Finding the Best MLB Pitchers: Changeup Dominance


While a changeup is not always a pitcher’s go-to pitch, it’s often a vital piece in a starting pitcher’s repository. A changeup is an off-speed pitch (which means it has a lower velocity than a fastball), and its aim is deception – it’s relatively slow and can fool a batter into swinging before the ball gets to the plate. Adding to the deception is the fact that changeups are thrown with a similar motion as a fastball, which serves to trick the batter further.

Dominating With the Changeup

Let’s take a look at PITCHf/x data (wCH/C, weighted changeup runs per 100 pitches to be specific) for MLB pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched through Aug. 27, 2017, and see who dominates the changeup pitch.


This scatterplot compares dominance against the percentage of time a pitcher throws a changeup. The ideal location here is the upper left quadrant – it represents the pitchers who have had the best changeups and who use them frequently. Lefty starter for the Kansas City Royals Jason Vargas is well-known for the quality of his changeups, often relying on a changeup with a circle grip. While primarily making use of his fastball, teammate Danny Duffy also has a quality changeup in his arsenal. Carlos Carrasco and Gio González, of the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals respectively, also command a dominant changeup.

In the lower right quadrant, you’ll find pitchers who haven’t necessarily fared well with changeups, but they also don’t tend to use them very often. Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves is one example – he uses his four-seam fastball most often but will utilize the changeup now and then. J.C. Ramírez is another example of a player who uses changeups very infrequently.

The upper right quadrant, interestingly, shows pitchers who use changeups frequently but aren’t necessarily performing well with this pitch. Jeremy Hellickson of the Baltimore Orioles is one such pitcher – changeups are his favorite, but he hasn’t had much success with them.

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This chart incorporates the same data as the scatterplot above but may be a bit clearer to see which pitchers are more dominant with the changeup when compared to their peers. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers comes first in this category – although he doesn’t use a changeup frequently, he’s certainly mastered it. Carlos Carrasco is second, and his changeup frequency is higher than Kershaw’s, so he’s taking advantage of his changeup dominance.

At the opposite end, we find J.C. Ramírez, who uses his not-so-dominant changeup infrequently, as well as other pitchers like Drew Pomeranz of the Red Sox and Lance Lynn of the Cards.

Throwing a Change of Pace

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Home Run Analysis

The 2016 Major League Baseball season was one for the books. Between two endearing teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, facing off to end their century- and half-century-long World Series title droughts, tensions ran high and die-hard fanatics came hyped!

Both clubs wouldn’t have made it to this pivotal game without help from their supercharged rosters. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Addison Russell led the Windy City with the most home runs and RBIs completed during the season. Over at the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World,” Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, and Jason Kipnis reigned as Cleveland’s batting leaders.

All in all, home runs in the MLB are on the rise, and the baseball analysts at Fanatics compiled all batting stats from the 2016 season to provide you with enough home run data to hold you over until we start seeing some bombs this season.

Continue reading to see which teams and players stepped up to the plate this season with a home run state of mind!

Teams With the Swing

Major League Baseball players are some of the hardest hitters in the world. Let’s take a look at which teams have been crushin’ balls out of the park and dropping the jaws of teammates and fans alike.

The Baltimore Orioles topped the charts this season by scoring a total of 253 homers – the most nailed by any team in the MLB. Mark Trumbo – first baseman and outfielder for The O’s – led the Maryland-based squad with 47 at-bats converted into critical home run hits. Fielders Chris Davis and Manny Machado backed up the home run batting leader by nailing 38 and 37 home runs, respectively. The Orioles enjoyed a strong home run lead advantage over the rest of the clubs in the league for the majority of the season. The only team to step up to the plate to rival the Orioles was their inter-league competitor – the St. Louis Cardinals – trailing the Birds by 28 homers.

Rounding out the top five in season home runs were the Seattle Mariners (223), Toronto Blue Jays (221), and New York Mets (218).

Home Run State of Mind

Being the batting leader in your respective league is quite an impressive feat to boast on a major league resume.

Slugger Mark Trumbo hit a total of 47 home runs during his time at the plate this past season. Although the first baseman has been described as “one-dimensional,” his home run abilities are unrivaled. Trumbo’s excellence against inside pitches is what sets him apart from the rest, designating him an elite power hitter. No. 45’s exceptional performance could be accredited to his newfound happiness after signing a multiyear contract with the Orioles.

Trailing behind the seasoned slugger was Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz, with a notable 43 homers under his belt in 2016. Cruz’s talent at the plate is prodigious and is showing no decline in this department as he is the only player to have surpassed the 40-homer threshold throughout the past three Major League seasons.  

Brian Dozier, Edwin Encarnación, and Khris Davis finished up as the top five hardest hitters in the league – all reaching the 42 home run mark by season end.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

Just as the weather fluctuates by season with reason to Earth’s axial tilt, the MLB tends to witness a spike in home runs depending on the month of the year.

Data suggest that sluggers at the plate are less likely to hit a dinger in April, with only 740 pitches hit out of town during the rainy month. It appears that the weather wasn’t the only thing on fire this summer. MLB batters were on a hot streak between the months of June and August, slamming a total of 2,928 homers. August takes the cake by far, recording an astronomical 1,053 home run hits alone within the 31 calendar days.

Major League history was made this season when the Baltimore Orioles set the all-time home run mark for the month of June with 56 dingers. Hyun Soo Kim is responsible for the record-setting rocket after his solo blast during the seventh inning against the Mariners.

