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Guide to ALL NEW Mobile Entry in 2014

The Indians are introducing Mobile Entry as a brand new method for Season Ticket Holders and individual ticket-buyers to manager their tickets, and enter the ballpark on game days.

Mobile Entry will allow fans to access tickets on their smartphones, and scan a QR code directly from their device’s screen when entering the ballpark. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to use the new technology this season:

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IF YOU SELECT “TRANSFER TICKETS TO A FRIEND“, SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS:

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Guide to FanPass for Season Ticket Holders and Groups

FanPass returns as a method of paperless ticketing for the 2014 season. By selecting the FanPass method of delivery for your Indians Season Tickets or Group tickets, all of your Indians tickets are available to manage and distribute through your My Indians Account, and you can gain entry to Progressive Field by assigning tickets to different credit cards.

See below for step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the FanPass process:

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– TribeVibe contributors Nate Thompson and Max Lom

Week in Pictures: 2013 Winter Meetings

Baseball’s 2013 Winter Meetings were held at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida throughout the week. TribeVibe was there to capture a few snapshots of the scenery:

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Yan Gomes Earns Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Honors

In an announcement made tonight on MLB Network, C Yan Gomes received a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award after being selected as the Indians’ top defensive player for the 2013 season. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia and Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra were later chosen as the overall American League and National League recipients, respectively. Founded in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are “determined by using a formula that balances scouting information, sabermetric analysis and basic fielding statistics.”

Gomes, 26, appeared in 85 games behind the plate for Cleveland last season (79 starts), batting .294 (86-293) with 18 doubles, 11 homers and 38 RBI. The Brazilian native threw out an impressive 38.3% (18-47) of runners attempting to steal, which would have been the highest such percentage in the A.L. had he caught enough games to qualify. Indians pitchers recorded a 3.56 ERA (710.0 IP, 670 H, 281 ER) with Yan catching, while Cleveland went 49-30 (.620) in his 79 starts.

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- TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp

Quotes from Indians GM Chris Antonetti re: today’s transactions

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti spoke with reporters today during a conference call and media availability at Progressive Field. Here are some of his quotes from those sessions:

Thoughts related to Jason Giambi’s return to the organization in 2014:
“I don’t think there’s any better way to start our off-season than by re-signing Jason. I think he made such a huge impact on our team [in 2013] and he embodies everything we’re looking for in our players – his professionalism, the way he works and prepares for a game, the teammate that he is, the energy he brings to a team and the clubhouse made an immense impact on our team this year and we’re thrilled to continue to have him as part of the organization.”

“We started those discussions right away. As soon as the season was over, that was one of the first calls we made. We worked through things with his agent and ultimately Jason said this is where he wanted to be, and we obviously wanted him here. We are happy it worked out.”

On bringing Giambi back on a minor league contract for a second consecutive season:
“[We're bringing him back] in a very similar context to last year, although at this point we have a first-hand appreciation of all the other things Jason brings to a team and an organization beyond just his [physical] ability [...] we had heard that from other people about how he could impact a team in those ways, but last year we lived it first-hand and now go into Spring Training with a clear understanding of the value he adds beyond what he produces on the field.”

Comments regarding the trade to acquire LHP Colt Hynes from San Diego:
“Colt’s a guy with a good fastball/slider mix that we’ll bring into Major League Spring Training and give him an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Major League team.”

“He’s been extraordinarily effective against left-handed hitters [...] this past season, he lowered his arm-slot a little bit and was dominant against left-handed hitters at Triple-A and was very effective against them at the Major League level…[a lefty specialist role is] certainly a strength of his, one we feel he’ll excel at, but we wouldn’t limit his role to just left-on-left because we feel in time he has the ability to not only get left-handed hitters out, but right-handers as well.”

On how the organization came to the decision to give Chris Perez his unconditional release:
“We considered a variety of factors as we got to that point (unconditional release of Perez) and felt that this provided us with roster flexibility in advance of Dec. 2 (MLB tender deadline) and allows Chris the opportunity to find his next team [...] obviously (Chris) is arbitration-eligible again this year and he’s due for another raise through that process and we have to make some determinations of where our team needs are and how we’re going to allocate our resources moving forward.”

“We worked through our offseason planning process and our meetings and we made the determination that Chris would not be a fit on our roster for next year so once we got clarity on that, we felt that it made sense to move forward with the transaction now rather than waiting until Dec. 2.”

