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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

Cleveland Indians Wild Card, ALDS tickets on sale to the public on Monday, September 23

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‘Playoff Payoff’ provides fans priority for 2013 Postseason tickets with a deposit on 2014 Season Tickets

Current Season Ticket Holders can still secure full Postseason ticket strips before September 18

The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that tickets for the 2013 Wild Card game and American League Division Series will go on sale to the general public on Monday, September 23, at 10AM ET.

For Monday the 23rd, due to anticipated high demand, Wild Card and ALDS tickets will be sold online only at Indians.com/2013Postseason.

Beginning Tuesday the 24th, should there be any remaining tickets left, fans can purchase tickets online at Indians.com/2013Postseason, at the Progressive Field Box Office or at any Indians Team Shop. Pricing varies by round.

To gain priority access to all 2013 Postseason games played at Progressive Field, fans can make a 2014 Season Ticket deposit through Wednesday, September 18, at Indians.com/2013Postseason.  Any fan placing a deposit on a 2014 Season Ticket plan by that date guarantees priority access to all 2013 Indians home Postseason games.

Current Season Ticket Holders can still secure their Postseason ticket strips before they go on sale to the public by following instructions on the invoice they received or by visiting http://www.indians.com/Postseason.

Season Ticket Holders will receive substantial discounts over Non-Season Ticket Holders on 2013 Postseason tickets for nearly all sections of the ballpark. That’s in addition to already receiving savings, on average, of 45% over regular season Single-Game buyers on their 2013 Season Ticket packages.

Tribe fan to crash MLB Fan Cave in NYC

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How does a two-day, all-expenses paid trip to NYC to hang out in the MLB Fan Cave and see the Indians play at Yankee Stadium sound?

For one Tribe fan, this dream is now a reality. Nick Branfield entered the #CLEFanCave contest by simply Instagramming a photo — actually a collage of photos — showing why he is the Ultimate Indians Fan. After a review from a panel at MLB, the Indians front office, and former MLB Cave Dweller Alex Justice, Nick was selected to fly out to NYC for the Tribe – Yankees series.

Of course, he also had to post his excitement on Instagram, with a collage of trip-related emails captioned: “Well, it’s official. I won the ultimate indians fan contest! And Major League Baseball is sending me on a trip. I’m so stoked!”

In its third season, die-hard baseball fans apply to be in New York City to watch every baseball game in a fully-loaded space known as the MLB Fan Cave. Cave Dwellers blog, tweet and post about their experiences at the Fan Cave, which includes watching 2,430 regular season games and dozens of player and celebrity visits. New this season, fans of each team have the chance to “crash” the Fan Cave while their team is in town.

Congratulations, Nick! To follow along with Nick’s Cave Crasher experience, check out his Instagram page or follow @Indians and @MLBFanCave on Twitter for updates. For more information on the Fan Cave, visit www.mlb.com/fancave.

WORLD SERIES GAME ONE WINS NIGHT ON TV AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Major League Baseball passed along the following press release earlier today; good news all around for the health of our game. -TribeVibe

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October 25, 2012
WORLD SERIES GAME ONE WINS NIGHT ON TV AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Giants Win, Sandoval’s Historic Night Generate Second-Most
Social Media Comments in Postseason History

Kung Fu Panda had fans buzzing during Game One of the World Series. Last night’s lopsided win by the Giants in Game One — which featured an historic three home run performance by Pablo Sandoval — generated 813,000 social media comments, making it the second-most talked-about game on social media in Postseason history, trailing only the classic Game Six of the 2011 World Series.

The World Series game dominated the social media conversation last night, as the game generated more than five times as many public Facebook and Twitter comments as the next highest-ranking show on television (+412%), and +79% more comments than the next nine most talked about shows on television Wednesday, according to data from Bluefin Labs. On television, the World Series led FOX to an easy win in prime time over all other competition and was the highest-rated Wednesday night on FOX since the American Idol finale in May.

Sandoval’s three home runs sparked social media’s biggest buzz, as 163,881 comments featured the words Pablo, Sandoval or Panda, representing 20.2% of all conversations around the game. #WorldSeries was by far the most widely-used hashtag of the night, featured in 15% of all comments.

The World Series also elicited tweets yesterday from celebrity baseball fans including Jeff Daniels, Kid Rock, Colin Hanks, Eminem, Larry King, Kevin Pollack, MC Hammer, Kerri Walsh and Rob Schneider, as well as current MLB players Matt Kemp, Jeremy Guthrie, Josh Reddick, Jimmy Rollins, Joba Chamberlain, Elvis Andrus and Ian Desmond, among many others.

