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You may have heard that the Indians clinched a Postseason berth on Sunday with their 10th consecutive victory and seventh four-game sweep of the season — the first time the latter has been done since 1943.
Here’s photographic evidence of the feat. Enjoy. Go Tribe!
Think these guys are excited about the Postseason push? Sure looks like it to us…
–Photos by Kyle Emery
Obscure fact of the day: The Voice of the Indians was actually hired by the other Voice of the Indians.
Yes, Bob Tayek, the man behind the public address microphone at Progressive Field, was the man who hired Tom Hamilton way back in 1989 to join Herb Score in the Indians broadcast booth. Hamilton, of course, now is one of the most recognizable radio men in pro sports.
Little did Tayek know at that time that, 10 years later, he’d join Hamilton as one of the voices most recognized by Tribe fans.
Tayek is in his 15th season as the Tribe’s PA man, prepped by a long career in broadcast news. He was a broadcast major at Ohio University way back when, and cut his teeth doing high school football and OU Bobcat basketball land football.
After OU, he landed at WEOL in Elyria, then entered grad school at Akron and worked at a couple radio stations in Akron. He then moved to Cleveland, with AM-850 (then WJW), then 3WE, now Indians flagship WTAM, then did morning drive on AM-1300 WERE.
He moved to TV news in a managerial capacity, followed by another stint at 3WE as the program director. It was then that he and the operations director had to choose a replacement for then-play-by-play man Paul Olden – who now, coincidentally, is the public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, replacing late legend Bob Shepherd.
“Tom got his tape in late, because his wife had just had their son, Nick (now in the Indians farm system),” Tayek says. “But he was great. I had to have a meeting with Herb, who I feared would look at this young broadcaster (Hamilton was in his early 30s) and push back.
“He could not have been more gracious.”
Later, in 1999, Tayek was the managing editor at WKYC when the Indians were looking for a PA man, and he got what he calls a dream job.
“My dad grew up here, and never missed an inning, and I followed those footsteps,” Tayek said.
Now, Tayek spends his days as the director of communications for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and his evenings at Progressive Field in a job that’s harder than many think. Tayek says he arrives at the park at 4:30 for any 7PM game, and 75% of his job is preparation: studying rosters, any transactions or changes, checking with umpires on signals and more.
But there’s more to the game than the action on the field, though that is Priority No. 1. There are reads for corporate partners, Play Ball Kids, national anthem singers and more.
“I want to get names right,” Tayek said. “In many cases, this is their one moment and I want to help make it special.”
While he acknowledges he’ll never be perfect, the reason you probably don’t know Tayek’s name is that he’s good at his job. He likes a quote from former Indians third-base coach Jim Riggleman, in which Riggleman said the only time the PA guy or the third-base coach get headlines is when they mess up. (Current Tribe third-base coach Brad Mills has been similarly anonymous this season until Indians beat writers approached him last week.)
Tayek says he has two favorite memories: The 2007 Bug Game, which requires no explanation, and Asdrubal Cabrera’s unassisted triple play on May 12, 2008 – the Tribe’s first since 1909. He also calls Robbie Alomar the best player he’s seen in an Indians uniform.
Tayek allows himself one vice: he keeps all scoresheets. Now that’s a collection that we’d like to see.
“Herb used to say, ‘You never know what you’re going to see at the ballpark,’ and I love coming every day and seeing those things,” Tayek said.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Cleveland Indians announced today that Carlos Baerga, one of the best second basemen in Cleveland Indians history and a member of the 1995 World Series team, will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame on June 22.
Baerga always has been a fan favorite and is warmly remembered throughout the organization as being an uplifting, positive force in the clubhouse.
“As difficult as it is to identify one player who made the most significant impact on the renaissance of Indians Baseball in the 1990s, I would have to have Carlos Baerga at the heart of the discussion,” said Indians Vice President of Public Relations Bob DiBiasio. “It took Carlos’ passion and enthusiasm to awaken a baseball franchise and its fan base from a 40-year slumber. His energy was infectious. Constantly moving, constantly dancing and talking whether in the clubhouse, during BP or during a game, Carlos provided an enthusiasm that helped create perhaps the best run of Indians baseball in club history.”
