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On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians and Delaware North Companies played host to the annual Cleveland Indians Day of Caring in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.
Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, OhioGuidestone and Laura’s Home enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro and others. They also had the opportunity to take photos with Slider and Ketchup, Mustard and Onion.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
The Cleveland Indians on Monday signed free agent OF DAVID MURPHY to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season.
Murphy, 32, owns a career Major League average of .275 (739-2690) with 160 doubles, 15 triples, 86 home runs and 364 RBI over 849 games with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox since debuting in 2006. The Baylor University product owns a career on-base pct. of .337 to go along with his career on-base+slugging pct. (OPS) of .778. In 2012 the left-handed hitting outfielder batted .304 (139-457) with 29 2B, 15HR & 61RBI in 147 games, finishing 6th in the American League in on-base pct. (.380) and 10th in batting average (.304).
The native of Klein, Texas was the first round pick (17th overall) of the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and later appeared in 23 games for the Red Sox (2006-07) before being traded to Texas in July 2007 in exchange for RHP Eric Gagne. He appeared in 27 postseason games during his tenure with the Rangers from 2010-12 (.373OB%/ .759OPS) and owns a career average of .280 (571-2042) against right-handed pitching (.347OB%/.469SLG%/ .816OPS). He has enjoyed his trips to Progressive Field, hitting at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games. The versatile outfielder has logged time at all three positions during his career and his 35 assists since 2009 are 8th-most among A.L. outfielders over that span.
In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Murphy, the Indians designated RHP Tyler Cloyd for assignment. Cloyd was originally claimed from Philadelphia on October 2.
Both Murphy and Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with reporters via conference call on Monday to discuss the deal. Below are their comments:
Murphy provides strength and versatility to the outfield and the lineup
Chris Antonetti: For right now, we expect him to get most of his at-bats in right field, primarily against right-handed pitching, but he will also get some opportunities against the right left-handers as well.
We feel that we have a very good compliment of outfielders that will give Terry the opportunity to mix and match based upon what gives us the best opportunity to win that night’s game while also keeping everyone healthy and fresh. Some of that will also depend upon how we shape the DH position because there could be potential at-bats there as well. Right now with the compliment of outfielders we have, we feel we can match up well no matter who is pitching.
I think as we sit here today we feel good with the group of outfielders we have. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve the team and make adjustments as the offseason goes along. The versatility of our outfield – Michael Brantley has the ability to slide over to center, Drew Stubbs gives us great protection in both right field and center field and we are confident he could go to left as well – Ryan Raburn can play not only the corners, but also the infield, if needed. It provides us a great deal of flexibility and versatility and that was one of our strengths last year and we are looking to build upon that heading into next year.
Confident Murphy will return to form in 2013
Antonetti: In talking with David, he felt with Josh Hamilton leaving he put some pressure on himself to try to do a little more and got in to some challenging positions with his swing. He tried to create a little bit more lift to hit for more power and it took him a little while to work through that. I think combining that with a little bit of bad luck led to a down season. If you look at his track record he has been pretty consistent, especially against right-handed pitching and we expect him to bounce back and get far closer to his career norms than how he performed last year.
We spent quite a bit of time, not only looking at the objective information, but talking with our scouts who did quite a bit of video work looking at any tell-tale signs between his swing from 2012 and 2013 and there were not very many significant differences. There is a lot of reason why we are confident that he will bounce back and get back to the player that he has been throughout his career.
Murphy is well-respected on and off the field
Antonetti: He’s been renowned throughout any organization he has been with, whether it’s his initial time with the Red Sox, or his time with the Rangers. He is an exceptional person and is a guy that not only plays the game the right way but lives his life off the field that way. He and his wife are very involved in the community in which they live. They have given back to those communities and feel like that is their obligation. He had also fit in seamlessly into every clubhouse and is well respected as a team – he was extraordinarily well-respected in the Texas clubhouse.
The news broke when Murphy’s daughter said at day care, “My daddy is going to be an Indian.”
