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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

Indians Game Information: March 24 vs. Reds

Nyjer Morgan makes an over the shoulder catch in center field.

CLEVELAND INDIANS (16-7-2) at CINCINNATI REDS (12-14-2)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 5.59) vs. Alfredo Simon (1-2, 4.42)

Spring Game #26/Home #14 » Monday, March 24, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » MLB Network, webcast

TODAY’S BROADCAST INFORMATION: Today’s “road” contest between the Indians and Reds will be aired lived on MLB Network at 4:05 ET…MLB Network will also air a live broadcast of the final game on the Tribe’s Cactus League schedule on March 29 at San Diego.

Today’s game can also be heard through a live online webcast which can be accessed by simply registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcast or MLB.com.

THE HOME STRETCH: With just 6 games remaining on the 2014 Cactus League schedule, the Indians are one win shy of their 2013 Spring Training total, and just 3 victories shy of matching the club’s best exhibition season since joining the CL in 2009…Sunday’s loss to the Angels marked the first time the Tribe has lost consecutive games all spring…the Indians have played 22 games in 22 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has still won 4 of its last 8 games as the club nears the season opener on March 31 in Oakland.

INDIANS RECOGNIZED BY BASEBALL ASSISTANCE TEAM: The Baseball Assistance Team, now in its 29th year, is a unique organization within the sports industry dedicated to confidentially assisting members of the Baseball Family through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals…B.A.T. strives to provide a means of support to people with financial, psychological or physical burdens…today, B.A.T. announced that the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies are the recipients of the 2014 Bobby Murcer Award in recognition of the team in each league whose players commit the most amount of money to B.A.T…the Baseball Assistance Team has awarded more than $29 million in grants to date, benefiting more than 3,100 members of the Baseball Family, including former Major League players, managers, coaches, scouts, umpires, athletic trainers and front office personnel.

LATEST ROSTER MOVES: Terry Francona announced this morning that RHP C.C. LEE and RHP TREVOR BAUER have been optioned to Triple-A Columbus, and INF/OF BRYAN LaHAIR and INF DAVID COOPER have been re-assigned to minor league camp…C LUKE CARLIN was informed that he will begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, but will remain with the Indians in Major League camp…the club also announced that RHP AARON HARANG asked for and was granted his release.

Tito also announced that OF MICHAEL BOURN will begin the season on the 15-day DL, and that the club informed OF NYJER MORGAN and INF LONNIE CHISENHALL that they will begin the season on the 25-man Opening Day roster.

TODAY’S TILT: The Indians and Reds are set to meet today for the fifth and final time this spring…after dropping the exhibition opener to the Reds by a score of 8-3, the Indians took the next two decisions from Cincy and went on to enjoy a ten-game stretch in which the club did not suffer a single loss (9-0-1)…in the most recent matchup between the Goodyear Complex-mates, Cleveland saw Cincinnati rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off loss…Cleveland is 12-10-3 against the club’s intrastate rivals all-time in Cactus League play…beginning with the inaugural 2010 campaign, the Indians won 5 straight and 6 of the first 8 meetings (6-1-1) here in Arizona, but are 6-9-2 over the last 17 times Cleveland and Cincinnati have locked horns…the regular season “Battle of Ohio” was a clean split (2-2) in 2013 as both teams swept 2-game sets at their home parks; this year’s version of the Ohio Cup will again feature a “home-and-home” as the 2 clubs will play four straight games against each other from August 4-7 – the Tribe will host the Reds in the first 2 contests followed by 2 games at Great American Ballpark…the Indians hold a 44-41 (.518) record all-time against Cincinnati in regular season play.

Photo Gallery: March 22 vs. Colorado

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Indians Game Information: March 22 vs. Colorado

Corey Kluber throws out Reds right fielder Jay Bruce

CLEVELAND INDIANS (16-5-2) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (10-12-3)

RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 5.02) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 2.92)
Spring Game #24/Home #13 » Saturday, March 22, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WMMS, IRN, webcast

THE HOME STRETCH: With 8 games remaining on the 2014 Cactus League schedule, the Indians are one win shy of their 2013 Spring Training total and just 3 victories shy of matching the club’s best exhibition season since joining the CL in 2009…the Indians have played 20 games in 20 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 3 of its last 5 games as the club approaches season opener on March 31 in Oakland.

ROSTER RUMBLINGS: The Indians announced on Saturday that the club has released OF JEFF FRANCOEUR…Francoeur signed a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League camp on January 6…OF MATT CARSON was also informed by skipper Tito Francona that he will open the season at Triple-A Columbus.

UPDATED ROSTER BREAKDOWN: With the most recent round of roster moves announced this week, the Indians now have a total of 40 players currently in major league camp; this includes 13 non-roster invitees in addition to players on the 40-man roster…the club now has 19 pitchers (4 non-roster), including 17 righthanders and 2 lefties, 4 catchers (2 non-roster), 11 infielders (5 non-roster) and 6 outfielders (2 non-roster).

PESTANO NABS BULLPEN SPOT: Terry Francona also announced that RHP VINNIE PESTANO will begin the season on the Major League club’s 25-man roster…Pestano has allowed just 2 hits and one run over 6.0 innings this spring.

