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Indians 2B Jason Kipnis joins Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Advisory Board of MLB players

Jason Kipnis rips a double.

Indians’ Second Baseman Joins Nine Others in Helping to Educate Young People About the Dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs

The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today that Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians has joined its new Advisory Boardmade up exclusively of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

The Indians second baseman joins nine other charter members of the Advisory Board, which also includes Jay Bruce(Cincinnati Reds), John Danks (Chicago White Sox), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Dillon Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates), Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks).

Additional members of the Advisory Board will be announced throughout the 2014 season.

“Words cannot describe my emotions as we partner with these incredible athletes and role models,” said Taylor Hooton Foundation president Don Hooton. “These young men have stepped up to make a difference with America’s youth by becoming visible role models, examples of outstanding athletes who work hard and compete fairly. Their participation in our initiatives will be invaluable.”

As members of the Advisory Board, the players will participate in the THF’s educational activities in their local communities, record radio public-service announcements and provide their input on the most effective ways to educate North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.

In 2013, the Taylor Hooton Foundation spoke to and educated more than 150,000 people. It also began a Latin American outreach and traveled throughout the Caribbean, speaking to thousands of RBI athletes, coaches and parents in partnership with Major League Baseball. This year the THF will introduce a new eLearning program – narrated by Bob Costas – to Little League Baseball that will be offered to its one-million adult coaches and other volunteers.

Indians Game 1 post-game notes

Check out these notes from the Tribe’s afternoon victory over San Diego; with the victory, the Indians improved to 5-3 on the young season.

CLEVELAND

  • Moved 2 games above the .500 mark (5-3) to match the club’s high water-mark of the season (3-1 record on April 4)…Cleveland’s record has not fallen below the .500 mark this season.
  • Tribe pitching staff posted its second team shutout of 2014, the other coming in a 2-0 Opening Day victory on March 31 at Oakland.
  • Facing San Diego for the first time since 2008, Cleveland improved to 8-3 all-time against the Padres (4-1 at Progressive Field).

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Took his second turn through the Indians rotation and notched his first victory of 2014 with 7.2 scoreless frames (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 99 pitches/70 strikes)…matched the longest scoreless outing of his MLB career, also tossing 7.2 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory on May 7, 2013 vs. Oakland…both of his outings so far in 2014 have come in doubleheaders, as he took the mound in Game One on April 2 at Oakland, but did not factor into the decision of that 6-4 victory (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R-ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 86 pitches).
  • Tallied 7 strikeouts, one shy of his career-high (8, three times) and most since Aug. 13, 2013 at Minnesota (7 K’s).
  • Retired 21 of the first 24 batters he faced through his first 7.0 frames, just 3 more than the minimum…then retired the first 2 batters in the 8th before allowing a pair of singles; was then relieved by Allen.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Broke a scoreless tie with a 2-run homer off fellow left-hander Eric Stults in the 6th inning, his first long-ball of the season.
  • Of his 39 career home runs, 8 of those have come against left-handed pitching.
  • Has driven in 6 runs over his last 3 games after no RBI through his first 5 games.

CODY ALLEN

  • Entered today’s game with 2 outs in the 8th and struck out Seth Smith on a called third strike to strand runners and 1st and 2nd…has now stranded all 5 inherited runners he has adopted this season…has made 5 relief appearances this season, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings.

JOHN AXFORD

  • Notched his 4th save of the season, as he has closed out both wins in this series against San Diego.

SAN DIEGO

  • Padres fell to 1-4 on their 6-game road trip through Miami (1-2) and Cleveland (0-2).
  • Club is participating in its first doubleheader in Interleague history.

ERIC STULTS

  • Took his second loss of the season despite pitching into the 6th inning and surrendering just one earned run (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R-1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 90 pitches/52 strikes)…was touched for both runs he allowed on a 2-run HR by Jason Kipnis…retired 14 of the first 18 batters he faced through 5.0 innings.
  • Left-handers had been 1-for-6 with a single & GIDP (both by Brantley) prior to the Kipnis 2-run HR in the 6th (lefties were 2-for-8 on the afternoon against Stults)…including today, has limited left-handers to a .181 avg. (52-287) since the start of the 2012 season.
  • Today marked his second career game/start at Progressive Field, the other coming in a no-decision for Chicago on May 7, 2012 (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R-ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 HB, 107 pitches)…Tribe won that contest 3-2.

NICK VINCENT

  • Entered today’s game with 2 outs in the 6th and struck out the only batter he faced (Gomes) to strand runners at 2nd and 3rd…Vincent has now stranded all 5 runners he has inherited this season…stranded 16 of 21 (76%) inherited runners last season.

Photo Gallery: Indians Batting Practice, April 8

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The guys were in good spirits during BP on Tuesday — only the second time the team has taken BP outside this year. Gotta love Mother Nature!

–Photos by David Cleveland

A chat with Brohio Gov about rocking first weekend

 

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(Editor’s Note: Get your Brohio tickets for April 18 and April 19 vs. Toronto by clicking here. As of Thursday at 2PM, tickets were $32, but those prices will rise as the game nears. Get them now and save!)

Judging by Tweets out of Brohio this past weekend, it sure seemed like Adam Gockowski had a successful first run as our Governor.

 

 

As the next Brohio weekend rapidly approaches – as of right now, tickets are only $31.25 for Friday, April 18 and $31.25 for Saturday, April 19, and you get this cool new Brohio design T-shirt – we wanted to catch up with Adam to see how things went and what he has up his sleeve.

His responses:

TribeVibe: How did the first weekend go?

AG: The first series was a huge learning experience. I realized a lot of good and bad right off the bat: I’m not a 7-foot purple mascot – Editor’s Note: Slider takes exception to that stereotype! — so it took a while for people to realize who I was and what I was trying to do. I look like the average dude in the stands. So Friday, between the team being down for six innings, no hitting, cold, wet, late, everything, it was hard to get people into it at first.

Once I got the flag, people started realizing that “He’s the Governor!” and it started making sense to them. They started warming up to the idea. Before both games, I get there early and talk to EVERYONE in the stands. … People really enjoyed that, (and took) tons of pictures right away. They LOVE taking pictures with me and the flag. I mean people of all ages.

Saturday, when the fans got Brohio signs, they got into the idea! They were standing up when Swisher was up to bat, holding the signs, and were chanting with me! Even with a losing score and an afternoon game time, people were still getting into it. The biggest hit is the shirts! They LOVE the shirts.

Once the weather gets warmer, everyone is in matching shirts, with Brohio signs, and my presence is more known, without a doubt, the section will be UNREAL! Other sections on Saturday were paying attention. I think the little things like letting fans take pictures with me and the flag, talking before the game to them, their Brohio signs and (other) small stuff will have a big impact on the section. I will have a fun and comfortable crowd to work with. Series after series, we’ll get the crowd we want! The opening series, majority of fans was pleasantly surprised to find out where they were and their benefits.

TribeVibe: How did you get the section fired up? Were your fellow Brohio residents eager to participate?

AG: Awareness is key, it’s huge. So, to help myself and the Tribe, I have been very active on Twitter. I want to build it as much as possible in between each Brohio series. In the last 10 days, I’ve gained 1,021 followers. That’s an average of 100 a day. I retweet those who’ve sat in Brohio, I ask them fun questions, I comment back, I’m very hands on. In a weird way, I’m trying to sell myself to the fans. If they like me and I’m entertaining, knowing that I’ll 100% be in 117 on Fridays and Saturdays, they might buy just to be around that. They’ll get the chance to ask me stuff in person, take a pic with the flag, get the shirt, everything.

TribeVibe: What else do you have up your sleeve?

AG: I will be doing Twitter contests — tickets, shirts perhaps.

We’re going to get a hashtag going. I started #whatswishsays, where fans will create their own Swish like phrase, then tweet it out with that hashtag.

Once again, me being active with them on twitter in general is huge. If I’m active, they’ll buy. When they buy, we get the crowd that wants to be a part of the atmosphere. We get the crowd, we get the fan energy that we want. We get the energy, we get known in Major League Baseball.

Remember, Tribe fans: Right now, tickets are only $31 for Friday and Saturday, April 18-19; Buy Early and Save as those prices could go up! Tickets come with the new design of a Brohio shirt.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Anatomy of a hilarious photo: How did this come about?

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You probably saw this photo on Friday, in our Photo Gallery from the Home Opener against Minnesota, and wondered, just what the heck is Jason Kipnis doing ?

Here’s a little back story: In the news conference Friday morning to announce Kipnis’ new six-year deal – he remains one of 16 current Tribe players under team control through 2016! – General Manager Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona joined Kipnis on the dais.

After Antonetti and Kipnis shared their thoughts on the deal and how it got done, Tito was asked by MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, “You heard about Kipnis before you got (to Cleveland), you’d seen him before. What have you felt about his growth as a player?”

With his young second baseman sitting right next to him, it was slightly awkward, thus Kipnis’ faux-adoring, “How am I doing, dad?” pose for the cameras during the question.

Tito’s response: “He’s sitting right here, man, this is hard! Last year, everybody kept asking (during Kipnis’ early season struggles), ‘When are you going to hit him eighth?’ I said, ‘He’s a good player, he’s going to be fine.’ And then last June he literally played himself onto the All-Star team.

“The part about Kip that sums it up in a nutshell was the other night in Oakland, when he didn’t get a bunt down. He found a way to extend the at-bat, put the ball in play and then ran to first like his pants were on fire (to eliminate a double play). That swayed the game in our favor. We all see what he can do, banging the ball off the wall, stealing bases, hitting home runs. All the contract is going to do is to allow him to enjoy the game. He’s never going to back off the gas pedal, but this will allow him to enjoy the game a lot more, with some security.”

And that’s how a funny photo happens.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photo by David Cleveland

Kipnis, Antonetti discuss second baseman’s contact extension

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Chris Antonetti and Jason Kipnis discussed the second baseman’s contract extension with members of the media on Friday morning, an extra bonus for the Opening Day festivities at Progressive Field.

