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Photo Gallery: Latest Progressive Field construction updates

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Workers were in high gear at the ballpark on Monday thanks to temperatures in the 50s — in mid-December! Construction progress continues, with structural support in place in the new bar area in right field, as well as continued progress on the new bullpens in center field.

As reminder, for full renderings of the finished project and a live video stream of construction is available by clicking here.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

We asked for Tribe-themed holiday decorations, and our fans delivered

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On Monday night, we asked our fans for pictures of their Indians-themed holiday decorations, spurred by this amazing Christmas tree sent in by a fan named Shannon.

Our fans delivered, sending in pictures of their decorations via Facebook and Twitter.

If you have your own decorations at home, Tweet them at us and we’ll add them to this gallery!

Cleveland makes mag’s list of top 50 places to travel; add the Tribe to your vacation list!

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Some great news to brighten up your Friday: Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2015 list of Best Places to Travel includes Cleveland, and we’re in rare company: We’re one of only 12 U.S. destinations, and the only one in the Midwest.

What the mag has to say about our fair city:

  • Revival is well under way in downtown Cleveland, as young professionals move in and historic buildings are repurposed. The Westin Cleveland Downtown and Marriott’s Metropolitan at the 9 (with a theater and an indoor dog park) began welcoming guests in 2014, joining the Downtown Aloft, est. 2013. Several hotels will follow as the city preps for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Keep an eye out for Ohio’s first Kimpton—in the 1901 terra-cotta Schofield Building—and the 30-story Hilton Cleveland Downtown overlooking Lake Erie. One of downtown’s most buzzed-about 2015 openings is Mabel’s BBQ from Iron Chef and native son Michael Symon, who wants to establish a Cleveland-style barbecue. (He’s finessing the sauce, likely a mix of mustard, Ohio maple syrup, and vinegar.) The innovative local food scene also counts farm-to-table Flying Fig and Mitchell’s Ice Cream, which began churning out seasonal small-batch flavors in April 2014. Both are in the hip Ohio City neighborhood, near the West Side Market, linked to downtown by new bike lanes. Over in Uptown, the Cleveland Institute of Art’s expansion nears completion. It’s a short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which got a shiny new home in late 2012. And don’t forget game-changer LeBron James, who’s back in town and eager to give Cleveland more reasons to be proud. —Kate Appleton

Fantastic news, and we like to think we play a big part: We’ve built a strong core headlined by Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and MVP finalist Michael Brantley, who’ve led our team to the fourth-most wins in the AL over the past two seasons, including a playoff berth in 2013.

Plus, we have dramatic fan experience enhancements coming for 2015, more details of which can be found here.

Here’s our 2015 schedule: Make plans to come check out Tribe baseball at Progressive Field today!

 

 

Construction updates: Bullpen walls going up, Kids Clubhouse work under way

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Work continues on the enhancements to the fan experience at Progressive Field, with the walls for the bullpen in center field going up and demolition work in the Kids Clubhouse beginning. (For renderings of what the project will look like when it’s complete, click here.)

Check out photos above and a time-lapse video below:

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Video by Nick Owens

#CyKluber countdown: CK finishes 2014 with a bang, dominates Rays for win No. 18

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Date/score: September 26, 1-0

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching line: 8 IP, 0 ER, 11 SO, 2 BB

Record: 18-9

2014 strikeout total: 269

Key at-bat(s): With support mounting for Kluber’s Cy Young candidacy, he turned in a gem – an exclamation point-type outing, limiting the Rays to five hits while striking out the side in the first as a sort of announcement that, “Yep, I’m the Cy Young.” Only once did Kluber have more than one base runner on, and in the fifth, faced a test after a two-out Kevin Kiermaier triple. Yet as he’d done all season, Kluber ended the threat by striking out Ryan Hanigan.

Notable: By striking out 11 overall and allowing no earned runs while walking two, Kluber logged his 11th start of the season with 10 or more strikeouts, two or fewer earned runs and two or fewer walks. Incredible.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 81

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber nearly goes the distance in dominating the Twins for win No. 15

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Date/score: September 11, 8-2

Opponent: Minnesota Twins

Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO, 0 BB

Record: 15-9

2014 strikeout total: 230

Key at-bat(s): Trying to hang on for a complete game, Kluber allowed singles by Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar in the eighth – but as he had done all season, buckled down, striking out Jordan Schaefer and getting Danny Santana to line out. He entered the ninth having thrown 96 pitches, but allowed three singles, the latter an RBI variety by Trevor Plouffe, and exited after 8.1 innings.

Notable: The second of five wins in a row, Kluber had five 1-2-3 innings in the victory.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 66

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber pitches complete game to beat ChiSox for win No. 14

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Date/score: September 6, 3-1

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 14-9

2014 strikeout total: 223

Key at-bat(s): In the fifth, Carlos Sanchez singled and Tyler Flowers doubled a batter later to put men on second and third; Kluber, though, got Adam Eaton to fly out to center to end the inning and the threat.

