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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:
IF YOU SELECT “TRANSFER TICKETS TO A FRIEND“, SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS:
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:
– TribeVibe contributors Nate Thompson and Max Lom
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:
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):
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)
J.P. Arencibia (TOR)
Matt Daley (NYY)
Lou Marson (CLE)
Michael McKenry (PIT)
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)
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
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.
- TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp
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.”
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).
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
The debut of White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo on Tuesday night at Progressive Field may not have done much to move the needle for fans across the United States. Likewise, Tribe catcher Yan Gomes‘ start behind the plate seemed somewhat routine.
In Brazil, however, the game made history. At the Rienzo and Gomes households, it was reason for celebration.
The more than 200 million Brazilian citizens who live and die by the World Cup were suddenly interested in a Major League Baseball game that took place in Cleveland, Ohio, where the first two Brazilian-born Major Leaguers squared off for the first time in MLB history.
For Rienzo, it was about more than just his Major League debut, which aired live on ESPN Brazil.
“People don’t know about baseball in Brazil, but they know about me,” Rienzo said, adding that his friends who knew nothing about baseball were sending him text messages. “It was great for me because it was my dream. To make my debut against another Brazilian guy was awesome. It was good for me, good to see [Gomes] there playing professionally. It was just a great experience.”
Rienzo said Gomes contacted him upon his promotion to the big leagues, congratulating him and offering him a few words of advice.
He said, “Yan texted me and said, ‘Is it true?”
“[I told Rienzo to] just kind of calm himself down,” said Gomes, who found out that Rienzo would be debuting via Twitter. “Stop trying to strike everyone out; just throw your good pitches out there and see where it goes. If you want to strike some guys out, you can, but not trying to do it every pitch.”
Both Rienzo and Gomes played key roles in the game for their respective teams. Rienzo started for the White Sox and tossed 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (all unearned) and exiting the game with a one-run lead. Gomes, who made his debut as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17, 2012, went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI for the Indians on Tuesday night.
Although Gomes’ big hit came courtesy of Chicago’s bullpen in the eighth inning, he did record a single off of Rienzo in his first at-bat of the game. Following the hit, the two could not help but exchange smiles.
“It was exciting; it kind of felt almost like it was my debut, too. I was nervous, and I’ve been here for a little bit,” said Gomes. “When I got the hit [in the third], I kind of laughed running around the bases. If you’re going to get a hit, it might as well be a hard one; it was kind of a squibbler down the middle.
“He almost picked me off; that would have been pretty awesome.”
Both Rienzo and Gomes were excited that fellow Brazilians had the opportunity to watch baseball and learn more about the game.
“[Airing the game live] made it possible for everyone else,” Gomes said. “I was the first Brazilian [in MLB], but I made it kind of like I came through here. I came to the states; I moved here and started playing. [Rienzo] — he still lives in Brazil; he still goes back there. He didn’t have the luxury that I did of moving to the states because it just makes it possible for everyone else.”
Children in Brazil typically play for travel baseball teams; however, the country is in the process of building baseball academies for prospects. The lone existing Brazilian academy, Gomes said, is run by a Japanese baseball organization.
Rienzo said he looks forward to giving back to his community in the offseason.
He said, “Brazil is big; they have a team close to San Paolo, and I go back and play with the kids.”
Gomes added that Brazil’s qualification in this year’s World Baseball Classic was a stepping stone to the sport’s bright future in Brazil.
“It’s tough still because it’s not a very common sport in Brazil,” Gomes said. “Being in the big leagues definitely does help a little more because people kind of listen to you more. Especially this offseason, just [going to] make a huge effort to go there and try to show my face and explain a little of the sport.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden