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Cleveland Indians enjoying successful attendance with 2 million tickets sold for first time since 2008

Progressive Field with Quicken Loans Arena in LF (2011 photo by Videojolt via wikipedia commons)

 

Club enjoying nearly 30% hike in attendance during second consecutive division title run TV, radio ratings also up significantly this season

 

The Indians have reached 2 million tickets sold for the first time since the 2008 season, the club announced Wednesday. On a per-game basis, the Indians attendance has jumped nearly 30% over 2016 and 42% over the 2015 season.

The Tribe’s final homestand of the season runs Sept. 26-Oct. 1, vs. the Twins and White Sox. The weekend White Sox series features the club’s annual Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, Sept. 30, with Dollar Dogs and fireworks on tap. Sunday’s game features the final Kids Run the Bases of the season, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

More notes on attention on the Tribe:

  • TV ratings: Ratings have climbed to a 8.23 household rating on SportsTime Ohio, up 26% over last year’s 6.53 HH full-year rating.
    • The Indians rating so far in September is 11.7 HH, up 50% over last September.
    • Sunday’s post-game show, after the Tribe clinched the AL Central, drew a 9.47 HH rating.
  • Radio ratings: The Indians are drawing a 6.0 rating, 18% higher than last year’s full-season 5.1 number.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

Indians close final 2017 homestand season vs. Twins and White Sox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The AL Central Champion Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a six-game homestand against the Minnesota Twins (September 26-28), and Chicago White Sox (September 29-30, October 1).

FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME SERIES

As they’ve done all season, Indians players will drive many community impact events during this homestand.

Those activities include:

  • Lonnie’s Lineup, Tuesday: Lonnie Chisenhall and his wife, Meredith, will host a family from the Salvation Army during batting practice. The family will receive a clubhouse tour, watch the game from the Club Lounge and receive other gifts, like T-shirts.
  • Kluber’s Kids, Wednesday: Corey Kluber and his wife, Amanda, will host a child from Cleveland Clinic Children’s. As part of this program, the child and his or her family will watch batting practice on the field, receive Kluber jerseys and watch the game that night from the Club Lounge. On special occasions, guests will watch Kluber throw a bullpen session in the outfield.

The homestand also features the final Sugardale Dollar Dog Night and fireworks show of the season. Fan Appreciation Night will also take place on Saturday night.

#MINITEAMCLE2017 T-SHIRTS HEADED TO TEAM SHOP

In addition to Friday’s #MiniTeamCLE2017 team photo giveaway for 30,000 fans, soon fans will be able to purchase #MiniTeamCLE2017 T-shirts at the Progressive Field Team Shop!

Two options will be available – one featuring position players and one featuring the team’s dominant starting rotation. Stay tuned for more information on availability!

Additionally, fans can view pictures of each #MiniTeamCLE2017 team member at Indians.com/MiniTeamCLE2017.

Tuesday, September 26 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information
: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Lonnie’s Lineup: The Chisenhalls will host a Salvation Army family, members of which will watch batting practice and meet Tribe players.

Ceremonial first pitch: Rachel Duke, Indians Volunteer of the Year Award winner from Business Volunteers Unlimited, will throw out a first pitch.

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive virtual reality videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile only entrance.

Wednesday, September 27 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information:
SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Kluber’s Kids: Corey Kluber and his wife, Amanda, will host a child from Cleveland Clinic Children’s. As part of this program, the child and his or her family will watch batting practice on the field, receive Kluber jerseys and watch the game that night from the Club Lounge.

Thursday, September 28 vs. Twins @ 12:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information:
SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/IRN

National Anthem: Chagrin Falls High School Select Choir will perform the National Anthem.

Friday, September 29 vs. White Sox @ 7:10 PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information:
SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

#MiniTeamCLE2017 Photo: 30,000 fans will receive an 8×10 “team” photo of the mini balls created by Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco.

