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Cleveland Indians Progressive Field renovations update: February 9

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In preparation for the Indians home opener against the Boston Red Sox coming up on April 4th, renovations are in full swing at Progressive Field. In these photos, you see:

-Continued work on the scoreboard, including the video board panels throughout the ballpark
-Main concourse work in the Left Field and Infield Districts
-New drink rails in the Left Field District, similar to those in the Right Field District near The Corner

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

‘Indians Illustrated’ Pictionary airs on SportsTime Ohio 2/9 at 7PM

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Second baseman Jason Kipnis draws “Elephant in the Room” for his partner Michael Brantley during Indians Illustrated at the Town Hall meeting at Playhouse Square.

Cleveland Indians players Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes put their artistic abilities to the test during the Indians version of Pictionary, appropriately entitled “Indians Illustrated”, on Jan. 29 at our Season Ticket Holder Town Hall.

Good news: You can watch the show tomorrow at 7 on SportsTime Ohio!

The four players competed against each other on teams of two, attempting to draw a variety of pop culture references, baseball terms and phrases, including Tribe mascot Slider.

A live studio audience saw a more personal side of the players, and you can too. Indians broadcaster Matt Underwood played host, while manager Terry Francona was also in attendance, adding to the entertainment and answering questions from fans in the audience.

In addition, during the Town Hall meeting, all four players and Francona chatted with Underwood about the offseason and upcoming season, answering questions about the club’s rotation, prospects and more.

Be sure to set your DVRs tonight, you won’t want to miss this!

Tribe’s Spring Training trucks are officially en route to Arizona

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Just as Punxsutawney Phil predicted just three days ago, spring should be upon us shortly.

And for the Indians, the first sign of spring is Truck Day, the long awaited departure of our supply-filled trucks that have a final destination of Goodyear, Arizona.

That day was today.

This morning, the trucks loaded up with all the necessities, and departed Cleveland about noon. The trucks are expected to roll into Arizona by Tuesday.

Hang on, Tribe Town – there are just 12 days until pitchers and catchers report, and only 59 days until Opening Day!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians players reunite for Tribe Fest weekend, but first: mini-camp

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As Tribe Fest is coming up on Saturday, all of the Indians players are flocking back to Cleveland from their off-season sites in preparation for the big event.

So, with most of them here – Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes decided to get the guys together for a player-orchestrated mini-camp at The Force in Westlake, Ohio.

The guys stretched, ran some drills, played catch and took some BP while they were at it – getting excited for Spring Training since it’s right around the corner!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Baseball Prospectus has Zimmer, Aiken, and Frazier as top Tribe prospects to watch

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Behind every solid baseball team are some “stupid-good” decisions, right?

Well, at least that’s what the folks at Baseball Prospectus are telling us.

Baseball Prospectus released their latest list of who they believe to be the top ten Tribe prospects. The article refers to the state of our system as being based on some “stupid-good drafts” and “one-sided trades” that have “turned this system from a bottom feeder into one of the deepest in the American League”.

Here’s who BP has listed as our “Top Ten”:

  1. OF Bradley Zimmer
  2. LHP Brady Aiken
  3. OF Clint Frazier
  4. LHP Justus Sheffield
  5. 1B Bobby Bradley
  6. RHP Rob Kaminsky
  7. RHP Triston McKenzie
  8. LHP Juan Hillman
  9. C Francisco Mejia
  10. OF Mike Papi

For more specifics on each prospect, notable omissions, and five who they call “just interesting”, click here.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

FanGraphs has Indians projected to end 2016 atop the AL Central

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It’s that time of the year again.

Yes, winter and snow. Yes, the start of a New Year. Yes, the desperate attempt to keep up New Years resolutions that you’re already starting to struggle on even though it’s only coming up on two weeks since the first of the year.

But that’s not what we’re talking about.

The time that we’re referring to is… time for people to start predicting what’s going to happen in the 2016 baseball season, though we all know how way-too-early predictions can sometimes turn out.

However, we’re still pretty excited to hear that FanGraphs has the Indians projected to win the AL Central, ending the season with a projected 85-77 record.

Sure, at this point, projections don’t mean much… But, it’s still always good news to see other people have faith in our Tribe, too.

For more in-depth charts and the whole FanGraphs projection, visit the list here.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco: a vital weapon in the Tribe’s rotation

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The Tribe’s starting rotation has been getting a lot of coverage lately, especially with the new year rolling around and everyone starting to gear up for the 2016 season.

One man who has been no stranger to the attention is Indians right-handed hurler Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco has really emerged in the past year and a half as one of the strongest starting pitchers in baseball, gaining a strong command on the mound, and intimidating batters with his impressive arsenal of different pitches.

