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MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame inducts the late Martin Bossard

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Induction ceremony was held at the 21st Annual MLB Groundskeepers Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

 

Legendary groundskeeper Marshall Bossard has been voted into the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, the Association of Major League Baseball Groundskeepers announced Tuesday. Bossard, a leader in the industry, was an integral part of the Cleveland Indians’ grounds crew for 48 years, including serving as the Head Groundskeeper at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for 20 years.

The induction ceremony was held on Monday, January 28th, during the 21st annual MLB Groundskeepers Meeting in San Diego, Calif. As part of the official ceremonies, Bossard posthumously received the Gary Vanden Berg Trophy in recognition of his “dedication and outstanding contributions to Major League Baseball and the sports turf industry.” Bossard’s father, Emil Bossard, was inducted into the MLB Groundskeeper Hall of Fame in 2012.

Bossard first embarked on his Hall of Fame career in 1936, when he became the Head Groundskeeper for the St. Paul Saints at Lexington Park. Coming from a long line of groundskeepers, Bossard moved to Cleveland in 1937 to work alongside his father and brothers, Harold and Gene, for the Cleveland Indians. Bossard worked at League Park and then moved with the team to Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1946, which transformed into a multi-use facility when it also became home to the Cleveland Browns in 1947. After years of incredible service, he was named the Indians Head Groundskeeper in 1965 and served in that position until 1985.

In 1974, Bossard and his brother, Harold, won the annual “Good Guy Award,” voted on by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, in honor of a player or member of the Indians staff who is most cooperative and exhibits professional behavior with the media through the season. Bossard, a cheerful man always willing to teach and share his knowledge in the art of professional grounds keeping, passed in 2001.

“After his 50 years with the Cleveland Indians this is a great honor and tribute to my father in being inducted into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame,” said son of Marshall Bossad, Alan Bossard. “The players loved his infield and he really worked hard and took great pride in his work to keep the field well-manicured. He was a great dad. Through all of the long hours at the ballpark everyday he always found time for his family. ”

“The Cleveland Indians could not be more proud of Marshall’s induction into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame,” said Bob DiBiasio, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Cleveland Indians. “He was something special with that ever-present cigar and smile. Marshall was a member of the team. He wanted our players to succeed and it was reflected in his passion for his work on our playing fields at both League Park and Cleveland Stadium.”

Past inductees in the MLB Groundskeeper Hall of Fame include Emil Bossard (Cleveland Indians), George Toma (Kansas City Royals), Joe Mooney (Boston Red Sox), Dick Ericson (Minnesota Twins), Harry Gill (Milwaukee Brewers), Pat Santarone (Baltimore Orioles), Pete Flynn (New York Mets), Gary Vanden Berg ( Milwaukee Brewers), Marty Schwab (Cincinnati Reds), and Steve Wightman (San Diego Padres).

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MLB announces celebration of Jackie Robinson’s 100th Birthday throughout 2019 season

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Activities began on Jan. 31, the centennial of Jackie’s birth, and culminate with opening of Jackie Robinson Museum

 

Major League Baseball earlier this past week, announced plans to commemorate the centennial celebration of the birth of Hall of Famer and Baseball Pioneer Jackie Robinson throughout 2019. League and Club efforts will complement activities led by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which will include a year-long schedule of events to honor Jackie’s legacy in baseball and throughout society. Commemorative activities will begin on January 31st (the centennial of Jackie’s birth) and culminate at the Grand Opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in December 2019.

Initiatives ranging from youth engagement activities in cities connected to Jackie’s life, to comprehensive support of the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s scholarship & education programs and the future Jackie Robinson Museum, will be among the many efforts initiated by Major League Baseball and Clubs, which have celebrated Jackie Robinson Day in ballparks every April 15th since 2004. These efforts, as well as additional examples involving MLB and Clubs, are scheduled as follows:

NOTE: Additional elements of support toward sustaining the legacy of Jackie Robinson will be announced throughout the year.

JANUARY 31ST

MLB will join the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Jackie’s wife Rachel Robinson, and their daughter Sharon Robinson in a variety of activities on the centennial of his birth, including the following (all times EST):

• 9:30 a.m. – Visiting three public schools throughout New York City for a special program presentation on the future Jackie Robinson Museum. The schools include Jackie Robinson School, P.S. 15, Queens; Jackie Robinson School P.S. 375, Brooklyn; and P.S. 42, Manhattan.

NOTE: Due to limited space, these visits are NOT open to the public.