Andrew Miller to host Clinic patients: Tribe All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will host the family of a Cleveland Clinic patient at the ballpark.

Ceremonial first pitch: Ohio State Basketball Head Coach Chris Holtmann will throw out a first pitch.

Ohio Lottery kiosk: In support of its #INSPIREDOH Campaign, Ohio Lottery will be set up on the concourse. Fans can get a picture with a Francisco Lindor cutout as well as win prizes.

Game-used auction table: Fans can bid on game used items from their favorite Tribe players at the game used auction table located on the concourse.

Quaker Steak & Lube couponing: The restaurant chain will be at Progressive Field with special offers for Tribe fans.

Saturday, September 30 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information:
SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: During the game, fans can purchase $1 hot dogs courtesy of Sugardale.

Fireworks: Postgame fireworks will be set to a Thank You Tribe Town theme presented by T-Mobile.

Fan Appreciation Night: Fans in attendance will be eligible for giveaways.

T-Mobile truck: T-Mobile will be on Gateway Plaza with giveaways for fans before the Tribe and White Sox square off.

Sunday, October 1 vs. White Sox @ 3:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 1PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 and under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

KeyBank Kids Tickets: For just $15 with the purchase of an adult ticket at Indians.com, bring the kids down for our final Sunday home game of the season – before our Postseason run begins!

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds invite fans to actually ‘Swing for your Seats’ at GABP October 7

Deadline To Register Is September 29

 

The Cincinnati Reds are inviting current and prospective season ticket members to the second annual “Swing for your Seats” at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Fans who put down a deposit on a renewal or new season ticket membership for the 2018 season will have the opportunity to take three swings on the field at GABP.

If a participant hits a home run, they receive their 2018 Season Ticket Membership for free! (Up to a $10,000 value)

Swing for your Seats details:
• The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m.
• Each participant will receive three (3) pitches
• An automatic pitching machine will be used
• Deadline is Sept. 29, 2017 to place minimum 25% deposit on a 2018 Season Ticket Membership
• Eligible season ticket plans include 20-game, half season and full season

Additional prizes for participants include:
• Hit the outfield wall on the fly to win a complimentary luxury suite for up to 16 guests for a game during the 2018 season.
• Various targets will be set up in the outfield for other opportunities to win Reds prizes.

Full event details and information on how to place the required deposit are available at reds.com/swing or by calling 513-765-7500.

At the inaugural event in 2016, two participants hit home runs and each received their 2017 Season Ticket Membership for free.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

Reds, catcher Tucker Barnhart agree to 4-year contract extension

Tucker Barnhart in 2016 By Editosaurus - Own work, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams recently announced that C Tucker Barnhart has agreed to terms on a 4-year contract extension through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022. A press conference will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park.

Barnhart, 26, following this season would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time while under team control through 2020.

“Tucker has made us proud on the field with his play and off the field with his community involvement,” Williams said. “He worked his way up through our system, improving every step of the way, and has established himself as an elite defensive catcher and a productive offensive player. Switch hitting catchers who can impact the game defensively are tough to find.”

The 10th-round pick in the 2009 first-year player draft has been the Reds’ starting catcher since May 2016, when Devin Mesoraco suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Barnhart led the club with 96 starts behind the plate last season while making 98 starts so far this year.

Over the course of the last 2 seasons, Barnhart has built a reputation as one of the best catchers in the Major Leagues. This year he leads all Major League catchers in fielding percentage, caught stealings and assists, and his 2.9 Defensive WAR leads all National League players while ranking second among all Major League position players. As calculated by Fangraphs, Barnhart leads all Major League catchers in defensive value and in defensive runs saved.

With just 1 error this season, Barnhart has followed a career-high 52-game errorless streak with an active 50-game errorless streak. Over the last 2 seasons, he has thrown out 39 percent of the baserunners attempting to steal, including 44 percent this season to lead the National League and rank second in the majors.

