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Corey Kluber becomes the first MLB pitcher to reach #whiff in 2015

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We know Corey Kluber is a bona fide ace. We also know he has some of the nastiest stuff in baseball, and yet he still continues to impress us. Last night in KC, Kluber became the first Major League pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts for the season. With his 0-2 cutter to Drew Butera, Kluber notched his 100th K. Klubes immediately took a slight turn around the mound in his nonchalant fashion and proceeded to strike out the next batter. Would you expect anything else?

Although Kluber took the loss, he was credited with a complete game effort. After a rocky start, Kluber has come around recently and is striking out batters at an incredible rate. Check out his highlight reel from last night, 6/3:

Here are some numbers & facts for Kluber’s recent efforts:

+ Quickest Indians pitcher to 100 punchouts since Sam McDowell did it in 12 starts in 1970

+ 11.27 SO/9IP (5th in MLB)

+ 7.38 SO/BB Ratio (5th in MLB)

+ 31.2 Swing & Miss % (4th in MLB)

+ Since 2014 Kluber leads MLB in K’s with 365

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Major League Baseball announces pace of game initiatives for 2015 MLB regular season

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Major League Baseball has announced new initiatives to increase the pace of play, effective immediately for the 2015 season.

The new rules and guidelines are as follows:

  • Enforcing of the batter’s box rule, requiring that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box unless one of a group of exceptions occurs.
  • An addition of timers that will measure non-game action and break time between innings and pitching changes during each Major League game. One timer will be installed on or near the outfield scoreboard, and a smaller timer will be installed on the façade behind home plate near the press box. Immediately following the third out of each half-inning, the timer will count down from 2:25 for locally televised games and from 2:45 for nationally televised games. An MLB representative attending each game will operate the timers from the ballpark and will track the following event
  • Time Remaining Activity
    40 Seconds PA announces batter and begins to play walk-up music
    30 Seconds Pitcher throws final warm-up pitch
    25 Seconds Batter’s walk-up music ends
    20 Seconds-5 Seconds Batter enters the batter’s box
    20 Seconds-0 Seconds Pitcher begins motion to deliver pitch
  • Pitchers will be permitted to throw as many warm-up pitches as they wish prior to the point when 30 seconds remain on the clock; however, pitchers will be deemed to have forfeited any of their traditional eight warm-up pitches that they are unable to complete prior to the 30-second deadline. Exceptions to these rules will be made in a variety of circumstances, including if the pitcher or catcher ended the prior half-inning at bat or on base.
  • Batters will be encouraged to get into the batter’s box with 20 seconds remaining on the timer.  This is the same time that the broadcasters return from commercial. The pitcher is expected to begin his motion to deliver the pitch as soon as the batter gets into the batter’s box and becomes alert to the pitcher. Batters who do not enter the box prior to five seconds remaining on the timer and pitchers who do not begin the motion to deliver the pitch prior to zero seconds remaining on the timer will be deemed to have violated the break timing rules.
  • These rules will be enforced through a warning and fine system, with discipline resulting for flagrant violators. No fines will be issued in Spring Training or in April of the 2015 regular season.  Donations will be made to the Major League Baseball Players Trust charitable foundation based on the level of adherence to the new rules.

“These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play. The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly,” MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred said.

Indians, Twitter followers raise $37,500 for Cleveland RBI leagues

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After $7,500 September donation in Head & Shoulders and MLB 2014 “Season of the Whiff” monthly Twitter competition, season total grows to $37,500 for Cleveland Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Leagues

Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of September, 2014. As of October 1, 2014, the Cleveland Indians racked up 30,384 #Whiff @Indians tweets, securing third place for the month of September, resulting in a $7,500 donation to local Cleveland RBI leagues.

For the year, the Indians and the club’s large, engaged social media followers have secured $37,500 to be donated to Cleveland RBI leagues through Head and Shoulders’ #Whiff campaign. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

“The Indians are proud to support, through Cleveland Indians Charities, many charitable efforts in our community, including the RBI program,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “We’d like to thank our loyal Twitter followers for helping us continue our commitment to the Northeast Ohio community.”