Antonetti: That was the first time a 5-year old has ever broken a free agent signing. I think they were talking about Pilgrims and Indians in advance of Thanksgiving and his daughter shouted out, “my daddy is going to be an Indian.” That’s how the story broke. It was a first for us.
On what attracted him to Cleveland
David Murphy: When the offseason began and I thought about where I wanted to go, I wanted to go to a place where I was wanted as badly as I wanted to be there. Cleveland was very aggressive from the very beginning. They were easily the front runner the entire time. Honestly, it was pretty simple. From the first phone call I received from my agent about interested teams, they were first and foremost in my mind.
On what adjustments he may make offensively in 2014
Murphy: A few different factors played into (2013). I saw we lost Josh (Hamilton), Michael Young and Mike Napoli, and I put pressure on myself to step into a role and play a bigger part in the offense. I tried to re-create my own identity instead of being the same guy I had been in the past. I had that mindset, which created a little bit more of a pull mindset instead of using the entire field. That created some bad habits that lengthened my swing and that obviously produced the results that it did.
I think every player wants to be as complete a player as possible. After having the best year of my career in 2012, I knew that I could hit for a high average after that; I wanted to add the power to it. That added to that mindset of lifting the ball and pulling the ball. After I finally got away from that mindset, halfway through the season, I didn’t have the greatest luck. Some years, balls fall. Some years, they don’t. 2013 was a year when I didn’t have the greatest luck. In the end, I’ll put it on myself in not having the right mindset. I’m looking forward to getting back to the old me in 2014.
On the Indians offensive balance and how he fits in
Murphy: There are a lot of guys I’m excited to play with on this team. I’ve loved the type of player Jason Kipnis is since he came into the league. I love what he brings in all aspects of the game. I’ve known Michael Bourn since high school; I played against him in college and the minor leagues. He’s a dynamic player that’s great in the leadoff spot. Up and down the lineup, it’s a very balanced lineup and I’m excited to be a part of it.
About his daughter’s now famous comments breaking the news Murphy was signing with Cleveland
Murphy: She was at preschool one day and with Thanksgiving coming up, they were learning about Pilgrims and Indians. She happened to speak up and said, “My daddy’s going to play for the Indians.” Nowadays, rumors spread quickly and word got out there pretty quickly. It wasn’t the best situation how that got out. But in the end it’ll be a cute story one day that we can tell her about.
On whether he feels comfortable hitting at Progressive Field; he’s hit at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games at the ballpark
Murphy: I don’t know if there’s anything to that. I know the places I’ve been before and I know the places where I like to hit and feel comfortable in the box. I have no real reason for it but it’s always been a place where I’ve liked to hit. It’ll be great to play half my games there.
On his relationship with Indians manager Terry Francona
Murphy: I was drafted by Boston and had about 35 days of MLB service time with the Red Sox between 2006 and 2007, and I spent time with the team in Spring Training from 2004 to 2007. I had the chance to play under him there; he definitely played into the decision to sign with Cleveland. He called me pretty early in the process. He did a great job of letting me know how interested they were, but at the same time not putting any pressure on me. He made me realize I’d be doing an injustice if I didn’t look at all the options out there.
On his impressions of the 2013 Indians from the opposing dugout
Murphy: They reminded me of the Rangers when we started to become a good team in 2009 and 2010. It’s a group of young, talented guys, with veteran leadership with Giambi and Swisher mixed in, and it’s a group of guys that looks like they have a lot of fun on the field and believe in one another. They won 92 games last year and they look like they’re only going to get better.