Offensively, Barnhart is on pace to establish career highs in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage and is nearing career bests in games played, hits, doubles, HR and RBI.

He is a native of nearby Brownsburg, Indiana and a candidate to win his second consecutive Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

NFL enters Week 4 with several key games; Battle of Ohio has winless teams

NFL APPROACHES QUARTER MARK WITH KEY GAMES IN WEEK 4

In Week 3, eight games were decided by six points or fewer
“Tri-Cast” distribution model returns on Thursday night with Bears-Packers

Saints face Dolphins in London on Sunday (9:30 AM ET)

After an exciting week of close games and tight finishes, the NFL heads into Week 4. Last week, eight games were decided by six points or fewer, including two overtime contests. All eight of those games were decided in the final two minutes or OT.

Two teams – Atlanta and Kansas City – remain undefeated after three weeks.

The chances of making the playoffs after a 3-0 start are good but far from certain. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 100 of the 136 teams (73.5 percent) to start 3-0 have qualified for the postseason.

However, last season only one of the five teams to start 3-0 – New England – advanced to the playoffs.

There are currently 18 teams with a 2-1 record or better – Atlanta (3-0), Baltimore (2-1), Buffalo (2-1), Carolina (2-1), Dallas (2-1), Denver (2-1), Detroit (2-1), Green Bay (2-1), Jacksonville (2-1), Kansas City (3-0), Los Angeles Rams (2-1), Minnesota (2-1), New England (2-1), Oakland (2-1), Philadelphia (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Tennessee (2-1) and Washington (2-1) – and 10 of them did not make the playoffs in 2016 (Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Washington).

Those 10 clubs are all candidates to be turnaround teams in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Don’t count out any teams yet. Since 1990, 73 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs. That includes two teams last season – Detroit and Miami. So, entering Week 4, hope is still very much alive for everyone.

As the NFL approaches the quarter mark of the season, Week 4 kicks off with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). The game marks the return of the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime) which will be used for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest this season.

Also this week, the NFL continues its London Series with a second consecutive game in the United Kingdom. On Sunday (9:30 AM ET, FOX), the Miami Dolphins will face the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium. Among the key games this week:

CHICAGO BEARS (1-2) at GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1) (Thursday, CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime, 8:25 PM ET)

  • This game marks the 195th meeting (including the playoffs) between the two clubs, the most in NFL history. The all-time series is tied 94-94-6. This is the first time the teams will meet with both clubs coming off an overtime victory.
  • Chicago running back JORDAN HOWARD rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including the 19-yard game-winner in overtime, in the Bears’ 23-17 victory over Pittsburgh last week.
  • Bears rookie running back TARIK COHEN added 102 scrimmage yards against the Steelers, including 78 rushing yards, and ranks third among rookies with 283 scrimmage yards.
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns as he led to the Packers to a come-from-behind 27-24 overtime victory over Cincinnati last week.
  • Packers wide receiver GERONIMO ALLISON had six catches for 122 yards against the Bengals and helped set up the game-winning field goal with a 72-yard reception in overtime.

BUFFALO BILLS (2-1) at ATLANTA FALCONS (3-0) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

  • Buffalo quarterback TYROD TAYLOR threw two touchdown passes in the Bills’ 26-16 victory over Denver in Week 3. Taylor completed 76.9 percent of his passes (20 of 26) and tossed TDs to wide receiver ANDRE HOLMES and tight end CHARLES CLAY.
  • Bills rookie cornerback TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE, the team’s first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft (No. 27 overall), had a career-high seven tackles and four passes defensed against the Broncos, including his first career interception.
  • The Falcons are the NFC’s only unbeaten team at 3-0 after last week’s 30-26 win at Detroit. Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN threw two touchdown passes in the victory – his 22nd consecutive game with a TD pass – and has a 114.5 passer rating since the start of the 2016 season, the highest mark in the NFL.
  • Atlanta running back DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown in the victory over the Lions. Freeman has scored a touchdown in all three games this season and is currently tied for the NFL lead with four rushing TDs.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1) at DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