Regarding other options for the closer’s role in 2014:
“We feel that we have some guys internally that are capable of doing that, but I do anticipate that we will look externally to add to the group that we have [...] We go into the offseason with some quality alternatives, but I expect it will be an area that we seek to address as we work through the winter. We will try to bring in guys – whether it’s an experienced closer or other guys that have experience pitching in leverage innings out of the bullpen – that will complement the group we have.”

“Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are two returning guys who have had the most experience pitching in those high-leverage situations; we’re still confident that Vinnie Pestano will bounce back and be a contributor on our team. We’ll also take the off-season to look at opportunities to fortify our ‘pen [...] we re-signed Matt [Capps] a couple weeks ago and he’s healthy at this point so he’ll come into Spring Training ready to go and compete for a spot on the team [...] the roles in the bullpen evolve over the course of the season and how those roles take shape is something that we’ll get a better sense of once we have full knowledge of the group heading into camp and how those guys pitch once they get the opportunities.”

Indians OF Tyler Naquin Named AFL Player of Week

The Arizona Fall League announced that Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Naquin, 22, has been named as the circuit’s Player of the Week for Oct. 21-27 after going 8-for-20 (.400) with one double, 7 RBI, 2 runs and 2 steals over 5 games for the Surprise Saguaros (cactus species found throughout Arizona). That stretch extended Naquin’s season-opening hit streak to 13 consecutive games, as the outfielder has hit safely in 14 of 15 overall while batting .333 (21-63), with 2 doubles, 11 RBI and 9 runs over the first 3 weeks of AFL play. His 21 base hits lead the league, while he ranks 3rd in RBI. The left-handed batter is also carrying a .421 avg. (8-19) against southpaws.

Drafted 15th overall by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M, Naquin ended the 2013 campaign at Double-A Akron. He will represent the Saguaros (and Indians) in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium (7:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network).

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Welcome to Goodyear: @ClevelandChick arrives at Spring Training

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Leaving behind freezing Cleveland for sunshine and 80 degrees in Arizona was one of the easiest things I have done in a long time. I’m looking forward to a week of hanging out with my best friend, quality time with my dad and some serious Tribe autograph snagging.

This of course, requires a little bit of planning. I landed in Phoenix, grabbed my rental car and drove straight to Scottsdale for the Tribe vs. Giants game. One of the keys to having a great Spring Training experience is simple: Say hello. I met all sorts of Giants fans — some were from Lakewood! — that stepped aside so I could grab some photos and talked baseball. We traded tips about each park (Goodyear and Salt River Fields are amazing), joked about who is going to take the pennant this year (totally the Tribe) and how beautiful the weather was. It was a great afternoon, all because I smiled and said hello to fellow fans. My mom would be proud. Fans at Spring Training are here not only because they love their team, but because they also love the game.

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While the games are great, batting practice is downright fun. Each team takes practice on their respective practice fields four hours or so before each game. At Goodyear, the Tribe fields are down the street from the ballpark, and the best way to start the morning. The team works out on several fields, on a variety of drills, open for fans to watch for free. This is an awesome time to take pictures, get an autograph or even snag a ball. Keep an eye out, because it is easy to get a ball tossed to you. Or conk you on the head, so pay attention. At the Goodyear Fields, there are also bleachers and picnic tables to sit on, but restrooms are not around, so go easy on the big gulps.

Most of the players will sign autographs at some point during batting practice, maybe a few at a time as they cross the fields. Some guys will sign more after practice, so have your Sharpie ready. Be aware though, that these guys are working and can’t always sign. Be patient. The players usually go straight to a game after practice and can’t be late to work to sign autographs.

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Let’s talk autographs for a second. Think ahead of time what you want to have autographed. Last year I bought a plaque from the Team Shop and had the players sign it for me and I love it. But you can get just about anything signed. A ball you caught from a game. A baseball card, a bat or as I saw last year, a fuzzy pink whale. If you want a player to sign a ball, use a blue ball point pen (not a fancy gel pen). A permanent marker will actually fade with time on a baseball, and according to all the autograph aficionados, a blue ball point pen is the way to go. A permanent marker, however, is great for bats, cards and fuzzy pink whales.

I’m looking forward to sharing a great week Tribe fans; sunshine, palm trees and Indians baseball!

–TribeVibe Fan Correspondent Traci (@ClevelandChick)

Cleveland native Traci Christler, who blogs independently at http://www.HappinessIsaHotPierogi.com, is in Goodyear this spring and writing about the Indians for TribeVibe. The Indians are not compensating her for her coverage, nor did they fund her travel.

