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By Land, By Sea, Baerga to the Indians Hall of Fame

Carlos Baerga talks with media members today in Goodyear. (Dan Mendlik photo)

Carlos Baerga talks with media members today in Goodyear. (Dan Mendlik photo)

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.”

April 17, 2004 Indians vs. Detroit Tigers 2011 Spring Training

“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

WORLD SERIES GAME ONE WINS NIGHT ON TV AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Major League Baseball passed along the following press release earlier today; good news all around for the health of our game. -TribeVibe

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October 25, 2012
WORLD SERIES GAME ONE WINS NIGHT ON TV AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Giants Win, Sandoval’s Historic Night Generate Second-Most
Social Media Comments in Postseason History

Kung Fu Panda had fans buzzing during Game One of the World Series. Last night’s lopsided win by the Giants in Game One — which featured an historic three home run performance by Pablo Sandoval — generated 813,000 social media comments, making it the second-most talked-about game on social media in Postseason history, trailing only the classic Game Six of the 2011 World Series.

The World Series game dominated the social media conversation last night, as the game generated more than five times as many public Facebook and Twitter comments as the next highest-ranking show on television (+412%), and +79% more comments than the next nine most talked about shows on television Wednesday, according to data from Bluefin Labs. On television, the World Series led FOX to an easy win in prime time over all other competition and was the highest-rated Wednesday night on FOX since the American Idol finale in May.

Sandoval’s three home runs sparked social media’s biggest buzz, as 163,881 comments featured the words Pablo, Sandoval or Panda, representing 20.2% of all conversations around the game. #WorldSeries was by far the most widely-used hashtag of the night, featured in 15% of all comments.

The World Series also elicited tweets yesterday from celebrity baseball fans including Jeff Daniels, Kid Rock, Colin Hanks, Eminem, Larry King, Kevin Pollack, MC Hammer, Kerri Walsh and Rob Schneider, as well as current MLB players Matt Kemp, Jeremy Guthrie, Josh Reddick, Jimmy Rollins, Joba Chamberlain, Elvis Andrus and Ian Desmond, among many others.

Coverage of Game Two of the World Series begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Popper: Indians Press Box Supervisor

“Hey, Popper…” has been a constant in the press box for 40 years as Indians press box supervisor John Krepop fields sports reporters’ questions regarding in-game statistics. “Hey, Popper… Who currently holds the longest hitting streak?” … “Hey, Popper… When was the last time a player hit a home run in the same inning from different sides of the plate?” Whether a sports reporter needs a stat, a media guide, or a lineup card, Krepop, also known affectionately as “Popper,” is there to help. An avid baseball and hockey fan, Popper has witnessed seven no-hitters — six as supervisor and one as a fan — including one perfect game. Popper has worked two All-Star games and seven postseasons, and he has observed two World Series. In Popper’s time as supervisor, he has seen 15 different managers wear the Cleveland Indians uniform. Filled with statistics dating 40 years back, Popper’s most interesting statistic came on April 12, 1992, when pitcher Matt Young and the Indians defeated Boston 2-1 without recording one hit in the game. During the offseason, Popper works as the manager of the Visiting Dressing Room for the Lake Erie Monsters, and he works at the MAC Basketball Tournament every year.

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