• 10:30 a.m. – At the Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda, where Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will posthumously confer the “Key to Brooklyn” on Jackie Robinson. The Key will be presented to the Robinson family, and students from Jackie Robinson Schools in Queens and Brooklyn, respectively, will attend the ceremony.

• 12:00 p.m. - Sharon Robinson participating in a Facebook Live Event with Scholastic, Inc., during which she will discuss the educational and character development benefits of the Breaking Barriers: In Sport, In Life program (a joint effort between MLB, Sharon and Scholastic). She will be joined by Mark Honeyman, a middle school teacher from West Bloomfield, MI who has incorporated the Breaking Barriers program into his classroom for many years.

Parents, students, teachers and the general public can view the Facebook Live event at https://www.facebook.com/Scholastic/.

• 6:30 p.m. – Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. will join Rachel and Sharon as well as Jackie Robinson Foundation President Della Britton Baeza at the Opening Reception of the “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson Exhibit” at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit will remain open through May 31st, during which time, several panel and fireside discussions will be held to cover topics focusing on social issues, activism and more on Jackie’s history.

That evening, MLB Network will air Ken Burns’ biographical documentary “Jackie Robinson,” a story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a sharecropper’s son who elevated an entire race and country when he broke Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. The film illuminates Robinson’s place as a leader and icon of the civil rights movement whose exemplary life and aspirational message of equality continues to inspire generations of Americans. Throughout the day, all MLB Network studio programming will honor Robinson’s legacy with features on his life before, during and after his Hall of Fame career, including interviews with the Robinson family, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, Robinson’s former Dodgers teammate Don Newcombe, Hall of Fame inductee Harold Baines, 2006 NL MVP Ryan Howard, and current Major Leaguers Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia.

FEBRUARY

During Black History Month, Major League Baseball will launch the first in a series of PLAY BALL (www.PlayBall.org) events located in cities with a connection to Jackie’s history. This initial event will be held at the Kansas City Royals MLB Urban Youth Academy on Thursday, February 7th, which is located next to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Prior to signing with the Dodgers organization, Jackie was an All-Star player for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945. Additional PLAY BALL events will be held in Montreal(March), where Jackie played for the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers farm team in 1946, and Pasadena(September), where Jackie and his family grew up. The PLAY BALL initiative is baseball’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to engage in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play. PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, and demonstrate the positive way the game can serve as an outlet for physical activity, fun with friends, and learning how to play the sport at its most basic levels.

The Kansas City PLAY BALL event will be held in connection to a special visit by Sharon Robinson to the Urban Youth Academy on behalf of the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program. Each year, Sharon visits MLB Youth Academies to speak to young participants about her father and the Breaking Barriers program, which educates children on the values demonstrated by Jackie in facing the many challenges associated with breaking Baseball’s color barrier. That week, MLB and Scholastic will share more details about the 2019 program.

On Tuesday, February 5th, Jackie’s and Rachel’s alma mater, UCLA, will host a celebration jazz concert at Royce Hall on the university’s campus. Four-time World Series Champion and Latino GRAMMY nominee Bernie Williams is part of the line-up of performers that also includes ten-time GRAMMY Award winner Arturo Sandoval, and GRAMMY Award nominee Dave Koz, five-time GRAMMY Award winning vocalist Yolanda Adams and Nicole Beharie, who played Rachel Robinson in the movie 42. The concert will not only honor Jackie’s groundbreaking achievements in sports, but also his phenomenal strides in human and civil rights, his appreciation of American music and the arts, and his unwavering devotion to his family. Special guests, such as Sharon Robinson and UCLA alumnus and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, will take the stage to honor Robinson, and UCLA will also host other tributes, such as an alumni baseball game, a service project, and a panel discussion on athletes and activism.

MARCH

On March 3rd and 4th, MLB will participate in the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s annual Scholar and alumni conference, with MLB employees serving on career panels, joining a community service effort to benefit Rise Against Hunger, and hosting a luncheon for 30 JRF Scholars supported by MLB and its Clubs at MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. That evening, more than 1,200 guests and supporters will attend JRF’s Annual Robie Awards Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis.

APRIL

As has been tradition each April 15th since 2004, MLB and Clubs will commemorate Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks throughout the league with a special element of on-field tributes for Jackie’s centennial celebration. Once again, all players and on-field personnel will wear Jackie’s iconic Number ’42.’ Additional details for on-field uniform elements and other ceremonial and community activities will be announced at a later date.

