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#12DaysofTribe is back for 2014!

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Last year’s #12DaysofTribe contests were a big success – thanks in large part to the great participation of our loyal social media followers!

Given last year’s success, we’re back this year! We’ll start on Monday, Dec. 8, and here’s a preview of what fun we have in store for you this year!

Monday, Dec. 8: Record your best Tom Hamilton home run call impression.

Tuesday, Dec. 9: Hashtag contest

Wednesday, Dec. 10: Haiku

  • We’ll give you a theme on Wednesday, and if you know us, you know we love haikus … You’ll have to get creative here.
  • Prize: Terry Francona replica jersey
  • Winner:

Thursday, Dec. 11: Vine contest

Friday, Dec. 12: Batting stance impression

Saturday, Dec. 13: Walk-off homer re-creation

Sunday, Dec. 14: Recreate a magical Tribe photo

Monday, Dec. 15: Meme!

Tuesday, Dec. 16: Photo caption contest

  • Prize: Four tickets to a 2015 game at Progressive Field
  • Winner:

Wednesday, Dec. 17: Trivia!

Thursday, Dec. 18: Guess the Corey Kluber faces

  • We’ll give you a jar full of Kluber faces and you have to guess how many are in it.
  • Prize: Kluber autographed ball
  • Winner:

Friday, Dec. 19: Favorite ballpark photos from 2014

  • Post to Instagram your favorite photos from Progressive Field in 2014.
  • Prize: Lofton jersey/ “ClevelandLAND that I Love” shirt
  • Winner:

 

Carlos Santana, Terry Francona to represent Indians in Japan All-Star Series

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have announced the players who have been named to the MLB All-Star Team to be led by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell – and one of his coaches, Tribe manager Terry Francona! — during the upcoming Japan All-Star Series 2014.  The Japan All-Star Series 2014 will feature MLB All-Stars traveling to Japan next week to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team).

Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana, who in 2014 became the first Tribe switch hitter to hit 25 homers and walk 100 times in a season, will join Terry overseas in this unique series. Santana also led the Majors in walks this season.

MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4AM ET.

MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app. The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton. Each game will re-air later the same day at 9PM ET.

For more information regarding MLB Network’s coverage, please visit http://m.mlb.com/network/shows/?id=live_games.

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.”

AUDIO: Chris Antonetti joins Bill Wills to discuss Francona contract extension

ICYMI: Terry Francona signed a contract extension through 2018 this morning, and Tribe GM Chris Antonetti joined Bill Wills on WTAM this morning to discuss the news.

Click the play button above to listen to Antonetti discuss why the man they call “Tito” is so valuable to the Tribe.

BREAKING: Terry Francona agrees to two-year contract extension

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The Cleveland Indians and Manager Terry Francona have agreed to a two-year contract extension, through 2018, with Manager Terry Francona that includes club options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona, 55, has led the Indians to consecutive winning seasons and a Postseason berth in 2013, compiling a mark of 177-147 (.546) over his two-year tenure with the Indians that includes the 2013 AL Manager of the Year Award.

His 177 wins and .546 winning pct. rank fourth- and fifth-best, respectively, in club history among managers through their first two seasons. The New Brighton, Pa., native owns the fourth-most wins (1,206) among active big league managers. Since 2004, Francona’s teams have posted winning records for 10 consecutive seasons.

See below for a video of Francona discussing the extension:

Some highlights:

  • Being with (the club) for two years, we’re a pretty tight-knit group. I’m talking about from the clubhouse kids to the trainers to Paul Dolan, to Mark. We do things together, and we have fun doing it. … During the tough times, that’s probably when I appreciate being here the most.”
  • I grew up 80 miles from here, in a very similar type environment. Midwest, values… Cleveland is kind of almost like our team, and shoot, like myself. You get pushed around, kicked a little bit. Now you’re ready to kick back, fight back. … Being here is something I’m really grateful for.
  • This game … if you don’t enjoy it, it can run you into the ground. Every morning I wake up, I’m excited to come to work.
  • I checked with a couple of the players (during the extension talks). … I believe this is about the players. I wanted them to be comfortable knowing that I was going to be here also, or I wouldn’t have done this.

Photo gallery: Season Ticket Holder party

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One of the biggest perks of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder — aside from the major savings over Single Game ticket prices, Tribe Rewards access, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more — is the midseason STH party at Progressive Field, where players sign autographs and interact with fans in attendance. Here are photos from this year’s party.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Best of 2014 from Tribe photographers

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Our photographers had another strong year in 2014, which we shared with you throughout the season.

We asked them to pass along their favorites from the season, and you can find those in the gallery above.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Francona, Antonetti discuss Tribe after season finale

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Indians Manager Terry Francona and General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with media on Monday, a day after the club’s season finale against Tampa Bay on Sunday. They addressed a number of topics, including offseason goals, positives from 2014 and more.

Skipper first …

MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA

It’s still hard today … We don’t have all the answers.

Couple things I do know: We were faced with w lot of challenges: Some health, some guys not quite doing what we thought they’d do. Through it all, we managed to compete all the way to the end. That wasn’t our goal; our goal was to win. … I was really proud of the effort, of the players, of the front office guys. We always seem to do it together.