Tribe drops prices on dogs and suds; fans go wild

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The Cleveland Indians announced they are rolling back the price of concessions at Progressive Field early this morning and the interwebs have been abuzz ever since. The $4 beers, $3 hot dogs, $2 soda refills and 15 $1 dog nights (presented by Sugardale!) have shown fans a concerted effort by the club, both on and off the field, to keep fans happy at the ballpark. “We’ve asked our fans what they want most in their ballpark experience at Progressive Field, and more affordable concessions prices routinely top the list,” said Indians president Mark Shapiro. “This is a way for us to let fans know we’re listening to them and that we value them.”

TribeVibe is listening too! Here’s a snippet of the response to these changes:

If you’d like to partake in the excitement, single-game tickets are still available via Indians.com, by calling 216-420-HITS (4487) or by visiting any Indians Team Shop. If you’re on the hunt for the Sugardale Dollar Dog nights, the Indians’ promotion schedule can be viewed  here.

We’ll see you at the ballpark!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Michael Bourn introduced as newest Indians player

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Michael Bourn (and his son) introduced as newest members of the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians introduced Outfielder Michael Bourn as the newest member of the team today in an afternoon press conference at the club’s Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The Bourn signing was made official Friday, as he signed a 4-year contract, with a club option for the 2017 season.

Bourn, Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti, and Bourn’s agent Scott Boras were on hand at the press conference and explained how the signing came together, and their plans for 2013 and beyond.

New Indians Outfielder Michael Bourn:

On signing for the Indians…

“I want to thank the Dolan family for giving me the opportunity to play in Cleveland, and be a part of their organization, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity. It was a long off-season for me, but it was fun, and it was an experience. It taught me patience – it taught me a lot – but it was interesting. I landed in the spot I think that I wanted, and that was my main focus – somebody that wants me, somebody that’s committed to me, and I’m committed to them. And I’m ready to rock and roll here for them.

On where he was expecting to sign…

“Every team was on my radar when the process began, so yes [the Indians] were on my radar. I knew they were trying to compete, and any team that’s trying to compete, I’m with them. Like you said, I’m a competitor. That’s what my father taught me since I was little, so any team that’s trying to win, I want to be a part of.

“I had a good supporting cast with my mom, my dad, my girlfriend, my little boy; he always keeps a smile on my face. It was just something I had to go through, a process I had to just let unfold. I feel like I landed in a place that wants me, a place I want to be, a place with a lot of talent that has a chance to do some good things.”

On playing in an outfield with Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs:

“Yes of course, you always want to be next to people that can play it out, I come from that with Martin [Prado] and [Jason] Heyward. I think with this one I have even more speed out there, both of those players can run, they run just like I run, so it will be exciting to watch.”

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Top Prospect Francisco Lindor added to large cast of players attending Tribe Fest

Photo by Jesse Piecuch - MiLB.com

Photo by Jesse Piecuch – MiLB.com

The Indians confirmed today that one of the organization’s top prospects, Francisco Lindor, will be one of many players on hand at Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, on January 19 and 20.

The 19 year-old shortstop prospect was named the Indians’ top prospect in 2012, and the no. 13 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com. After being selected in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2011 MLB Amateur draft, Lindor made his professional debut last season as an 18 year-old.

The switch-hitter showed both pop at the plate and speed on the base-paths with the Single-A Lake County Captains in 2012. In 122 games he posted a .352 OBP with 24 doubles, 6 HR and 27 stolen bases.

MLB.com prospect expert Jonathan Mayo offered this assessment of Lindor:

 
“Lindor has a very advanced approach at the plate as a switch-hitter, and should hit for average and power from both sides. He gets on base and is a heady runner. There’s no question about his defensive ability, with a plus arm and range. While Lindor is a teenager who spent the year at Class A Lake County, don’t be shocked if he’s able to move faster than most prepsters.”
 

In addition to Lindor, a large cast of current and former Indians will attend Tribe Fest, and fans will have an opportunity to interact with them on both Saturday and Sunday. A full list of Indians attendees is below:

Terry Francona, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Vinnie Pestano, Lonnie Chisenhall, Drew Stubbs, Carlos Carrasco, Zach McAllister, Francisco Lindor, Nick Hagadone, Corey Kluber, Cody Allen, Tom Hamilton, Jim Rosenhaus, John Adams, Katie Witham, The Cleveland Blues and Slider.

Tickets are still available for both days of Tribe Fest, and fans can get more information at Indians.com/TribeFest

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