stuff we have planned!
Text alerts: Sign up for event updates by texting TRIBEFEST to 38955 (msg/data rates may apply).
Win a trip to Goodyear!: ProTravel and Goodyear Ballpark are giving away a trip to Spring Training! Stop by their booth at Tribe Fest to enter.
Batting cages: Kids can swing like the pros in the batting cages at the ballpark (waivers required).
MLB Advanced Media table: Stop by the Club Lounge (where player photos will take place) to receive a free pair of Indians sunglasses – perfect for thinking of spring!
MLB.com Ballpark app: Make sure to download the Ballpark app from the iTunes store for Tribe Fest and for the 2015 season at Progressive Field! Check in to receive benefits such as:
- Check-in offers: KeyBank will be giving away fun stuff all weekend long to select people who check in on the Ballpark app
- Tribe Fest maps, information
- And plenty more during the season!
Tribe Fest Feud: You can win your way into a game of the feud! Four of our players will split up into two teams, and on Jan. 21, we will run a contest for four fans to win spots on those teams! Stay tuned…
Hashtag: Use #TribeFest on Twitter and Instagram all weekend long to have your Tweets or pictures featured on our big screen!
Twitter takeovers: We’ll have our crew taking over @Indians all weekend – Mark Shapiro on Saturday, and then Terry Francona on Sunday!
#TribeFest Social: In-person with chats with Trevor Bauer (Saturday) and TJ House (Sunday)
- Stay tuned to our Twitter account for how you can win!
Tune in to SportsTime Ohio on New Year’s Day for Indians replays featuring Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber.
The network will feature four games from Kluber’s historic, Cy Young season. Games include:
Noon – Indians-Mariners, July 30: Kluber faced off against Seattle All-Star Felix Hernandez and pitched a three-hit, complete game shutout.
2:30PM – Indians-Orioles, Aug. 15, 2014: Kluber struck out 10 and allowed just one run on five hits in 7.2 innings. Aviles’ home run in the 11th lifted the Tribe to the walk off win.
6PM – Indians-Astros, Sept. 16: Kluber became the first Tribe pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2008 to achieve 15 wins.
9:30PM – Indians-Rays, Sept. 26: In Kluber’s final start, he struck out 11 in eight innings to shut out Tampa Bay.
ESPN Insider/FanGraphs took a deep dive into the Tribe rotation; here’s a link to the story that offers much more visual evidence as well. (The link is Insider only, so here’s the full text.)
Some of the traditional American League powers haven’t exactly had a banner few months as far as rotation strength goes.
The Red Sox couldn’t bring back Jon Lester and had to settle for midrotation guys Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson. The Yankees lost out on Brandon McCarthy and might not have a single healthy, reliable starter. The Tigers (without Porcello) and Royals are still waiting to see what Max Scherzer and James Shields are going to do.
The White Sox added Jeff Samardzija but still have huge questions after him, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. The Athletics bid Samardzija farewell, the Rays dealt Jeremy Hellickson to Arizona, and the Rangers haven’t done much more than bring back Colby Lewis yet again and gamble on Ross Detwiler.
For many of those teams, there are more questions than answers. So in the meantime, allow us to present one possibility for the best rotation in the American League in 2015, a group of pitchers that probably didn’t come to the forefront of your mind. Let’s talk about the Cleveland Indians.
To look at the Indians’ rotation right now, it might not seem like much after AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Here’s a look:
Kluber is a star, but the middle three are all prospects who have yet to live up to the hype and House is a soft-tossing lefty who has only 102 major league innings to his name. Carrasco has been kicking around the Cleveland system since 2009, when he was a part of the Cliff Lee deal, and he has been designated for assignment at least once. Salazar’s explosive 2013 debut gave hopes that he would be a 2014 star; instead, he was back in the minors by May. Bauer is a former No. 2 overall pick who was quickly pushed out of Arizona after personal differences and spent most of his first year with Cleveland in the minors attempting to iron out command issues.