Prior to Jackie Robinson Day, MLB and USA Baseball will host the third annual “Trailblazer Series” at the Kansas City Royal MLB Urban Youth Academy. Approximately 100 girls, ages 11-13, will participate in the three-day tournament designed to both introduce and develop young women in the game of baseball.

MLB and Scholastic will announce all 10 winners of the Breaking Barriers: In Sport, In Life essay contest, which honors the legacy of Jackie Robinson. The contest recognizes five students each from two groups (Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-9) who have overcome barriers in their own lives using the example set forth by Jackie Robinson. The Grand Prize winner from each of the two categories will win a trip to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game (Grades 4-6) and World Series (Grades 7-9), respectively. Additionally, in the spirit of the centennial celebration, 100 teachers will receive $100 gift cards for answering the Scholastic Breaking Barriers assessment tool survey, courtesy of the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation

On April 11th (in New York) and April 14th (in Los Angeles), JRF will present program previews of the future Jackie Robinson Museum.

JULY

The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s traveling exhibit, promoting the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in December, will be part of the MLB All- Star Week festivities in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 5th to July 9th, and will be featured separately at other venues and conferences during July and August.

MLB-LICENSED VIDEO GAMES

Three MLB officially-licensed videos games - MLB The Show 19, Home Run Derby mobile and RBI Baseball 19 – will celebrate Jackie this year, with more specific details to be announced.

CLUB EXAMPLES

• Arizona Diamondbacks - On April 13th, the D-backs will name their 42nd Diamonds Back Youth Baseball Field built in partnership with APS as Jackie Robinson Field. The field dedication and celebration will be the centerpiece of a weekend celebration of baseball as part of their “PLAY BALL WEEKEND” activation.

• Atlanta Braves - The Braves will invite the Cairo, Georgia Boys & Girls Club – the birthplace of Jackie – to a home game when the team faces the New York Mets April 12th-14th and will donate all proceeds raised from the 50/50 Raffle on April 16th to the Club. The Braves also will host their annual Jackie Robinson Invitational, featuring baseball and softball teams, in Atlanta on April 13th and 14th. Additionally, the organization will hold a high school baseball game between two Atlanta Public Schools at SunTrust Park on Monday, April 15th, with both teams wearing number 42. Later in the spring, the Braves will unveil a one of a kind Jackie life-sized figurine that will be featured permanently at SunTrust Park.

• Boston Red Sox - During their annual Baseball Winter Weekend fan festival on January 19th, the Red Sox hosted a panel discussion on the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson featuring Sharon Robinson, Red Sox Manager Alex Cora, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, and former Red Sox Outfielder Tommy Harper. Also joining the panel were two Jackie Robinson Scholars who both currently work in the Red Sox front office, Red Sox Vice President and Club Counsel Elaine Steward and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. The hour-long panel moderated by MLB Network Analyst Harold Reynolds included a vibrant discussion that touched on the many ways Robinson’s legacy continues to have an impact today.

• Chicago White Sox - From January 31 through March 18, 2019, the Chicago White Sox will run their fourth annual Jackie Robinson Video Contest. The contest is an opportunity for students in grades six to 12 to showcase their creativity while honoring a baseball player who has helped pave the way for players from all backgrounds in baseball. Videos will be reviewed by White Sox great Harold Baines, who was recently elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and is also a member of the White Sox front office. The winner(s) will be recognized during the pregame ceremony of the Jackie Robinson Day game at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 15, 2019. The grand prize winner will receive a Chicago White Sox jersey and the opportunity to throw the first pitch, have his or her video played on the scoreboard, as well as receive additional Chicago White Sox promotional items and a $75 Chicago Sports Depot gift card.

• Cincinnati Reds - In April, the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy will host the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Showcase featuring varsity baseball and softball teams from Cincinnati Public Schools. For the second consecutive year, the Reds Community Fund will underwrite custom ’42′ jerseys for all the teams in their school colors.

• Los Angeles Dodgers - In celebration of the centennial of Jackie’s birth, the Dodgers will partner with “Worthy of Love” to host 300 children on Jan. 31st from 6-9 pm (PT) at Dodger Stadium. Activities include singing Happy Birthday at the Jackie Robinson statue, DJ/Dance, photo booth, balloon artist, face paint, petting zoo. Worthy of Love is a nonprofit organization that hosts monthly birthday parties for children living in the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles. The Dodgers also will launch a Jackie Robinson educational tour, which will include a visit to the pop-up museum dedicated to Robinson at Dodger Stadium and focus on the Dodgers’ storied history of diversity. The limited-time-only tour will be open to the public on weekends for the month of February.

• Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins will continue their year-round “Reading is Powerful” program in 2019. Divided into three sections (spring, summer and fall), the Twins organization will reach fourth and fifth grade students in 30 elementary schools this year (reaching approximately 4,000 kids). Twins front office staff will teach fourth-grade students about the legacy and immeasurable impact of Jackie Robinson through: the reading of a book, a short documentary and a discussion with trivia questions and prizes (fifth-grade students are taught about Roberto Clemente). When the Twins host the Blue Jays for Jackie Robinson Day, the Twins will invite select kids, nominated by their teachers as embodying Jackie Robinson’s Nine Values, to take part in on-field ceremonies and be recognized during the game. Additionally, all students who take part in the “Reading is Powerful” program will receive tickets for themselves and their parents to watch a Twins game at Target Field.

• Oakland Athletics - In April, the A’s will host community celebrations in Oakland and a PLAY BALL event for local youth baseball and softball players.

• Texas Rangers - Texas Rangers will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 15th in a pregame ceremony incorporating athletes from the Texas Rangers Youth Academy and also JRF scholars. Additionally, Rangers RBI regional teams will wear Rangers caps with the “42″ logo on the cap in tournaments this year.

ABOUT THE JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION

For 45 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has continued Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education, providing generous scholarship grants and comprehensive support services to minority students attending colleges throughout the country. Expanding its mission of education and Robinson’s rich legacy, the Foundation will open the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City in December 2019 to chronicle Robinson’s storied athletic career and his long-lasting impact across society. For more information, visit www.JackieRobinson.org.

In December 2018, MLB and Clubs raised funds through the 2018 Winter Meetings Charity Auction to benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars program for a student pursuing an undergraduate degree in sports administration/management.

In 2016, MLB increased its financial commitment to the Jackie Robinson Foundation and expanded their programmatic partnership. MLB greatly enhanced its longstanding philanthropic support by funding 30 four-year JRF scholarships – one for each of the 30 MLB Clubs and by contributing $1 million to the Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Museum project. Additionally, MLB and JRF have engaged JRF Scholars to mentor young people in MLB’s youth and community partnership programs, including Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), MLB Youth Academies and MLB-supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America programs. JRF Scholars have mentored participants in these various youth programs, encouraging their young mentees to embrace educational opportunities and joined them in extra-curricular activities, such as attending MLB games and special events with the League’s support.

Historically, Major League Baseball and its Clubs have contributed nearly $20 million to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for its scholarship program and the Jackie Robinson Museum.

Please visit www.JackieRobinson.org for more about the Jackie Robinson Centennial Celebration.

 

 

 

Indians re-sign LH relief specialist Oliver Perez

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Oliver Pérez

Jan. 25th, 2019

 

The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday, the club has re-signed free-agent LHP OLIVER PÉREZ (#39) to a Major League contract for the 2019 season with a vesting option for 2020.

The June 2018 acquisition was a key member of the Indians bullpen, leading the team with 15 holds while recording scoreless appearances in 46 of his 51 outings and posting the highest bWAR of any reliever on the staff (1.3). During his four-month tenure with the club he posted an ERA of 1.39 (32.1IP, 17H, 5ER, 7BB, 43SO, .417 OPS), limited Major League hitters to a .155 average against with a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 6.14 and recorded an inherited runners scored pct. of 9.3% (4-of-43, lowest in the A.L.). His 1.39 ERA was fourth-lowest among MLB relievers who logged at least 30.0 innings (1.74 FIP was second-lowest in MLB).

The 37-year-old native of Culiacan, Mexico was originally signed by Cleveland as a free agent on June 2 after being granted his release from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.   The 16-year Major League veteran owns the third-most appearances (603) and third-most strikeouts (1479) of any Mexican-born pitcher in MLB history.

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Indians 1B coach Sandy Alomar Jr. to receive 2019 Greater Cleveland Sports Lifetime Achievement Award

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Sandy Alomar Jr. talking with umpires 2012 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Former catcher and current coach to receive honors at annual fundraiser

 

Sandy Alomar Jr., former Cleveland Indians catcher and current first base coach will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cuyahoga Community College during 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards presented by Medical Mutual and Huntington Bank. Sports Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom in Downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Alomar spent 11 seasons catching with the Indians from 1990-2000. He was a six-time All-Star selection and became the 33rd player to be inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2009. During his tenure with the Tribe, he hit .277 with 194 doubles, 92 home runs and 453 RBIs in 985 games. Alomar’s 950 games caught are the third-highest in the history of the Indians organization.

