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Couple gets married in suite during Tribe doubleheader

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One happy couple had a unique wedding at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon, as they officially tied the knot in a suite at the ballpark. Kara O’Donnell and Kenneth Mitchell Shaw married during game 2 of the Indians-Padres doubleheader, while game action was taking place behind them. (Yan Gomes scored a game-tying run for the Tribe as the presiding judge read the couple’s vows.)

The wedding came complete with a customized cake and hats embroidered “Mr.” and “Mrs.” for the groom and bride, provided by the Indians. Kenneth and Kara were joined by family and several close friends in the suite, and the ceremony took place on the balcony of Suite 259.

The couple has a full destination wedding planned for later this year.

(Editor’s Note: We’re always looking for great stories such as this one to feature in this space. If you have such a story, tip us off by emailing jhammond@indians.com. Thanks!)

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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MLB Transactions 101: ‘Tender’ is the Night

For baseball fans who follow the off-season Hot Stove, “non-tender” is one phrase being heard repeatedly today, as Monday at Midnight ET marked the deadline for all MLB Clubs to offer a contract to each player on their respective Major League Reserve Lists.

What does tender mean?
When an organization tenders a contract to a player, that front office is essentially conveying its intent to offer a Major League contract for the upcoming season – the actual terms of the contract have not yet been finalized, although these often wind up being one-year deals because of the classification of players typically involved (those who have yet to reach 6 years of MLB Service Time and therefore Free Agency).

Which players does this deadline apply to?
All players on each team’s Major League Reserve List (40-man roster), although players who have already signed contracts are already covered – the list that gets submitted to Major League Baseball includes 3 classifications of players that must cover everyone on the 40-man roster: 1) Tendered, 2) Non-tendered and 3) Signed. For instance, Nick Swisher’s current 4-year contract (through 2016 with vesting option for 2017) overrides the need for the Indians to tender him a contract offer.

What happens after this list is submitted to MLB?
Players who are tendered 2014 contracts then negotiate the length and financial terms of the agreement with their teams; this often results in a one-year contract, particularly for players not yet eligible for the salary arbitration process, although the two sides certainly have the option of discussing a multi-year deal. For those players with 3-or-more, but less than 6 years of MLB Service Time (and also those who fall under the “Super Two” classification), receiving a contract tender makes them eligible for salary arbitration if no agreement can be reached beforehand. All non-tendered players immediately become free agents and are able to sign with any team, although factors like Service Time remain intact.

Why do teams decide to non-tender certain players?
With only 40 available spots on each team’s Major League Reserve List, ultimately this decision comes down to how well each player fits the organization at that time and place – positional depth, injuries and payroll flexibility are just a few of the realities that must be factored in.

Here is a complete list of the 43 players who were non-tendered by their 2013 Clubs on Monday (former Club in parenthesis):

PITCHERS (20)
RHP Scott Atchison (NYM)
RHP Dylan Axelrod (CWS)
RHP John Axford (StL)
RHP Andrew Bailey (BOS)
RHP Daniel Bard (ChC)
RHP Ronald Belisario (LAD)
RHP Mitchell Boggs (COL)
RHP Tyler Cloyd (CLE)
RHP Eddie Gamboa (BAL)
RHP Juan Gutierrez (LAA)
RHP Tommy Hanson (LAA)
RHP Jeremy Hefner (NYM)
RHP Daniel Hudson (ARI)
RHP Chang-Young Lim (ChC)
RHP Cristhian Martinez (ATL)
RHP Kyle McPherson (PIT)
RHP Sandy Rosario (SF)
RHP Ryan Webb (MIA)
RHP Jerome Williams (LAA)
LHP Wesley Wright (TB)

CATCHERS (4)
J.P. Arencibia (TOR)
Matt Daley (NYY)
Lou Marson (CLE)
Michael McKenry (PIT)

INFIELDERS (10)
David Adams (NYY)
Mat Gamel (ChC)
Chris Getz (KC)
Paul Janish (ATL)
Elliot Johnson (ATL)
Garret Jones (PIT)
Chris Nelson (LAA)
Jayson Nix (NYY)
Omar Quintanilla (NYM)
Justin Turner (NYM)

OUTFIELDERS (9)
Matt Carson (CLE)
Chris Coghlan (MIA)
Sam Fuld (TB)
Ryan Kalish (BOS)
Xavier Paul (CIN)
Francisco Peguero (SF)
Jason Pridie (BAL)
Derrick Robinson (CIN)
Jordany Valdespin (NYM)

–TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp

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

MLB Transactions 101: The Qualifying Offer

By now you’ve likely heard that the Indians extended a one-year “Qualifying Offer” to Ubaldo Jimenez earlier this afternoon and you’ve seen similar news regarding other pending free agents around MLB throughout the day, as all teams had a 5:00PM ET deadline today to formally make these types of offers. There are many high-profile players who were eligible to receive a Qualifying Offer, including All-Stars like Robinson Cano (Yankees), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) and Brian McCann (Braves), so while we can’t do much to clear up who will end up where at this early stage of the off-season, TribeVibe can serve as a resource to explain the process of making a Qualifying Offer with a little help from Major League Baseball’s Collective 2012-16 Bargaining Agreement.

First things first – the “Quiet Period”: Baseball implements a “Quiet Period” that began at 9:00AM ET the morning after the final game of the World Series and lasts until 11:59PM ET five days later (in other words, tonight). During this five-day span, Club representatives have the ability to negotiate new contracts with their own pending free agents, but have restrictions placed upon the dialogue that may be had with pending free agents from other organizations. In the latter case, parties may discuss the advantages of a potential relationship, the Free Agent’s envisioned role with the new team and even the length of a desired contract, but may not negotiate financial terms or enter into a formal agreement. The final day of this “Quiet Period” also serves to establish the deadline at which teams must make a Qualifying Offer (5PM today).

What makes a Qualified Free Agent?: In order to be eligible to receive a Qualifying Offer, a player must 1) be a pending free agent with 6 or more years of Major League service who was 2) with the same Club (without interruption, either at the Major or Minor League level) since Opening Day of the just-completed season. A pending free agent who was acquired via trade during the previous campaign is not eligible, for instance (Matt Garza with Texas would be an example this season).

Why $14.1M?: A Qualifying Offer equates to a one-year Uniform Player’s Contract with a guaranteed salary that is equal to the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players each season – this time around, that amounts to $14.1. Qualifying Offers of $13.3M were made to nine players last off-season – all nine players declined in favor of hitting the free agent market, although David Ortiz ultimately agreed on a new contract with the Red Sox to stay in Boston. Michael Bourn (Braves), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), Adam LaRoche (Nationals), Kyle Lohse (Cardinals), Rafael Soriano (Yankees), Nick Swisher (Yankees) and B.J. Upton (Rays), on the other hand, all found new teams, while Bourn and Swisher ultimately landed in Cleveland. This season, players who have received Qualifying Offers have until 5PM ET on Nov. 11 (12th day after World Series) to accept or decline them.

Draft Pick Compensation: A Club making a Qualified Offer is subject to draft pick compensation if the pending Free Agent declines the contract and subsequently signs a Major League contract with another team prior to next year’s June [Rule 4] draft – Minor League contracts do not trigger draft pick compensation unless it is later determined that there was intent to circumvent this rule. Immediately following the last regular selection of the First Round, all Clubs that have lost one or more Qualified Free Agents will receive a compensatory selection in reverse-order of their won-loss records; winning percentages in previous seasons decide any tie-breakers in this regard.

A team that signs a Qualified Free Agent does so with the understanding that it will forfeit its highest available selection in the amateur draft, provided that it is not a Top 10 pick in the First Round – in that case, a team’s next-highest selection will be given up. Organizations that sign multiple Qualified Free Agents wind up forfeiting an equal number of draft picks. Cleveland was in this situation after signing Bourn and Swisher last spring, but with the organization’s First Round pick protected (5th overall), our front office ultimately decided that the trade-off of surrendering two picks made sense after evaluating the overall strength of the draft class. The result was a 92-win season and Postseason spot in a year that also saw the team draft OF Clint Frazier with that 5th overall pick.

Stoke the hot stove – starting tonight at Midnight ET, a high-profile crop of free agents can sign anywhere.

–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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Swish meets with his old high school football team

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Football is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Nick Swisher. It is for Parkersburg’s Head Football Coach Don Reeves.

“I actually think Nick was better at football than baseball,” Reeves said.

Uhhh … coach? I think most people would respectfully disagree with you on that.

Swisher met with over 40 Parkersburg High School football players, coaches and their families before Thursday’s matinee game vs. the White Sox. Even though he was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Swisher spent his high school years in Parkersburg, W. Va., with his grandparents. And while he was there, he left a major impression on the city.

Swisher was a standout running back and defensive back, and even broke a few records kicking for the football team.

We’re happy you chose baseball, Swish.

His fans in Parkersburg are happy he chose the Cleveland Indians. “It’s a lot shorter drive, and most of us here are Tribe fans,” Reeves said. “The only downside is that we’re just outside of the Indians broadcast, so we actually got to watch him on TV a lot more when he was with the Yankees.”

The team came to Progressive Field to enjoy their last week before two-a-days begin Monday. Enjoy they did — the Indians ended up sweeping the White Sox with a 6-1 win, their eighth straight victory.

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

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