Among the many important decisions being made by MLB front offices this time of year sits the deadline for teams to file their Major League and Minor League reserve lists, which occurred at Midnight ET last night – the establishment of each club’s preliminary 40-man roster is particularly notable because it helps determine which players are protected from being selected in the annual Rule 5 Selection Meeting (more commonly referred to as the “Rule 5 draft”) that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 12 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL. In basic terms, a player who signs his first contract at the age of 18 is shielded from the Rule 5 draft for 5 years, while those 19-or-older fall under the same classification for 4 years – at that point, their respective Clubs must decide whether to extend that protection by adding a given player to the 40-man roster or alternatively run the risk of losing him to another team in the Rule 5. TribeVibe will take a more in-depth look at Rule 5 procedures during the Winter Meetings.
Late yesterday, the Indians announced that the club has added 5 minor league players to the 40-man roster, purchasing the contracts of RHP Bryan Price from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, RHP Austin Adams, INF Jesus Aguilar and OF Carlos Moncrief from the Double-A Akron RubberDucks and INF Erik Gonzalez from the Single-A Carolina Mudcats. In a conference call with local beat reporters, GM Chris Antonetti discussed each player selected to the roster, and the difficult decisions that were made regarding players that were left unprotected.
RHP Bryan Price -
CA: “In Bryan’s case it was a guy that really thrived this year in Triple-A. He made a lot of progress in how he attacked hitters. He features a good fastball and two good secondary pitches – he was one of the more effective relievers in all of Triple-A. He could (contend for a roster spot in Spring Training). He will come into camp and we will have to see how things shake out in our bullpen, but he could be a guy that comes in and earns a spot.”
RHP Austin Adams -
“Austin has bounced back from his shoulder surgery extraordinarily well. He worked really hard to get back to where he was pre-surgery. He’s got one of the best arms, not only in our system, but throughout the minor leagues. He has a good compliment of secondary pitches as well, and has missed a lot of bats. He is another guy that we feel isn’t too far away from contributing at the major-league level if he continues to make progress. He is a reliever at this point; a power arm with really good stuff.”
OF Carlos Moncrief -
“He was one of the highlights of our development system this year, because it is a guy that has made a lot of progress. If you look at what he’s done and how he continued his development as a hitter – he really cut down in the strikeout rates, continued to improve his defense in the outfield to the point where he is now a very good outfielder with a well above-average arm with good reads and routes – that’s now become a strength for him and he’s continued to improve as a hitter. Given his limited experience as a hitter, because he started his professional career as a pitcher, it’s been encouraging to see the progress he has made.”
INF Jesus Aguilar -
“He is getting closer (to contributing to the Major League roster). He made a lot of progress from last year to this year. The Double-A level is always a good test, especially for position players, and Jesus did a really good job of anchoring that lineup. He is continuing his work in winter ball, he’s off to an extraordinary start down there and is continuing to work hard. He has a really bright future, he is on a good path developmentally and we expect this year that he will get some opportunities at Triple-A. If and when we have a need he can certainly be an option for us.
(He has played some third base in the winter league because) they had a lot of injuries. It is always good to increase your versatility. We will have to continue to see how that goes. It wasn’t something (considering Aguilar an option at first base) that was top of mind for us as the season ended, but the fact that he’s gotten opportunity and experience down in winter ball is something that we will look to maybe continue as we head into Spring Training, but right now we view his primarily as a first baseman.”
INF Erik Gonzalez -
“Another great development story; Erik is one of the hardest workers and best teammates in our organization. He did a tremendous job of improving himself as a player. He has always been a really good defensive player, and has worked hard at every position he has played on the field. We gave him an opportunity to play some shortstop and he really excelled there. We think he has the chance to be an above-average defender no matter where he plays defensively – whether that’s shortstop, second base, he can play the corners on the infield, and he can play the outfield and he has also continued to improve as a hitter. As much as any player in our system, he’s made progress through his hard work this year. I wouldn’t set any ceiling (defensive position) on him. With the work he’s put in defensively and the way he’s playing in winter ball, some of the reports we are receiving back from there (are proving) defensively he is capable of playing at a very high level right now and he’s continuing to develop offensively.”