As one of the most popular players in club history, Alomar was the field leader behind the plate as his team won five American League Central Division titles and two American League Pennants from 1995 to 1999.

Called up from the minors with the San Diego Padres in 1989, Alomar was traded to the Indians club in 1990. In his rookie year, Alomar was named American League Rookie of the Year and received the Rawlings Glove Award.

In 1997, Alomar produced his best season. With the Tribe earning a World Series spot, he hit .324 with 37 doubles, 21 home runs and 83 RBIs in 125 games, earning All-Star Game MVP honors and finishing 14th overall in the American League MVP voting.

After leaving Cleveland in 2000, Alomar was involved with five different clubs before completing his 20th Major League season in 2007.

Now in his ninth season on the Indians coaching staff, Alomar spent eight of those seasons as the team’s First Base coach while also serving as the Bench Coach in 2012-13. Additionally, he served as interim manager for the final six games of the 2012 season and mentors Indians players in his former catcher position.

Off the diamond, Alomar is an avid cyclist and extremely supportive of Cleveland Clinic’s VeloSano, a year-round, community-driven fundraising initiative to support lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. Alomar designed the Cleveland Indians VeloSano team jersey in addition to participating in the 2016-17 rides.

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cuyahoga Community College is given to a person who has dedicated their lives to the advancement of sports in Cleveland. Past recipients have ranged from former Indians and Browns players to high school football coaches in the region.

Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is the premier annual sports fundraiser that supports Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and celebrates Cleveland’s professional, collegiate and high school sports athletic achievements.

This event will feature appearances from current and former national sports celebrities along with a formal dinner, and awards ceremony honoring the top athletic achievements from 2018.

Tickets and tables for Sports Awards are available for purchase at clevelandsportsawards.com.

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include:

2002 – Jim Brown, former running back, Cleveland Browns
2003 – Mark H. McCormack, Founder, International Management Group (IMG)
2004 – Bob Feller, former pitcher, Cleveland Indians
2005 – Richard Jacobs, former owner, Cleveland Indians
2006 – Herb Score, former pitcher & announcer, Cleveland Indians
2007 – Joe Tait, former broadcaster, Cleveland Cavaliers
2008 – Chuck Kyle, Head Football Coach, St. Ignatius High School
2009 – Bob Kain, former CEO, IMG
2010 – Dr. John A. Bergfeld. M.D., Senior Orthopedic Surgeon & team physician, Cleveland Clinic
2011 – Reggie Rucker, former wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
2012 – Austin Carr, former guard & current broadcaster, Cleveland Cavaliers
2013 – Bernie Kosar, former quarterback, Cleveland Browns
2014 – Tom Hamilton, sportscaster & announcer, Cleveland Indians
2015 – Jim Donovan, radio & TV personality, WKYC & Cleveland Browns
2016 – Mike Hargrove, former first baseman & manager, Cleveland Indians
2017 – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, former center, Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 – Sandy Alomar Jr., coach and former catcher, Cleveland Indians

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Indians announce 2019 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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Spring Training opener set for Feb. 23 vs. Reds at Goodyear Ballpark; 12 games televised on SportsTime Ohio; 15 games broadcast on Indians Radio Network and locally on WTAM, WMMS and ALT 99.1

 

Cleveland, OH-The Cleveland Indians today announced their game times and broadcast schedule for 2019 Cactus League play in Arizona, a schedule that opens against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on Feb. 23.

This Spring 12 games will be televised on SportsTime Ohio, while 15 games will be broadcast on the Indians Radio Network, including 10 on WTAM 1100 AM, 2 on WMMS 100.7 FM and 3 on ALT 99.1 FM.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, AZ, on February 12, full squad reports on February 16, with first full squad workout on February 18.

Goodyear Ballpark will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary season in 2019 with some special events and giveaways (see below).

TRAVEL PACKAGES

Indians fans should call 1-855-298-5444 for more details and to book a Spring Training trip today.

TICKETS ON SALE

Single-game tickets for Tribe Spring Training games go on sale online only at Indians.com/Spring.

PROMOTIONAL DAYS/SPECIAL EVENTS

2019 at Goodyear Ballpark includes many promotions and special events, including fireworks, player autographs, a Jose Ramirez bobblehead, a limited edition 10th anniversary season commemorative ticket, Catch on the Field, Kids Days Sundays and more.

The full promotional/special event calendar is available at Indians.com/Spring.

