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Indians announce promotions in baseball operations department

November 5, 2019


CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the following promotions within the club’s Baseball Operations leadership group:

Promoted SKY ANDRECHECK to Assistant General Manager.

Promoted PAUL GILLISPIE to Vice President, International Scouting, JAMES HARRIS to Vice President, Player Development and VICTOR WANG to Vice President, Player Acquisitions.

Promoted ALEX ECKELMAN to Director of Hitting Development and MATT BLAKE to Director of Pitching Development.

Andrecheck, who joined the organization in May 2010, has spent the last four seasons heading the club’s Research and Development efforts. As Assistant GM, Andrecheck will continue to oversee R&D while contributing broadly across all facets of Baseball Operations.

Gillispie, who is in his 13th season with the club, has led the team’s International Scouting department for the last three years. Prior to that, Gillispie filled managerial roles in both Professional and Amateur Scouting. Harris, who will continue leading and managing the Player Development department at large, joined the club in December 2016 after spending parts of the prior 20 years in a variety of professional and collegiate sports. Wang is in his 11th season with the club, having recently served as Director of Pro Scouting. In his new role, Wang’s influence will extend across player acquisition areas.

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Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Roberto Perez earn 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Francisco Lindor at bat 2017 photo By Erik Drost - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https


Roberto Perez in action 2015 photo By Erik Drost on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

November 3, 2019


The Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced recently the recipients of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on MLB Network. For the first time since 2001, a pair of Cleveland Indians captured Rawlings Gold Gloves as C ROBERTO PÉREZ garnered his first career award and SS FRANCISCO LINDOR won for the second time.

Pérez compiled a franchise record .997 fielding percentage (3 errors/1137 total chances) in 2019 and did not record a passed ball in 118 games and 993.2 innings behind the plate, just the fourth catcher since at least 1930 with at least 118 games caught without a passed ball. His 29 Defensive Runs Saved outpaced all other Major League catchers by at least 17 runs and was the second-highest total by a catcher since Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) began tracking the metric in 2003. He recorded an American League-best 40.8% (20-for-49) caught stealing pct. as Indians pitchers yielded the third-fewest stolen bases (53) in MLB. His 3.9 bWAR ranked third among Major League catchers and fifth on the club. He was fourth in MLB in innings caught.

Lindor, who captured the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award in 2016, ranked second among American League shortstops in fielding pct. (.979, 10 errors/481 total chances) and Defensive Runs Saved. He recorded just five errors in 74 second half games and finished second on the club with a 4.7 bWAR.

The voting, which was conducted in late September, is a compilation of votes among Major League coaches and managers and members of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research).

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Cleveland Indians pick up 2020 option on ace pitcher Corey Kluber

CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland Indians recently announced the following transactions relative to the 2020 Major League 40-man roster:

Exercised the 2020 club option on RHP COREY KLUBER.

Declined the 2020 club options for INF JASON KIPNIS and RHP DAN OTERO.

Kluber, 33, was limited to seven starts in 2019 after fracturing his right forearm in a May 1 start at Miami. The three-time American League All-star is one of the most decorated pitchers in franchise history, ranking third in career strikeouts (1461), first in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.80) and second in walks + hits per 9.0 IP (WHIP, 1086) and winning pct. (.628). He owns a career mark of 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA in 208 games/203 starts (471 ER/1341.2 IP) and is the only pitcher in club history with multiple Cy Young Awards (2014 & 2017).

The current Major League 40-man roster is at 35 players with 7 on the 60-day Injured List.

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Indians announce additions to staff and free agent players

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians recently announced the following transactions relative to the 2020 Major League Coaching Staff:

Named BRIAN SWEENEY Major League Bullpen Coach.

Named RUBEN NIEBLA Major League Assistant Pitching Coach.

Sweeney, 44, has been a member of the Major League coaching staff the last two seasons since joining the organization prior to the 2018 campaign. In his previous role, Brian complied and decimated advance scouting reports and statistical data for the Major League staff and has been a key contributor to the success and development of the club’s current Major League pitchers. The White Plains, NY native is in his sixth season of instruction after pitching at the professional level for 18 seasons from 1996-2013.

Niebla, 47, has spent the last seven seasons as the club’s Minor League Pitching Coordinator, completing his 19th year in the organization in 2019. This past season bore witness to several Player Development success stories, among them Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac combining to make 31 starts at the Major League level while posting a 3.32 ERA and James Karinchak debuting in just his third professional season. The El Centro, CA native was a Major League staff assistant in 2010 and Pitching Coach of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, 2011-12.

Additionally, with the conclusion of the 2019 MLB Postseason, RHP TYLER CLIPPARD, INF RYAN FLAHERTY and OF YASIEL PUIG are now free agents. The 40-man roster consists of 37 players with seven players on the 60-day Injured List.

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Billy Joel to perform at Great American Ball Park on September 11, 2020

Tickets on sale Friday, November 15 at 10 a.m.


CINCINNATI (November 6, 2019) — Legendary musician Billy Joel will make his first-ever concert appearance at Great American Ball Park on Friday, September 11, 2020. This is Billy Joel’s first solo stadium show in Cincinnati.

“We are thrilled to welcome Billy Joel to Great American Ball Park,” said Phil Castellini, Cincinnati Reds president and chief operating officer. “His iconic songs will play beautifully in our ballpark, giving all of Reds Country the rare chance to see this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer LIVE!”

“I am a huge Billy Joel fan,” said Reds and National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. “What sets Billy Joel’s music apart is how it makes you feel. Every song evokes emotion, triggering memories from throughout my life. Having him perform his timeless hits at the home of the Reds is going to be unforgettable.”

Billy Joel in 2009 Metropolitan Opera in New York City By David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0, https

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, November 11 at 10:00 AM local time until Thursday, November 14 at 10:00 PM local time.

Cincinnati Reds Season Ticket Members will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for the concert at Great American Ball Park prior to the general public on-sale. Details will be communicated directly to Season Ticket Members in the coming days.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, November 15 at 10:00 AM via and

Due to high levels of congestion during the on-sale time, it can often be difficult to purchase tickets right away. Please continue to check Ticketmaster as tickets will be available throughout the day.

In December 2013, Billy Joel became Madison Square Garden’s first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of the storied venue’s other original franchises – the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden. This unprecedented and wildly successful residency will mark a 60th consecutive sellout with its January 24, 2019, show and hit its record-setting 100th career MSG show last July.

Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter-century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.”

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists’ lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

In December 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, the documentary film, explores Joel’s unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April 2018.

Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his brilliant career.

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