Coverage of Game Two of the World Series begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

More History Made at Progressive Field

Wow – 28.0 innings of baseball in the span of 2 games. Gut-wrenching losses no doubt, but if you hang around this game long enough you really learn to appreciate the opportunity to witness baseball history and Progressive Field has no doubt supplied us with plenty of memories over the past 72 hours.

Two days removed from watching the longest Opening Day game in Major League history (16 innings), we played another 12-inning affair against the Blue Jays this afternoon. In research conducted by the Indians Baseball Information Dept. using Baseball-Reference.com and confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, 2012 marks the first time that any team has opened the season with consecutive extra-inning games of at least 12 innings since 1969 when four different teams pulled the trick. At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City that year, the Twins and Royals played a 12-inning game on April 8 followed by a 17-inning game on April 9. At Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, the Red Sox and Orioles played a 12-inning game on April 8 followed by a 13-inning game on April 10. Ironically, the Red Sox added a 3rd straight game of 12-plus innings when the club played a 16-inning game here in Cleveland against the Indians on April 11 at Cleveland Stadium. If you’re into brevity, we’ve just witnessed something that hasn’t happened in 43 years.

Did I mention that both starting pitchers carried no-hitters into the 5th inning? Ubaldo took that a step further and had a perfect game going until issuing a 2-out walk in the 6th – his no-hitter remained in tact until Brett Lawrie’s 2-out single in the 7th. He seemed really locked in and followed up Justin’s Opening Day performance to give the Tribe a couple outstanding starts to begin the year. Through 2 games of this young season, Justin and Ubaldo have combined to give the Indians starting rotation a 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP). The duo has also combined to hold Toronto to a .063 (3-for-48) opponents average (one single, one double, one home run), while notching 13 strikeouts against just 4 walks. The Indians pitching staff overall has held the Blue Jays lineup to a .180 clip (18-for-100). It was also really good to see Jason and Asdrubal dial in with their first home runs of the year

I wonder what’s in store for us here at the ballpark tomorrow…

Today’s Indians Lineup & News and Notes

Here is today’s Indians lineup straight from the clubhouse

Here are some news and notes from today’s titanic struggle:

  • FAMILIAR SCRIPT: While Thursday’s game did set an MLB record, extra innings
    have become a somewhat familiar circumstance during home openers
    here in Cleveland over the past two decades, as the Indians have played bonus
    baseball in 6 of the 19 home openers hosted all-time at Progressive Field
    (1994-2012)…4 of the 6 instances have seen a home run push across the
    decisive tally…the Indians have lost each of the last 3 after winning each of
    the first 3.
  • SONIC YOUTH: According to STATS INC., Cleveland began the 2012 season
    with the 8th-youngest 25-man roster in the majors at an average age of 28.67
    years (ages determined as of April 5)…that also ranks 4th in the A.L. behind
    only Kansas City (27.42), Seattle (28.33) and Oakland (28.36)…in fact, the A.L.
    Central Division as a whole happens to be the youngest division in the majors,
    as Kansas City (1st), Chicago-AL (10th, 28.78), Detroit (12th, 28.92) and Minnesota(14th, 28.96) all rank in the top 14 for youngest Opening Day roster…no
    other division in baseball has more than 2 teams in the top 14.
  • FRIDAY REFRESHER: Yesterday the Indians had their first of 5 scheduled
    off days in April, which matches July (one scheduled off day + 4-day All-Star
    break) for the most in any month this season…no other month currently has
    more than 3…Cleveland went 9-7 last season in games immediately following
    a true off day, winning each of the first 5.
  • JUST MASTERFUL: Justin Masterson made his first career Opening Day
    start on Thursday, but did not record a victory despite exiting with a 4-1 lead
    after 8.0 innings of work (8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 99
    pitches/66 strikes)…according to Baseball-Reference, Masterson became just
    the 4th different Indians pitcher (6th time) dating back to at least 1918 to work
    8.0+ innings while holding his opponent to no more than 2 hits and one run
    in an Opening Day start, joining Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Sonny Siebert…
    Masterson’s outing, however, marked the first time under those parameters for
    the starting pitcher to finish without being awarded a win.

Hannahan at the Hot Corner

With the roster moves that came down the pipeline this morning, some of the biggest news of the day involved the announcement that Jack Hannahan would be the Indians’ starting third baseman to begin the season. Hanny was nice enough to share his reaction with TribeVibe and he also talked about getting off to a quick start after being sidelined for just over a week with a mid-back strain (2-for-2, 2 doubles yesterday vs. Milwaukee). Overall this spring, he is batting .300 (6-20) with 3 doubles, a home run and 5 RBI, while playing the kind of defense Jack has become known for.

