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AUDIO: Mark Shapiro discusses genesis, importance of Mentor of the Year Awards

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Mark Shapiro joined WTAM’s Bill Wills Show on Monday morning to discuss the organization’s Mentor of the Year Awards, and the importance he sees in recognizing and honoring strong mentors in our community.

Take a listen below!

For more information on Mentor of the Year and information on how to nominate click here. The nomination deadline is this Friday, Dec. 19.

Photos: Tribe front office serves Thanksgiving dinner to 300 at Progressive Field

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Members of the Cleveland Indians front office, including owner Paul Dolan, President Mark Shapiro, GM Chris Antonetti and more served Thanksgiving to nearly 300 people on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.The event was made possible, for the fifth straight year, by the Tribe’s partners at Delaware North Cos.

Folks from five area charities — Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Ohio Guidestone and City Misssion — enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office. Slider and the hot dogs also made an appearance, as evidenced by their lack of help serving in the video below!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.

Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.

8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.

8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.

Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.

Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)

Shapiro: On appealing to young professionals, ballpark renovations and leadership as part of #CLEYPWeek

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Editor’s note: Indians President Mark Shapiro spoke with a group of Cleveland’s young professionals at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field on Thursday. The event, which was a part of Engage! Cleveland’s “Young Professionals Week,” provided 20- and 30-year-olds with the chance to hear about Progressive Field’s recent Master Plan and its improvements for the young professional audience.

Q: Tell us about the renovation and how it’s geared at young professionals.

A: [Shapiro looked at the view from the Terrace Club.] It’s a great backdrop; it beats any PowerPoint slide. As someone once told me, our scoreboard’s outdated, which I have never seen it next to another scoreboard, so you don’t realize that. If this is the ballpark you’re watching 90% of games in, you don’t always think, ‘Well, it’s 21 years old.’ While it’s still immaculately kept, it’s not the modern way that people interact with entertainment or sports entertainment or baseball games. It certainly didn’t provide that targeted experience for every person. It was kind of like we built it at a time when the real difference was where you sat, not how you watched the game. The reality is, people want to watch games differently. If you look at the ballpark and you’ve got that mezzanine area, the Kids Clubhouse, you’re going to have a real family-targeted area there. As you go below that, the wood fence is going to be taken away. A two-story bar with a rooftop deck in right field is going to have indoor-outdoor capability. If you liked the center field bar on 70-degree days in the middle of July, we’re going to have indoor-outdoor with heating and fan capability, roll-up garage doors and a rooftop deck for when it is that 70-degree, sunny day.

I think the connection to the city, the connection to what’s going on down here, to the fact that so many of you are living downtown now, we wanted to have an experience that was more targeted to different places of the ballpark, to different segments of our fan base. We wanted it to be clear that that opportunity is here to watch the game, yes, to interact with the team, yes, but to do it in a way that’s more consistent with the way we want to do that.

It started with us just getting Wi-Fi throughout the ballpark at the beginning of this year, which is hard to believe. Any of you that understand the magnitude of that effort—that was a huge effort. That wasn’t a small effort. I was shocked how much of an effort that is; it’s not just laying a wire. It’s thousands of antennas that had to get constructed and tested and put in this entire ballpark to ensure that everyone had cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities in the ballpark.

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Photo Gallery: Re-opening of Tribe’s one-time home, League Park

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge

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The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:

Slider:

Jim Rosenhaus:

Paul Dolan:

Trevor Bauer:

Mark Shapiro:

Terry Francona:

Corey Kluber:

Danny Salazar:

Nick Swisher:

We’ll update as more participate!

Photo Gallery: Thome celebration, Aug. 2 win over Texas

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Inside the Tribe draft room

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Ever wonder what the inside of a MLB team’s draft room looks like? Here’s a sneak peek into ours.

–Photos by David Cleveland

The why, when and how of the Indians new Wi-Fi/4G LTE project at Progressive Field

 

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In case you missed it, the Indians announced on Monday morning that, thanks to a partnership with Verizon, fans now can access Wi-Fi and super-fast 4G LTE at Progressive Field, in an effort to enhance fans’ experience. (Check out tips on how best to take advantaged of the new network at the ballpark.)

Mark Shapiro and Neil Weiss, the club’s Senior VP of technology and Chief Information Officer, chatted Monday afternoon about the project:

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What it means for fans: Fans who came in past years and took out their phones to text, call or download video or watch instant replay, that capability hasn’t been there. Now they’ll be able to do that.

Anything we want to do technologically is dependent on us giving fans a technological infrastructure. Without them having any broadband capability, we couldn’t do much from a fan experience perspective. The reality is anything we wanted to do to enhance fan experience technologically, we needed this.

This was in place for Opening Day but we wanted to learn from what we’ve observed elsewhere and make sure when we announced it that we were confident it could work, so as not to disappoint. What better way than Opening Day to test it? We tested it at maximum capacity and we’ll continue to test it going forward.

We have to increase and enhance fan experience, and the entertainment landscape is fragmented. It includes the home experience, which is compelling. We have to provide our fans the ability to experience the game any way they want, and one way they want it is to have technology be a part of it. While we want to preserve everything special about the building, we also need to modernize it.

