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PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians prep for ALCS Game 1 at Progressive Field

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The Indians and Blue Jays begin their best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Friday night at Progressive Field, and each team met with media and worked out at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario on Thursday night.

The Tribe won the teams’ season series, 4-3, including two dramatic late-inning wins in August in Cleveland: Tyler Naquin’s inside-the-park walkoff on Aug. 19 and Jose Ramirez’s two-run, eighth-inning homer on Aug. 21. Earlier in the year, the Indians won the first two games of a four-game series at Rogers Centre in Toronto to extend their club-record win streak to 14.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Indians announce $1 million donation to assist underserved CLE youth through new Larry Doby Youth Fund


Francona, entire roster, coaches, support staff and Indians ownership unite to provide assistance and resources to help curb youth violence

CLEVELAND, OH — The 2016 American League Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, on behalf of the entire Indians clubhouse, is extremely proud to announce the creation of The Larry Doby Youth Fund and donation of $1 million to provide assistance to the underserved youth of the City of Cleveland.

“As many are aware, Hall of Fame Cleveland Indian Larry Doby was the first African-American to play in the American League. He endured many unfair hardships and challenges, and handled everything with the professionalism and grace that defined him. It is in Mr. Doby’s spirit we have created The Larry Doby Youth Fund,” Francona said.

“We have enjoyed a special season here in Cleveland because of the incredible group of individuals in our clubhouse. They are committed to the city in which they live and work and have generously donated to The Larry Doby Youth Fund,” Francona said. “We are very fortunate to be a part of Major League Baseball and we accept the social responsibility that comes with that—to use our resources to directly make an impact on the underserved youth of our community, to make our community better.”

Every player on the Cleveland Indians roster, the club’s coaching staff, all members of the Tribe’s support staff, along with extreme caring and commitment of Indians Owner Paul Dolan and Minority Owner John Sherman, have generously donated to this important initiative.

The Larry Doby Youth Fund will be administered by the Cleveland Foundation, and work with youth-focused community organizations to provide educational assistance and resources to help curb youth violence that is all too prevalent. The Cleveland Foundation will announce the grant application process for non-profit organizations in January 2017.

“Larry Doby is an icon in our community, and the Cleveland Indians are true champions for continuing his civic legacy at all levels of the organization,” said Ronn Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation. “By giving back to Cleveland and serving their youngest fans, the Cleveland Indians and their uniformed personnel in this instance demonstrate once again why we are proud to root for the home team.”

Fans wishing to rally together with the Indians clubhouse to support the kids in our community can make a donation by November 2 to the The Larry Doby Youth Fund by visiting: Fans can also text CLEVE to 27722 to donate $5 to The Larry Doby Youth Fund of the Cleveland Foundation by November 2, 2016. When prompted, reply to complete your donation.*

About Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2015 grants of $95 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – education and youth development, neighborhoods, health and human services, arts and culture, economic development and purposeful aging – and responds to the community’s needs. For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, visit

* $5 donation to The Larry Doby Youth Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 27722 to STOP. Text HELP to 27722 for HELP. Full Terms: Privacy Policy:

Cleveland Indians open pivotal series with Detroit Tigers with big win

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The Indians beat the Tigers, 11-4, in the teams’ pivotal series opener on Friday night in front of 29,137 at Progressive Field. With the win, the Indians increased their AL Central lead to seven and lowered their magic number (combination of Tribe wins and Tigers losses) to nine.

Mike Napoli got the scoring started with a bizarre ground-rule double in the first – on which the ball bounced over the 19-foot wall in left field. Carlos Santana added a two-run single in the second, and Napoli added a two-run homer in the fifth.

After the Tigers cut the lead to 6-4 on Justin Upton’s second homer, a three-run shot in the sixth, the Tribe pushed the lead back to 7-4 on Roberto Perez’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half. Jose Ramirez added an RBI single in the seventh, and Perez, Jason Kipnis and Ramirez drove in runs in a three-run eighth.

Corey Kluber, thought by many to be the AL Cy Young front-runner, pitched seven innings, striking out seven. He improved to 17-9, and his ERA stands at 3.12.

–Photos by  Dan Mendlik and Maureen  MacGregor

Party at Napoli’s event at Progressive Field set for September 4, tickets limited


Join the Cleveland Indians for a Party at Napoli’s at Progressive Field’s Corner Bar on Sunday, September 4 from approximately 8-11PM. Players and coaches will be on hand as celebrity bartenders to raise money for Cleveland Clinic Children’s, VeloSano and Cleveland Indians Charities. Players and coaches involved include first baseman Mike Napoli, second baseman Jason Kipnis, manager Terry Francona and more!

