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Tribe drops prices on dogs and suds; fans go wild

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The Cleveland Indians announced they are rolling back the price of concessions at Progressive Field early this morning and the interwebs have been abuzz ever since. The $4 beers, $3 hot dogs, $2 soda refills and 15 $1 dog nights (presented by Sugardale!) have shown fans a concerted effort by the club, both on and off the field, to keep fans happy at the ballpark. “We’ve asked our fans what they want most in their ballpark experience at Progressive Field, and more affordable concessions prices routinely top the list,” said Indians president Mark Shapiro. “This is a way for us to let fans know we’re listening to them and that we value them.”

TribeVibe is listening too! Here’s a snippet of the response to these changes:

If you’d like to partake in the excitement, single-game tickets are still available via Indians.com, by calling 216-420-HITS (4487) or by visiting any Indians Team Shop. If you’re on the hunt for the Sugardale Dollar Dog nights, the Indians’ promotion schedule can be viewed  here.

We’ll see you at the ballpark!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Francona Treats Cleveland Media to Lunch

The relationship between a team’s manager and the local beat reporters in a given city is a living, breathing entity that takes on many forms throughout the course of a baseball season and becomes a very important part of the process that delivers the news and information that you get through newspapers, television, talk radio, blogs, Twitter, etc.

Beginning with Spring Training, the manager maintains scheduled pre- and post-game media obligations on a daily basis in addition to all the incidental contact that may take place in person or over the phone with journalists who spend a significant portion of their working lives chronicling the club’s daily story lines. In short, it’s extremely beneficial for all parties involved for these relationships to be built upon some combination of trust, honesty, fairness, respect and professionalism. With that in mind, Terry Francona hosted the Cleveland contingency of beat reporters during a 90-minute informal lunch earlier today in the home clubhouse at Progressive Field, giving the local scribes an opportunity to get-to-know the new Indians skipper outside of a traditional press conference setting; equally, the meet-and-greet gave Tito the chance to familiarize himself with some of the people he’ll be interacting with on an almost daily basis at the ballpark and express his appreciation for the jobs that they do. The group covered a wide range of insightful topics, which MLB.com’s Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian hits in more detail HERE.

Indians Game Information for Monday, July 16

CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-43, 2nd, -4.0 G) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (46-43)
RHP Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.40) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (4-5, 4.89)
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. (ET) at Tropicana Field
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

THE STANDINGS: The Indians were shut out 3-0 by Toronto on Sunday afternoon and fell 4.0 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings, as the White Sox edged the Royals 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium…the 4.0-game deficit is the largest faced by Cleveland at any point this season, as the Indians had been in first or 2nd place for 56 consecutive days prior to yesterday’s loss.

STRIKE FAST: The Indians have gone 21-8 in series openers overall this season (10-4 on the road), winning 6 of 8, 10 of 13 and 16 of their last 21 lid-lifters.

GONE STREAKING: MICHAEL BRANTLEY went 8-for-11 (.727) with 3 doubles in the weekend Toronto series and has now hit safely in 13 straight games at .460 (23-50) with 3 homers and 10 RBI, T2nd-longest active hit streak in the A.L. behind the Yankees’ ROBINSON CANO (18 games)…paired with his career-high 22-game streak from May 20-June 15, which still stands as the longest in the majors this season, Brantley is one of 2 A.L. players with multiple hit streaks of 13+ games this season, joining the Twins’ JOSH WILLINGHAM (2, 15 games each)…LOU MARSON also enters this series vs. the Rays with a career-high 9-game hit streak at .412 (14-34).

ANOTHER SWIM WITH THE RAYS: Cleveland is set to meet Tampa Bay for the 2nd time in a little more than a week, as the two clubs also closed out the season’s first “half” with a 3-game series at Progressive Field…the Indians enter tonight’s series here in Tampa Bay with a 71-44 record all-time against the Rays, including a 29-26 mark at Tropicana Field…this marks the first return trip to Tropicana Field for JOHNNY DAMON and CASEY KOTCHMAN, who were both members of the Rays last season…TRAVIS HAFNER has a .361 (30-83) avg., 9 HR and 20 RBI in 23 career games at Tropicana Field.

TURF WARS: Cleveland is set to begin the club’s 2nd consecutive and final series of the season on artificial turf…club went 3-3 on turf last season, but is 20-31 (.396) over the past 5 seasons (2008-12)…last winning season on turf was 2007 (12-6).

