GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Tickets for all 81 Indians home games went on sale today, and team officials are trying to make it a buyer's market.
Nearly half the available seats at Progressive Field will feature discount pricing, including $10 bleacher seats (bleachers sold out for Opening Day). There are also packages for groups of four ($96) that includes food, gear and parking amenities.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: By the time the Indians' exhibition opener was complete -- a 7-6 loss to the Reds -- the anxiety about Shin-Soo Choo's sore elbow had abated.
Of course, there is a possibility the injury might be serious enough for him to miss significant time on the field but probably not.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: There's a reason that Shin-Soo Choo isn't playing in the Indians' exhibition season opener: His left elbow is sore.
Choo revealed that he underwent an MRI scan and that the team already has a plan to ease him back into the lineup. He is scheduled to be the designated hitter Monday and Tuesday, take the day off Wednesday then play long toss from 150 feet on Thursday.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Here is the Indians' lineup for Sunday's exhibition opener against the Reds:
Michael Brantley (CF)
Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
Carlos Santana (C)
Travis Hafner (DH)
Austin Kearns (RF)
Orlando Cabrera (2B)
Matt LaPorta (1B)
Travis Buck (LF)
Jason Donald (3B)
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: ESPN reported this morning that the Indians have all but closed the deal to sign free agent right-hander Chad Durbin.
The one-year contract guarantees him $800,000 and he can earn another $1 million in incentives.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Michael Brantley and Ezequiel Carrera each got two hits in the second and last Indians intrasquad game of the spring.
Brantley doubled and tripled and scored twice; Carrera had two singles (including a bunt hit) and stole second.
The Tribe batted .321 and hammered 10 extra-base hits in the two games but did not hit a home run.
The Indians have launched Spanish-language Spring Training webpages on indians.com, which can be found at indians.com/boletos. Indians Spring Training gets underway Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds at 1:05PM (MST) at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.
In conjunction with Major League Advanced Media (MLBAM), the Indians created this Spanish only webpage to increase the accessibility and ease for its ever-growing baseball fan base. The pages feature all Indians Spring Training information, including news stories, Goodyear Ballpark details, ticket information and even the ability to purchase tickets in Spanish.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: It didn't take long for Justine Siegal to make an impact.
The 36-year-old who threw batting practice to the Indians last week caught the atttention of several Tribe fantasy campers.
""I got 20 to 30 e-mails from our fantasy campers after she threw BP,'' said Bob DiBiasio, vice president of public relations. ""They want her to come down to our fantasy camp.''To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians played their first of two intrasquad games today with Smitty's American Racers (managed by coach Steve Smith) defeating Sarby's Sourballs (managed by Columbus skipper Mike Sarbaugh) 3-2.
The game was limited to four innings, because manager Manny Acta wanted to see eight pitchers throw one inning apiece. Friday, 14 more pitchers will see action in a seven-inning practice game.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians placed four players on Baseball America's list of top 100 propects, but is that sufficient to keep up with the competition?
Lonnie Chisenhall (ranked 25th), Alex White (47th) Jason Kipnis (54th) and Drew Pomeranz (61st) give the Tribe a good base, but what about the other teams in the Central Division? Minnesota, which won the division last year, has four prospects in the rankings, Detroit has three and the Chicago White Sox two.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: A report on the Web site MLBTraderumors.com ran a story Tuesday quoting a newspaper article in Orlando Cabrera's native Colombia saying that he planned to retire after the season.
Cabrera denied the story, explaining that someone had misunderstood or had mistranslated his words from Spanish to English.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Trevor Crowe's repaired right elbow will slow him down for awhile in training camp.
""Crowe is a little behind,'' manager Manny Acta said today. ""He just had that surgery, so we have to be a little careful of him. I don't think he'll be ready for the intrasquad games (Thursday and Friday).''To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Former Clevelander Justine Siegal pitched batting practice to several Indians minor leaguers and catchers this morning in an effort to promote her cause: eliminating the bias against girls who want to play baseball.
""What I want is girls baseball across the country,'' she said. ""When I do this (throw batting practice), people will start talking about it.''To read more or comment...