Got all that? Now look at what those five players, three of whom were in the minors as late as May, did in the second half of the season:
Second half rotation numbers (rank in parentheses)
- ERA: 2.95 (2nd)
- FIP: 2.72 (1)
- WAR:11 (1)
- K% rate: 25.4% (1)
- %BB rate: 5.8% (1)
- HR rate: 6.9% (1)
Jonah Keri, a long-time national baseball writer who now writes for Grantland — and previously looked inside the Tampa Bay Rays’ approach in book form — recently published his MLB Trade Value column, and writes favorably about three of the Tribe’s best players: Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber.
Important note: Keri is not writing that these three players will be traded; they’ll be in Tribe uniforms for many years to come. As we’ve written here, each player is under club control through at least 2017. Keri simply writes that each player is among the most valuable in the game, thanks in large part to the contract extensions we signed Gomes and Brantley to before this season.
Details on each:
No. 25 most valuable contract in baseball: Yan Gomes (NR), C, Cleveland Indians
Aside from the minor leaguers, Gomes is probably the player on this list who has the least name-recognition among casual fans. That won’t be the case for long. Toronto drafted Gomes in the 10th round in 2009 and dealt him in 2012 for Esmil Rogers, a trade the Jays surely regret, and one that contributed to their decision to spend $82 million on Russell Martin this offseason. Gomes has quietly grown into one of the AL’s best all-around players, bashing 21 homers and posting a .278/.313/.472 line in 2014 while displaying strong pitch-framing skills and playing generally excellent defense. He’s 27 years old, he’s owed a paltry $20.95 million over the next five years, and the Tribe would need to spend only another $20 million to lock him up through 2021.
16. Michael Brantley (NR), OF, Cleveland Indians
15. Corey Kluber (NR), SP, Cleveland Indians
I mentioned the Indians’ impressive prospect-thievery skills earlier, and here’s further proof: They got Brantley as a throw-in for CC Sabathia and got Kluber as an afterthought in a random Jake Westbrook–Ryan Ludwick three-way exchange. Not too shabby!
In 2014, Brantley blossomed from a decent all-around player to a .327/.385/.506 one-man wrecking crew who might be even better than his 7.0 WAR indicated. Brantley’s batting average on balls in play spiked to a career-high .333 in 2014, but there’s reason to believe that might not be a fluke: According to ESPN Stats & Info, he ranked eighth in the majors in hard-hit average, trailing only David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Andrew McCutchen, Adrian Beltre, Edwin Encarnacion, and Lucas Duda. At $19 million over the next three years (with an $11 million club option for 2018),1 the 27-year-old has emerged as a cornerstone.
As impressive as Brantley was, though, he took second billing to fellow breakout sensation Kluber, who tossed 235.2 innings, punched out 269 batters, posted a 2.44 ERA, and won the damn Cy Young. Kluber is 28, Indians property for four more seasons, and isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet. Brantley and Kluber earned two of the top four spots on my fake AL MVP ballot for 2014, and should continue earning that kind of recognition for years to come.
ESPN Insider Buster Olney has completed his annual positional rankings, and Indians players fared well: Michael Brantley was the top-ranked left fielder, while Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Cody Allen also rated highly. (Olney factored in more than just the 2014 season, hence Kluber’s ranking.)
Since Olney’s blog is an Insider blog, some Tribe fans may not have access to it; here’s a link and Olney’s reasoning behind placing our guys where he has:
No. 1 — Michael Brantley: He was a working definition of consistency in 2014, with 200 hits (Jose Altuve was the only other player to reach that mark), 67 extra-base hits, 52 walks and 56 strikeouts, plus 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts. His OPS before the All-Star break was .901, and afterward it was .876. In September, when the Indians were making one last push for the postseason, he posted a 1.022 OPS. The only position players who scored higher in Fangraphs’ WAR last season were Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. Brantley finished third in the AL MVP vote, exactly where he should’ve finished.
No. 8 — Corey Kluber: He doesn’t have the long track record of other starters on this list, but it’s hard to overstate how dominant he was last season, with a breaking ball that confounded hitters who were so often behind in the count. Check out these highlights — the run of his fastball, the spin of his breaking ball — from a start he made in July. After the All-Star break, hitters had a .555 OPS against Kluber, third-best in the majors.