Indians Game Information for Sunday, July 15

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-42, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (44-44)
RHP Derek Lowe (8-6, 4.43) vs. RHP Carlos Villanueva (3-0, 3.05)
First Pitch: 1:07 p.m. (ET) at Rogers Centre
TV: WKYC  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

POWER SURGE: Cleveland went deep 3 times in yesterday’s defeat, as it marked just the 3rd time over the past 3 seasons for the Indians to hit 3-or-more home runs and lose (23-3 record in those games from 2010-12)…the Indians have slugged 21 home runs over their last 13 games beginning June 28, which is tied with New York-AL and Toronto for 2nd-most in the majors over that span behind Pittsburgh (24)…that works out to an average of 1.6 HR-per-game for the Tribe since June 28, after generating 0.8 HR-per-game from Opening Day through June 27.

WAITING FOR THE RIGHT ONE: Cleveland’s offense saw an average of 3.9 pitches-per-plate appearances in yesterday’s loss (172 pitches/44 PA), continuing a season-long trend for the Tribe…the Indians have averaged 3.87 pitches-per-PA overall this season, which is the 6th-best figure in the A.L. and 9th-best in the majors…Cleveland also leads the majors with 319 walks and ranks 4th with a .334 team on-base pct. behind Texas (.341), St. Louis (.340) and New York-AL (.336).

GLOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE: Cleveland’s defense has been charged with just 5 errors over the club’s last 18 games, playing error-free baseball in 6 of the last 7 and all but 4 of those 18 contests overall; Cleveland’s .986 team fielding % (46 E/3309 TC) is 3rd-best in the A.L. and 4th in the majors behind Seattle (.989), Chicago-AL (.989) and Cincinnati (.986).

BE LIKE MIKE: MICHAEL BRANTLEY has gone 6-for-8 with a double, HR and 2 RBI in this series…additionally, he has hit safely in 5 straight at-bats against left-handed pitching to raise his season average vs. LHP to .303 (33-109), which is now higher than his season average vs. RHP (.297)…Brantley is the first strictly left-handed Indians batter with a hit in 5+ consecutive AB vs. LHP since teammate SHIN-SOO CHOO from July 26-27, 2009 and one of just 7 LH-batters in the majors to pull the trick this season.

HITS IN 5+ STRAIGHT AT-BATS AS LEFTY VS. LEFTY, 2012
Brett Gardner, NYY (5) April 10-17
David Ortiz, BOS (6) April 13-18
Norichika Aoki, MIL (5) May 17-18
Joey Votto, CIN (6) May 25-27
Joe Mauer, MIN (5) June 13-25
David Murphy, TEX (5) June 12-July 4
Michael Brantley, CLE (5) July 13-14

Indians Game Information for Saturday, July 14

CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-41, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (43-44)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (0-1, 2.67)
First Pitch: 1:07 p.m. (ET) at Rogers Centre
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

RARE WIN: Cleveland’s pitching staff held Toronto scoreless on 5 hits last night, while a solo home run by TRAVIS HAFNER accounted for the only run scored in the game…the decision marked just the 2nd 1-0 road win for Cleveland over the last 20 seasons from 1993-2012, the other coming on June 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium…also stood as the Indians first 1-0 road win with the exclusive benefit of a solo home run since May 26, 1992 at Oakland (Mark Lewis) and just the 6th such victory for Cleveland over the past 44 seasons beginning in 1969.

1-0 ROAD WINS FOR CLEVELAND
ON A SOLO HOME RUN, 1969-2012
Sept. 6, 1988 at New York-AL (Ron Kittle)
June 7, 1989 at California (Luis Medina)
Aug. 2, 1989 at Milwaukee (Jerry Browne)
April 15, 1991 at Boston (Brook Jacoby)
May 26, 1992 at Oakland (Mark Lewis)
July 13, 2012 at Toronto (Travis Hafner)

According to Elias, Hafner became the first Indian to homer within the first two innings of a game that would end in a 1-0 final score since JOHNNY ELLIS on Sept. 26, 1973 vs. Boston (2nd inning).

