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Cleveland Indians announce 2016 Honorary Bat Girl


Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease. Winners have been selected to represent each of the 30 MLB Clubs and will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Fans from across the United States and in Canada shared inspirational stories of hope and motivation in their experiences in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they, or their nominees, should represent their favorite team.

Eva Johnson was selected as the Indians Honorary Bat Girl and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. A Tampa, Fla., native, Johnson’s family originally hails from Cleveland and she’s been a lifelong Tribe fan.

Johnson, who has been cancer-free for the past three years, was nominated by her sister, who refers to Johnson as her hero. In August 2013, Johnson was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer at age 30.

For the past three years Johnson never looked back or backed down from her battle. Johnson braved a double mastectomy, multiple weeks of radiation and a few reconstructive surgeries. During this process, Johnson has inspired many and continues to encourage others battling cancer. This Sunday, Johnson will celebrate Mother’s Day as the mother of a 6-year-old son.

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 eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB 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.


Cleveland Indians to expand fan safety plans at Progressive Field in conjunction with MLB’s Fan Safety Initiative




Club to extend safety netting in areas behind home plate in accordance with MLB’s Fan Safety initiative

 Cleveland, OH—The Cleveland Indians have announced that the club will comply with Major League Baseball’s recently announced Fan Safety Initiative this season at Progressive Field.

Those plans include expanding the existing safety netting at the ballpark to meet recommendations set forth by the commissioner’s office.

“Our fans’ safety at Progressive Field has been and will continue to be a priority,” said Jim Folk, Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. “We’re pleased MLB and Commissioner Manfred continue to make safety a priority, and we’ll follow their recommendations on continuing to provide a safe environment for our fans.”

Safety netting will be extended to now cross the full length between the homeplate side of each dugout, while the canopy that protected seats behind home plate in previous seasons also will be extended.

While prioritizing fans’ safety with these new initiatives, the club also will employ the latest netting technology to minimize the intrusion on the live game experience at Progressive Field.

“We remain committed to delivering the best possible experience for our fans at Progressive Field,” Folk said. “We’re confident these measures will help us continue to provide a safe environment for our fans while also preserving the unique sightlines and accessibility of our ballpark.”

The Indians have begun a proactive communication process to alert all Indians Season Ticket Holders whose seats are affected by the expansion. Additionally, the club will continue to identify ways to educate fans attending games at Progressive Field about the dangers of batted balls and bats entering the stands. That will include in-park communication, ticket-back messaging and other avenues.

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.

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

Cleveland Indians Honorary Bat Girl representative Alecia Dennis has inspiring story

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Alecia Dennis, a 26-year-old mother of one from the Columbus area, is the Indians representative in Major League Baseball’s 2015 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which seeks to recognize those who have experienced cancer.

Her story is amazing; here it is, written by her husband, Colin Dennis, in his nomination for the contest:

I understand that any woman who has gone through breast cancer deserves this honor. They are all amazing and all deserve pampering.

However, let me tell you about my amazingly courageous wife, Alecia. She is 26 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer back in October. She had a lumpectomy a couple weeks later.

After that was over, she started her battle with cancer with chemo. She had four treatments every other week that, once completed, then switched to a treatment every Monday for 12 weeks. We have three treatments remaining before she is finished with chemo; once chemo is over, we have decided to go ahead with a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. That will be another six months of pain and suffering that she has to go through.

If that wasn’t enough, let me tell you why she is the most courageous woman I know. She is going through all of this while still working at Capital University, taking classes two nights a week to get her MBA (one class is Monday night which is the same day of her chemo treatment), and she is the loving mother of a 1 ½-year-old.

If there is a stronger woman out there, I have not met her. She is truly an amazing woman who can take anything that is thrown at her. I am just lucky she keeps me around for the ride.

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 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 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.

Tribe catcher Yan Gomes to promote baseball in Brazil this December


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

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

MLB and MTV announce multi-year partnership spotlighting the intersection of pop culture and baseball

Red Sox All-Star and 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen to Executive Produce New Weekly MTV2 Show from MLB Fan Cave during the 2014 Season

New York, NY – MTV and Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced a multi-year, cross-platform programming partnership that will bring fans inside the intersection of pop culture and baseball as their favorite MLB athletes and celebrities are featured across MTV’s platforms. To lead things off, Boston Red Sox DH and 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen will executive produce a new weekly, 30-episode series on MTV2, MTV’s sibling network that targets men with smart, funny and relevant content, that is slated to debut in April 2014. Shot in New York City from inside the MLB Fan Cave, MLB’s first-of-its-kind space that mixes baseball with music, pop culture, media, interactive technology and art, the new series will move beyond game analysis, stats and highlights to showcase MLB athletes off the field, spotlighting the stars’ personalities and passions through a series of player interviews and features, in addition to celebrity appearances.

