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Michael Brantley named Cleveland Indians nominee for 2015 Hank Aaron Award

CI_082915 - -178Fans Can Vote Through October 11th at; Award Recognizes Most Outstanding Offensive Performers in Each League

Hall of Fame Panel Led by Hank Aaron Includes 2015 Inductee Craig Biggio as well as Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Michael Brantley was named the Cleveland Indians nominee for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award.

Brantley, a 2014 MVP finalist and Silver Slugger Award winner, led Major League Baseball in doubles (45), the first Indians player since Lou Boudreau in 1947 to do so. He ranked third in the American League in on-base percentage (.379), fourth in average (.310), sixth in batting with men on base (.329), 10th in batting with runners in scoring position (.324) and 11th in OPS (.859). After registering four hits on April 26 and July 22, he now has 10 career four-hit games.

Fans can vote for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award exclusively online at and the 30 Club sites. For the sixth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,697 hits, 8,712 RBI and 2,166 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Continuing through October 11th, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2015 World Series.

Combined, the nominees have been named All-Stars 90 times, including 16 2015 All-Stars. The group also features 20 players under the age of 30 with five (Arenado, Correa, Harper, Herrera and Trout) under the age of 25. The finalists for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award are:

American League National League
Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt
Boston Red Sox David Ortiz Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman
Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo
Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado
Houston Astros Carlos Correa Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain Miami Marlins Dee Gordon
LA Angels of Anaheim Mike Trout Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier New York Mets Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees Brian McCann Philadelphia Phillies Odubel Herrera
Oakland Athletics Josh Reddick Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
Seattle Mariners Nelson Cruz St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
Tampa Bay Rays Logan Forsythe San Diego Padres Matt Kemp
Texas Rangers Prince Fielder San Francisco Giants Buster Posey
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Washington Nationals Bryce Harper


Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley visits Mantua school in partnership with Learning Heroes

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley visited Crestwood Middle School in Mantua on Tuesday, in partnership with Learning Heroes – a national program that helps parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms across the country.

Brantley met with kids at Crestwood Middle School, signed autographs, and helped Learning Heroes present the school with their prize of $5,000.

Michael Brantley meets special Cleveland Indians fan before Sunday’s game



Life is funny — sometimes, you’re in the right place at the right time. That’s the story of how Michael Brantley invited a special Indians fan to Progressive Field on Sunday.

The daughter of Kelly Oyer, a special ed teacher in Akron, was recently at Progressive Field, and she just so happened to sit next to a colleague of Mickey Brantley, Michael’s father.

The women got to talking, and Kelly’s daughter told Mickey’s colleague that at Kelly’s school, there was a special Tribe fan who loved Michael.

Mickey passed along the word to Michael, who invited Joshua, his family and Kelly to the ballpark on Sunday. The group met Michael outside the Tribe clubhouse, and Michael gave Joshua a signed bat, chatted and took pictures. Joshua told Michael he goes by “Joshua Brantley” at school.

We’re not crying, it’s just dusty in here!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Top 10 reasons to come to Progressive Field for Cleveland Indians series vs. the Kansas City Royals this week


We’re 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card as we begin play this week, and more importantly, 4 games back in the loss column.

Our guys feed off fans’ support, so to help convince you to come down to the ballpark to cheer us on, we’ve compiled a Letterman-style Top 10 reasons to be at the ballpark tonight and all week as we push for a spot in that Wild Card game.

10. To defend Slider’s honor.
In May, KC mascot Sluggerrr – who misspells his name, ironically enough, took a shot at Slider. YOU SPELL YOUR NAME WRONG, BRO.


9. We have great weather.
After some, uh, struggles this weekend, looks like nothing but sun and temps in the 70s and 80s.

Full forecast:

8. Great food.
Progressive Field is the only place you can get a taste of Cleveland and watch the Tribe live on the green grass of Progressive Field. Melt, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Dynomite Burgers and Great Lakes Brewing Co., along with other original options, await you in our new Right Field District!


7. We’ve been great at home.
We’ve won eight of our last nine at home and 10 of our last 12. We’ve had 10 hits or more in 14 of our last 15 home games.


6. We have been playing great defense.
According to FanGraphs’ Defensive Runs Saved metric, we’re eighth in the league after early season struggles. Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall in right have made a huge difference.


5. We have Josh Tomlin.
Tomlin is 5-1 in six starts since he returned from shoulder surgery, with a 2.85 ERA.


4. We have Lonnie Chisenhall.
All Lonnie’s done since coming back from Columbus is turn into one of the best right fielders in baseball.

He won ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog award for Defensive Player of the Month for August:
And on Sunday he did this:

3. We have Francisco Lindor.
Aside from being a camera hog and smiling constantly, Lindor has been one of the best players in baseball in the second half.