MASTERPIECE THEATRE: JUSTIN MASTERSON became the first visiting pitcher to toss a scoreless outing of at least 7.0 IP at Rogers Centre this season, as the right-hander has a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) in 2 starts against Toronto in 2012…the outing lowered the Indians’ staff ERA for July to 3.00, 3rd-lowest in the A.L. behind Oakland (1.85) and Seattle (2.79) and 5th-lowest in the majors…Cleveland starters have logged an A.L.-high 56.2 innings this month, 3rd-most in the majors behind Cincinnati (61.1) and St. Louis (57.1), while recording quality starts in 7 of 9 games…the rotation’s 3.34 ERA (21 ER/56.2 IP) for July is 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Oakland (2.60) and Seattle (2.85) and 7th in the majors.

THE TRIBE & TORONTO: With Cleveland’s victory last night, the road team has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the Indians and the Jays (STATS LLC)…the Indians hold a 38-23 (.623) advantage since the start of the 2004 season, which stands as the highest winning pct. vs. the Jays by any A.L. club in that span…Indians are 54-55 all-time at Rogers Centre, but are 46-34 (.575) here since the start of the 1994 campaign, the highest winning pct. by any team in baseball at this park over that span (min. 13 G).

Indians Game Information for Saturday, June 30

CLEVELAND INDIANS (38-38, 2nd, -3.5 G) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (42-34)
RHP Josh Tomlin (3-5, 5.70) vs. LHP Dana Eveland (0-0, 3.00)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Camden Yards
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

RARE DEFEAT: Last night’s contest marked the first time for the Indians to lose a game in which they scored at least 8 runs while out-hitting an opponent with 16+ hits since Sept. 8, 2009 vs. Texas (11-9 loss, out-hit Rangers 16-13), although it was the first time to shoulder such a defeat on the road since July 21, 2002 at Kansas City (13-12 loss, out-hit Royals 20-13).

JOBU NEEDS A REFILL: Despite a 1-3 record, the last 4 games of the Indians current road trip have featured an increase in offensive production for the Tribe…the club has hit nearly .300 while plating almost 6 runs-per-game over the last 4 contests, this after posting a .165 average and just 5 combined runs over the first 4 tilts of the trip.

LIKE TO HAVE THAT “ONE” BACK: Each of the Indians’ last 2 losses have ended with the club trailing by a single run signaling somewhat of a rarity for the Clevelanders in 2012, as the club entered this road trip with just 2 one-run defeats all season…at 12-4 (.750), Cleveland still owns the best record in the majors in one-run contests.

CABRERA IN CHARM CITY: ASDRUBAL CABRERA has hit 6 of his 11 home runs this season over his last 13 games beginning June 16, driving in 13 runs in that span…Cabrera has also homered in 4 of his last 6 games against the Orioles, all coming here at Camden Yards, and carries a .339 (41-121) career avg. vs. Baltimore, his highest career figure against any A.L. club…also has 28 career RBI vs. Baltimore (12 RBI in last 9 G), T4th-most for Cabrera vs. any opponent behind A.L. Central opponents Kansas City (45), Chicago (39) and Detroit (29).

AROUND THE BLOCK: The Indians have hit 4 HR last 2 games after just 2 HR over first 6 games of current road trip…Cleveland was charged with 2 errors last night to snap a streak of 6 straight games without a miscue; club’s .985 team fielding pct. is still 5th-best in the A.L…last night also marked just the 2nd time over the Indians last 11 games for the Indians pitching staff to be charged with at least one unearned run.

IT’S RAINING IN BALTIMORE: The Indians hold a 48-44 all-time advantage over the Orioles at Camden Yards (1992-present), winning 11 of the last 19 meetings…the 2 clubs split a 4-game series here last season.

Indians Game Information for Thursday, June 28

CLEVELAND INDIANS (37-37, 2nd, -2.5 G) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (41-33)
RHP Zach McAllister (1-1, 3.96) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-3, 3.38)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Camden Yards
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

FROM EUCLID TO EUTAW: The Indians and Orioles are set to meet for the first time this season for what amounts to the front-half of a home-and-home season series, as Baltimore will also visit Progressive Field for a 4-game set July 20-23 to kick off the Indians first homestand after the All-Star break…the Indians hold a 47-43 all-time advantage over the Orioles at Camden Yards (1992-present), winning 10 of the last 17 meetings…the 2 clubs split a 4-game series here last season.

