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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.


PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers behind Francisco Lindor, Josh Tomlin and others

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Francisco Lindor had three hits, including a game-changing three-run homer, in the Indians 7-3 win over the Tigers on Tuesday at Progressive Field. On the heels of the Tribe’s sweep of Detroit in Michigan April 22-24, the Indians are now 4-0 against their AL Central rival this season.

Lindor singled and scored in the first, doubled and scored in the third and smashed a three-run homer in the fifth to stake the Tribe to a 7-2 lead. He also made another fantastic defensive play to rob Detroit’s Justin Upton of a hit in the second.

Mike Napoli had a two-run double, and Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley added RBI singles. Josh Tomlin scattered nine hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 on the season.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Indians Homestand Guide: Tribe battles rivals Tigers and Royals


The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a six-game homestand against the Tigers (May 3-5) and Royals (May 6-8). Homestand highlights include the return Michael Brantley to Progressive Field, a tote bag promo courtesy of MLB Network and KeyBank Kids Fun Day.

Indians players to take part in community events this week:

The Indians and Tribe players have these community events planned this week:

  • Tuesday: Kluber’s Kids, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, during batting practice
  • Thursday: Cleveland Indians Wives Association to visit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Thursday: Mike Napoli to host up to 20 guests from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital during BP
  • Thursday:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland Spring Arts Showcase on the Plaza with Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar joining kids on stage
  • Friday: Corey Kluber to visit Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Sunday: Honorary Bat Girl Recognition – Danny Salazar to present a bouquet of flowers to honoree Eva Johnson during pregame ceremonies

Sign up now for TribeTown MVPs:

Fans can sign their children up for the official kids club of the Cleveland Indians, TribeTown MVPs, and gain access to exclusive experiences and offers. Memberships are limited, so sign up here and enjoy the perks of being an MVP!


Help the Indians and Cleveland Clinic in the fight against cancer and join Sandy Alomar and the Tribe’s team in this July’s VeloSano Bike to Cure event! Fans who join the Tribe’s team will ride with an Indians legend and get a cool Indians bike jersey. (Minimum fundraising requirements exist.) More info.

Lindor visits underprivileged youth in Philadelphia:

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor plans to visit underserved youth, mainly those residing in urban and underprivileged communities, throughout the season. His first stop was at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy on April 28; his next stop is planned for May 26 in Cleveland.



Tuesday, May 3 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Michael Brantley’s home debut: Left fielder Michael Brantley will return to Progressive Field for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in November.

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital patient and their family every Wednesday home game. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber. Additionally, guests receive goodie bags and an autographed Kluber jersey, and enjoy the game Club Level with all-you-can-eat food.


Wednesday, May 4 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!


Thursday, May 5 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Tote Bag courtesy of MLB Network: 10,000 fans at Progressive Field will receive a tote bag featuring the ‘Script Indians’ logo courtesy of MLB Network.

Napoli hosts kids: First baseman Mike Napoli to host up to 20 guests from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital during BP.

Wives visit hospital: Cleveland Indians Wives Association to visit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Boys & Girls Club talent showcase: Kids from the Boys & Girls Club will showcase their talents on Gateway Plaza during pregame with Danny Salazar joining them on stage.



Friday, May 6 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

Ballpark App: Download’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile only entrance at the Right Field Gate.


Saturday, May 7 vs. Royals @ 4:10PM


Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Cleveland Museum of Art 100th Anniversary: The Cleveland Museum of Art is celebrating its 100th anniversary with summer-long fun beginning at Progressive Field. To celebrate there will be in-game interactive activities on the Family Deck and a Cleveland Art Museum poster giveaway.

First pitch: The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Beverly J. Warren, the president of Kent State University.


Sunday, May 8 vs. Royals @ 1:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 11PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

MLB Mother’s Day: The Indians will wear a special Mother’s Day uniform featuring a pink Block C on their caps and pink Script Indians on their jerseys.

Honorary Bat Girl: Every year MLB raises awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer by hosting someone who has “Gone to Bat Against Breast Cancer.” Eva Johnson, who has been cancer free for three years, was selected to be the Indians Honorary Bat Girl for and will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar will catch her first pitch.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including a Kids Starting Lineup, Kids Grounds Crew and Play Ball Kid.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to play catch on the field and run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.