Obviously decisions like these have ramifications for other players in camp and this one was no exception, as Lonnie Chisenhall was optioned to Triple-A Columbus where he will be the Clippers’ Opening Day third baseman and have the opportunity to receive regular playing time. Anytime a move is made involving one of the club’s top prospects it elicits a number of passionate responses from fans, but it’s important to maintain perspective and remember how the game of baseball has a way of teaching us all patience time and time again. At 23 years, 5 months and 23 days of age (as of March 27), Lonnie is currently the third-youngest player on the Indians 40-man roster. The only two players on the 40-man who have taken fewer trips around the sun are infielder Juan Diaz (23 years, 3 months, 15 days) and right-hander Danny Salazar (22 years, 2 months, 16 days) – incidentally, RHP Jeanmar Gomez is 4th-youngest (24 years, 1 month, 17 days). Like most other prospects their age, Juan and Danny finished the 2011 season at Double-A Akron and Low-A Lake County, respectively, while Lonnie spent the last 3 months of the year as the youngest member of the Indians Major League roster. To reiterate what Manny Acta touched on today, Lonnie’s been one of the youngest players at every level of his professional career thus far. As a 22-year-old, he batted .255 (54-212) with 13 doubles, 7 homers and 22 RBI in 66 games for the Tribe, which stirs up memories of another former Indian who debuted at the same position. As many will recall, Jim Thome originally came up with the Tribe at the hot corner before making the transition to first base. In 3 seasons between 1991-93, Jim combined to hit .244 (90-369) with 18 doubles, 10 homers and 43 RBI in 114 games at roughly the same age as Lonnie – Jim debuted with the Tribe as a 21-year-old in ’91 and turned 23 shortly after joining the club during the ’93 campaign. While we all remember the outstanding career Jim had during his time in Cleveland, it’s healthy to recognize and respect the hard work, learning and repetition that was required to build it.

(Kudos to Danny Steele of the Indians Baseball Information Dept. for research support)

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With the true spirit of Herb Score in mind, we want you sitting next to us too, so to speak. As we begin yet another season of The Great Game, the Cleveland Indians front office is thrilled to introduce you to TribeVibe, a brand new MLBlog on Indians.com. We’ve had so much success connecting with all of you through the Indians Facebook page and our Twitter accounts (@Indians, @TribeInsider ) that we decided to take that a step further and create TribeVibe as a way for fans to gain even better access to information about the Cleveland Indians.

The goal of TribeVibe is simple – to give you an inside perspective of what it’s like to be with a Major League Baseball team for a full season. That means different things to different people in this industry, so we want to make a concerted effort to show you the game through a variety of lenses.

Naturally, our focus will be on what you care most about – the team – and frankly it’s an exciting time to be following the Indians. We embark on the 2012 season with the opportunity to watch a young group of athletes as they grow together and tackle the daily challenges that come with learning how to win on a consistent basis. This club has also been constructed with several respected veterans who are in place to set a positive example, offer advice and provide perspective as this process unfolds. Throw in the outstanding leadership qualities of Manny Acta and we can’t wait to help you get to know this group of players and coaches even better. Let’s face it, the camaraderie and comedy that exist in a major league clubhouse make it a pretty special place and we think we’ve come up with some creative features that will allow us to have a little fun and highlight the unique personalities who represent the Block “C”.

TribeVibe will also be geared towards helping you keep up with the Indians when they’re away from home and that will begin immediately with the latest news from spring training as the 25-man roster begins to take shape in our final days here in Arizona. We hope that all fans have the opportunity to visit the Tribe in Goodyear, Arizona at some point, but in the meantime TribeVibe will bring the Cactus League action straight to you. Once the season starts, you’ll see this concept transition into road trips as we stow readers away in our carry-on luggage and provide a glimpse into the daily grind of leaving the comforts of Progressive Field and Cleveland behind.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll take you inside the front office to keep you informed of the latest decisions made by our Baseball Operations Department and coaching staff – TribeVibe can be your source for official press releases, injury news and even pre-game lineup cards. Along the way, we can also provide information that will make transaction rules and the thought process behind certain types of roster moves easier to comprehend. The complex strategies involved account for just a few of the reasons that we all share a love and passion for America’s Pastime.

While the Indians Baseball Information Department will serve as the primary voice of TribeVibe on a day-to-day basis, you may also hear from people like Indians President Mark Shapiro, General Manager Chris Antonetti and Senior VP of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio from time to time. These respected executives, along with more than 150 employees, have and will continue to shape the culture of an organization that cares deeply about bringing championship baseball back to the city of Cleveland. We’re all very excited to be sharing this brand new forum with you so please don’t hesitate to leave comments or contact us directly – if you have suggestions for the types of features you want to see more of in this space, shoot us an email at TribeVibe@indians.com and we’ll do our best to incorporate them going forward.

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