Tom Hamilton, voice of the Indians, agrees. “The guy unified the clubhouse. His personality was so magnetic; he made sure everyone was ready to play. Baerga didn’t have a problem getting guys fired up. He was never one of those guys that said, ‘that’s not my job.’ He did things others hadn’t done before.”
His impact on the field was just as — if not more — incredible. A switch hitter, Baerga was the first (of only three players) to have ever hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. He had back-to-back seasons with 200 or more hits; Kenny Lofton, in 1996, is the only Indians player to accomplish the feat since Baerga.
“In 1993, he had cellulitis after fouling a ball off his leg with 199 hits. He spent five days in the hospital and on the sixth day came out and got his 200th hit,” said Indians Director of Media Relations Bart Swain. “That 200 was a magical number for him. Most guys would have shut it down, but Carlos gutted it out and got his 200th hit legging out a swinging bunt down the third base line in the last game at the old stadium.”
“Whether leading the team in hits or hustling from first to third, Carlos was in constant motion,” DiBiasio said. “Most remember Carlos’ highlights on the field — hitting homers from both sides of the plate in one inning to set a Major League record or producing seasons for a second baseman that rivaled baseball legend Rogers Hornsby — but my memories of Carlos focus on what an incredible teammate he was. Always smiling, always keeping the clubhouse a fun place to be. And when our franchise suffered the tragic deaths of Steve Olin and Tim Crews, it was Carlos who represented his teammates at a press conference the morning following the accident. Few have worn the Cleveland Indians uniform with more pride than Carlos.”
Baerga currently works as an Alumni Ambassador for the club and is assisting new manager Terry Francona’s staff at Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Most recently, he was named Manager of the Year in la Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Walker in Puerto Rico.
Out in Goodyear, it seems Baerga’s passion has been revived. “Having (new outfielder Nick) Swisher here reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm that Carlos brought day in and day out,” Swain said.
“He has never changed,” Hamilton added. “That’s why you knew it was genuine.”
Baerga will be honored in a ceremony before the Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins and later will be recognized in Heritage Park, behind the center field wall at Progressive Field. Sincerest congratulations to Carlos Baerga on being the 39th member inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame.
–TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
“HOW ABOUT THAT!” Tribe fans – the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced this week that Tom Hamilton, “The Voice of the Indians,” is one of 41 broadcasters to advance to the second round of voting for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award thanks to your balloting efforts on the Hall’s Facebook page. Hammy still needs your help to get into the final round though, as the top 3 vote-getters will be placed on a ballot with 7 other finalists chosen by a Cooperstown-sanctioned committee. The 2013 Frick Award honoree will then be selected by a 21-member electorate and announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee in early December. Presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Ford C. Frick Award is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.
Go to http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall and #VoteHammy ! Voting runs through Friday, Oct. 5 at 5PM ET.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (33-31, 2nd, -1.5) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (33-31)
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (4-5, 4.71) vs. RHP Brad Lincoln (3-2, 3.15)
First Pitch: 1:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
22 IN THE REARVIEW: MICHAEL BRANTLEY saw his career-high 22-game hit streak come to an end yesterday…he hit .337 (29-86) during that stretch, collecting 23 singles, 4 doubles, one triple and one home run to go with 16 RBI and 12 runs scored…registered very similar clips vs. both RHP’s (.339, 20-59) and LHP’s (.333, 9-27)…Brantley’s streak was (1) the longest hit streak in the majors at any point this season, (2) the longest hit streak in the majors since Dan Uggla hit safely in 33 straight games, July 5-Aug. 13, 2011 and (3) the longest hit streak by an Indians batter since Casey Blake hit safely in 26 straight games, May 20-June 17, 2007.