Tickets are $75 per person and include the following:

  • Opportunity to interact with Indians uniformed personnel
  • Limited Edition red Party at Napoli’s t-shirt
  • Light Refreshments
  • Access to cash bar and silent auction

Tickets are very limited and can be purchased here. Use password: Napoli

The event will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Indians vs. Marlins game that begins at 4:10PM on September 4.  A game ticket does not include an event ticket. You will need a separate ticket for admittance into the Party at Napoli’s private event.

Guests attending this event are encouraged to enter Progressive Field approximately one hour after the game at the E. 9th Street Patio (located on E. 9th Street across from the cemetery, right around the corner from Right Field Gate).


About Cleveland Clinic Children’s: At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, every child receives world-class care. At our main campus in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as at our community hospitals and Family Health Centers located throughout northern Ohio, children and families receive compassionate care from nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists.

About VeloSano: VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is an annual community initiative that raises money for cancer research through the sport of cycling. Whether you ride, volunteer or donate, every dollar raised by VeloSano participants benefits the cause and in just two short years, nearly $5 million has been generated to advance cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. How far will you go for the cure?

About Cleveland Indians Charities:  Established in 1989, CIC is a self-sustaining charitable organization that concentrates on creative partnerships with select organizations in the community. Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles


Behind the scenes on Indians rookie Tyler Naquin’s major league debut


Tyler Naquin shakes Manager Terry Francona’s hand before heading out to take the field on Opening Day.

While this year’s #TribeOpener was definitely a different Opening Day than many had planned, it was still a very special moment for Tribe Rookie OF Tyler Naquin.

Coming off of a scorching spring, Naquin was informed toward the end of it that he would be making his major league debut with the Indians — as he was officially a part of the Opening Day roster.‘s Zack Meisel writes about the emotional and exciting journey for the Naquin family from the moment Tyler was notified he had been invited to “The Show”, through his first major league at-bat in yesterday’s 6-2 loss to Boston.


From Meisel’s story:

“It’s like you dream of it for so long,” Tyler said,

“and it finally happens and you’re lost in the moment,

and you get out of it and you’re like, ‘That just happened.'”

His family watched from their seats behind the third-base side of home plate.

“It was awesome,” Zac said. “He was one, big smile.”

Even Tyler knew he couldn’t stop beaming.

“The whole time,” he said. “I don’t know. Not many words.

Unless you do it yourself, it’s hard to explain. It’s just surreal.”


Tyler’s first at-bat came as a pinch hitter in the 7th, as he strolled to the plate for the first time to raucous applause, and even a “Let’s Go, Tyler!” chant bellowing throughout Progressive Field.

He struck out on three pitches, but is more than ready to get things started as a young outfielder for the Tribe.

As Zack Meisel quotes him in the final line of his story:

“I was a little anxious,” he said. “But now it’s time to go to work.”

To read Zack’s whole account on Naquin’s #TribeOpener journey, click here.

-TribeVibe Contributor Missy Perez

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians workout prior to Monday’s #TribeOpener at Progressive Field

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The Tribe, back home from Spring Training and two exhibition games in Texas, took part in workouts at a cold Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

And the guys seem to be loose.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Slider’s Spring Training: A look back at the Cleveland Indians mascot’s fun time in AZ


We put Slider to work this year, in some good ways and some … not so good ways.

We called it Slider’s Spring Training, a quartet of videos documenting his work in Goodyear.

First, it was a helping hand to Joba:

Then, he helped Jose Ramirez with a problem he’d been having:

Of course, he got a little too comfortable in the clubhouse after his Body Issue debut:

Finally, he got busted after a little accident with Terry’s scooter. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Corey Kluber makes Cleveland Indians Spring Training debut

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Corey Kluber made his Spring Training debut in Saturday’s game at Goodyear Ballpark against the San Francisco Giants.

Kluber pitched two scoreless innings, with three strikeouts. Giovanny Urshela and Carlos Santana had RBI doubles.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: More live BP, Uribe arrives at Cleveland Indians #TribeSpring camp

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Juan Uribe arrived in Cleveland Indians camp today, as the club made his sign official.

Plus, more pitchers threw live batting practice and much more.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Photo Day, live BP at Cleveland Indians #TribeSpring camp in Goodyear

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Photo Day and the first day of live BP? Yes, it was a busy day around the complex.

Check out Dan’s awesome pictures above!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik