Five Reasons Larry Walker Deserves Hall of Fame Recognition

2020 marks Walker's final year on BBWAA's Hall of Fame ballot

Former Tribe outfielder Larry Walker led the team with 36 stolen bases in 1989. (Photo by Mark Wick)

By Anna Kayser | January 10, 2020 11:16 AM ET

Before he was known as a five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger winner and the 1997 NL MVP, Larry Walker was an Indianapolis Indian.

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The 2010s: Selecting the Tribe's All-Decade Team

Tyler Glasnow went 19-6 with a 1.95 ERA in 43 games for Indy, making him the headliner on the Tribe's All-Decade Team. (Photo by Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter | December 20, 2019 3:50 PM ET

The Indianapolis Indians finished the 2010s with three outright division titles, four Governors' Cup playoff appearances and an appearance in the 2015 Governors' Cup Championship Series. The Tribe compiled a regular season record of 760-670 in the 2010s - good for a .532 winning percentage - second to only the 1990s, when Indy posted a .538 winning percentage (773-665). For reference, the Indians have been in continuous operation since 1902 and just completed their 12th decade of existence. Here's a look at the top players from the last decade, during which 371 total players took the field for Indy.

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Keller, Hayes Headline Five Indians Named as Pirates Organization All-Stars

Pittsburgh's top two farmhands excelled at highest rung of minor league ladder

For the second time in his career, Mitch Keller was named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com. (Photo by Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter | December 2, 2019 2:27 PM ET

The top performers of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system were announced today by MiLB.com as part of the site's annual organization all-star awards. Of the 13 players recognized, five suited up for the Indianapolis Indians in 2019.

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Offseason Update No. 1: A New Regime in Pittsburgh

Front office changes, 40-man roster movement highlight first month of offseason

3B Ke'Bryan Hayes headlined Pittsburgh's five 40-man roster additions ahead of the Rule 5 Draft. (Photo by Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 27, 2019 10:58 AM ET

With the 2019 season in the rearview mirror, the Pittsburgh Pirates set their sights on turning the page to a new decade with a new regime in place. On the last day of the regular season, the Pirates parted ways with manager Clint Hurdle and over the first six weeks of the offseason, cut ties with president Frank Coonelly, executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, and assistant general manager Kyle Stark. Additional on-field changes included pitching coach Ray Searage not being retained and assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz taking the same position with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Indians to Offer Employee Donation Match Program

Organization empowers staff with new charitable initiative to launch on Giving Tuesday

(Justin Casterline)

November 27, 2019 10:26 AM ET

In honor of Giving Tuesday, the Indianapolis Indians have announced a new Employee Donation Match Program.

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Best Games at Victory Field, No. 1: Craig's Homer Walks Off Columbus

Slugger becomes 16th Pirates farmhand since 2005 to hit walk-off homer for Indy

(Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 22, 2019 11:09 AM ET

Nearly three years passed between walk-off home runs for the Indianapolis Indians, but it was well worth the wait. On July 30 against Columbus, Will Craig turned on a first-pitch fastball in the bottom of the ninth, sending it over the left field wall to give the Tribe a dramatic 3-2 win. The walk-off blast was the first for Indy since Alen Hanson cranked a walk-off grand slam on Aug. 15, 2016 vs. Louisville.

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Best Games at Victory Field, No. 2: Indians Stun IronPigs in Extras, 8-7

Five-run ninth leads to Kelley walk-off single in 10th

(Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 20, 2019 3:53 PM ET

Indy's largest comeback win of the season came on August 18 against Lehigh Valley at Victory Field. The Tribe faced a 7-2 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth, but Ke'Bryan Hayes hit a game-tying, three-run shot during the five-run frame, and Christian Kelley ripped a walk-off single in the 10th to send Indy to a thrilling 8-7 triumph.

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Best Games at Victory Field, No. 3: Wood's Single Sends Indy to Extra-Inning Win

Robinson ties game in 10th with triple before Wood wins it in the 11th

(Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 18, 2019 4:45 PM ET

Indy capped its longest homestand of the season - a 10-game stretch from April 11-21 - with an extra-inning, walk-off win over Louisville. The game was scoreless through nine innings, but a game-tying triple by Trayvon Robinson in the 10th frame and a single by Eric Wood in the 11th provided late drama in a 2-1 Tribe victory.

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Best Games at Victory Field, No. 4: Indy Tops Charlotte, 9-7

Kivlehan rips go-ahead double, Knights commit five errors in Tribe triumph

(Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 15, 2019 5:54 PM ET

The Tribe's third home game of the 2019 season saw the Indians dig out of a 3-0 hole to take a 7-4 lead, then give up three runs in the seventh before prevailing, 9-7. Indy's comeback was generated by 16 hits and five errors committed by Charlotte.

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Indians Set New Records for Charitable Giving

Team sets highs for total giving, jersey auctions and staff volunteering as club begins new 501(C)(3) endeavor

(Alex Leachman)

November 14, 2019 1:04 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, the Indianapolis Indians set a franchise record for total charitable giving. Including monetary donations and in-kind contributions, the Tribe gave back $583,623 to community organizations in fiscal year 2019.

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