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Triston McKenzie introduced himself to the city of Cleveland on the field with an impressive rookie campaign in 2020, making his debut on Aug. 22 and going on to make eight appearances in the regular season for the Tribe as a key part of the starting rotation.

This offseason, Cleveland eighth graders will get to know the right-hander off the field, as well. McKenzie will serve as a mentor to students in Cleveland in 2021 through the Neighborhood Leadership Institute’s True2U Mentoring Program.

True2U started in 2015 and now serves all 2,500 eighth graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. This year, the program has enlisted 170 local professionals who volunteered to mentor students. True2U mentors share what they’ve learned throughout their careers to help students find their strengths, explore their interests and career pathways, reflect on and embrace their core values, and be true to themselves while guiding them through the transition from middle school to high school. …


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Cleveland right-hander Cam Hill learned more than just baseball from his coaches on his way to the big leagues. Hill, who transitioned from position player to pitcher earlier in his career, recalls being coached at no cost by one particular coach simply because the coach thought it was important to give back to others.

“I came into contact with a coach of mine who trained me and [showed] me the ropes of pitching,” Hill said. “One of the very first things he said was he never wanted payment. He was very adamant about giving back. …


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Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!

This week we are talking about hitting and all the important things to remember to make a hitting fun for all ballplayers. During my time at the alternative site, I had the opportunity to witness some of our “up-and-coming” hitters. Wow, what a show they put on each and every day! It was great to help out during their batting practices. It felt like we were picking up more homerun baseballs than balls that stayed in the park.

As I watched the players hit, I notice how they all put a strong emphasize on their framework. That framework we talk about in Indians Youth Baseball is called “The Hitter’s Checklist”. Just like the Indians prospects, reverting back to a framework is important to remember as a coach or player. This can help you find your answer quicker if you are not hitting the baseball well. …


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Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!

Today’s Tuesday Tip topic is bunting. Aaron Bracho, a Cleveland prospect, practices his bunting technique in the video below. As you watch this video pay attention to several points listed below that can help you instruct your youth athletes on the proper bunting technique.

Sacrifice Bunting Tips

· Cast the bat out in-front of your body (like casting fishing rod)

· Feet move slightly towards the pitcher, but stay in the batter’s box shoulder with apart

· Create athletic position — — Booty Back!!!

· Aim to make contact with the ball on the end of the…


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We are back this week with another video from this summer. This video features Outfield Coordinator JT Maguire and prospect outfielder George Valera. Throughout the summer, I had the privilege to talk to JT and George about their preparation and focus when fielding baseball below or above the waist.

Check out these videos and tips to help you gain the framework for fielding any baseball hit your way in the outfield. With a lot of hard work, you too can be fielding the baseball and throwing out baserunners like your favorite big leaguers!

In case you missed it, here is the link to the previous Tuesday Tip, where Coach Kata highlights JT’s video, Part 1 of Pro-Step Approach: Baseballs Below the…


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We are back to the infield in this week’s Tuesday Tip to talk about proper positioning when fielding a ground ball. As you saw from the previous blog posts, our players were hard at work all summer long, in case their name was called.

The infielders in this video are going through a typical infielder’s warm-up. Some of the things they are focusing on are;

1. Moving quickly, but under control towards the baseball.

2. Fielding the baseball in middle of their body.

3. Seeing the ball into their glove.

Other things to look for when watching these infielders in the…


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Back this week with another IYB Tuesday Tip. Today we are talking about the “pre-step” thought process for fielding a groundball. Coach Kata always stresses the importance of preparing for a ball hit your way.

In this video, Tribe infield prospect Aaron Bracho, prepares himself to field a groundball rolled his way.

Things to remember when fielding a ground ball:

1. Footwork — short steps, low center of gravity (Lion stalking its prey)

2. Feet Wide as you get closer to the ball

3. Head Behind the Glove (Eyes watching the ball into the glove)

4. Body in good posture: “booty back” towards the…


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Despite having to go virtual for the first time since VeloSano’s inception in 2014, a record-high 2,900 participants raised over $3 million during the annual “Bike to Cure” weekend in 2020 — 100% of which will go towards lifesaving cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.

The fundraising initiative has now raised over $24 million since 2014, over $1 million which has been raised by the Cleveland Indians VeloSano Team. This year, 84 members joined the Tribe VeloSano team, raising around $140,000 for the cause.

This year’s event saw participation from around the world, representing 39 different states and six different countries.

Since 2014, the money raised from VeloSano weekends has supported 150 cancer research projects.

VeloSano 8 “Bike to Cure” weekend is scheduled for July 16–18, 2021 and will be chaired by Paul Dolan and John Saada.


This Tuesday Tip featured Indians infield prospect, Aaron Bracho, fielding a baseball rolled to him simulating a ground ball. Bracho is working on his fielding footwork. Think of a lion stalking its prey: Bracho approaches the ball with his feet close together, his eyes on the ball, and his body in good posture with his “booty back” towards the outfield. Since the ball is slowly rolled to Bracho, he is moving in position where the ball is to his left-hand side. This is done to keep his momentum moving towards his desire outcome. …


In this warm up drill, Tribe prospect Bo Naylor works on blocking the ball as part of his individual workout. As Coach Anthony Medrano rolls the baseball towards Bo, he is focused on blocking the ball and keeping it in front of him. He does this by pushing off his inside foot (in this case it is his right foot since the ball is thrown to Bo’s left) and lining up the rolled ball in the center of his body.

You will notice how Bo’s throws his knees straight to the ground from the squat position and his feet then point out. Bo also throws his mitt straight to the grown to cover up any gaps in-between his legs as he gets into a blocking position. …

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