Frank Duncan Honored by Pirates for Community Service


INDIANAPOLIS – Following an All-Star season on the field, Indians pitcher Frank Duncan will be recognized for his work beyond the ballpark. The right-hander has been selected to represent the Tribe as the club’s 2016 Pirates Community Commitment Award winner.

Duncan led all of the nearly 300 players in the Pirates organization by dedicating 54.5 volunteer service hours to the Indianapolis community. It marks his second consecutive year receiving the award, as he was the 2015 selection for the High-A Bradenton Marauders. One honoree is chosen from every affiliate in the Pirates farm system each season.

Among his many contributions, Duncan visited with patients at Riley Hospital for Children and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, played ball with members of the Brownsburg Challenger League, and gave one-on-one instruction as part of the Indians’ Special Needs Clinic in partnership with Autism Speaks.

Instituted in 2008, the Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) helps each player in the Pirates organization understand the personal and professional growth opportunities linked to community service, as they are seen as role models or potential leaders.

The San Francisco, Calif., native enjoyed an outstanding year on the mound. He was named a Triple-A All-Star and selected by the coaching staff as the club’s Rookie of the Year after establishing career marks in wins (9), ERA (2.34), and WHIP (1.19). He posted the International League’s second-lowest ERA (2.08) after June 1 and logged the league’s top scoreless streak with 23.2 shutout innings.

Winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony at PNC Park in Pittsburgh prior to the Pirates hosting the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.


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Autism Awareness Night with the Tribe

April is Autism Awareness Month. Saturday night was Autism Awareness night at Victory Field.
The Indianapolis Indians may have lost the game against the Louisville Bats but the won the hearts of their fans and the Autism Community.

By partnering with Damar Services to both raise awareness of Autism and highlight groups working to create autism-friendly environments on Autism Awareness Night at Victory Field on Saturday, April 19.

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The Tribe wore special jerseys with the autism awareness puzzle piece logos embroidered on each sleeve. Fans had the opportunity to bid on these one-of-a-kind jerseys worn by their favorite Indians players and coaches, with proceeds benefiting autism parent training and Parent Night Out programs.”

The Balance was proud to be covering this game. We would love to join forces and do our part in Autism Awareness Month. Unaware about what it means to be autistic, what sorts of challenges and difficulties it poses. What sort of joys and happiness it can bring. How vast the autism spectrum is, and how each autistic individual, each autism family’s journey is unique to them.

I was touched by the Young Kids with Autism who threw the first pitch. Thanks to The Indianapolis Indians that young man will have a memory that will last a life time.

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Tribe Postponed by Inclement Weather

Game to be Made Up as Part of DH on Saturday, July 12

INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday’s International League contest between the Indianapolis Indians (9-2) and Columbus Clippers (3-7) has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 12 at 6:05 p.m., with gates opening for the Tribe’s Signature Saturday autograph session at 5:00 p.m.

The Indians will now host today’s postponed contest during Columbus’ next visit to Victory Field on July 12. In accordance with International League rules, both games of the twin-bill on July 12 will be scheduled for seven innings, with the second game of the doubleheader set to begin thirty minutes after the completion of the first contest.

Tickets from today’s postponed contest may be exchanged for any Indians home game throughout the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Fans can exchange their tickets by visiting the Victory Field Box Office from 8:00 am – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, or by visiting any ticket window at Victory Field during any Tribe home game. All exchanges are based on availability.

The Tribe will now hit the road for a brief, three-game set as part of a home-and-home series with the Louisville Bats, Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds (April 16-18). The Indians return home to welcome the Bats for a three-game set at Victory Field from April 19-21, with the upcoming homestand’s promotions including the first Signature Saturday of the season, Kids Eat Free Sunday and Monday Dollar Menu.

Tomorrow’s contest at Louisville Slugger Field will be carried on WNDE 1260 AM, and via iheartradio, a mobile application for iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones with Howard Kellman and Will Flemming on the call. The pre-game show begins at 6:15 p.m.

Make summer something you start early with your Indianapolis Indians. Tickets for Tribe’s 2014 season are currently available online at, through the Indians’ single-game ticket hotline at 317-269-2282 or by visiting the Victory Field Box Office on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Baseball returns, Columbus spoils Indians Home Opener

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Written by

Brian Jessen,

Hot Corner Contributor , and Blogger for

There are signs of spring (FINALLY!) in Indianapolis.  People walking the Canal, the grasses are cut along 16th Street by the Speedway and the crack of a wooden bat followed by a loud cheer erupts from Victory Field.

Yes Indianapolis, baseball is back.

The Indianapolis Indians began their International League West Division title defense last night as they hosted division rival Columbus Clippers in their 2013 Season Opener.  With an announced crowd of 12,769 was on hand, the Tribe had their hands full.  Overall, the Indians have gone 3-2 against Columbus on Opening Day, and are 2-1 when facing the Clippers in the season’s first home game.

But in their favor, the Tribe has been tough to beat at Victory Field early in the season, posting a 12-5 record in the season’s home opener, and a 6-2 record on Opening Day in Indianapolis.  But that didn’t hold true last night.

A scoreless ballgame going into the 8th inning when Clippers designated hitter Jeremy Hermida hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Mike Zagurski for a grand slam in the eighth inning for the game’s only runs. The Indians had just three hits.

New Tribe  HP Andy Oliver took to the rubber for the Tribe in the opener.  The southpaw was acquired from the Detroit Tigers last December.  Oliver started 18 straight games last season before making nine of his final 10 appearances in relief.  Overall in 2012, the lefty went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA (64 ER in 118.0 IP) in 28 games (19 starts).

Oliver (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO) appeared sharp and focused in an impressive performance in his Indians’ debut, striking out six while allowing just two hits over 6 scoreless innings. Oliver dominated out of the gate, allowing just one hit over the first five innings of the game, but ultimately did not figure in the final decision as Columbus held down the Tribe bats.

RHP Vic Black had an impressive start to his Triple-A career, striking out the side in the seventh inning after surrendering a lead-off single. However, his second inning would not go as well as his first, when a lead-off walk to LF Cedric Hunter, base hit to CF Tim Fedroff and an intentional walk forced by a passed ball loaded the bases in the top of the eighth.

The Tribe pulled Black, who has struggled with control problems throughout his career. Skipper Dean Treanor and Pitching Coach Tom Filer made the call for veteran reliever Mike Zagurski, who on his first pitch of the night, surrendered a mammoth grand slam home run off the bat of Hermida. The longball ultimately pinned Black with the loss, dropping his record to 0-1.

The loss was the Indians sixth straight Opening Day defeat, but they will look to bounce back in game two of the four-game season-opening series with Columbus on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. at Victory Field.

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