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular Season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!

For more information, follow us on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/hsformen and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/HeadandShoulders, or visit http://www.MLB.com/Whiff.

Indians to expand new security measures to Gate C near Bob Feller Statue/East Ninth Street

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Walk-through metal detectors part of MLB-wide initiative to standardize security and ensure safe environments at all ballparks

The Cleveland Indians, starting with Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Angels, will expand previously installed security measures to Gate C, near the Bob Feller statue and East Ninth Street.

Unobtrusive, walk-through metal detectors were introduced at Gate D, behind home plate and along Carnegie Avenue, in May. The enhanced security measures are part of an MLB initiative to standardize security practices across the league.

Few if any problems were reported during the limited rollout of metal detectors at Gate D. But as Gate C is used much more widely by fans than Gate D, the Indians are urging all fans to leave a few extra minutes for entry into the ballpark. That especially is true for next weekend’s series vs. Detroit, when large crowds are expected throughout the weekend, including Saturday night when Omar Vizquel will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

“This will be a minimal, unobtrusive change for our fans, whose safety is our No. 1 priority at the ballpark,” said Jim Folk, the Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. “Fan convenience is very important to us, and we’re making every effort to ensure these important safety measures, as mandated by Major League Baseball, will have a minimal impact on fans’ speedy entry into the ballpark.”

Upon entering the ballpark, fans will need to remove cell phones and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector; they can be retrieved immediately after entering. All other items can remain in fans’ pockets. All bags still will be checked, and only MLB-compliant bags – 16x16x8 – will be admitted. A full list of items permitted and prohibited in the ballpark can be found under the “Progressive Field” tab at Indians.com.

As always, fans are encouraged to arrive early to games, especially as the weather warms and crowds grow for the summer months. Gate opening times generally follow these guidelines:

  • 7:05PM Monday-Thursday: Gate C — 4:30PM; all gates – 6PM
  • 7:05PM/7:15PM Friday-Saturday: Gate C – 4:30PM; all gates – 5:30PM
  • 6:05PM: All Gates – 4:30PM
  • 4:05PM: All Gates – 2:30PM
  • 3:05PM: All Gates – 1:30PM
  • 1:05PM: Gate C – 11AM; All Gates – 11:30AM

Exceptions are July 8 and July 12. Full Gate Time listing is available at http://tinyurl.com/m8b6owr.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are you implementing these new procedures?

Major League Baseball, after working with the Department of Homeland Security, is working to enhance and standardize security procedures at ballparks throughout the sport. The league is requiring teams to have enhanced fan screening in place by Opening Day 2015.

What should fans expect when they get to the gates?

At Gates C and D, fans must walk through metal detectors prior to entering the ballpark. Detectors will be expanded to Gate A later this summer. Bags, as they have been for many years at Progressive Field, still will be checked.

Do fans have to go through the walk-through metal detectors?

Those who choose not to go through the walk-through metal detector have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector.

Will it take longer for fans to enter the ballpark at the gates due to these procedures?

The Indians are taking every necessary step to ensure that fans encounter minimal interruptions and delays in their entrance into the ballpark.

This is why we’re phasing these new measures in over the course of the season, in an attempt to get fans and our gameday staff used to the new process.

Are the Indians instituting a new bag policy akin to the NFL?

Our bag policy will not change: Those bags compliant with MLB standards – 16x16x8 or smaller – are permitted, and are subject to search.

Head and Shoulders donates $5K to Cleveland RBI programs through monthly Twitter competition

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Today, Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of May, 2014. As of June 1, 2014, the Cleveland Indians racked up 10,000 #Whiff @Indians tweets, securing fourth place for the month of May, resulting in a $5,000 donation to local Cleveland RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

“The Indians are proud to support, through Cleveland Indians Charities, many charitable efforts in our community, including the RBI program,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “We’d like to thank our loyal Twitter followers for helping us continue our commitment to the Northeast Ohio community.”

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular Season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!

For more information, follow us on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/hsformen and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/HeadandShoulders, or visit http://www.MLB.com/Whiff.