LIKE A ROCK: Cleveland will square off against Colorado for the second consecutive day after taking yesterday’s contest in Scottsdale by a final score of 14-3…yesterday’s victory improved the Indians all-time Cactus League record against the Rockies to 5-6…the Rockies will visit Progressive Field for the first time since 2011 for a 3 game series from May 30-June 1…Colorado is 10-8 all-time vs. Cleveland in regular season Interleague Play.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians beat the Colorado Rockies 14-3 Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale improving to16-5-2 in Cactus League play this spring…Cleveland’s lineup was productive top-to-bottom, paced by a 3-hit effort from MICHAEL BRANTLEY, who matched NYJER MORGAN with a game-high 3 RBI…Brantley raised his Cactus League average to .500 (17-34) and now has 7 RBI…LONNIE CHISENHALL and ELLIOT JOHNSON collected a pair of hits each and both drove in 2 runs…ASDRUBAL CABRERA also chipped in a multi-hit game…JUSTIN MASTERSON (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 WP) notched his third victory of the spring with a quality start, surrendering a pair of runs on 5 hits over 6.0 frames before finishing his work for the day in the Tribe bullpen…CODY ALLEN and TYLER STURDEVANT both worked 1.0 scoreless inning of relief each.

TV ON THE RADIO: Monday afternoon’s St. Patrick’s Day tilt with Cincinnati was SportsTime Ohio’s final Cactus League broadcast of the spring, but fans will still have the opportunity to watch the Indians in 3 additional spring training games that will be carried by MLB Network on March 23 at Los Angeles-AL, March 24 at Cincinnati and March 29 at San Diego. Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have today’s call across the Indians Radio Network and on WMMS in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard through a live webcast on http://www.MLB.com with an MLB audio subscription.

Photo Gallery: Tribe-Reds on St. Patrick’s Day

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Tribe Baseball Info director moonlights as BP pitcher

Director, Baseball Information Bart Swain throws BP.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – In his role as the Indians Director of Baseball Information, Bart Swain already has a pretty unique role.

He and our Assistant Director of Baseball Info, Court Berry-Tripp, travel with the team and serve as the direct liaisons between the players and the front office, media and fans.

But Swain has made the role even more unique: When called upon, he throws Batting Practice to the players, something he began in the 1996 season and that stuck after former Indians Hitting Coach Charlie Manuel saw him do it and apparently thought he was good enough to keep on.

“I’ve thrown BP since high school,” the 44-year-old Elyria High grad said last week in Goodyear. “I played in high school, but I wasn’t very good. This was a way to make myself useful.”

Swain joined the Indians in 1992 and worked for two years as an intern in the Media Relations department. He moved into the Director role in 1995 and has been there since.

Players like to give Swain a hard time about his throwing, but it appears he’s serviceable, at least, in the role. Tribe infielder Mike Aviles, for one, was glad Swain was around during last year’s Tribe Fest; Aviles had just been traded to Cleveland and was in town and looking to hit.

“He said, ‘I’ll throw,’” said Aviles, who is with his third big-league team. “I said, ‘I thought you were the PR guy.’ He’s the only PR guy I’ve been around who does it and it’s pretty cool.”

OK, but how does he throw?

“It’s not that bad. It’s actually pretty good,” Aviles said. “He has his days. Sometimes he’ll let loose a changeup and is in the ground… He gets his momentum back though.”

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was equally back-handed when complimenting Swain.

“He’s better than he was,” Chisenhall said with a good-natured smile. “He throws a solid BP. He can get out of sync a little bit, and he’s not in the upper echelon of BP throwers. But if you have to hit, he’ll do.”

–Joel Hammond

Many Tribe players split time at park with Daddy duty

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GOODYEAR, AZ – Moms and dads, rest easy: You have kindred spirits in many members of the Tribe 40-man roster.

Eighteen players in that group have children, and like you, face the day-to-day challenges involved with working a full-time job while raising young kids. That group includes starting pitchers Justin Masterson, whose wife, Meryl, had twins in the offseason, and Corey Kluber, whose wife, Amanda, also gave birth in January. Yan Gomes’ wife, Jenna, is expecting.

Those players are gearing up for another season, when the parenting becomes more complicated. During the season, players arrive at the ballpark around Noon or 1pm for home games, and stay until 11pm or later. When the team takes road trips, the players often are gone for 10 days or more.

That can stressed-out moms and dads who don’t get nearly enough time with the kids.

“It’s tougher for the wives,” said Kluber, who has two daughters, Kendall and Kennedy. “It’s challenge for them, because for the most part, they’re handling a lot of the duties with the kids for much of the season.”

Amanda Kluber and the couple’s daughters will move to Cleveland from their home in Jacksonville, Fla., for the season, but even that doesn’t offer much respite from mom duty, Corey said: The moms don’t get much alone time with their husbands at the ballpark.

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and his wife, Meredith, have a 2-year-old son, Cutter, and are expecting another boy in April, shortly after Opening Day. And like Kluber, Chisenhall says it can be difficult to find a happy medium between work and family.

Not only do the players spend a lot of time away from their families during the season, but when they are at home, they’re tasked with getting enough rest so they can be in the best shape possible for the next day at the ballpark.

“It’s challenging at times, especially on her. You leave for extended periods of time,” Chisenhall said. “Hat’s off to all the wives and moms who stay home; Meredith has a 2-year-old boy who is … active. Sometimes he’s great sometimes he’s a handful.”

For Mike Aviles, who with wife, Jessy, has three daughters – Kyla, 9, and 3-year-old twins, Adriana and Mayia – he says at times he knows the other 24 guys in the clubhouse better than his girls.

“This is a great life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Aviles said. “On the outside looking in, I don’t think people realize how much we’re away from our families.”

The players’ busy schedules and lack of “us” time at home makes them appreciate the offseason even more, when they’re able to escape for a few months to enjoy more downtime with their kids – and give their wives a break.

The Klubers head back to Jacksonville, Fla., while the Chisenhalls are back to North Carolina and Aviles & Co. back to Utah. Family time commences.

“That’s how I look at it, a way to make up for lost time during the season,” Corey Kluber said. “I throw and work out, but I don’t have many other commitments, so I’m able to enjoy it more with (the kids).”

–Joel Hammond

Photo Gallery: Spring Training home opener

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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