“The MLB Fan Cave has been an enormous success in showcasing the personalities of our star players to young fans and intersecting baseball with pop culture,” said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. “Being able to partner with MTV on a weekly TV series will give us an opportunity to bring that concept to an even broader audience. We are excited to work with the creative team at MTV to develop content that our fans will enjoy.”

“As sports and pop culture increasingly collide, we’re thrilled to partner with MLB to cover baseball through a uniquely MTV lens,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “We will blur the lines between lifestyle and sports entertainment, spotlighting MLB’s most exciting players in a way fans have never seen before.

“Music is a passion of mine so when I was asked to be involved in a show that brings baseball to MTV, I jumped at it,” said Andrew McCutchen. “It is going to be a lot of fun to show a different side of baseball and the players.”

David Ortiz added, “Players want to be musicians and the musicians want to be players. So it’s going to be pretty easy to get my friends in baseball to have some fun on MTV.”

Content from the new partnership will live on-air and online across MTV’s channels and platforms – MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams – integrating MLB players into existing shows and events, in addition to the development of upcoming specials, weekend programming and more.

Details on additional elements of the MLB and MTV partnership will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit, or

Tribe drops prices on dogs and suds; fans go wild

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The Cleveland Indians announced they are rolling back the price of concessions at Progressive Field early this morning and the interwebs have been abuzz ever since. The $4 beers, $3 hot dogs, $2 soda refills and 15 $1 dog nights (presented by Sugardale!) have shown fans a concerted effort by the club, both on and off the field, to keep fans happy at the ballpark. “We’ve asked our fans what they want most in their ballpark experience at Progressive Field, and more affordable concessions prices routinely top the list,” said Indians president Mark Shapiro. “This is a way for us to let fans know we’re listening to them and that we value them.”

TribeVibe is listening too! Here’s a snippet of the response to these changes:

If you’d like to partake in the excitement, single-game tickets are still available via, by calling 216-420-HITS (4487) or by visiting any Indians Team Shop. If you’re on the hunt for the Sugardale Dollar Dog nights, the Indians’ promotion schedule can be viewed  here.

We’ll see you at the ballpark!

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Tribe wins MLB Wild Card award for keeping our field green


The Cleveland Indians were recently awarded a Wild Card spot for MLB’s 2012 Green Glove Award, a competition designed to promote better environmental practices throughout the league. In recognition of the club’s sustainability efforts, Brad Mohr – the Assistant Director of Ballpark Operations at Progressive Field – was invited to the White House for a forum on sustainability in sports last year. Next month, he’ll be headed to Sydney and Melbourne to speak at the Sports Sustainability United Summit. He has also presented at the Green Sports Alliance Summit the past two years and is very active in the sustainability community in Northeast Ohio. TribeVibe caught up with this industry-leader and asked him a few questions about the Tribe’s green efforts.

TribeVibe: What did the Cleveland Indians do to improve their diversion rate — the percentage of waste materials diverted from traditional disposal — in 2012?

Brad Mohr: We continued to take a serious, thorough look at our trash and recycling procedures in 2012, which paid off in another dramatic drop in trash going to the landfill. The most impactful improvement was the composting of organic material. Organic material that can be composted is anything that will break down in a natural environment such as food prep scraps, leftover food that cannot be donated and grass clippings. Our organics are sent to a facility that makes and sells mulch. We began composting as a pilot program late 2010 and we discovered we could compost a great amount of our waste. We went full throttle on composting in 2011 and recycled over 20 tons of organics. With composting becoming more and more a part of our operation and culture with education and familiarity, we composted 53 tons of organic material in 2012. That amounts to 21% of all of our recycling weight.

We continued to be consistent recyclers of other materials by saving from the landfill:

  • 34 tons of aluminum and plastic beverage containers
  • 69.5 tons of cardboard
  • 31 tons of paper
  • 19 tons of metals
  • 20 tons of wooden pallets
  • 13 tons of fryer oil
  • 2.5 tons of electronics
  • and an astonishing 2/3 of a ton of light bulbs

All together, we recycled 248 tons of materials. Compare that with 408 tons of trash and we have a diversion rate of 38%.



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