ZACH ATTACK: RHP ZACH McALLISTER will make his first career start against the Orioles tonight after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day…the Indians have gone 3-1 in his 4 starts at the big league level this season…began the year in the Clippers Opening Day rotation and has gone 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA (21 ER/63.1 IP) in 11 game/starts for Columbus so far this season in what is his 2nd full season at the Triple-A level…has not allowed a HR over his last 29.1 consecutive innings at Triple-A and has also surrendered just one HR across 25.0 innings for Cleveland in 2012…thru 4 starts for Cleveland, Zach has held the opposition to a combined 7-for-33 (.212) with 10 strikeouts the 3rd time thru the order and beyond.

Indians Game Information for Wednesday, June 27

CLEVELAND INDIANS (37-36, 2nd, -1.5 G) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (45-28)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.59) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29)
First Pitch: 1:05 p.m. (ET) at Yankee Stadium
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

LONG AND WINDING ROAD: With last night’s loss, Cleveland fell below the .500 mark on the road for the first time in 2012 (17-18).

THE POWER OF GLOVE: The Indians defense has gone 4 consecutive games without an error, 3 shy of a season-high, and has been charged with just one total error through 5 games of the club’s current road trip…Cleveland’s .985 (41 ER/2796) team fielding pct. currently ranks 5th in the A.L. and 7th in the majors.

“U” OUGHTA KNOW: UBALDO JIMENEZ, today’s scheduled starter, owns the 7th-lowest June ERA (2.05) in the A.L., while the Indians have won each of his last 3 road starts.

WHO’S JOHNNY?: JOHNNY DAMON chipped in 2 more hits last night, including a 2-out, RBI-single in the 9th; he is 9-for-23 (.391) w/ 4 RBI over his last 7 games and is batting .293 (17-58) w/ 9 RBI over his last 20 games.

COMEBACK TRAIL: TRAVIS HAFNER (right knee surgery) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A Columbus as the Clippers’ DH against visiting Norfolk.

TURN BACK THE CLOCK: Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the June 27, 2002 trade that sent RHP BARTOLO COLON to the Montreal Expos in exchange for LHP CLIFF LEE, INF BRANDON PHILLIPS, OF GRADY SIZEMORE and INF LEE STEVENS.

Indians Game Information for Tuesday, June 26

CLEVELAND INDIANS (37-35, 2nd, -0.5 G) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (44-28)
RHP Justin Masterson (4-6, 3.98) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Yankee Stadium
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

DYNAMIC DUO DUE UP: With last night’s defeat in the rearview, the Indians are scheduled to send JUSTIN MASTERSON and UBALDO JIMENEZ to the mound for the final 2 games of this series at Yankee Stadium, as the pair of Cleveland right-handers currently owns 2 of the American League’s top 8 ERA figures for the month of June – Masterson 3rd-lowest at 1.24 and Jimenez 8th-lowest at 2.05 (4 starts each)…Masterson enters tonight’s start carrying an active streak of 20.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, while he also tossed 8.0 scoreless frames in his most recent start against the Yankees last July…the Indians have won each of Jimenez’s last 3 road starts, while Ubaldo has posted a 2-0 record with a 0.89 ERA (2 ER/20.1 IP) in that span.

PATIENCE AT THE PLATE: The Indians will look to build upon several positive season-long trends at the plate in tonight’s game here in the Bronx as they attempt to end a brief 3-game losing streak and a stretch that has seen the club plate a total of 5 runs in 4 games to begin this road trip…despite these short-term struggles, Cleveland still owns the 5th-highest on-base pct. in the A.L. at .323, aided in part by the fact that the Indians are seeing an average of 3.88 pitches-per-plate appearance, which is 6th-most in the league…the Tribe has also drawn 258 walks this season, which are tied with the Yankees for 3rd-most in the A.L. behind only Tampa Bay (274) and Oakland (261).

 

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Cleveland Indians Town Hall: Q&A with President Mark Shapiro

Indians President Mark Shapiro addressed more than 100 avid social media followers Friday afternoon. Guests were invited to eat lunch at the Terrace Club, while Shapiro fielded their questions for an hour and a half.