No. 7 – Yan Gomes: Gomes is perhaps the majors’ most underrated catcher, and Indians GM Chris Antonetti deserves a ton of credit for making a deal with the Blue Jays for him. The 27-year-old product of Brazil took over from Carlos Santana in the summer of 2013 because of what he can do defensively, and Gomes is really good offensively as well, having posted an .826 OPS in 2013 and .785 last season.
Gomes scores well in the pitch-framing numbers, and deserves a share of the credit for the staff-wide improvement of the Cleveland hurlers.
No. 9 — Cody Allen: A big swing-and-miss reliever, Allen held opponents to a .601 OPS last season. He’s entrenched as the closer in the Indians’ bullpen.
No. 6 – Jason Kipnis: There’s no getting around it: Kipnis had a terrible season in 2014, posting a .240/.310/.330 slash line, and his extra-base hits plummeted from 57 to 32. But we’re giving him a mulligan, given his age (27) and the fact that he suffered an early-season oblique injury that seemed to put him in a hole from which he never climbed out. Maybe he got caught up in the effort of trying to make up for lost time and simply fell into bad habits. Justin Havens sent along these notes:
In 2013, Kipnis posted a .754 slugging percentage on fly balls, with 14 home runs and 9.5 percent of his fly balls turning into homers. Bizarrely, in 2014, he slugged just .301 on his fly balls, with only 4.3 percent (5) of them going for a home run. Perhaps most telling, his average fly ball distance dropped from 290 feet in 2013 to 270 in 2014. How good Kipnis is centers largely around which performance against left-handed pitchers is “real.” See below (chase rate is defined as percent of pitches out of the strike zone that result in swings):
2014: .208 batting average, .244 slugging, 30.1 percent chase rate
2013: .308 BA, .480 slugging, 18.8 percent chase rate
2012: .215 BA, .282 slugging, 21.2 percent chase rate
Last year’s #12DaysofTribe contests were a big success – thanks in large part to the great participation of our loyal social media followers!
Given last year’s success, we’re back this year! We’ll start on Monday, Dec. 8, and here’s a preview of what fun we have in store for you this year!
Monday, Dec. 8: Record your best Tom Hamilton home run call impression.
- We’ll give you a highlight on Monday, and you have to send us a Vine or Instagram video if you calling it in your best Hammy voice.
- Prize: Booth visit to meet Hammy and Rosey at an April or May 2015 game.
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Hashtag contest
- We can’t give you too many details, as we know you’ll cheat, ya buncha cheaters. Stay tuned for Tuesday.
- Prize: Jim Thome replica statue
Wednesday, Dec. 10: Haiku
- We’ll give you a theme on Wednesday, and if you know us, you know we love haikus … You’ll have to get creative here.
- Prize: Terry Francona replica jersey
Thursday, Dec. 11: Vine contest
- You’ll have to accomplish a winter-themed task of our choosing.
- Prize: Kipnis and Brantley bobbleheads
Friday, Dec. 12: Batting stance impression
- We’ll give you a Tribe player, and you send us your best, most creative impression of that guy’s stance
- Prize: Autographed ball
Saturday, Dec. 13: Walk-off homer re-creation
- We’ll give you a highlight, and you’ll have to re-create it.
- Prize: Michael Brantley autographed jersey
Sunday, Dec. 14: Recreate a magical Tribe photo
- We’ll give you a photo from our storied history – perhaps a walk-off celebration? – and you and your friends/family/random people have to re-create it.
- Prize: Winner will “take over” our Instagram at a 2015 game
Monday, Dec. 15: Meme!
- We’ll give you a meme, and you have to top it.
- Prize: Kluber autographed ball
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Photo caption contest
- Prize: Four tickets to a 2015 game at Progressive Field
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Trivia!
- Prize: 2 Larry Doby jerseys
Thursday, Dec. 18: Guess the Corey Kluber faces
- We’ll give you a jar full of Kluber faces and you have to guess how many are in it.
- Prize: Kluber autographed ball
Friday, Dec. 19: Favorite ballpark photos from 2014
- Post to Instagram your favorite photos from Progressive Field in 2014.
- Prize: Lofton jersey/ “ClevelandLAND that I Love” shirt
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