Antonetti also addressed the inevitable difficulty in having to leave other prospects unprotected:
CA: “I won’t go through the specific guys, but there were a lot of tough decisions. We felt like there were another handful of guys that were very deserving of being on the roster, but unfortunately we only have so many spots that we can use to protect guys.”
– TribeVibe contributors Michael Stimpert/Court Berry-Tripp
TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.
For previous monthly reviews:
THE FINE PRINT
- Monthly record: 21-6
- Overall record: 92-70
- Home record: 11-4
- Road record: 10-2
- Weekend record: 8-1
- Standings: 92-70, 1GB of Detroit
- High-water mark: 92-70. Sept. 29
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Michael Brantley: .345 AVG (29-84), 2 HR, 14 RBI, .828 OPS
- Matt Carson: .700 AVG (7-10), 3 RBI, one gigantic walk-off (see below)
- Yan Gomes: .309 AVG (25-81), 2 HR, 9 RBI, .824 OPS
- Jason Kipnis: .287 AVG (27-94), 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Matt Albers: 0.82 ERA (1ER in 11IP), 6 K, .139 opp. AVG
- Ubaldo Jimenez: 4-0, 1.09 ERA (5ER in 41.1IP), 51 K, .230 opp AVG
- Scott Kazmir: 3-2, 2.57 ERA (8ER in 28IP), 43 K, .268 opp. AVG
- Mark Rzepczynski: 2.08 ERA (2ER in 8.2IP), 10K, .172 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.79 ERA (1ER in 11.1IP), 11 K, .179 opp. AVG
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .267 AVG (239-894), 29 HR, 132 RBI
- Pitching: 2.84 ERA (76ER in 241IP), 262 K, .259 opp. AVG
- September 19, Cleveland: Matt Carson – who, as noted above, had a big September in a limited role – rescued the Indians in the 11th inning with a sharp single through the right side of the infield to start the Tribe’s season-ending 10-game win streak.
- September 24, Cleveland: After the White Sox hit two solo homers in the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi hit a mammoth home run to right to again save the Tribe, with the club’s 11th walk-off of the season. A giant photo of the celebration now adorns one of the walls leading to the Indians clubhouse at Progressive Field.
OTHER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:
- A much-needed slam: Losers of five in a row, the Indians needed something good to happen on September 1 in Detroit. And in a scoreless game in the ninth, this happened, courtesy of the man who coined “Goon Squad” and also goes by “Handsome Mike”:
- Behind-the-scenes look at the Tribe: Fox Sports One aired its “Mission: October” series, a revealing look at teams contending for playoff spots, on Sept. 23 after filming throughout the previous weekend during the Indians home series vs. Houston. Here’s a snippet.
- Final out: It couldn’t have been easy, right? On the verge of winning a 10th straight and clinching a home Wild Card game, Jason Kipnis had to range to his left, dive and fire to a covering Justin Masterson. No big deal, right?
Sweep, it is: The Indians had seven sweeps of 4-plus games in 2013, the first team since 1943 Cards to accomplish that feat.
Streaking: The Tribe ended the season on 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the Modern Era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.
Streaking, part II: The Indians won 15 of their last 17 games, and it turned out they needed every one of them to clinch a home Wild Card Game.
Ubaldo flawless down the stretch: For his efforts – detailed above in the “Top Performers – Pitching” section – Ubaldo was awesome and won the Pitcher of the Month for September.
September sweets: The Tribe won 21 games in the month, marking only the fifth time in club history with 20 or more wins in a month. The last? 1948.
Fine 90: The Indians, with 92 wins, recorded their eighth 90-win season since 1995.
Matching another club record: The Indians 92-70 record marked a 24-win jump over 2012, tying a club record; the other time the franchise accomplished the feat was from 1985 to 1986.
Fleet feet: Jason Kipnis logged his 30th steal on September 29, the last day of the regular season, and became the first Indians player since Grady Sizemore in 2007-08 to steal 30 or more in consecutive seasons. The Indians had 117 steals, sixth most in MLB.