FOX Sports and Baseball Prospectus writer Matt Trueblood highlights Carrasco and his dominance by analyzing his crippling pitches in his latest column. From Trueblood’s story:

The first thing that jumps out, in perusing Carrasco’s profile, is the depth of his arsenal. He has five distinct pitches: a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a slider, a changeup and a curveball. Each has a distinct role in his approach to opposing hitters, and notably, he threw each with some substantial frequency in 2015. His curve, the least vital weapon in his repertoire, still made up nearly eight percent of the pitches he threw last season, and batters who fell behind in the count against Carrasco (the poor souls) saw the pitch almost twice that often.

Trueblood dives deeper into Carrasco’s success and emergence by specifying his pitches and the statistics on each one separately in his article.

For more on the dynamic development of Carrasco, you can read Trueblood’s column here.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

Cleveland Indians players Michael Brantley, Cody Allen and Danny Salazar will appear at Tribe Fest presented by KeyBank on Jan. 30

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Fans can purchase opportunity now to guarantee autographs with current roster players, alumni scheduled to attend

2016 event moves to Aloft Cleveland Downtown in Flats East Bank, with restrictions in place at Progressive Field due to ongoing renovations

Cleveland, OH—Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley and pitchers Cody Allen and Danny Salazar are scheduled to appear at Tribe Fest 2016, presented by KeyBank, set for January 30 from 9AM-7PM.

New this year, the event will be held at Aloft Cleveland Downtown. As renovations continue at Progressive Field, space restrictions are in place that made holding Tribe Fest at the ballpark untenable this year. Due to the location change, space and ticket availability at Aloft will be limited. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible.

Brantley, Allen and Salazar join current roster players Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall, Bryan Shaw and others. (Player appearances are subject to change.)

Cleveland Indians alumni Mike Hargrove, Carlos Baerga, Ellis Burks and Jaret Wright will join current roster players.

The best exchange you’ll probably see on Instagram today ft. Cleveland Indians infielder Jason Kipnis’s high school football days

We all know Jason Kipnis is a 12-sport star.

And now we have more proof of his football prowess, via an obscure November story from the Chicago area recounting Libertyville (Ill.)’s 2004 state football championship run.

The article highlights Libertyville defensive back Kevin Burns, who later went on to play for the University of Dayton.

It doesn’t fail to mention the only touchdown Burns allowed on defense that year, what he refers to as a “broken play”. A “broken play” that resulted in a 64-yard touchdown pass caught by none other than Glenbrook North High’s wide receiver…someone you may be familiar with, a young man named Jason Kipnis.

So naturally, Kip caught wind of the article – which led to one of the best reunions and exchanges on Instagram that we’ve seen in a while.

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Kipnis started the conversation by posting a screenshot of the article to his account, vocalizing that he hoped Burns would see his post and comment.

And it didn’t take long for friends of Burns to bring it to his attention…

Friends of Burns commenting

Then, finally, what we’d all been waiting for – the first, very profound communication from Burns himself.

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And, as expected, next came the fun part: the trash talking, which began shortly thereafter.

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Burns fires back

Next came one of our favorite parts of the whole exchange, the assurance from Burns that there’s a tape of said play which should be blessing the Internet very soon.

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We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited to see video proof of the time Burns got burned… at the hands of Jason Kipnis, of course.

If you want to read more about the 2004 Libertyville state champs, CLICK HERE.

–TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

On his first Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, former Cleveland Indians infielder Mark Grudzielanek should be voted in

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Editor’s note: We shamelessly stole this idea — full of tongue-in-cheek humor! — from MLB and Cut4. Sorry.

Former Indians infielder Mark Grudzielanek is in his first year of eligibility for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Hall’s new class will be announced Wednesday evening.

We think Grudzielanek should make it. Here’s why:

  • If voted in, he would surpass Carl Yastrzemski as longest name ever voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Only Red Schoendienst (Veterans Committee inductee) would equal the record of 12 letters. Mark would join Hall of Famers Johnny Mize, Yastrzemski, Tony Lazzeri, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski only players with a “z” in middle of last name, not at the end (like Pedro Martinez, etc.).
  • Grudzielanek is one of 14 players all-time to log at least 30 games at second base at 40 years or older, joining the likes of Omar Vizquel, Rabbit Maranville, Craig Biggio, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Jeff Kent. (Grudz ranks last with 30 games on that list)
  • Finished 27th in NL MVP voting in 2003. Others receiving votes — you may have heard of Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Gary Sheffield, Jim Thome and more!
  • From 1950 on, one of only 25 instances where a player had a 100% stolen base rate at age 40 or older with at least 2 steals. (He was 2-for-2 in 2010)

Sincere tip of the hat goes to MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian, who did some of the heavy lifting here.

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