This year, it wasn’t enough to get us over the hump and into the playoffs, but it helped give us our best chance.

When it’s all said and done, you never want to leave it on the field, to have regrets. If you do, you’re kicking yourself if you end up a game or two short. That’s opposed to leaving it all out there, and not really having any regrets. It wasn’t good enough for us but we have no regrets.

We’re happy with how some of the young guys did, but we still need to get better. I’m not just talking about going out and getting players … I’m talking about everything, putting players in the best position to win.

On the team’s defense

There were a number of reasons where we weren’t really clean. It was flat out making errors, to maybe not getting to some balls earlier in the season. We spent a majority of the season trying to unshoot our foot. That’s a hard way to play. What we talk about is the more work we can get done at high intensity, the better.

Re: positives of 2014

We are disappointed. The goal is to get to the Postseason and keep playing. But part of what excites me so much fi the effort our guys gave to get us to where we got.

Look at some of the core group we have in place:

  • Yan Gomes is a bona fide All-Star. There’s a lot to like there : his energy, his game-calling ability.
  • Brantley turned into one of the top position players in the league. And his impact goes far beyond the numbers.

On Corey Kluber

I don’t know if he’s going to win the Cy Young or not, but he should. Look at (Seattle’s) Felix (Hernandez) and you look at Kluber — If you took their names off of it and put their resumes side by side, Kluber would win the Cy Young. That’s the best endorsement I can give Klubes. The reason I say that is that I went and did it – didn’t want to be a homer. I actually felt like Kluber deserved it, and I didn’t know whose numbers was who.

There are three reasons why I’m so happy here: One is our players, I love the players. Another is the atmosphere Chris and his guys have fostered here, which I think is remarkable. The third one is, I just like the city.

I grew up around here, spent first six years of my life here. There are challenges ahead of us, but it’ll be more special when we figure it out and put it all together.

GENERAL MANAGER CHRIS ANTONETTI

It’s disappointing to not still be playing. Our goal is to win the World Series and to do that you have to be in the Postseason.

But stepping back from that, I couldn’t be more proud of our players and coaching staff and how they persevered. No matter how difficult the loss the night before, they showed up ready the next day. Tito, our coaches and players deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled things.

After you get past the disappointment of not making it and reflect back, there were a lot of positives this year – especially when you look at the development and progress for a lot of our younger players. We were alive on a really young roster to make a postseason push.

We had developments from Michael Brantley’s emergence as star, to Yan (Gomes), to Lonnie (Chisenhall)… Up and down, see progress they made. You see that and look forward and that’s incredibly exciting to us. We’ve never gone into an offseason in a better position of strength.

Our younger guys gained incredible experience. We asked a lot of them – to make the transition to the big leagues and the environment, and then make a postseason push. In exit meetings, a lot of guys referenced that experience. We’ll benefit from that.

This year obviously was not the script we drew up. We had some injuries, some inconsistencies from our veterans, and we placed a big burden on some of our younger guys.

There are a number of ways we improve this offseason:

  • The young guys who contributed this year can continue to progress
  • Our veteran guys return to health and perform the way they’re capable
  • And we’ll look externally and find ways we can improve

Re: Swisher’s surgeries

It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year. Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to Spring Training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing.

On the positives from 2014:

In the rotation, look at the emergence of young, extraordinary pitching staff. We set the MLB record for strikeouts, which is an incredible accomplishment given youth. They’ll all be here for the foreseeable future. Look at the progress they made and where they go forward, it’s exciting.

Michael Brantley has emerged into what we believe is a star player in the league. Yan Gomes established himself as one of the best catchers in the AL if not baseball. Lonnie (Chisenhall put together a very good season especially for a young player. There were a lot of individual performances in all aspects of the club that are promising.

Our defense is an area we need to better in. It was better in the second half than the first half, but we have to be better there.

 

Photo gallery: Season finale victory over the Rays

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The Indians completed their 2014 season on Sunday, wit ha 7-2 victory spurred by the team’s young players — and some familiar faces, as well. Afterward, players thanked fans by handing out autographed gear … thanks, fans, for a great 2014 season!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Photo gallery: Indians, Lift Up America, Tyson Foods team up on food drive

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On Friday, the Cleveland Indians again partnered with Lift Up America, Tyson Foods Inc., Insurance Partners and the Cleveland Foodbank to distribute thousands of pounds of protein in a food drive on Gateway Plaza.

Executives from each party were on hand to help distribute food to the Cleveland Foodbank, which then provides the food to various Cleveland-area agencies. Indians radio personality Jim Rosenhaus emceed the event.

Indians mascot Slider also made an appearance at the event; over 70 volunteers, including employees from Insurance Partners, the Indians, Cleveland Foodbank and Lift Up America distributed the food.

Lift Up America is a nonprofit organization that partners with corporations, sports and entertainment industries and other nonprofits to provide aid to the less fortunate. Visit www.liftupamerica.org.

Over the past decade, Tyson has donated more than 88 million pounds of food, or roughly 352 million meals.

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