Rowdie’s Pumpkin Wars 2014 Winner

Congrats to Six-Year-Old Larry, The Winner of Rowdie’s Pumpkin Wars 2014

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The fans have spoken and the winner of Rowdie’s 2014 Pumpkin Wars is six-year-old Larry! The original scare bear himself will now join Larry for one hour of trick-or-treating. Congrats Larry, but be warned this red bear loves candy almost as much as he loves baseball.

Check out last year’s Pumpkin Wars Winner trick-or-treating with Rowdie.

You can still make the Indians a part of your Halloween celebration just try out one of these special Indians themed pumpkin stencils.

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Fans can also continue to “Treat” themselves to some new Indians gear this month! Just visit the Hot Corner Gift Shop October 6 – 30 and receive 20% off any black items in the store! Or visit the Indians online store and enter promo code TREAT14 at checkout to receive 20% off your online purchase of black items.

AFL Recap (10/22): Scorpions 3, Mesa 9

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Pirates Sign Stinson to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2015 Major League spring training.

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Stinson, 26, broke 2014 camp as a member of the Baltimore Orioles’ Opening Day Roster, before spending the majority of the season with Triple-A Norfolk. He struck out six with nine runs in 13 innings over eight Major League relief appearances last year, and aside from a six-run outing on April 13 vs. Toronto, registered a 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11.0 IP) in the big leagues in 2014.

Stinson’s campaign also featured a 5-5 record with one save, a 5.48 ERA (52 ER/85.1 IP) and 80 strikeouts in 22 Triple-A appearances (13 starts) with the Tides. The right-hander dropped four of his first five decisions with a 6.70 ERA through July 24, but rebounded to conclude the year at 4-1 with 44 strikeouts and just 16 earned runs in 37 innings (3.89 ERA) through his final seven games (one start).

In addition, his Triple-A stint yielded two runs in three frames against the Tribe at Victory Field, including a seventh-inning solo shot from Gregory Polanco in the Indians 14-3 triumph on May 12.

The Shreveport, La. native was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 37th round (1,114th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft. He ascended through the minors rated by Baseball America as the No. 17 (2007) and No. 26 (2010) prospect in the organization, reaching the big leagues in 2011 at just 23 years old.

Following his debut, Stinson registered a 0.96 ERA with one run in 9 1/3 Major League innings as a waiver claim with Milwaukee in 2012, and a 3.18 mark (6 ER/17.0 IP) when claimed by Baltimore in 2013.

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Photo: Baltimore Sun

Overall, Stinson owns a 4.47 ERA (26 ER/52.1 IP) with 29 strikeouts in 39 career games (two starts) in the majors. He enters the 2015 campaign having posted a career minor league record of 53-60 with 20 saves, a 4.09 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings pitched (421 ER/925.2 IP) and 634 strikeouts through 267 games (130 starts).

 

AFL Recap (10/22): Scorpions 7, Desert Dogs 6

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AFL Recap (10/20): Scorpions 7, Desert Dogs 3

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Tribe Ties to 2014 World Series

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The Indianapolis Indians will be prominently represented at this season’s historic World Series showdown of two Wild Card Playoff winners. First pitch for Game 1 is set for Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m., with the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals boasting rosters dotted with Tribe ties in both the lineup and their respective coaching staffs.

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The Giants, pursuing their third World Series title in the last five seasons, reached baseball’s ultimate stage in dramatic fashion after walking off the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. With Game 6 knotted 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, an unlikely hero in Travis Ishikawa blasted the game-winning, three-run homer homer off 2013 NLCS MVP Michael Wacha.

Ishikawa was originally on the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day roster before being assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis on April 19 and later electing free agency. The “on-paper-Indians-tie-in” went 7-for-34 (.206) with a double, triple and homer, two runs scored and three RBI in 15 games with the Tribe’s parent club in Pittsburgh this season.