Notable: Kluber’s outing marked the seventh time he allowed no earned runs in a start; in those starts, he averaged eight innings per outing.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 83

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber extends innings without allowing earned run to 25 in win No. 12

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: August 4, 7-1

Opponent: Cincinnati Reds

Pitching line: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 7 SO, 2 BB

Record: 12-6

2014 strikeout total: 177

Key at-bat(s): Kluber escaped jams in the first and third innings, then had little trouble until he left the game in the eighth. In the first, he induced a Brayan Pena groundout to end the inning, while in the third it was a Devin Mesoraco popout followed by another Pena groundout.

Notable: Kluber increased his career-long streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run to 25 before allowing a run in the eighth against Cincinnati at Progressive Field. (Kluber allowed an unearned run on July 24 in Kansas City in his nine-inning outing, then pitched his Maddux on July 30.)

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 67

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber beats Felix, delivers a #Maddux for win No. 11

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: July 30, 2-0

Opponent: Seattle Mariners

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 11-6

2014 strikeout total: 170

Key at-bat(s): Facing off against fellow Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez, runs were going to be at a premium – and Kluber set the tone from the start: He allowed just one base runner in the first three innings on just 33 pitches.

Notable: This would be a “Maddux,” affectionately named for the former fast-working Braves pitcher who made the quick, fewer-than-100-pitches complete game shutout a staple. Kluber threw an incredible 85 pitches in this one.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50 — http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/tag/_/name/bill-james-game-score): 71

Highlights:

News roundup: What they’re saying about Francona extension, Kluber/Brantley named finalists for BBWAA awards

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Looking for a one-stop shop for a recap of our big day of news from Tuesday? We have you covered. Here’s a roundup of what local and national writers are saying about Terry Francona’s extension and Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley being named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards!

FRANCONA

  • Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: Francona’s genuine love for the Tribe shows in results
    • It’s hard to be around this club as much as I am and come away with the belief that either record would have been even remotely possible without somebody like Francona at the helm. I certainly don’t think a rookie skipper would have guided that 2013 club to the playoffs, and I’m doubly convinced that 85 wins, with a club playing multiple rookies down the stretch, would have been impossible had Francona not kept his clubhouse in order.
  • Tom Withers, AP: Francona helps turn around culture in Cleveland
    • Francona has been worth every penny since the Indians hired him following a disastrous, 94-loss season in 2012. He’s helped reshape the team’s culture, infused enthusiasm into the organization and made Cleveland a more attractive destination for free agents. Players want to play for Francona.
  • Zack Meisel, Cleveland.com: What Terry Francona’s contract extension really means for the Indians
    • That core — which now includes Santana, Kipnis, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley — is locked up, and affordably so, for years. The starting rotation, a group that thrived in the second half of the season, is under team control on the cheap for at least another three seasons. With Francona in the fold until at least 2018 — the Indians hold club options on him the following two years — the organization is announcing its intention to see it through to the end with this bunch.
  • Joe Reedy, FoxSportsOhio.com: Locking up Francona allows Indians to keep moving forward
    • There are many, including me, who would say he did an even better job this past season considering the rotation was shaky until the last months and that 12 rookies saw significant playing time. Dating back to 2004, teams that Francona has managed have posted winning records 10 consecutive seasons (eight in Boston, two in Cleveland). That is the longest such managerial streak since Joe Torre had 14 straight with the Yankees and Dodgers from 1996-2009.

KLUBER/BRANTLEY

  • Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: Takeaways from BBWAA finalists
    • The great thing about announcing these finalists the week before the award is that it gives the public, at large, proper appreciation of the seasons that will fall just short of actual hardware. Let’s say Mike Trout runs away with the AL MVP, as most of us are anticipating. At least now the sensational seasons of Victor Martinez and Michael Brantley are — for a few days, at least — headlines, not footnotes.
  • Jordan Bastian, Indians.com: Indians Kluber, Brantley finalists for BBWAA awards
    • Brantley became the first player in Indians history to finish with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 40 doubles and 200 hits in a single season. “He’s a complete player,” Antonetti said at the end of the season. “And we think he’s deserving of MVP consideration with the year he had. He was a huge part of our success and we think one of the best players in the American League.” Brantley became only the ninth player in Major League history to end a season with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 45 doubles and 200 hits. The others on that short list include Jacoby Ellsbury (2011), Handley Ramirez (2007), Alfonso Soriano (2002), Craig Biggio (1998), Larry Walker (1997), Ellis Burks (1996), Vada Pinson (1959) and Chuck Klein (1932). During his final game of the season, Brantley collected his 200th hit and was showered with “M-V-P!” chants from the Cleveland faithful. Hearing that from the fans meant a lot to the outfielder. “It’s a remarkable feeling,” he said. “I want to thank the fans for that. That’s something that’s not thrown around. It was a special moment and I appreciate that.”
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