Indians announce enhanced security measures in accordance with MLB-wide initiative

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Fans will gradually see enhanced, non-obtrusive security measures as part of MLB effort to ensure safe environments at ballparks

The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced new enhanced security measures as part of an MLB initiative to standardize security practices across the league.

The club will gradually install unobtrusive, walk-through metal detectors, through which fans will enter the gates. Fans will see the first installment of metal detectors in place at Gate D, behind home plate, this homestand. Each fan must be screened, though those who choose not to use the walk-through detectors can opt to be screened by hand-held wands instead.

Later this summer, metal detectors will be installed at gates A and C to comply with MLB’s mandate of having enhanced fan screening in place by Opening Day 2015. MLB has been working with the Department of Homeland Security and the individual clubs on the initiative; similar security measures are also in use at other major entertainment venues in Northeast Ohio, including Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium.

“This will be a minimal, unobtrusive change for our fans, whose safety is our No. 1 priority at the ballpark,” said Jim Folk, the Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. “Fan convenience is very important to us, and we’re making every effort to ensure these important safety measures, as mandated by Major League Baseball, will have a minimal impact on fans’ speedy entry into the ballpark.”

Upon entering the ballpark, fans will need to remove cell phones and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector; they can be retrieved immediately after entering. All other items can remain in fans’ pockets. All bags still will be checked, and only MLB-compliant bags – 16x16x8 – will be admitted. A full list of items permitted and prohibited in the ballpark can be found under the “Progressive Field” tab at Indians.com.

As always, fans are encouraged to arrive early to games, especially as the weather warms and crowds grow for the summer months. Gate opening times generally follow these guidelines:

  • 7:05PM Monday-Thursday: Gate C — 4:30PM; all gates – 6PM
  • 7:05PM Friday-Saturday: Gate C – 4:30PM; all gates – 5:30PM
  • 6:05PM: All Gates – 4:30PM
  • 4:05PM: All Gates – 2:30PM
  • 3:05PM: All Gates – 1:30PM
  • 1:05PM: Gate C – 11AM; All Gates – 11:30AM

Exceptions are May 31, June 3, July 8 and July 12. Full Gate Time listing is available at http://tinyurl.com/m8b6owr.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are you implementing these new procedures?

Major League Baseball, after working with the Department of Homeland Security, is working to enhance and standardize security procedures at ballparks throughout the sport. The league is requiring teams to have enhanced fan screening in place by Opening Day 2015.

What should fans expect when they get to the gates?

Starting on May 16 at Gate D, and later this summer at gates A and C, fans must walk through metal detectors prior to entering the ballpark. Bags, as they have been for many years at Progressive Field, still will be checked.

Do fans have to go through the walk-through metal detectors?

Those who choose not to go through the walk-through metal detector have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector.

Will it take longer for fans to enter the ballpark at the gates due to these procedures?

The Indians are taking every necessary step to ensure that fans encounter minimal interruptions and delays in their entrance into the ballpark.

This is why we’re phasing these new measures in over the course of the season, in an attempt to get fans and our gameday staff used to the new process.

Are the Indians instituting a new bag policy akin to the NFL?

Our bag policy will not change: Those bags compliant with MLB standards – 16x16x8 or smaller – are permitted, and are subject to search.

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Tribe fan Charlene Wuthrich to be honored for “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer”

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Major League Baseball today announced the 31 winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Cleveland Indians is Charlene Wuthrich, who will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

Charlene is one of each MLB Club’s selected winners who will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game. Charlene, a life-long Indians fan from Sullivan Township who has had sheep named after Tribe players, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She had a double mastectomy performed in 1988 and since has worked tirelessly as an advocate for those dealing with cancer. She has facilitated the cancer support group at Ashland’s Samaritan Hospital, where she’s been a nurse for over 25 years. She’s also worked on the mobile mammogram van and twice has been chosen as the American Cancer Society’s Nurse of Hope.