Actually donning an Indianapolis Indians jersey during his career,  fellow Giants teammate and right-hander Ryan Vogelsong turned in a dominant Triple-A stint in 2006 during a 10-season career in the big leagues between the Buccos (2001, 2003-06) and his current San Francisco club (2000-01, 2011-present). The 37-year-old Vogelsong first reached the Pirates system in a package trade with Armando Rios in exchange for Jason Schmidt and John Vander Wal in 2001, later joining the Indians for 10 starts in 11 appearances from July – August, 2006.

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Overall with the Indians, Vogelsong posted an impressive 2.66 ERA (20 ER/67.2 IP) with 43 strikeouts to 12 walks, a .217 average against and 0.98 WHIP. He authored quality starts in nine of his 10 total outings and concluded his debut at 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA (8 ER/34.0 IP) over his final five starts.

The righty starter is joined out of the bullpen by 2009-10 Indians closer Jean Machi. The lights-out, late-innings arm signed a minor league contract with the Pirates in January, 2009, en route to converting a combined 29 saves (34 SVO) with a .215 average against over his two Triple-A campaigns. Machi stamped his mark with the Indians via his perfect 6-for-6 debut (in 2009) when pitching with a save on the line.

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Machi’s wrapped up a strong stay in Indianapolis having held opponents without an earned run in 53 of his 71 total appearances while going 6-1 with a 3.52 ERA (30 ER/76.2 IP) and 70 strikeouts.

San Francisco’s coaching staff also boasts two instructors to see action with Indianapolis during their professional tenures. Giants batting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens served in the same capacity with the Tribe from 2005-08, while SF’s bullpen coach Mark Gardner compiled a 21-9 record with a 2.62 ERA (110 ER/324.2 IP) and 325 strikeouts in 52 games (51 starts) with the Indians from 1987-89 and 1991 during the club’s Montreal affiliation.

*Bullpen Catcher Bill Hayes also has local ties as an alumnus of Indiana State University*

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For SF’s American League counterpart, the Royals-Indians connections begin at the top of the organization in skipper Ned Yost. Primarily a catcher during his playing days, Yost suited up with the Tribe in 1985 – just two years prior to Giants bullpen coach Gardner – and hit .262 (70-for-267) with 15 doubles, two homers, 17 runs and 24 RBI in 95 total games. He worked behind the dish in a team-high 84 contests and made two of his three career appearances at first base for the then-Montreal affiliate.

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Yost’s trip to the Fall Classic puts the exclamation point on his fifth consecutive year at the helm of the Royals. The skipper has led Kansas City to the first 8-0 start in MLB postseason history as part of the Royals’ first trip beyond the regular season since a 1985 WS title.

The former Indians backstop Yost is joined by his team’s current catcher, Erik Kratz, as the Royals’ only two personnel to see in-game action with the Tribe. Kratz, who was acquired by Kansas City from the Toronto Blue Jays near the 2014 Trade Deadline, turned in back-to-back solid efforts at the Triple-A level during his 2009-10 stint in Pittsburgh’s chain. The slugger hit .273 (87-for-319) over 93 games during his Indians debut in 2009, before producing a .274 average (63-for-230) with 22 doubles, one triple, nine homers, 30 runs and 41 RBI in 70 games as a 2010 IL All-Star selection.

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Kratz is currently  featured in the Tribe’s record books as one of just three team backstops to earn Mid and Postseason All-Star selections. He also joins current Indians catcher Tony Sanchez (2013) as a recipient of the prestigious “Top Star” award, which is presented to the IL’s MVP of the Triple-A All-Star Game.

The Indianapolis Indians’ connections to the 2014 World Series are capped off with Kansas City’s first base coach, Rusty Kuntz. The MLB veteran – whose playing career featured plating the go-ahead run in Kirk Gibson during the 1984 WS clinching Game 5 – joined the coaching ranks in 1987, and from 2006-07, served as a roving outfield instructor based primarily between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.