What a relief: Bryan Shaw, in his first year with the club, didn’t allow a run 15 1/3 September innings; we would have included him above, but figured he deserved a callout.
Coach of the month – hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo: The Tribe had its best collective month at the plate, and for the year, the Indians offense ranked among American League leaders in pitches per plate appearance (third, 3.95), walks (fourth, 562) and OBP (fifth, .327).
Terry Francona chatted via conference call with Cleveland-area reporters on Tuesday night, shortly after he received the 2013 BBWAA American League Manager of the Year Award in a presentation broadcast on MLB Network.
Here are portions of that conference call, in some cases edited for brevity:
Question: What does it mean for you to be up against (Red Sox manager) John Farrell?
Terry Francona: I don’t think I was up against anybody. I got nominated for this because this is an organizational award. That’s what makes me so happy. I share it with coaches, players, clubhouse guys, (General Manager) Chris (Antonetti), (President) Mark Shapiro and (owner) Paul (Dolan). It’s because we did it together all year. So when things like this happen it’s an organizational award.
Question: What were you proud of in managing this year?
TF: I was proud of our effort. I thought we were resilient. I thought our guys enjoyed trying to play it the right way. We had a coaching staff that was fun to be around. I’m most proud of, from the moment I was hired, it’s always been a we mentality. From the front office, to the ownership (on down). That’s only growing. I’m proud of that. It’s not always easy to attain that. Chris and his guys have made me feel so at home. It makes my job easier and a lot more fun.
Question: What do you think was the difference this year?
TF: Winning is the ultimate award. You do the best you can every day, and when teams and organizations perform, things like this happen.
Question: Was this satisfying that you guys were able to have success while you overcame so many things?
TF: The biggest thing was how we did it. We did it the right way. When we clinched in Minnesota, those hugs were real. I couldn’t want to get to Chris, (traveling secretary) Mike Seghi, the clubhouse guys. Those were real. The next day, I didn’t feel any different when we prepared for Tampa. When you like the guys you work with, you want to do well.
Question: Did this year, reuniting with Chris and Mark, did this heal the hard feelings from your departure from Boston (after the 2011 season)?
TF: Yeah. It was easier to talk about it because of my comfort level in Cleveland.
Q: What made the team so resilient?
TF: It was a combination. We had great veteran leadership, with Giambi, Swisher’s enthusiasm, Bourn and Yan Gomes’ emergence. I could go on and on. That’s what made it so fun, had so many contributions from all over the map. That’s what made it good. When we played the baseball we were supposed to, we generally gave ourselves a chance to win.
Q: When did they tell you this?
TF: I felt like I was on a dating game. I was listening in my earpiece, and heard it when they announced it. They did a great job (keeping it secret).
Q: Will you do anything to celebrate?
TF: I have a load of laundry in. I’m going to go golfing tomorrow, like I always do. The way I celebrated it was the whole year. I got to live it.
Q: Who has called you?
TF: I got about 50 text messages and a bunch of voice mails. My dad, Chris, Joe Smith all sent some really nice messages. A lot of the players have texted, which made me feel good.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
Check out Terry Francona’s interview with MLB Network immediately following the announcement that he’d won the 2013 American League Manager of the Year Award.
Indians Designated Hitter Jason Giambi spoke with reporters today during a conference call after he re-signed with the club on Thursday. Here are some of his quotes from that chat:
On re-signing with the Indians early in the offseason: “I’m ecstatic about it. … I talked to my wife, and I’ve been talking to the Indians, and there is no place I want to be other than Cleveland. I had so much fun and I love the direction we are going – with this organization and this team, with Tito and the guys on this team, I had so much fun last year playing that I didn’t want to go anywhere else. The Indians gave me the opportunity to come back and I’m definitely blessed and I’m grateful for it.”