Join us in congratulating RHP Mike Clevinger on the birth of his first child: Penelope Grace Clevinger

Penelope Clevinger

The Tribe family grew a bit bigger last evening as prospect and current Columbus Clippers RHP Mike Clevinger welcomed his first daughter, Penelope Grace, into the world.

Clevinger posted this photo to his Twitter account at 5:21 AM on Monday morning, as the couple awaited the birth of their first child.

Then, about 12 hours later, it was time for Penelope Grace Clevinger to make her debut at 6 lbs, 4 oz.

The first video tweet from new dad Mike this morning took the words right from our mouths: “On a scale from can’t to even, I can’t even.”

Join us in sending our sincerest congratulations to Mike and Monica — she’s very precious.

There’s no doubt she has great genes in the hair department.

Cleveland Indians Executive Chef Josh Ingraham continues racking up awards, gaining national attention

It wasn’t long ago that we wrote on the success of our Executive Chef, Josh Ingraham.

Just last month, he placed second out of 64 in a national Avocado Madness competition held in San Diego.

And since then, Josh has made every effort — despite an extremely busy schedule here at the ballpark, to remain visual in the culinary community.

Just like that, it’s no surprise that Josh was named the People’s Choice Award winner of a recent contest held by Barilla called “Represent your Region”.

People's choice

Over 380 chefs from all across the nation submitted a recipe for this event, and the community was open to vote — selecting Josh’s recipe among all the entries.

What did he make, you may ask?

Well, Barilla sent each participant a box of pasta to use, and he took it even a step further by incorporating locally grown carrots from the Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio, and pairing that with some handmade mozzarella noodles.

Josh, in his own words, said, “I used the entire carrot from top to bottom with a carrot top pesto and candied carrot curls to garnish the dressed Barilla Fettucine with fresh micro basil and handmade mozzarella noodles.”

Let us guess, reading that just made you hungry? Because us too.

And we’re about to make you even hungrier.

Mozz fettuccine

Yes, that is the winning submission, Josh’s delicious Mozzarella Fettuccine.

Josh said, “As always I’m very proud to represent both Delaware North and the Cleveland Indians each time I compete.”

But in all honesty, we think we’re the extra proud ones here! Congratulations, Josh! We’re lucky to have you.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

News photographer/Indians phan Dave Spangler has a long drive home from Philly after losing a bet

The great thing about the baseball season? There are 162 games.

Teams go through winning streaks, teams go through losing streaks — there are sweeps, and sometimes, you get swept.

Unfortunately, the latter happened for the Tribe this weekend, at the hand of the Philadelphia Phillies.

And while we hate losing just as much as anyone, we do have to extend our sincerest apologies to Cleveland 19’s photographer Dave Spangler AKA @PhotoDave19.

Why are we apologizing to our dear friend Photo Dave you may ask?

Well, here’s the deal.

So Dave is as loyal a Tribe fan as you can get, and a friendly bet with his sister led to him making the drive back from Philly to Cleveland like THIS…

But it just keeps getting better…

See, Dave is not only a good photographer, but is also good for his word, as he rocked that Phanatic hat the whole way home.

He even made a pit stop for yogurt, but according to this image provided by Photo Dave, eating yogurt is not ALWAYS as glamorous as Jaime Lee Curtis makes it seem in those Activia commercials.

And finally, it was back on the road for Dave — a pit stop in Bedford before he crossed over that border back into the great state of Ohio, where his Phillie Phanatic fuzzy hat could become just something of the past.

We do apologize, but we also applaud you, Dave. You’re a trooper.

-TribeVibe Contributor Missy Perez

Cleveland Indians hosted the 13th annual High School Hardball Classic Friday

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The 13th annual Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC) High School Hardball Classic, presented by Novacare Rehabilitation, was played at Progressive Field tonight.

We hosted local high schools at Progressive Field for the annual Hardball Classic Friday — giving high school players the chance to duke it out on a big league field.
Final Results:

Kenston vs Elyria Catholic
• Final: Kenston 1, Elyria Catholic 8

St. Ignatius vs Brecksville/Broadview Heights
• Final: St. Ignatius 4, Brecksville/Broadview Heights 5
• St. Ignatius pitcher Michael Rogers #27 pitched right handed in the 5th inning and pitched left handed in the 7th inning
• Bottom of the 7th bases loaded walk off walk win for Brecksville/Broadview Heights

St. Edward vs. Olmsted Falls
• Final: St. Edward 0, Olmsted Falls 2
• Olmsted Falls broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the 6th scoring 2 runs on a throwing error from the St. Edward’s pitcher

Established in 1989, Cleveland Indians Charities is a self-sustaining charitable organization built on community values. CIC focuses on developing creative and meaningful partnerships with select organizations in the community. Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity to jointly prepare youth for success, improve the quality of youth baseball and softball, and create a sustainable plan for youth baseball and softball. Various CIC programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles.

