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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.

(ss)-split squad

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MLB suspends three minor leaguers for violation of drug policies

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Jan. 25th, 2019

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced a couple days ago that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Cincinnati Reds Minor League pitcher Junior Harding, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Reds, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Methylphenidate, a stimulant in violation of the Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League pitcher Alex Schick, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Program.

Baltimore Orioles Minor League outfielder Trey Whitley, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program.

 

MLB forms 10-year partnership with Nike and Fanatics

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(courtesy Nike Inc.)

(courtesy Fanatics Inc.)

 

Nike becomes official uniform & footwear supplier of MLB starting in 2020 season

 

Jan. 25th, 2019

 

Major League Baseball, Nike and Fanatics announced a new 10-year global partnership that makes Nike the Official Uniform and Footwear Supplier of MLB starting in the 2020 season. The new cooperation among the three organizations will provide Major League Baseball players with uniforms developed by Nike’s team of innovative designers and will provide fans with the widest assortment of MLB fan gear ever, manufactured and distributed by Fanatics.

Starting in 2020, Nike will be the exclusive provider of all MLB on-field uniforms, which will feature the Nike Swoosh, along with baselayer, game-day outerwear and all training apparel for the 30 MLB Clubs. Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, has been granted broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of the Nike MLB Authentic Collection, as well as Nike and Fanatics fan gear, sold through the retail community, including MLBShop.com, MLB clubs and brick & mortar stores.

Enhancing both assortment and speed-to-market of MLB products, Fanatics will utilize its vertical commerce model to create and distribute a wide range of MLB fan apparel sold at retail, including jerseys, Postseason apparel, and hot market gear that captures the latest events happening on the field.

“Nike’s global brand and reputation as a leader in marketing and driving innovation makes them an ideal partner,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “In addition, Fanatics is a valuable partner who has proven to serve our fans with speed, agility and quality service. We’re very excited about the possibilities this unique arrangement provides us over the next decade.”

In addition, Nike will continue as an official MLB sponsor, supporting league initiatives, grassroots marketing and fan events. Nike, as part of the new agreement, will partner with all 30 MLB Clubs and promote its brand and products across MLB media assets including MLB Network, MLB.com, and MLB Social.

The world’s leading performance brand will utilize its Nike Baseball athletes in official MLB uniforms across its advertising and promotions. Nike currently has endorsement relationships with over 500 MLB and Minor League players including Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, George Springer, José Ramirez, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Javier Báez and Nolan Arenado to name a few.

“We’re thrilled to bring more innovation and creativity to Major League Baseball and the incredible athletes who play the game,” said Tom Peddie, VP/GM of Nike North America. “This is an exciting time for baseball, and we look forward to partnering with MLB to grow the sport both across America as well as around the globe.”

“Given the continued rise in real-time demand by both fans and retailers, this three-way partnership will ensure MLB fans always have access to the products they crave regardless how, where or when they want to shop,” said Michael Rubin, Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman. “This progressive approach around joining forces between an elite performance brand and the innovative vertical capabilities of Fanatics continues to be the future model for licensed sports merchandise.”

About Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.

About NIKE, Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, Nike’s earnings releases and other financial information are available at http://investors.nike.com. Individuals can also visit http://news.nike.com/ and follow @Nike.

About Fanatics

As the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel and jerseys through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and selling fan gear in today’s on-demand culture. Operating multi-channel commerce for the world’s biggest sports brands, Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world’s biggest sporting events.

 

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