Discussions with Indians about returning: “I talked to Chris (Antonetti, Tribe GM) and Tito (Manager Terry Francona); they were feeling me out to see what I wanted to do. Did I still want to play? Did I want to go into coaching? I told them I’d really love to play. This was near the end of August or the beginning of September and I told them I still really wanted to play. After the season, Chris and Tito definitely had to sit down and see if there was still a fit for me in Cleveland because I told them I really loved it there and I really wanted to be back. At the end of the season I had my agent reach out to them again [to see if there was a spot for me on this team]and then I talked to Chris and they really felt like there was still a spot for me to help this ball club. I was ecstatic. I wanted to jump on that opportunity to sign back there and everything came about.”
On signing another Minor League contract: “I definitely know with my age and everything like that [it’s difficult] to get a big-league deal. Unless you are going to have a Raul Ibanez year with 27 homers [it’s difficult to find a Major League contract].
“I’m not worried about it (signing a Minor League contract). I’m going to come into spring in great shape. (Signing a Minor League contract) also helps the ball club out because they can protect their extra player that they need to protect, and I’m all for it. I love being here and I love being in Cleveland, I love everything about it.”
Thoughts on still playing at age 43 (turns 43 in January): “I think you only dream about it. This will be 20 Major League seasons for me. I think when you go through your certain stepping stones of your career — whether it be I need to get to the big-leagues, I need to stay in the big leagues, I need to try and last in the big-leagues and get my 10 years in — after that, everything is kind of gravy. I’m definitely blessed and truly grateful for this opportunity. Not in my wildest dreams did I think that I would still be here. I don’t know if there will ever come a time that I’ll say that (going into a season thinking it’s the last). I think your body will give you a point and say I can’t do it anymore. There is going to come a point when that happens. I’m fighting and kicking and scratching to not make it happen, but there definitely is. I’ve been so blessed so far with my career in this game, it’s been unbelievable. Maybe someday, but right now I’m just trying to keep the attitude on what’s happening right here, right now in the present moment, which is to push this team to win a World Series because I think we have that type of ball club.”
On becoming a leader in the clubhouse: “I’m definitely honored. (Being recognized as a leader) comes a lot from your teammates. It’s not something you raise your hand and say, ‘Alright, I’m the team leader.’ I think I got such a taste of it when I was in Oakland, playing for those great teams of the late 80s – when those guys were still around like Eck (Dennis Eckersley), (Mark) McGwire, (Terry) Steinbach and Dave Stewart, all of those great players – I got a taste of it. Then when all those guys either retired, we traded Mark (McGwire) and then all of sudden (GM) Billy (Beane) and (Manager) Art (Howe) sat me down and said, ‘This is your team. You’re going to be that guy.’ I had a few years under my belt, I was still young and the team was brand new. We had (Tim) Hudson, (Mark) Mulder, (Barry) Zito, (Miquel) Tejada and (Eric) Chavez – I just really loved it (being the leader). I really wanted to embrace that position and make guys feel welcome, but also try to teach those guys what I had learned from Mark (McGwire), Steiny (Terry Steinbach) and those guys. I really felt that it was a gift that those guys passed on to me. They went out of their way to help me learn the game. I see it now, it’s kind of funny, they used to call me kid all the time when I was playing, and now I’m calling Kipnis that and it really gets passed on. I really think that’s the gift of the game. You pass it back down and even when you’re out of this game that’s how you still live in the game. You pass those lessons on and hopefully they will pass them down to the next generation.”
Thoughts on 2014 team mentality: “I definitely want this team to keep reaching further and further. I think what we have here in Cleveland is something special. I think this is a team that could have an opportunity to win a World Series. We definitely have the pitching to do it; we have the offense to make those strides. We are growing as a team, and I think we are going to keep getting better and better. Hopefully the guys come into spring training in great shape and wanting to further that. Not just, we made the playoffs last year (and be satisfied with that). I want us to keep moving forward and to not take a step backwards. I think this team, and the young players we have, and the pitching and the young pitching we have in the minor leagues, this team can be a force for years to come.”