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Fans can follow all of these hometown Tribe connections during the 110th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series. Each game broadcast is available on Fox, beginning with Tuesday night’s opener between San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 1.42) and Kansas City’s James Shields (1-0, 5.63). For complete broadcast information, visit mlb.com 

AFL Recap (8/17-19): Scorpions 0-2

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Rowdie’s Pumpkin Wars 2014 Finalists

Your Votes Will Help Determine Who Wins an Hour of Trick-or-Treating With The Original Scare Bear Himself

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The submission period for the 2014 Rowdie’s Pumpkin Wars contest has ended. Congrats to all five finalists, who will each receive a 2015 Indians Knot Hole Kids Club Membership!

The grand prize winner will now be determined by your votes. Just visit the Indianapolis Indians or Rowdie Facebook pages and ‘like’/’share’ your favorite. The photo with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

The five finalists for the 2014 Rowdie’s Pumpkin Wars contest are:

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Click the picture and ‘like’/’share’ the post to vote for Jack’s pumpkin! The photo with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

 

Click the picture and 'like'/'share' the post to vote for Willem's pumpkin! The photo with the most 'likes' and 'shares' before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

Click the picture and ‘like’/’share’ the post to vote for Willem’s pumpkin! The photo with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

 

Click the picture and 'like'/'share' the post to vote for Clara's pumpkin! The photo with the most 'likes' and 'shares' before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

Click the picture and ‘like’/’share’ the post to vote for Clara’s pumpkin! The photo with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

 

Click the picture and 'like'/'share' the post to vote for Larry's pumpkin! The photo with the most 'likes' and 'shares' before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

Click the picture and ‘like’/’share’ the post to vote for Larry’s pumpkin! The photo with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

 

Click the picture and 'like'/'share' the post to vote for Micah and Maggie's pumpkin! The photo with the most 'likes' and 'shares' before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

Click the picture and ‘like’/’share’ the post to vote for Micah and Maggie’s pumpkin! The photo with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ before 4 PM on Friday, October 24th will Trick-or-Treat with the one and only, Rowdie!

Check out last year’s Pumpkin Wars Winner trick-or-treating with Rowdie.

You can still make the Indians a part of your Halloween celebration just try out one of these special Indians themed pumpkin stencils.

Main Logo (Basic)

Main Logo (Detailed)

Hat Logo

Jersey Logo


A Bonus Discount!
Fans can also continue to “Treat” themselves to some new Indians gear this month! Just visit the Hot Corner Gift Shop October 6 – 30 and receive 20% off any black items in the store! Or visit the Indians online store and enter promo code TREAT14 at checkout to receive 20% off your online purchase of black items.

AFL Recap (8/16): Scorpions 3, Saguaros 7

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Three Tribers Named Top IL Prospects

Baseball America has named outfielder Gregory Polanco (No. 1) and right-handers Casey Sadler (No. 11) and Nick Kingham (No. 20) to its year-end rankings of the Top 20 Prospects from the International League in 2014. The three Pittsburgh Pirates’ prospect selections were the second-most in the league and ranked just one shy of the Boston Red Sox’s four farmhands.

According to the publication, the criteria for qualification includes:

  • Starting pitchers: 1/3 of an inning for each team game
  • Relief pitchers: 20 appearances for full-season leagues or 10 appearances in short-season leagues
  • Hitters: 1 plate appearance per team game.

Baseball America also writes “Players may qualify for more than one league list, and anyone who was rookie-eligible to begin the season can make a list, even if they exhaust their rookie eligibility during the season.”

[Baseball America's full League Top 20 Prospects List]

After missing the league award requirements by a lone game (70 games), five-tool phenom Polanco earned due recognition as arguably the most dominant player in the IL during the 2014 campaign. In addition to leading the league in nearly every batting category prior to his big league promotion, his overall totals from the season were good for third in the IL (min. 250 PA) in average (.328), sixth in both OBP (.390) and OPS (.894) and eighth in SLG (.504).

