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ESPN’s Olney high on quintet of Tribe players

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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:

Left fielders

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.

Starters

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.

Catchers

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.

Relievers

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.

Second basemen

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

#12DaysofTribe is back for 2014!

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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.

Tuesday, Dec. 9: Hashtag contest

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
  • Winner:

Thursday, Dec. 11: Vine contest

Friday, Dec. 12: Batting stance impression

Saturday, Dec. 13: Walk-off homer re-creation

Sunday, Dec. 14: Recreate a magical Tribe photo

Monday, Dec. 15: Meme!

Tuesday, Dec. 16: Photo caption contest

  • Prize: Four tickets to a 2015 game at Progressive Field
  • Winner:

Wednesday, Dec. 17: Trivia!

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
  • Winner:

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
  • Winner:

 

Core values: Tribe’s young stars under control through at least 2017

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With the World Series nearing an end – and what a series it’s been – baseball’s offseason will move into high gear, beginning with the postseason awards the week of Nov. 10. Those include MVP, where Michael Brantley should finish in the top 3, and Cy Young, where Corey Kluber should have a good chance at winning.

Before the offseason begins, it’s prudent to take a look at exactly where the Tribe’s roster stands – especially since it’s in a good place: 16 players are under Indians control through at least 2016, with the team’s top young players – Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and more – under control even longer.

Here’s a look at the current Indians roster and the number of seasons through which individual players are scheduled to be under club control. Certainly this can change over the course of an offseason – for instance contract extensions to Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis last year.

Under club control through at least 2019

  • Jason Kipnis
  • Yan Gomes
  • Danny Salazar

Under club control through at least 2018

  • Cody Allen
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • Nick Hagadone

Under club control through at least 2017

  • Michael Brantley
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Carlos Carrasco

Under club control through at least 2016

  • Nick Swisher
  • Michael Bourn
  • Carlos Santana
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Josh Tomlin

Additionally, a group of young Tribe players who impacted the big-league club are under control for even longer; they’re just into their Major League service time clock, so the club controls their rights even past 2019. That group includes:

  • Jesus Aguilar
  • Kyle Crockett
  • Tyler Holt
  • TJ House
  • CC Lee
  • Roberto Perez
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Zach Walters

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Kipnis makes young Tribe fan’s wish come true with late season visit

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Jason Kipnis made a young fan’s wish come true late in the 2014 season.

Rhiannon Carter, 11, lives in California with her family; her dad grew up in Cleveland and remains a big Tribe fan. By extension, Rhiannon is, too, and second baseman Jason Kipnis is her favorite player.

When she’s not watching the Tribe, though, Rhiannon fights a difficult battle: diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Rhiannon deals with extreme physical pain, shots, joint injections, infusions and even chemotherapy.

Thanks to Kids Wish Network, Rhiannon got a reprieve from her pain with a trip to Cleveland for a Tribe game late in the season, and a meet and greet with her favorite player, Jason Kipnis. Kipnis chatted with Rhiannon, took photos and signed autographs.

2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.

Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.

8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.

8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.

Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.

Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)

2014 Season in Review: July — Triple play, military salute, Brantley All-Star, #VoteKluber & more

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

July 2 – Indians turn double replay triple play: The Indians did something teams had a hard time doing this year – getting the speedy Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon out on the basepaths. The Tribe triple play in LA went F7-2-4, Brantley to Gomes to Kipnis. With two instant replay reviews thrown into the mix, this became a first-of-its-kind play.

July 4 – Indians honor military with Homestand Heroes: The Indians played host to branches of the military on our nation’s birthday, with the club’s first Homestand Heroes military tribute — during which the Indians paid tribute to fallen, current and future military heroes before and after the game.

July 6 — Brantley named to first All-Star team: Michael Brantley was named to his first AL All-Star team after a stellar first half.

July 6 — #VoteKluber madness begins: We thought Tribe pitcher, after a stellar May and first half generally, would also be named an AL All-Star. Instead, he was part of the Final Vote, which meant we had to get creative on social media. The result was a wild four days of #VoteKluber. Sorry again for filling up your timelines.

July 6 — Big Yan and Little Yan: 6-year-old Yan Perez got to meet Tribe catcher Yan Gomes before the Tribe’s game against the Royals, and Yan even hit a homer later for the little guy. Yan Perez was undergoing treatment for a serious illness, and was treated to a trip to the ballpark by the Ronald McDonald House.

July 7 — Hegan remembered: Late Tribe broadcaster Mike Hegan was honored before the Tribe’s game against the Yankees, and it was quite the touching tribute, led by his former partner, Tom Hamilton. (more…)

2014 Season in Review: March/April — Contract extensions, Opening Day homers, squirrels, KLUBER

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Here’s the first installment — April:

March 31 — Yan Gomes signs contract extension: The Tribe’s catcher inked a six-year deal on Opening Day, committing to Cleveland through 2019 with club options through 2021. Gomes following it up with an All-Star-caliber season.

March 31 — Nyjer Morgan’s sac fly and Nick Swisher’s RBI single help Indians win opener: The Tribe’s 2014 season got off on the right foot as the Tribe beats Oakland early on Tuesday morning. (Morgan had an eventful and productive stint in Cleveland before succumbing to an injury sustained in Toronto.)

April 4 – Jason Kipnis signs contract extension: Kipnis joined Gomes and Michael Brantley in committing to be a part of the Tribe’s core going forward by signing a six-year deal.

April 4 — Rain delays Tribe home opener, but Swisher’s late homer pushes the Indians to a victory: In a game delayed by two hours due to soggy conditions, the Indians beat the Twins on a cold Friday evening to open the home portion of the slate with a victory. Swisher’s homer to right in the sixth put the good guys ahead for good.

April 20 — David Murphy’s bases-clearing double beats Toronto: The new guy – also known as Good Guy, hit a two-out, three-run double in the sixth to drive in Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera and beat Toronto.

April 21 – A new Progressive Field inhabitant introduces himself: A squirrel hung out in the outfield throughout the Tribe’s series opener vs. KC; we, of course, conducted a fake interview with it about his time in Cleveland.

4/21 – Indians introduce free high-speed Wi-Fi at Progressive Field: The Indians, in response to fan feedback about cellular service at the ballpark, introduced high-speed, free public Wi-Fi for fans at Tribe games, in partnership with Verizon.

April 24 – Corey Kluber has his coming-out party: Kluber pitches a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 11 vs. Kansas City as the Indians take three of four. It, clearly, was a sign of things to come for the Cy Young favorite.

Top 10 most popular TribeVibe posts of 2014 (so far)

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No. 10: Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

  • On Opening Day, the Indians announced that Jason Kipnis had agreed to a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. The first-time All-Star in 2013 struggled with an injured oblique muscle throughout the 2014 season, and will be looked to to rebound in 2015 and continue to be a clubhouse leader for the team.

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No. 9: Taking a trip down memory lane: Ballpark construction photos

  • While looking at some old files in February, we found these photos of the original construction of then-Jacobs Field. Great memories, especially as we embark upon the current ballpark renovation project!

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No. 8: Exclusive interview with the Progressive Field squirrel

  • Sometimes, in a long season, you have to have some fun … So when a random squirrel showed up and stayed a while during an April series with Kansas City, we posted a fake/sarcastic interview with said squirrel. It was a hit.

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Photo gallery: Season finale victory over the Rays

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The Indians completed their 2014 season on Sunday, wit ha 7-2 victory spurred by the team’s young players — and some familiar faces, as well. Afterward, players thanked fans by handing out autographed gear … thanks, fans, for a great 2014 season!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 26 vs. Rays

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