Check out each’s comments:

Chris Antonetti

We’re thrilled we were able to get (this contract done). Talking to Kip, it’s a long story: Since he arrived in the majors in 2011, he’s emerged as one of the best second basemen in baseball. He has a unique combination of power and speed, which has made him one of the best players at his position and in the American League.

Even more remarkable, when you look back and realize he was drafted as an outfielder and was converted to a second baseman, that speaks to Kip and his work ethic and his determination to become an All-Star and an MVP-caliber player.

That work didn’t happen alone, so I wanted to recognize our scouting and player development staffs. Our amateur scouting group got to know Kip better than any other organization. Our player development staff then spent a lot of time with him, and through a lot of hard work, he established himself as a great player.

As we sit here today, I wanted to reflect back on where we are as organization. We have 16 players under club control through the 2016 season. That would not have happened without the incredible support of the Dolan family and our ownership, who have made a significant financial impact to make this happen.

Jason Kipnis

Today’s very special. It’s an amazing feeling to get something done. I’ve wanted to stay here, I’m excited about being here. When you sign guys like Brantley and Gomes, you have core guys coming back, guys you’re going to be with for a long time. It’s the ownership showing us that they believe in us, that we have the guys who can win games now. I’m excited to be a part of the core that’s coming back.

It was a long day on Thursday – we got in about 8AM (from Oakland) and I had to (undergo a physical) – the last two days, the ball was rolling and we were getting things done for it were exciting.

My phone’s been going off since the Indians announced it. It’ll be nice to get back to baseball today. I’m just happy we were able to get it done.

Then to now

When I got drafted here, the organization was in a rut. I wanted to be a part of the transformation of the organization, be a part of a group of players that could get this going in the right direction. Signing back here, I wanted to see us and Brantley and Gomes turn Cleveland around. We want to finish the job.

How important was last year

It made it easier for me, proving that we had the guys in the locker room, having Tito here. We knew we were going in the right direction. The management is backing it up, by signing guys and keeping guys here. That made it a lot easier for me to sign up for the long-term. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that?

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Terry Francona on Jason Kipnis extension

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The Tribe skipper talked with WTAM’s Bill Wills this morning as part of Opening Day festivities at Progressive Field.

Listen to what he had to say below!


Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF JASON KIPNIS to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.

Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is coming off his first American League All-Star selection in 2013, hitting .284 (160-564) while leading the 2013 AL Wildcard Champions in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30) in just his second full Major League season.  He became just the sixth Indian in the 113-year history of the franchise to eclipse the 15 home run/30 steal barrier and finished tied for 7th in the AL in walks (76), tied for 9th in steals (30) and finished in the top 20 in RBI (T16th, 84) and on-base pct (14th, .366).

Entering his fourth overall season in the Majors, he has quickly established himself among the league’s best second basemen, finishing 3rd among MLB second sackers in OPS (.818), 2nd in stolen bases and tied for 3rd in RBI among his second base peers in 2013. The Chicago, IL native’s team-high 84RBI were the most by an Indians 2B since Roberto Alomar (100) in 2001 as he became the first Tribe 2B since 1948 to lead the team outright in RBI.

The homegrown product was originally selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. An outfielder in high school and college, Kipnis began the transition into the infield during the 2010 campaign and made his debut at second base in 2011 less than a year later. Jason is one of 16 Indians on the current Major League roster under team control thru at least 2016. That list includes:

  • Cody Allen
  • John Axford
  • Michael Bourn
  • Michael Brantley
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Yan Gomes
  • Jason Kipnis
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • David Murphy
  • Ryan Raburn
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Carlos Santana
  • Danny Salazar
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Nick Swisher

Indians and catcher Yan Gomes agree to long-term contract

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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed C YAN GOMES to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with club options for 2020 and 2021.

Gomes, 26, established himself as the club’s everyday catcher in the second half of 2013, hitting .294 (86-293) with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 88 games. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native also had a large impact behind the plate, as the club went 49-30 (.620) over his 79 starts at catcher while Indians pitchers recorded an ERA of 3.56 (281ER/710.0IP) when Yan was catching. He also threw out an AL-high 38.3% (18-of-47) of the runners attempting to steal while registering a .996 fielding percentage.

Yan was acquired from Toronto along with INF Mike Aviles on November 2, 2012 from the Toronto Blue Jays after beginning his professional career with the Jays in 2009. He made history with Toronto in May of 2012, becoming the first Brazilian-born player in Major League Baseball history.

MLB Leaders, Catcher OPS (Minimum 275 plate appearances)

  • Joe Mauer, MIN — .901
  • Jason Castro, HOU — .884
  • YAN GOMES, CLE — .837
  • Yadier Molina, STL — .836

Players under team control through 2016

  • Cody Allen
  • John Axford
  • Michael Bourn
  • Michael Brantley
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Yan Gomes
  • Jason Kipnis
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • David Murphy
  • Ryan Raburn
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Carlos Santana
  • Danny Salazar
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Nick Swisher

Photo gallery: March 24 win over Cincinnati Reds

 

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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