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Vote for your favorite Tribe players in MLB’s GIBBY awards!

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The Indians are well-represented in the 2014 edition of the GIBBYs, or Major League Baseball’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.

The awards are given based on votes, media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans and the Society for American Baseball Research.

Those Tribe players nominated are:

  • MVP: Michael Brantley
  • Hitter: Brantley
  • Pitcher: Corey Kluber
  • Breakout player: Kluber, Carlos Carrasco
  • Play: Michael Bourn catch, May 27
  • Outfield throw: Mike Aviles, July 13
  • Hitting performance: Lonnie Chisenhall’s 9-RBI night on June 9
  • Oddity:
    • Aug. 5: Two balls on the field at Progressive Field vs. Cincinnati
    • May 22: Chisenhall bunt single to right field
  • Walk-off: Balkoff vs. the Tigers, May 21
  • Cut4 topic: Jim Thome statue unveiling, Aug. 2

 

Core values: Tribe’s young stars under control through at least 2017

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With the World Series nearing an end – and what a series it’s been – baseball’s offseason will move into high gear, beginning with the postseason awards the week of Nov. 10. Those include MVP, where Michael Brantley should finish in the top 3, and Cy Young, where Corey Kluber should have a good chance at winning.

Before the offseason begins, it’s prudent to take a look at exactly where the Tribe’s roster stands – especially since it’s in a good place: 16 players are under Indians control through at least 2016, with the team’s top young players – Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and more – under control even longer.

Here’s a look at the current Indians roster and the number of seasons through which individual players are scheduled to be under club control. Certainly this can change over the course of an offseason – for instance contract extensions to Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis last year.

Under club control through at least 2019

  • Jason Kipnis
  • Yan Gomes
  • Danny Salazar

Under club control through at least 2018

  • Cody Allen
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • Nick Hagadone

Under club control through at least 2017

  • Michael Brantley
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Carlos Carrasco

Under club control through at least 2016

  • Nick Swisher
  • Michael Bourn
  • Carlos Santana
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Josh Tomlin

Additionally, a group of young Tribe players who impacted the big-league club are under control for even longer; they’re just into their Major League service time clock, so the club controls their rights even past 2019. That group includes:

  • Jesus Aguilar
  • Kyle Crockett
  • Tyler Holt
  • TJ House
  • CC Lee
  • Roberto Perez
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Zach Walters

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

2014 Season in Review: June — Lonnie’s big night, 3 walk-offs, immaculate inning, and the draft

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

June 1 – Bourn makes it four walk-offs: Michael Bourn notched the first walk-off of his career, a two-run homer to complete a sweep of the Rockies at Progressive Field.

June 2 — Justin Masterson immaculate inning: As part of a stretch in which he threw 25 straight strikes to the Red Sox, Justin Masterson threw an immaculate inning – nine strikes, three strikeouts. It was neat.

June 4 – Asdrubal Cabrera ends a wild night at the ballpark: On a night when Johnny Football was in the house, a lengthy rain delay pushed back first pitch and the game went 12 innings, Asdrubal hit a walk-off, three-run homer to beat the BoSox at Progressive Field.

June 7 – Indians add high-end talent with five picks in draft’s top 100: Tribe scouting director Brad Grant was pleased with the club’s five pick’s in the top 100, and got high-end talent Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Mike Papi, Grant Hockin and Bobby Bradley. Bradley won the Arizona League Triple Crowd and MVP awards. (more…)

The best #CyKluber perspective: From teammates Bourn, Murphy, Giambi

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You may have heard of this Corey Kluber character … he’s had a pretty good year.

Before he wins – hopefully – the American League Cy Young award, we asked his teammates what has allowed Corey Kluber to turn into what we’ve been calling #CyKluber.

Here’s what they had to say:

MICHAEL BOURN

The first time I saw him pitch was in Spring Trainin last year. I didn’t know who he was; I was new. (2013 Spring Training was Bourn’s first after signing with the Indians in February.)

You can tell when someone had good stuff. I asked Michael Brantley – “Who is this? He can pitch!”

Brantley said, “That’s Kluber.”

Over time, I watched him – and he got better as time went on. The thing about baseball – sometimes things don’t happen as soon as you want them to; sometimes success takes time. You have to be patient, and that’s what he’s done.

It’s not a surprise. He had the stuff; now he thinks along with it. He knows what hitters are thinking, and that’s fun to watch.

JASON GIAMBI

He’s always been good. He added a cutter, found his location and he just attacks hitters. He proves that you can attack the strike zone, throw strikes and gets guys out … and he does that night after night.

Ever since he’s been up – he didn’t even start last year with us in the big leagues —he’s grown more confident every start. He’s hit his stride and been getting better and better.

DAVID MURPHY

There are a lot of different reasons (he’s been so successful).

No one sees the way he works behind closed doors, besides his teammates and coaches. He works as hard as anybody. He’s in the weight room working hard between starts.

When he’s on the mound, he has phenomenal stuff… He just knows how to use it. He and Yan have formed a great combination.

When you have that many plus pitches and you locate them, hitters aren’t going to have much of a chance.