Is the goal of winning a World Series every year a realistic goal? Do you have the means to be successful with that goal?
Mark Shapiro:
We sat down, and we spent time in each department, and we said, ‘Is winning the World Series the right guiding commitment for baseball? Should it be being a contender, or should it be making the playoffs?’ It just seems to me that if you’re not in it to win the World Series, then what are you in it for? Why do you come to work? Why are you involved? I would say that the beauty of the playoff series, the beauty of a long season, is that a lot of times it’s the hottest team at that point in time. I think our division is still an imperfect division, still a winnable division almost every year. Our goal never changes at any juncture in time, but as a front office, you have to have one eye on now and one eye on the future. It may involve decisions that don’t most benefit that moment, but may benefit in a few seasons. Right now is now; win the World Series. I think it’s possible.

Were you accurately portrayed in the movie Moneyball?
MS:
Thank goodness we got the Moneyball question. That was a great example of Hollywood. In that movie, it says, ‘Based upon a true story.’ It should say, ‘Based very loosely upon a true story.’ Not only was the event not accurate, I was the assistant GM, not the GM. I called Billy and recommended that guy. Billy never stepped foot in this office building here. He’s been in my office in Spring Training. He is a friend. I didn’t enjoy it because I’m thinking that’s way over-simplication of our job. We don’t make trades in five minutes. I don’t have 15 guys in [Baseball Operations]. I don’t have 15 guys standing behind me as I make a trade. When we make a trade, it’s a lot like someone making a sophisticated business deal. They found a guy with a receding hairline that wore a golf shirt and khakis, and I guess that part was accurate. I wish that was my office; that was a much nicer office.

Is it too early for @TheJK_Kid [Jason Kipnis] and @VinnieP52 [Vinnie Pestano] to catch a plane ticket to Kansas City [for the 2012 All-Star Game]?
MS:
It’s a tough competition at second base for Jason Kipnis. You’ve got Cano, Kinsler in those markets that have a number of fans coming through. He would need a manager to pick him. He’s an exciting guy, man. He’s going to be a great player—he already is a great player. I think Chris Perez, definitively, is going to be on the team. Setup guys are tough; they [make] the team very rarely. He’s one of the best in the game, but they very rarely make it. I love both of those guys and think they represent what we want in our players as far as makeup, personality, toughness, resilience, as well as skill and talent.

As we approach the trade deadline, is there anyone in the organization who is sort of an untouchable?
MS: As far as untouchables, theoretically, I don’t think there are any untouchables. Theoretically. There’s always a trade you would do with every player. There is nobody who is completely untouchable. Those trades are just not realistic. Yes, [Lake County IF Francisco] Lindor would be very tough to trade. He’s a center-of-the-diamond kid who’s gone out at 19 years old and done what he’s done as one of the youngest two players in the league.

The ‘What If?’ Campaign has carried over to this season. Do you think it’s time to move on from [past teams] and start marketing Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana, and those guys because we have a chance to win now?
MS:
Part of what makes baseball special and unique, frankly, is that your grandparents, maybe your great grandparents, your uncles, your aunts, your siblings, all those different people can talk about a shortstop they saw play 20 years ago. Our current fans all remember that era, and there are great memories, so it’s just trying to make the association. It’s not saying that’s all that’s worthy of celebration. The ‘What If?’ is more focused on what could happen any night you come here. It could be a triple play, it could be a walk-off homer, it could be a contending team. How do you remind people of the special times they spent here? One of the most special eras of modern Indians baseball happens to be around those mid-90s teams.

It’s been awesome to see Kenny Lofton and Jim Thome come back. What are the chances we will see Manny Ramirez come back?
MS:
Yeah, not real good. There are moments in time when I look at [General Manager Chris Antonetti] and go, ‘We could roll out the whole ’97 team in walkers and wheelchairs, and we’d be the most popular guys around. It doesn’t matter if they can play.’ Listen, I was here during those years. I remember those guys. He’s 39-40 years old. If we felt like he would be better than even our internal options, we’d certainly give him a shot. We’re not anti-Manny. We’re continually trying to look at better options than that right now.

In closing…
MS:
Just from the number of tweets I got from people who wanted to be here but couldn’t be here and the number of hands that are still up that I didn’t get to, I’ll try to commit to you guys, and we’ll try to make this a regular thing. I don’t know if it will be biannual, every two or three months, or whatever it may be. We didn’t even get to me being able to ask you guys questions, which is what I wanted to do, too. We’ll try to do it again soon, and we’ll leave a block of time where I can ask you guys questions.

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

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