Fans from across the country and Canada shared inspirational stories that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. The Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with feedback from a Guest Judging Panel that included Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, country music superstar and Atlanta Braves fan Jason Aldean, and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter.

Players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink. Games will use a pink stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game day baseball. Numerous MLB players will use pink bats and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many of the game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In five years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 4 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

Major League Baseball launches annual Honorary Bat Girl contest

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Program Encourages Fans to Share “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” Stories for Chance to be Honored On-Field During Mother’s Day Celebrations

Major League Baseball has launched the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. Women and men ages 18 or older are encouraged to share their stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” by visiting www.honorarybatgirl.com for a chance to be recognized on-field by their favorite baseball team on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11.

One representative for each team will be chosen; last year, Mayfield Heights resident Colleen Devito represented the Indians. Read more about her here.

Fans are invited to share inspirational stories that they or loved ones have experienced or currently are experiencing that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer.  Additionally, fans will share the reasons they want to represent their favorite team as its Honorary Bat Girl. Entries can be submitted by breast cancer survivors, advocates and/or supporters of the cause beginning today at www.honorarybatgirl.com, a website powered by MLB.com. Entries will be accepted until the submission period closes on March 24, 2014.

During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, one Honorary Bat Girl per MLB Club will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.

A panel of judges including MLB players and well-known figures will help select the winning submissions based on originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal as determined by online fan votes. Celebrity judges for the 2014 contest will be revealed at a later date.

“Major League Baseball remains committed to recognizing the fearless fans who show courage in the face of breast cancer, and who not only take strides to fight against the disease, but help those around them who are also affected,” said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President of Business, Major League Baseball.  “Season after season, these brave fans share their stories through our Honorary Bat Girl Program, highlighting perseverance and selflessness in the face of adversity.”

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In five years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 4 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

Major League Baseball Health Initiatives

The Mother’s Day Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program is one of several cancer-related initiatives supported by Major League Baseball. Other initiatives include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), whose mission is to support the groundbreaking scientific research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an accelerated timeframe; the annual Father’s Day celebration, in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation, which helps increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money for the search for a cure; and Play Sun Smart, a league-wide, skin cancer awareness program in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Satchel Paige Exhibit on Display at Beachwood Library

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Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige didn’t enter Major League Baseball until he was 42 years old, but that didn’t stop the rookie from helping the Cleveland Indians win the pennant in 1948.

Come hear about the life of the legendary storyteller and one of the most entertaining pitchers in baseball history at the Beachwood Library, presented by the Baseball Heritage Museum, on Saturday, February 8 at 2PM. Also scheduled to appear is former Negro Leagues player Ted Toles.

Paige’s pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime. He is considered by many to be “The Face of Negro League Baseball” and attracted record crowds everywhere he pitched, due to his incredible pitching repertoire and his infectious personality.

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this event by visiting www.cuyahogalibrary.org or calling 216-831-6868.

During the entire month of February, images from the collection of the Baseball Heritage Museum will be on display at the Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, located at 25501 Shaker Blvd in Beachwood.

Tribe catcher Yan Gomes to promote baseball in Brazil this December

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Seven Major League Baseball players were chosen to represent MLB abroad this winter, with Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes returning to his native country of Brazil, December 12-15.

Gomes will visit São Paulo to participate in various community events, including leading a clinic for children in Mogi das Cruzes — where Gomes first began playing baseball. He is the first Brazilian-born player in the Major Leagues, and faced off with the first Brazilian pitcher — the White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo — in August.

Free agent reliever Latroy Hawkins will also head to Brazil as a pitching instructor in February. Other MLB ambassadors are set to share their passion for the game with fans in the Netherlands, France, China, and South Africa.

During this past season, Gomes said that Brazil’s qualification in this year’s World Baseball Classic was a stepping stone to the sport’s bright future in the country.

“It’s tough still because it’s not a very common sport in Brazil,” Gomes said. “Being in the big leagues definitely does help a little more because people kind of listen to you more. Especially this offseason, just [going to] make a huge effort to go there and try to show my face and explain a little of the sport.”

For more information on the MLB ambassador trips, please visit MLB.com.

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

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