  • The Rams lead the NFL averaging 35.7 points per game this season and have scored at least 40 points twice, including last week’s 41-39 win at San Francisco on Thursday night. Under head coach SEAN MC VAY, Los Angeles’ 107 points scored are the third-most by a team with a rookie head coach in the first three games of a season.
  • Los Angeles running back TODD GURLEY rushed for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in last week’s victory at San Francisco. Gurley, who is tied for the NFL lead with six touchdowns this season, tied the franchise record for the most TDs in the team’s first three games of a season (Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZYLEGS” HIRSCH in 1951 and MARSHALL FAULK in 2000).
  • Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw touchdown passes to wide receivers DEZ BRYANT and BRICE BUTLER and added a rushing TD in the Cowboys’ 28-17 win at Arizona on Monday night.
  • Cowboys defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had a career-high three sacks against the Cardinals and leads the NFL this season with 6.5 sacks.

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-1) at DENVER BRONCOS (2-1) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)

  • Since the start of the 2015 season, Raiders defensive end KHALIL MACK leads the NFL with 28 sacks and Broncos linebacker VON MILLER is tied for second with 27.5 sacks.
  • Since the start of last season, Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR has completed 421 of 651 passes (64.7 percent) for 4,547 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a 97.4 passer rating, the second-best mark in the AFC during that span (TOM BRADY, 114.1).
  • Mack tied the club’s single-game franchise record (Pro Football Hall of Famer HOWIE LONG) with five sacks against the Broncos on December 13, 2015. ​
  • The Broncos lead the NFL in rushing defense, allowing just 59.7 rushing yards per game. Denver is one of only two teams this season (Minnesota) which has not allowed a rushing touchdown.
  • Miller has recorded a sack in four of the past five meetings between the teams. He has 76.5 sacks since entering the NFL in 2011, the most in the league during that span.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-1) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

  • Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 365 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.7 passer rating in the Redskins’ 27-10 victory over Oakland on Sunday night.
  • Redskins running back CHRIS THOMPSON had six catches for 150 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Thompson, who finished the contest with 188 scrimmage yards, has recorded back-to-back games with at least 100 scrimmage yards for the first time in his career.
  • Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown (69 yards) in the Chiefs’ 24-10 victory at the Los Angeles Chargers. Hunt, who finished the game with 183 scrimmage yards, leads the league with 538 scrimmage yards, the second-most by a player in his first three career games in NFL history (BILLY SIMS, 562). Hunt sealed the victory over Los Angeles with a 69-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. He is the first player in NFL history to record a touchdown of at least 50 yards in each of his first three games to begin a career. Hunt’s six touchdowns this season are tied with Sims (1980 Detroit) and DUTCH STERNAMAN (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most by a player in his first three career games.
  • The Chiefs have scored a 50+ yard touchdown in nine consecutive regular-season games, the longest streak in NFL history. During that span, the Kansas City players to record at least one 50+ yard touchdown are TYREEK HILL (six), Hunt (three), TRAVIS KELCE and ALBERT WILSON.

NFL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 1-2

(All times local)​

Thursday, September 28 Sunday, October 1 (cont’d)
Chicago at Green Bay, 7:25 PM (CBS/NFLN/Amazon) Carolina at New England, 1:00 PM
  Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 1 San Francisco at Arizona, 1:05 PM
New Orleans at Miami (London), 2:30 PM Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 PM
Buffalo at Atlanta, 1:00 PM New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 PM
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Oakland at Denver, 2:25 PM
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1:00 PM Indianapolis at Seattle, 5:30 PM (NBC)
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 12:00 PM
Tennessee at Houston, 12:00 PM Monday, October 2
Detroit at Minnesota, 12:00 PM Washington at Kansas City, 7:30 PM (ESPN)

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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