AROUND THE BLOCK: Cleveland is an even 16-16 all-time against Pitts-burgh since the inception of Interleague Play, but has won 10 of the 14 games played here at Progressive Field…CONSECUTIVE SB ATTEMPT STREAKS: Kipnis (14 straight), Choo (9 straight)…former Indians left-hander JASON STANFORD will join JIM ROSENHAUS in the radio booth for today’s game in the absence of TOM HAMILTON, who is with his family in Omaha, Nebraska to watch his son Nick and the rest of the Kent State University baseball team compete in the NCAA College World Series…with the signing of RHP KIERAN LOVEGROVE (3rd rd., Mission Viejo (CA) HS), Cleveland now has 15 of the club’s 40 picks under contract from the 2012 June draft, including 6 of the top 10.
WINS AND LOSSES: Cleveland fell to Pittsburgh 9-2 yesterday to even the weekend series at one game apiece…the Indians have posted back-to-back wins just once (June 5-6) over their last 20 games beginning May 25…the Tribe is 1-1 to begin a 6-game homestand against Pittsburgh (1-1) and Cincinnati (3 games)…club is coming off a 4-5 road trip through Detroit (2-1), St. Louis (2-1) and Cincinnati (0-3) that saw Cleveland drop 4 of the final 5 games after winning 3 of the first 4…the Tribe has an even .500 record at home (17-17), winning 6 of 11 and 15 of the last 26 games at Progressive Field after starting the year 2-6 in Cleveland; club also has a 16-14 record on the road…Cleveland is 2 games over the .500 mark (33-31) overall in 2012, 6 games shy of a season high-water mark (8G, 26-18, May 24)…Cleveland has been at or above the .500 mark for 62 consecutive days…despite dropping 4 of 5 and 11 of last 20, the Indians have still won 15 of 30, 25 of 49, 28 of 54 and 32 of their last 59 games.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (33-30, 2nd, -0.5) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (32-31)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.91) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (6-2, 3.61)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
TOSSIN’ ZEROS: JUSTIN MASTERSON worked 7.0 frames in last night’s shutout of the Buccos and has thrown a team season-high 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings, the 2nd-longest such streak of his career (15.0 IP, July 1-14, 2011) and longest by an Indians pitcher since VINNIE PESTANO had a 14.1-inning streak from Aug. 4-Sept. 7, 2011.
22 FOOTSTEPS: MICHAEL BRANTLEY has hit safely in a career-high 22 straight games, which is (1) the longest hit streak in the majors at any point this season, (2) the longest hit streak in the majors since Dan Uggla hit safely in 33 straight games, July 5-Aug. 13, 2011 and (3) the longest hit streak by an Indians batter since Casey Blake hit safely in 26 straight games, May 20-June 17, 2007.
SWASHBUCKLIN’: With last night’s victory, Cleveland holds a slim 16-15 advantage all-time against Pittsburgh since the inception of Interleague Play, but has won 10 of the 13 games played here at Progressive Field… the Indians have beaten the Pirates in 5 straight games here in Cleveland, allowing 2 runs-or-less in each of those 5 contests.
AROUND THE BLOCK: CARLOS SANTANA has caught 7 of the last 17 and 12 of 34 (35%) would-be base-stealers overall in 2012, as the Indians backstop owns the best qualifying CS% in the A.L. this season and trails only Arizona’s Miguel Montero (40.6%, 13-of-32) for the major league lead…JOHNNY DAMON has 999 career walks, as he is set to become the 114th player in baseball history to reach 1,000 free passes for a career… CONSECUTIVE SB ATTEMPT STREAKS: Kipnis (13 straight), Choo (9 straight)…former Indians manager MIKE HARGROVE will join JIM ROSENHAUS in the radio booth for today’s game in the absence of TOM HAMILTON, who is with his family in Omaha, Nebraska to watch his son Nick and the rest of the Kent State University baseball team compete in the NCAA College World Series…with the signings of OF TYLER BOOTH (13th rd., Central Ariz. College) and RHP JAMES STOKES (22nd rd., Elon Univ.), Cleveland now has 14 of the club’s 40 picks under contract from the 2012 June draft, including 5 of the top 10.