The Aeros today announced their “Fun at Canal Park” Schedule for the 2011 season Friday, including an Opening Night celebration, expanded fireworks nights and three bobble head giveaways commemorating the history of the Akron Aeros/Canton-Akron Indians.
“We are dedicated to providing the best in entertainment to the Akron area this season at Canal Park. Our exciting new promotional events will keep fans of all ages entertained at the ballpark in 2011. We are looking forward to the great events and giveaways we have planned this season,” Aeros Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Pfander said.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: SportsTime Ohio will televise six Indians spring exhibition games back to Northeast Ohio plus the March 30 game in Columbus against the Clippers, the Tribe's Triple-A affiliate.
Here is the compete schedule:
March 8 3 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
March 9 3 p.m. vs. San Diego Padres
March 12 4 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Angels
March 13 4 p.m. vs. San Diego Padres (courtesy Channel 4 San Diego)
March 14 4 p.m. vs. Oakland A’s
March 15 4 p.m. vs. Milwaukee Brewers
March 30 1 p.m. at Columbus Clippers
In addition, Rick Manning and Matt Underwood, the TV voices of the Indians, will air reports from training camp beginning Monday at 9:30 p.m. Bruce Drennan's All Bets are Off show will move to Goodyear from Feb. 27- March 4.
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians' first official workout of the spring was today, but even at this early date, only one vacancy remains in the rotation.
""We're in a lot better position than we were last year,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""We have Fausto, Masterson, (Mitch) Talbot, (Carlos) Carrasco and a battle for the fifth spot.'' [epTo read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Again this year, the Indians will sell various ""Six Pack'' packages to lure fans back to Progressive Field.
There will be eight varietes of these plans, starting at $48. Seating options include lower reserved, mezzanine, upper box, bleachers and upper reserved areas. These plans include a free ticket voucher to any 2011 game, including Opening Day.
Also available are ""Premium Club Seat Six Packs, which give fans access to the club level and can include a food and non-alcoholic beverage option. These plans cost $540 for the six-game package.
After nearly two weeks of whispers, the Indians finally made good on all of the Orlando Cabrera rumors, by signing the veteran infielder to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season.
The 36-year old owns a career Major League batting average of .274 with 443 doubles, 32 triples, 118 home runs and 803 RBI in 1,855 games with seven teams over 14 seasons since debuting with the Montreal Expos at age 22 in 1997.To read more or comment...
The Indians have invited C Chun Chen to be a non-roster invitee to Major League camp.
In just Chen's third professional season, he batted a combined .315 (123-for-390) with 58 runs scored, 38 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 110 games between low Class-A Lake County and High Class-A Kinston.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Veteran shortstop Orlando Cabrera passed a physical, the final step before becoming an Indian this afternoon.
Cabrera, 36, signed a one-year deal with the Tribe. His instructions from manager manager Manny Acta and General Manager Chris Antonetti: ""They told me I'm here to win the second base position,'' Cabrera said. ""My offer to them is whatever they need. You have to think about the team first.''To read more or comment...
Cleveland native Justine Siegal will become the first woman to throw batting practice to a Major League team when she throws to the Cleveland Indians (Feb 21) and the Oakland A's (Feb 23) during spring training. In honor of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year old killed in Tucson, AZ, who was the only girl on her Little League baseball team, Siegal will wear Christina's Little League's memorial patch while throwing BP.
A veteran at throwing batting practice, Siegal is the first woman to coach first base in men's professional baseball (Brockton Rox, 2009). She spent three years as the only female college baseball coach in the country (Assistant Coach, Springfield College, 2007-10). As the Founder and Executive Director of Baseball For All, Siegal is dedicated to providing opportunities for girls and women to get involved in the game of baseball.To read more or comment...
GOODYEAR, Ariz.: One of the Indians' most popular players, Kenny Lofton, will visit spring training next Wednesday to begin a week's stay as a guest instructor.
In addition to working with the outfielders in camp, he will give players tips on baserunning. During the regular season, Lofton will serve as alumni ambassador for two weekends at Progressive Field.
Lofton, 43, spent spent three different stints with the Tribe between 1992 and 2007 and is the franchise leader in stolen bases (452). He also ranks third in runs with 975. Lofton was selected to play in six All-Star Games and won four Gold Gloves.