I compare him to (former Phillies and Blue Jays starter) Roy Halladay. From the stories I heard about Roy – he’s the same. He was a machine. He shows up at 5AM at Spring Training to do his work. If you ever faced him, you knew he wasn’t there to mess around.

That’s the same vibe Kluber gives off.

Saturday recap: Photos, video, notes of Corey Kluber’s latest gem

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Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox on Saturday, registering his third complete game of the season in picking up his 14th win (9.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO,104 pitches/74 strikes)… Moves into 17th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list with 223, passing Luis Tiant (219, 1967) and Gaylord Perry (216, 1974) on that list. More:

  • Has now allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts and in 20 of his 31 starts overall (65 percent). He’s limited opponents to 4 or fewer earned runs in each of his last 29 starts, the longest such streak in MLB.
  • Marks Kluber’s third complete game this season with 0 ER and 8 SO or more… That’s the most such games by an Indians pitcher since Len Barker had 3 in 1981.
  • Kluber now has six starts this season in which he’s struck out 8 or more and walked 0 batters, the only Indians pitcher
  • His 18 starts with 8 SO or more tie him for 4th in Indians history (since 1914) for a single season (Score, 1956; McDowell, 1966-67).

HIGHLIGHTS

POST-GAME INTERVIEW

 

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 3

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Aug. 4 vs. Reds

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Indians beat KC, TJ House earns first big-league win

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–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, June 20

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Walk-off wish for Swish: Photos, post-game notes from wild Thursday!

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GRAND FINALE: The Indians recorded their 6th walk-off win of the season, as Nick Swisher connected for a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th after the Angels jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the top half of the frame…marked the 9th walk-off grand slam in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present), first since Travis Hafner on July 7, 2011 vs. Toronto – 2 of the 9 w/o grand slams here in Cleveland have come vs. LAA – also Albert Belle on July 18, 1995…additionally, marks the first walk-off grand slam in extra-innings here at Progressive Field – 3rd in Cleveland since 1962 (Don Dillard, 7/4/1962 vs. DET & Carlos Martinez 9/6/1992 vs. SEA)…four of the six Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET), Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) and Asdrubal Cabrera (6/4 vs. BOS) have also notched game-winning long balls…tonight’s game-winner marks the 74th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span.

WALK-OFF WINS BY CLEVELAND IN 2014 (6)

  • May 7 vs. Minnesota (4-3): Mike Aviles RBI-single in 9th
  • May 19 vs. Detroit (5-4, 10): Michael Brantley solo HR
  • May 21 vs. Detroit (11-10, 13): Alburquerque bases-loaded balk
  • June 1 vs. Colorado (6-4): Michael Bourn 2-run HR
  • June 4 vs. Boston (7-4, 12): Asdrubal Cabrera 3-run HR
  • June 19 vs. Los Angeles-AL (5-3 10): Nick Swisher grand slam

NICK SWISHER

  • Ended today’s game with a 2-out, walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the 10th inning
  • For his career, it marked his 8th walk-off plate appearance, 6th walk-off hit and 4th walk-off homer (first walk-off grand slam), the other game-ending big flies coming on: Aug. 5, 2008 vs. Chicago-AL (B14th, 3-run), Sept. 8, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay (B9th, solo) and Sept. 8, 2010 vs. Baltimore (B9th, 2-run)…has 2 extra-inning, game-winning home runs in the past 5 days, as Swisher also broke a 2-2 tie with an 11th-inning solo shot on Sunday to beat the Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park.

CLEVELAND

  • The Indians notched their 19th come-from-behind of the season to cap a 2-1 rain-shortened series victory over the Angels…Tribe has now won 4-straight and 7 of last 8 series at home, improving to 8-3-0 in 11 series played here in Cleveland this season.
  • Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors, going 23-12 (.629) at Progressive Field this season…Indians have won 11 of 12, 14 of 18 and 20 of the clubs last 27 games here in Cleveland.

JUSTIN MASTERSON

  • Did not factor into today’s decision despite working 7.0 quality innings, limiting the Angels to just one run – scored on a WP in T2nd – on 4 hits and 3 walks, while registering 5 strikeouts (ND, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 116 pitches/66 strikes).
  • Tossed a season-high 116 pitches, while completing 7.0 full innings for the second time in his last 4 starts – 5th on the season.
  • After going 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA (39 ER/67.1 IP) through his first 12 starts of the season (March/April-May), Masterson has allowed just 8 earned runs across 21.2 innings in 4 starts in the month of June to lower ERA on the season from 5.21 to 4.75.
  • Has gone 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA (19 ER/48.1 IP) across 8 home starts this season, reeling off back-to-back 7.0 inning performances, while allowing 2 or fewer runs for the first time since May 13 & 19, 2013.
  • In now 10 starts vs. the Angels since being acquired by the Tribe in 2009, Masterson has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA (17 ER/66.0 IP) – his lowest mark vs. an American League club.

KYLE CROCKETT

  • Crockett earned his first Major League win after getting Josh Hamilton to pop out to end the top half of the 10th for the Halos…across 2 stints with the Indians this season, Crockett owns a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 SO).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland/Info via Baseball Information Department

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