Neil Weiss, Senior Vice President of Technology/Chief Information Officer

It was a significant need. Once we got past 10,000 or 12,000 people, you couldn’t send an email or a phone call. We needed this for our fans.

We had some opportunities to make improvements and get up to speed at the ballpark. Weather was an obvious challenge this winter to get this installed from in sub-zero temperatures from November through March.

On Opening Day, we had a full ballpark, and after a soft launch, we had nearly universally positive feedback.

There were some pockets we knew we still needed to improve. This is a season-long project to fine tune. We measure every night and then we make adjustments after every homestand, and rinse and repeat.

The DiaTribe: Q&A with Mark Shapiro from Goodyear

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Editor’s note: This Q&A with Indians President Mark Shapiro, conducted in Spring Training, has been republished here with the permission of Al Ciammaichella and The DiaTribe.

For the second year in a row, Indians team president Mark Shapiro was kind enough to take an hour out of his very busy spring training schedule and sit down for an interview with me in beautiful Goodyear, Arizona. Here’s a link to last year’s interview in case you missed it. We covered a wide variety of topics, including the difference in the 2013 and 2014 free agent market, Yan Gomes, ticket pricing, promotions, Francisco Lindor and of course, Justin Masterson and the breakdown in his long-term contract negotiations. The following is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation this past Friday.

Al Ciammaichella: This offseason was much quieter/different than last offseason. Were the moves you made last year looking forward to this year’s free agent class where you signed guys like Swisher and Bourn knowing this offseason would be quieter?

Mark Shapiro: We always have to take an opportunistic lens when it comes to free agency. When we look at free agency, if we’re dependent upon it to build our team, then we’re in a very difficult, if not impossible, spot. The reality is that we’re either looking for where the value is in the market or looking to be opportunistic. Last offseason there happened to be two guys that fit multiple year, positional needs for us at values we thought we could afford and who have some other special attributes, especially in the case of Swish, but really Bourn too, as a leader as well. They filled gaps we had in our system, where we felt like we didn’t have anyone coming up at all. And we also knew that this offseason there was a lot national TV money coming into the system and a lot less guys, so there were going to be more resources available, greater demand and less supply. So while it’s already a tough market, that was going to make it nearly an impossible market. So I look at last year as our chance to make a bigger splash in free agency, and this year was going to be “are there little things we can do?” I think we studied David Murphy, who I think is a good pick up for us. He’s going to improve both the defense, and give us a really good platoon and depth in the outfield.

AC: We talked a lot about levers last year, which became one of my new favorite buzzwords. How did you decide what levers to pull this year, with Murphy, and how did you decide which not to pull, with not bringing back guys like Ubaldo and Kazmir?

MS: Those decisions are never as simple as “do you want the player or not?” I think that the fan tends to look at it as “you didn’t want the guy.” We loved what Kaz did for us, we wanted him, but the level of risk involved with multiple years and the level of risk involved with those dollars just didn’t fit our payroll parameters this year with the natural, built in escalation of contracts. I think with Ubaldo, same thing. It ended up being a good deal for us, particularly in light of what we gave up, but it wasn’t the right fit for us this year. When you talk about levers, I think the neat things to think about from last spring to this spring are the evolution of a guy like Yan Gomes. Where all of a sudden, you look at Gomes and there’s a guy who leverages his ability to impact a game at more than just his position because of what he means defensively, what he means for his passion for making pitchers better, for helping to call a game. So I always like to think about, “where are the guys that can impact a game beyond objective statistics? Beyond just their own performance?” And Gomes is a guy who when he started to catch last year, I think that was one of the keys to our team really taking off.

AC: So when you traded for Gomes, and I could sit here all day and talk to you about Gomes, but when you traded for him, did you have any idea he’d be that much of an impact defensively? I’ve talked to some Blue Jays guys, and they were of the opinion that he was maybe a 3rd catcher while he was with the Jays.

MS: Any GM or front office guy who tells you he knows exactly what he was getting when he traded for a guy is just pounding his own chest. What you do is you try and find something you like, a defined attribute that you like about a guy. Even when we traded for Asdrubal or Shin-Soo Choo, there were always questions. We never thought they’d both be as good as they were, never. So when we traded for Yan Gomes, we thought that maybe he could catch, but really what he was, was right handed power, and a guy who could play multiple positions. That’s what we thought. When we got him, I think we did a smart thing, similar to when we traded for Justin Masterson. We didn’t know Masterson could start, but we knew he could be a dominant bullpen guy. But in our situation it’s important to maximize the value because we can’t go out and buy those things. So we put Yan back there, and right away Tito and the staff said “this guy’s got pretty special hands, he’s got some strength behind the plate.” When you go back and look at his career, whether it’s in Tennessee (in college) or in the Toronto system, he played behind Arencibia both places, and they had D’Arnaud there as well. So he was behind two of the best young catchers in the game and he never got to catch much. He just took right to it. He got better and better. He’s a worker, he’s smart, he’s tough, he has a lot of the attributes you look for in a catcher.

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