The Tribe will play 15 games as the home team at Goodyear Ballpark, plus 19 away games. They will have three split-squad games (Feb. 27, March 13 & March 20) and four night games at Goodyear Ballpark (all 6:10 p.m. local time):

  • March 1 vs. Los Angeles-NL
  • March 8 vs. San Francisco
  • March 20 vs. Los Angeles-AL
  • March 22 vs. Chicago-NL

The Tribe will play two exhibition games in Arlington on March 25 and March 26 before their season opener at Minnesota on March 28.

2019 FAN EXPERIENCE PACKAGES

Three unique and popular behind-the-scenes Fan Experience packages are available for fans this Spring in Goodyear, including:

On-Field Workout: A 90-minute, post-game on-field workout session hosted on Fields 1 and 2 at the Player Development Complex. Fans will have the opportunity to take cuts in the indoor batting cages, field ground balls in the infield, shag fly balls in the outfield and compete in an individual batting challenge competition.

  • Dates: March 9, 23
  • Cost: $130/person

Player/Broadcaster Meet-n-Greet: A 60-minute, postgame meet-and-greet and Q&A session with 2-3 Indians players and a member of the Indians Broadcast team. This fan favorite event will be hosted at the recently renovated Right Field Pavilion at Goodyear Ballpark, and will include light snacks and refreshments during the event. A cash bar will also be available.

  • Dates: March 3, 17
  • Cost: $105/person

Batting Practice Fan Zone: Fans will have a chance to watch pregame batting practice up close and personal on the field, directly behind the batting cage on Field 1 at the Player Development Complex.

  • Date: March 8, 22
  • Cost: $80/person

More information on Fan Experience packages is available at Indians.com/Spring or call the Goodyear Ballpark ticket office at 623-882-3130.

2019 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

 

DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) RADIO/TV
Saturday Feb. 23 Cincinnati 3:05 STO/WMMS
Sunday Feb. 24 Arizona 3:05 WTAM
Monday Feb. 25 Texas 3:05 Indians.com webcast
Tuesday Feb. 26 Colorado (Salt River) 3:10 Indians.com webcast
Wednesday Feb. 27 Seattle (ss) 3:05 Indians.com webcast
Wednesday Feb. 27 Milwaukee (Maryvale, ss) 3:05 STO via FSW
Thursday Feb. 28 Arizona (Salt River) 3:10  
Friday March 1 Los Angeles-NL 8:05 STO/WTAM
Saturday March 2 Oakland (Mesa) 3:05 Indians.com webcast
Sunday March 3 Kansas City 3:05 ALT 99.1
Monday March 4 San Diego (Peoria) 3:10 STO via FSSD
Tuesday March 5 Chicago-AL 3:05 WTAM
Wednesday March 6 Los Angeles-NL (Glendale) 9:05 Indians.com webcast
Thursday March 7 Arizona (Salt River) 3:10 STO via FSAZ/ALT 99.1
Friday March 8 San Francisco 8:05  
Saturday March 9 Colorado 3:05 WTAM
Sunday March 10 Seattle (Peoria) 4:10 WTAM
Monday March 11 Cincinnati 4:05  
Tuesday March 12 OFF DAY    
Wednesday March 13 Milwaukee (ss) 4:05  
Wednesday March 13 Kansas City (Surprise, ss) 4:05 STO via FSMW
Thursday March 14 Colorado 4:05  
Friday March 15 Texas (Surprise) 4:05 WTAM
Saturday March 16 Los Angeles-AL (Tempe) 4:10 STO via FSW/WTAM
Sunday March 17 Cincinnati 4:05 STO/WTAM
Monday March 18 San Diego 4:05 Indians.com webcast
Tuesday March 19 Los Angeles-NL (Glendale) 10:05  
Wednesday March 20 Los Angeles-AL (ss) 9:05 STO via FSW/Indians.com webcast
Wednesday March 20 San Francisco (Scottsdale, ss) 10:05  
Thursday March 21 Texas (Surprise) 4:05 STO via FSSW/WMMS
Friday March 22 Chicago-NL 9:05 STO/ALT 99.1
Saturday March 23 Cincinnati 4:05 STO/WTAM
Sunday March 24 Chicago-AL (Glendale) 3:05  
Monday March 25 Texas (Arlington) 8:05 STO via FSSW/WTAM
Tuesday March 26 Texas (Arlington) 2:05  

 

All game dates and times are subject to change

Bold indicates home games

For future information on tickets, schedules and workout times, fans can log on to Indians.com/spring or Indians.com/boletos.

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