He’s fifth in FanGraphs’ WAR measurement among ALL MLB players in the second half, and fourth in hits in the second half (73).

Here’s his Rookie of the Year case:

2. We have Michael Brantley.
Brantley has been his steady, All-Star self. He leads MLB in doubles, is seventh in average and ninth on on-base percentage.

Here are his season-long stats.

1 Prices.
If ALL of that wasn’t enough, we have two of the best deals in pro sports: $10 Upper Bleacher tickets and $13 District Tickets presented by SportsTime Ohio. With the latter, which is a Standing Room Only ticket, we’ll even buy your first drink!

PHOTO GALLERY: Michael Brantley homers twice, Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers for sixth straight home win

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Michael Brantley hit go-ahead homers in the seventh and eighth innings as the Indians beat the Tigers, 7-5, on Thursday at Progressive Field.

The Indians:

  • Have won six straight at home and eight of their last nine at Progressive Field
  • Have won 11 of 15 games overall
  • Have had 10 or more hits in 13 straight home games, tying a mark last set in 1936

Brantley hit a solo homer in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie, and Yan Gomes added an RBI single to make it 5-3. But the Tigers tied it in the eighth, before Brantley hit a two-run shot off Blaine Hardy for the game winner.

Abraham Almonte hit a solo homer and Giovanny Urshela added a two-run double. Danny Salazar allowed three runs in 6.1 innings and took a no-decision.

Lonnie Chisenhall had three outfield assists, the first Indians outfielder with three in a game since current TV color commentator Rick Manning did so in 1981.

Photo Gallery: Cleveland Indians beat Los Angeles Angels, 3-1, behind Trevor Bauer, timely hitting

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Sarah Sachs

The Indians beat the Angels, 3-1, on Friday thanks to another bounceback outing from Trevor Bauer and some timely seventh-inning hitting. The Indians have won eight of their last 10 games at Progressive Field.

Bauer allowed one run in eight innings, striking out seven; . Cody Allen shut the door for his 27th save (T6 in AL).

The Indians rallied from a 1-0 deficit in a three-run seventh, as pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte got the rally started with an opposite field, RBI double. Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana each followed with RBI singles. The Indians have had 10 or more hits in 10 straight games at home, marking the first time since 1936 the club has accomplished that feat.

Photo Gallery: Cleveland Indians bats break out in win over Brewers, led by Kipnis, Lindor, Brantley

The Indians bats came alive in the opener of a five-game homestand, beating up Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta in an 11-6 win over the Brewers.

The top three hitters in the Tribe order – Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley – went a combined 9-for-12 with nine RBI and seven runs. In August, that trio is hitting .377 (75-199) combined.

Carlos Santana had an RBI double and Lonnie Chisenhall an RBI single in the first, while Kipnis and Lindor drove in runs in the second.

Brantley hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Kipnis (RBI single) and Lindor (two-run double) did it again in the sixth. Brantley added another two-run homer in the eighth.


  • Brantley is the only AL player with 35 or more doubles, 10 or more homers and 70 or more RBI.
  • Kipnis had three hits and leads the American League with 17 games of three or more hits.
  • Lindor is hitting .378 in August and .306 for the season.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley among MLB leaders in many offensive categories


Michael Brantley had three hits in Wednesday’s loss to Boston and six in the series, and despite year—long issues with his back and, more recently, his shoulder, is back in the top 10 in many MLB offensive categories.

They are:

  • MLB leader in doubles (37)
  • Ninth in on-base percentage (.390)
  • 10th in average (.317)
  • 10th in second-half WAR (1.7)

EXCLUSIVE: Answers to all of your Corey Kluber walk-off water gun questions


We were so excited to have our 16-inning marathon game on Tuesday night end — meaning we could go home and get some sleep — we almost missed that Corey Kluber brought a freaking water gun to the celebration, as you see in the GIF above and the video below.

A water gun!

We had to know more. So we tracked down Corey in the clubhouse this afternoon and he gave us the skinny, which is far, far less exciting than we thought it’d be but funny nonetheless.

Was it a super soaker? Yes.

Where and when did you buy it? September 2014, Target

When did you fill it? I refilled it in the middle of the 16th after Danny Salazar shot it off during pregame.

Did you and college teammate and new Indians teammate Chris Johnson ever have water gun fights? (Looks at questioner like he’s crazy) No.

Have you ever shot your eye out like in ‘A Christmas Story’? (Getting angry) No.

Where was the gun during the game? In the dugout.

As it turns out, Danny Salazar borrowed Kluber’s water gun in pregame for nefarious purposes: to spray STO reporter Andre Knott with water. See GIF and photo:





PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians walk off on Michael Brantley’s 16th-inning single

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After five hours, Michael Brantley delivered a walkoff single in the 16th inning to beat the Yankees on Tuesday, 5-4.


–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs


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