–TribeVibe contributor Michael Stimpert
Indians Announce Several Roster Moves: re-sign Jason Giambi, complete trade with San Diego, release Chris Perez
CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced a series of roster moves for the club.
* Re-signed DH JASON GIAMBI to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp. Giambi, 42, equaled the single-season club record with three pinch-hit home runs in 2013, the last of which came in game-winning fashion against the Chicago White Sox on September 24 that kept the Indians 1.0 game AL WildCard lead intact. For the season he drove in 31 runs in 71 games (54 starts at DH), led the club with an RBI per at bat ratio of 6.0ab/RBI and collected his 2000th career hit on September 8 vs. the New York Mets.
The five-time American League All-Star owns a career Major League batting average of .278 (2002-7207) with 403 2B, 438HR & 1436RBI in 2234 games (.400OB/.519SLG/ .919OPS) over 19 seasons with Oakland, New York-AL, Colorado and Cleveland.
* Acquired LHP COLT HYNES from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations. Hynes, 28, spent the first half of the 2013 season between AA San Antonio and AAA Tucson where he went a combined 2-0 with 4 saves and a 1.52 ERA in 41 relief appearances (47.1IP, 43H, 11R/8ER, 2BB, 58SO, 1HR), limiting left-handed batters to a .147 (11-75, 35SO) average against while averaging 11.0SO per 9.0IP with just 2 walks in 47.1 innings. Colt was with San Diego for the entire second half of the season, his first career taste of Major League action, recording a 9.00ERA in 22 relief outings (17.0IP, 25H, 17R/ER) while limiting left-handed Major League batters to a .156 (5-32) average against.
The Texas Tech alum was San Diego’s 31st round selection in the 2007 draft and has compiled a career Minor League record of 21-25 with 13 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 323 games/21 starts (501.1IP, 584H, 200ER, 118BB, 396SO). The Weatherford, Texas native is currently pitching for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League (2.0IP, 3H, 0R, 1SO, 7 games).
* Gave RHP CHRIS PEREZ his unconditional release. Perez, who is now a free agent, was 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 relief appearances in 2013 (54.0IP, 56H, 26ER, 11HR, 21BB, 54K, .263AVG).
MLB.com stopped in Cleveland in September to chat with Brad Mohr, the Tribe’s Assistant Director of Ballpark Ops, and Neil Weiss, the team’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer, about the club’s ongoing green and technology efforts at Progressive Field.
Check out all the details in the video below.
Plus, read more about our green efforts in this TribeVibe post from June, after the organization was recognized by the Green Sports Alliance.
Fridays at the Field luncheon discontinued after 12/6; options remain for holiday parties at Progressive Field!
The Fridays at the Field luncheon at Progressive Field will be discontinued after Friday, December 6. Remaining dates include November 8, 15 and 22, and December 6. No new lunch cards will be distributed, but current lunch cards will be valid through December 6. The cost of the lunch to the public is $12.
While the Fridays at the Field event will no longer be offered, Progressive Field still has many alternatives for hosting private events – including for the upcoming holiday season. Those options include:
Private Holiday Parties
Dinner parties: Companies can order from our Hosted Events’ standard catering menu, with the Terrace Club and Collection Auto Club being the primary event spaces. Other options include the Visiting Clubhouse, Champions Suite and the Heavy Hitters room, inside the Executive Offices.
Lunch parties: We offer a $25 per person buffet, with the Terrace Club or Collection Auto Club being the locations available for lunch parties. Lunch parties also feature half-off room rental fees.
Happy Hour: We offer a $20 per person small plate hors d’oeuvres display in the Terrace Club Pub (fourth floor). For a three-hour event, the room rental fee would be discounted 75%.
Public “Home for the Holidays” luncheon:
Friday, December 13, 11:30am-1:30pm. $20 inclusive price per person (includes buffet, beverage, tax and gratuity).
For more information on hosting your party at Progressive Field, visit Indians.com/HostedEvents, call us at 216-420-4840 or e-mail us at email@example.com.