Through the years, CIC has raised money at a variety of fundraising events and is aided by the generosity of donors including Cleveland Indians players, coaches, fans, Front Office personnel and corporate partners. Since 1989, CIC has donated more than $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Indians mourn passing of longtime Premium Seating employee Matt Karlovic

Matt Karlovic

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Matt Karlovic.  Matt constantly brought a smile to the faces of all at Progressive Field, and has provided service to our fans through his role as an elevator operator in Premium Seating since 1996.  Matt passed away on Tuesday, April 26 after a long illness.  Matt’s father, Frank also works in Premium Seating.

Here is his full obituary as published by Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel:

Matthew David Karlovic passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on April 26, 2016, after a long illness.

Matthew made his home with devoted parents, Patricia and Frank Karlovic Sr.

Matthew was a graduate of Lakeview High School. Matthew was employed for 21 years by the Cleveland Indians Progressive Field in Cleveland and Leada Northeast in Warren.

Among his many awards he received the local, state and international “Yes I Can Award,” sponsored by the Foundation for Exceptional Children. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren and served on many committees.

Matthew’s smile and sense of humor will always be remembered by those who loved him.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his parents; brother Frank Karlovic Jr.; a sister, Krista (Daniel) Whiting; grandmother Annette Karlovic; nieces Katherine, Kloe and Klair; uncles Charlie Karlovic of Vienna, Thomas (Pauli) Karlovic of Mesquite, Nev., and James (Kim) Tutino of Louisville, Ohio; aunts Vincie (Dominic) Greco of Edinburg, Pa. and Jaconda (Dominic) Scola of Struthers; great-uncles William (Freda) Karlovic of Brookfield and John Karlovic of Hubbard; great-aunts Margaret Argiro of Hillsville, and Josephine Commisso of Pittsburgh; a godmother, Ann Casemento of Warren; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles Karlovic and Rocco Tutino; grandmother Katherine Tutino; godfather Joseph Casemento; and a cousin, Donnelle Greco.

Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road, NE in Warren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, with the Rev. Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Burial will be at Howland Township Cemetery.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thank you to the Cleveland Clinic Staff and the staff at Better Living Now for the support they gave him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Matthew D. Karlovic Scholarship Funds to assist persons with special needs.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Karlovic family.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners behind Lindor, Carrasco, Napoli

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Francisco Lindor had three hits and Carlos Carrasco pitched 6.1 strong innings for his second win in a 3-2 Indians victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Mike Napoli had an RBI double, scoring Lindor, in the third, and Rajai Davis and Lindor drew bases-loaded walks off Seattle starter Wade Miley in the fifth. Napoli and Lindor had highlight-reel defensive plays as well.

Carrasco (2-0, 2.79) allowed just a Kyle Seager homer in 6.1 innings, and has allowed just two runs and struck out 13 over his last two starts (14.1 IP).

Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw (bouncing back after two rough outings) and Cody Allen pitched the final 2.2 innings, with the Mariners scratching out a run in the ninth for the final margin.

Developers, designers invited to participate in first Tribe Hackathon

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The Cleveland Indians, Progressive Insurance and Tech Elevator are partnering to bring Cleveland Tribe Hackathon 2016 to the community next month.

Developers, designers and community members are invited to participate in the event, with a stated goal of enhancing the fan experience using a creative mindset and cool technology.

The event will bring together the region’s tech community for a weekend of creative ideas and execution, celebrating our city as a great sports town and innovative tech destination.

The event begins May 6 at Progressive Insurance, and teams will have two weeks to build their concepts. The event will culminate at Progressive Field on May 20-21. Teams must register by April 29.

Participants could win a signed Michael Brantley jersey; Tribe tickets; BP experience from field level; Francisco Lindor signed hat; and more.

Participants can register solo and join a team or as a team; or community members can attend at no charge. For more information, visit or click here.



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