The Tribe has added another non-roster invitee to camp, catcher Chun Chen, who has spent three seasons at Lake County and Kinston. The Taiwan native began last year with the Captains and batted .312 in 218 at-bats before being promoted to Kinston, where he hit .320 in 172 at-bats.
Baseball America rates him as the 22nd best prospect in Cleveland's farm system.
The Indians announced Tuesday that Tony Mansolino has been added to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers coaching staff, joining Manager Dave Wallace and Pitching Coach Greg Hibbard for the 2011 season.
Mansolino, 28, begins his coaching career with the Indians after playing six seasons as an infielder from 2005-10. He was selected in the 26th round in the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mansolino finished his minor league career with a .232 batting average, 19 home runs and 169 RBI in 441 games. His father, Doug, is the Infield Coordinator in the Phillies Player Development System.
The Cleveland Indians today named former players Eduardo Perez and Jason Bere as Special Assistants to Baseball Operations.
Perez, 41, played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1993-2006 with six teams, compiling a career batting average of .237 with 79 home runs and 294 RBI in 754 games. He played with the Indians during the first half of the 2006 season, batting .303 (30-for-99) with eight home runs and 22 RBI before being traded to Seattle on June 30 for minor league INF Asdrubal Cabrera.To read more or comment...
Tribe Manager Manny Acta recently joined the almost 200-million user Twitter community to share insights, post updates on the team, interact with the media and engage with fans. Acta is posting from the Twitter account @mactriber_11.
Acta joins Indians players RHP Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) and RHP Jensen Lewis (@JLEWfifty) on Twitter as well as the Indians Front Office accounts @tribeinsider and @tribetalk.To read more or comment...
For many peolpe, Valentine's Day is their favorite early-year holiday. For me, it's the next day - today, Feb. 15 - the day that pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training. Other people send out Valentine's cards. Me? I send out Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training Day!
A little crazy? Sure. But as of today, I'm counting down the fact that there are just 45 days remaining until the Indians Home Opener against the Chicago White Sox at 3:05 p.m. on April 1st. While I continue counting down, the Tribe sent out an email today detailing their ticket options:To read more or comment...
Indians minor leaguer Jeremy Sowers had surgery to repair a tear in his rotator cuff. The left-hander and former first-round draft pick spent last season at Triple-A Columbus, pitching with soreness. He recently spent the off season on a physical therapy program before opting for surgery.
Team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz performed the operation Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. Sowers, who remains under the Indians control on a minor league contract has already begun a rehab program.To read more or comment...
Indians C Carlos Santana received his six-month post operative evaluation from Dr. Rick Parker, who flew out to Goodyear, Ariz., from Cleveland to personally examine the Tribe backstop Monday.
He cleared the young switch-hitter to begin full batting practice activities from both sides of the plate in addition to catching bullpens. Santana was also given the go-ahead to begin position-specific agility drills and full baserunning exercises next week.To read more or comment...
Aeros mascot Orbit is available to play Cupid this Valentine’s Day and make a memorable impression with your sweetheart.
The Valentine’s “Sweetheart” Ticket Plan is available for a limited time and makes a unique gift for that special someone. The $100 ticket package includes:To read more or comment...
The Aeros will begin a “Reading for the Cycle” program this season to give elementary school students the chance to circle the bases like the pros at Canal Park in 2011.
Elementary schools are encouraged to contact the Aeros to sign up their school for the “Reading for the Cycle” program. The program encourages readers to finish four books and record their progress on an official Aeros “Reading for the Cycle” form. By finishing a book, children will advance one base, with the ultimate goal of reaching home plate.To read more or comment...
Comedy Central's the Daily Show featured the Akron Aeros new "Nice 2 Meat You" burger on Tuesday night's show. Check out this link to see how.
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-february-1-2011/back-in-black---meat-editionTo read more or comment...
The National Sports Forum, held in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, announced the Indians received the 2011 Achievement Award for Best In Stadium/Arena Scoreboard Presentation for “Indians 2010 Season Animated Pregame Intro Video”.
The award classification had more than 500 entries this year. The Tribe has won this award three of the past four years.