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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Best Games at Victory Field, No. 5: Indians Walk Off vs. Mud Hens, 8-7

Reynolds' grand slam and three Toledo errors lead comeback

(Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 13, 2019 1:05 PM ET

Indy's early-season success featured a 13-11 record in April and 18-9 clip in May. Fifteen of those 31 combined wins were comeback victories, with the largest come-from-behind win occurring on April 17 against Toledo. The Tribe faced an early 4-0 deficit but rallied for a thrilling 8-7 walk-off win, giving Indy its fifth straight victory over the Mud Hens.

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Best Hitting Performance, No. 1: Robinson Racks Up Four Extra-Base Hits in Rout

Veteran tallies two doubles, two triples for second straight four-hit game

(Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter | November 11, 2019 3:56 PM ET

Trayvon Robinson's return to affiliated baseball for the first time since 2015 started off with a bang this spring. The journeyman swung a hot bat out of the gate, highlighted by consecutive four-hit performances on April 11 and April 12 against Charlotte at Victory Field, making him the only Tribe player with consecutive four-hit games in the last 25 years.

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