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Further breaking down Polanco’s impressive Triple-A stint, FanGraphs’ advanced statistical metrics rank Polanco with the fourth-best overall “Speed score” of 7.6, where a 7.0+ rating represents the top-tier, elite category. The site’s ‘spd’ stat is built on an average of stolen base percentage, frequency of stolen base attempts, percentage of triples and runs scored percentage, and its function’s output classified Polanco as one of just six players in the league (min. 250 PA) to possess a 7.0 or better ‘spd’ rating:

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FanGraphs also offered backing to the Tribe’s 41-28 record with its star prospect on the active roster, crediting Polanco with creating 52 runs in 69 Triple-A games (or wRC). Put in perspective, Polanco’s run production over his amount of playing time translates to 46 percent more offense created (or wRC+) than league average, the sixth-best score in the IL in 2014 (min. 250 PA):

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Sadler turned in a standout season to move from a relatively off-the-radar prospect to the IL’s No. 11 farmhand by the conclusion of the year. The Indians’ ace won a career-high five consecutive decisions en route to finishing 11-4 with the International League’s second-best WHIP at 1.19 and third-best ERA at 3.03. He paced his selection as the Indians Starting Pitcher of the Year and as an IL Midseason All-Star by working six or more innings in all but five appearances, authoring 14 quality starts and piloting the Tribe to a 15-6 overall record while on the mound

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FanGraphs delved deeper into the right-hander’s strong year and also ranked Sadler third among qualified IL pitchers with both his 1.73 walks-per-nine innings and 3.21 strikeout-to-walk ratios. The ratings are a simple comparison of his 24 walks to 77 strikeouts through 124 2/3 Triple-A innings last season, and give an output that trailed only Columbus’ Tyler Cloyd (1.67 BB/9, 3.81K/BB) and Syracuse’s Taylor Hill (1.56 BB/9, 3.44 K/BB). In addition, the website also indicated that of the 48 hurlers to work at least 90 innings in the IL, only 24 – including Sadler with 11 HR/124.2 IP – allowed fewer than 0.8 home runs per nine innings pitched.

A fourth and final telling statistic from Fangraphs was reflective in-part of the right-hander’s 0.79 HR/9 ratio, through the stat of “left-on-base percentage.” Granted, the ideal effort on the mound will prevent runners from ever reaching safely, but once opponents were on base, Sadler limited potential damage to rank seventh among qualified hurlers via a 75.4 percent LOB%

*This stat is not calculated from LOB from box scores. FanGraphs’ formula is calculated using a pitcher’s actual hits, walks and runs allowed:
–> LOB% = (H+BB+HBP-R)/(H+BB+HBP-(1.4*HR))

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Rounding out Baseball America‘s list is the No. 20 prospect, Kingham. The highly-touted righty was promoted from Double-A Altoona on June 12, and after making his debut with seven scoreless innings on June 13, finished the season ranked first in the IL in average against (.213), tied for second in WHIP (1.10), fourth in innings pitcher (88.0) and tied for sixth in strikeouts (65). He also authored quality starts in nine of 14 outings, including seven appearances in which he worked six or more innings while allowing no more than one earned run.

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Kingham’s metrics, according to FanGraphs, reflected highly on the right-hander’s “Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP),” a stat which measures “what a player’s ERA should have looked like, assuming performance on balls in play and timing were league average.” As the name implies, FIP assesses performance strictly on events a pitcher can actually control – strikeouts, walks, HBP and home runs (singles, doubles and triples are not included because of fielding factors) – and formulates the metric “equivalent” of the more traditional ‘ERA’ stat.

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Based on the website’s analysis, Kingham led the Tribe’s entire staff and ranked 12th among all IL pitchers (min. 80 IP) with a 3.72 FIP. His excellent mark was .22 better than the Indians’ next-closest hurler, All-Star and fellow Top 20 IL prospect, Sadler (3.94), and resulted in just a .14 differential from his actual ERA (Sadler’s was .91). Kingham ultimately yielded six homers, one HBP and 27 walks with 65 strikeouts to impress in both the traditional (ERA) and metric (FIP) measures throughout his IL debut.

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