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SI ranks Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis as AL MVP front-runner

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First it was the pre-season cover, “This is our Year.” Then it was a low blow at a Carrasco injury. Then is was calling us the worst defensive team in history. Then it was not even mentioning us a tweet. Now, it’s Jason Kipnis.

It seems Sports Illustrated can’t get enough of the Cleveland Indians, and the magazine’s latest MLB article supports that: In its “Awards Watch” segment, Jason Kipnis was named as the AL MVP if the season were to end today. We know just how ridiculous Kipnis’ line is, so this should come as a surprise to no one. Here are some notes on him from Indians Baseball Information as of 6/24:

  • Extended his current hit streak to a career-best 19 games with a single in the bottom of the 3rd…marks the longest hit streak by an Indians player since a 22-game streak by Michael Brantley from May 20-June 15, 2012…is the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest hit streak in the American League this yearalso matches longest hit streak in the Majors this season, as Washington’s Wilson Ramos had a 19-game streak from April 24-May 19.
  • Kipnis has also hit safely in 28 straight games at home, which is the longest hit streak by any player at Progressive Field…marks the longest active home hit streak in the Majors and the longest by any player since Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez hit in 29 consecutive home games from May 20-July 31, 2012.
  • Is hitting .500 (54-for-108) with 17 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored during this 28-game home hit streak.
  • The 28-game streak is now the 2nd-longest home hit streak in club history, behind Hal Trosky’s 31-game home hit streak that spanned from May 27, 1936-Aug. 2, 1936.
  • His 99 hits through the team’s first 71 games are the most by an Indians hitter since Carlos Baerga tallied 101 hits through the team’s first 71 games in 1995.
  • Has a hit in 57 of the 70 games he has played…Miami’s Dee Gordon and Texas’ Prince Fielder have both hit in 56 games coming into today.

MVP numbers indeed. Let’s hope we get the wins rolling and really make a case for this deserving candidate.

SI’s full article can be read here.

-TribeVibe contributor Ryan Delgado

PHOTOS: Cleveland Indians players become celebrity bartenders to raise money for VeloSano

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Jason Kipnis, Terry Francona, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, Roberto Perez and more all stopped by The Corner on Wednesday after the Indians beat the Tigers — all for a good cause.

The players participated in an event to raise money for VeloSano, a Cleveland Clinic fundraising bike ride that supports cancer research. The Indians, led by owner Paul Dolan, are founding partners of the event, which raised $1.7 million in its first year in 2014.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Francona, Kipnis, Lindor, coaches and more to appear post-game June 24 at The Corner to benefit VeloSano

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Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians will play host to a celebrity bartending event to benefit VeloSano following the Tribe and Tigers Noon game on Wednesday, June 24. The event will be held at Progressive Field’s “The Corner” in the Right Field District, which has become one of the hottest spots in Cleveland featuring nearly 40 beers on tap.

The Indians celebrity bartending lineup includes:

  • Manager Terry Francona
  • President Mark Shapiro
  • GM Chris Antonetti
  • 2B Jason Kipnis
  • RHP Trevor Bauer
  • RHP Carlos Carrasco
  • RHP Danny Salazar
  • RHP Bryan Shaw
  • LHP Marc Rzepczynski
  • SS Francisco Lindor
  • 3B Giovanny Urshela

*All celebrity bartenders subject to change

Fans are encouraged to attend the Noon game vs. the Tigers and stay post-game to support the cause, with tips and 20% of proceeds going directly to VeloSano.  The Indians will have a silent auction available to raise additional money. Snack items such as nachos and peanuts will also be available for purchase.

Fans not able to attend the game are still invited without a game ticket to attend the event and enter Progressive Field at the Right Field Gate near the New Era Team Shop off East 9th St. 30 minutes following last out of the game. The event is expected to conclude 3.5 hours (approx. 6:30pm) following the last out.

The Indians partnered once again with Cleveland Clinic to support VeloSano, an annual charity bike ride event, held this summer July 17-19 in Cleveland. The Indians will also field a team of nearly 60 riders, including Indians Chairman and CEO Paul Dolan and other members of the Indians front office.

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is a major community fundraising initiative, where 100% of dollars raised by VeloSano participants directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. At its core, it’s a cycling event where riders commit to raise a pre-determined dollar amount by requesting support from personal contacts.

Indians bounce back, ‘pen stellar as Tribe beats Chicago Cubs on Thursday

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A night after being beaten 17-0, the Tribe bounced back with some clutch hitting and some rain-induced, stellar work out of the bullpen in a 4-3 win.

The bullpen pitched 4.1 scoreless, including a rare fifth- and sixth-inning appearance from Cody Allen.

It all worked though — the Tribe took two of three from the Cubs in this rain-shortened, two-city series.

Jason Kipnis & Michael Brantley Rock the Q

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We know that our guys have been supporting the team across the street well during their playoff run. Swish, Kluber, and Lonnie made appearances to root on LeBron James & gang in the first couple rounds – and the finals was no different.

After a 6-0 shutout win vs. the Mariners, Kip and Dr. Smooth decided they’d take in a game in the loud Quicken Loans Arena before they made the trip to Detroit.

They pumped up the crowd and were in full support. They are definitely all-in! WATCH

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado (pic via @Cavs)

 

Comparing Jason Kipnis’ 50-hit, 30-run month with the last Cleveland Indians player to do it — Jeff Heath in 1938

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Finishing the month of August in 1938 on a high note, the Indians defeated Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics by scoring one run in the eighth to tie the game, and two in the top of the ninth to go ahead. The main storyline of the game was the Tribe’s young third basemen, Ken Keltner’s two home runs. The newspapers hardly mentioned left fielder Jeff Heath’s day. Heath went two for five with two RBI and capped a month of production (50+ hits and 30+ runs) –a record not seen again until May 2015.

Jason Kipnis etched his name in baseball history after a month that saw him go 51 for 119. Comparing Kipnis and Heath puts the accomplishment into perspective. Kipnis reached 51 hits in 29 games, 143 plate appearances and 119 at bats. Jeff Heath reached 58 hits in 38 games, 168 plate appearances and 162 at bats.

To honor and preserve the history of this achievement, the Indians have added Kipnis’ bat to the team archive. This bat was broken on May 14, 2015 during Kipnis streak of reaching base three times in seven consecutive games. (Tied a franchise record)

Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis has historic May

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Jason Kipnis almost surely will be named the American League’s Player of the Month, with good reason. His final numbers:

  • 51 hits
  • .429 average
  • 22 extra-base hits
  • 30 runs
  • 16 walks
  • 15 doubles
  • .511 OBP

More Kipnis notes:

  • He led the majors in hits, average, runs and on-base percentage in May
  • He is the first player since 2005 (Jimmy Rollins) with 50-plus hits and 30-plus runs in one month
  • His 51 hits are the most in May in Tribe franchise history and the most in any single month since Robbie Alomar in 2000
  • He and Corey Kluber, who had 60 strikeouts in May, become only the second duo in MLB history (since at least 1914) to have 50 hits (batter) and 60 strikeouts (pitcher) – per STATS
  • Only 50 other MLB players have 51 hits this season

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians bats come alive in 12-3 win over Texas

 

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The Cleveland Indians used an offensive outburst to salvage the finale of a tightly contested three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field.

Every Indians starter had at least one run and one hit — the box score is crazy.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians players, coaches shave heads to support Mike Aviles, daughter Adriana

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Cleveland Indians players and coaches including Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes and Mickey Callaway have saved their heads to support Mike Aviles and his family; Aviles’ 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, was diagnosed recently with leukemia.

From Wednesday’s broadcast:

From Indians.com:

It began with only a handful of players during the Indians’ last road trip. Slowly, more and more members of Cleveland’s team and staff began joining the cause, shaving their heads as a collective show of support for Mike Aviles‘ young daughter.

Earlier this month, Aviles’ 4-year-old girl, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia and has a tough road ahead in battling the disease. Aviles said Adriana laughed at her dad when he buzzed his hair and said he looked funny. As more and more people have followed with closely cropped hair, Aviles has felt overwhelmed.

“It means a lot for me,” Aviles said on Wednesday morning. “It goes without saying, everybody in here has families, and they know how it is. It’s a tough time, but to know that my team, the coaching staff, everybody, is on my family’s side and my little girl’s side, it helps out a lot and makes me feel good.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win sixth straight, sweep Cincinnati Reds

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Sarah Sachs

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