Hey Batta, Batta!

The world of baseball is riddled with an array of written and unwritten rules. One of those “unwritten” rules entails not swinging at a risky 3-0 pitch as the batter is just one ball away from being handed first base. The majority of sluggers who step up to the plate attempt to hit a long ball on the first pitch thrown, and it seems to be working. Batters launched the most rockets to flight off 0-0 pitches with a total of 983 homers – dominating all other situational pitches with a 300-plus home run lead.

Curtain Call

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Curveball Dominance – Finding the BEST MLB Pitchers


A curveball is exactly what it sounds like – instead of going via a straight line to the plate a la fastball, a curveball is a breaking ball with a ton of movement, often curving down from up high, preferably resulting in a swing and miss on the part of a batter. While not every pitcher has a quality curveball in his pocket, it remains an important pitch for many.  

Dominating With a Curve

Let’s take a look at a PITCHf/x advanced pitching statistic, wCU/C (weighted curveball runs per 100 pitches), for MLB pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched through Aug. 27, 2017, and see who dominates the curveball.


This scatterplot compares dominance against the percentage of time a pitcher throws a curveball. The ideal location here is the upper left quadrant – it represents pitchers who have had the best curveball pitches and who use them frequently. Aaron Nola, who plays for the Phillies, primarily (and successfully) relies on his curveball, averaging 78 mph. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals also throws a ton of curves, often netting grounders.

In the lower right quadrant, you’ll note that these pitchers haven’t had much success with their curveball, but they also don’t tend to use them very often. Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres is one of these pitchers – he primarily throws a sinker, but will occasionally mix in a curveball or two.

The upper right quadrant, though, shows pitchers who use curveballs often, despite the fact that they aren’t necessarily performing well with this type of pitch. Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros is one example – while primarily relying on his fastball, he still makes use of a curve on occasion, even though it’s not his best pitch.

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This chart looks at the same data as the scatterplot above, but it may be clearer to see which pitchers are more dominant with the curveball when compared to others. Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, for example, is the most dominant curveball pitcher we examined. He’s followed by Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals, who has a dominant curveball but rarely uses it.

Clayton Richard is at the opposite end. As discussed above, Richard doesn’t have a dominant curveball, but he also rarely throws one. He’s right next to Jordan Zimmerman from the Tigers, who uses a curve but doesn’t always get fabulous results.

Throwing a Curve

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The Evolution of the Cleveland Indians Hat – MLB Baseball Caps


The Evolution of MLB Caps: Cleveland Indians

The mythology of baseball is sewn into myriad angles of the game like so many red stitches. Above the lore of its 19th-century origins, America’s game has given us a narrative both dynamic and dramatic, which goes beyond the machismo of its heroes and the cunning of its villains.

As the nature of longevity is adaptability, any successful establishment over a century old will have had to adjust to current social standards. From the birth of their MLB franchise in 1901, the Cleveland Indians have refashioned their crest numerous times. At the turn of the 20th century, the “Indians” moniker was not considered insensitive. The Chief Wahoo logo has been the face of Cleveland baseball since the 1940s, but has lately been scrutinized as offensive. In 2014, Cleveland restyled their logo to a simple “C.”

Cleveland Caps


Based purely on the complexity of each MLB team’s insignia in the early 20th century, it’s safe to wager that graphic design was not yet completely conceptualized. Many MLB teams adorned their caps with a crisp capitalized letter, typically the first letter of their city or team name. In its formative years, Cleveland chose a collegiate-style “C” for their caps.

As the Roaring ’20s rolled in, so too did seemingly hand-sketched, disproportionate representations of Cleveland’s logo. Note the “whale tail” serif.

Here’s where things become what will eventually be referred to as classic: 1933-1972. The pin-tailed Cleveland “C” withstood nearly 40 seasons of Major League Baseball with only slight modifications to color and outline. From 1954-57 and in 1962, the Indians’ official caps added the Chief Wahoo face to the “C” the background and foreground, respectively.

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In 1973, the Indians abandoned their trademark “C” for good. In its stead, an Eastern-style “C” adorned their hats for four seasons, through 1977.

From 1978-85, the “C” became the same block-letter style used today, but red outlined in white.

Cleveland Indians official baseball hats fully committed to Chief Wahoo from 1986-2007, with a cursive “C” used as an alternate insignia from 2002-07. This was the first time in 24 years that the Indians mascot was stitched into the face of the cap. Slight adjustments were made in shading and outlining for the Chief Wahoo insignia from 2003-07. The “C” was then used exclusively from 2008-10.

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The latest edition of the Cleveland Indians’ hat logo is reminiscent of the block letter “C” used from 1978-85. The current badge is a classic navy blue on red, with no outline.


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With over a century of franchise logos bedecking Cleveland’s official cap, the Indians have refashioned their brand 20 times so far. From the classic Chief Wahoo mascot to the timeless block “C” the team now uses, Cleveland will continue to keep its fans entertained both on the field and in their fashion. To stay up on current hat logos or to peruse throwback caps, check out Fanatics for all things Cleveland Indians.


Vintage Teams: Cleveland Naps

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Unless you’re over a century old, you’ve never known the Cleveland Indians by any other name. However, if you’ve ever heard a great-grandparent spin some yarn about back in their day, maybe the Cleveland Naps have come up once or twice. From 1903 to 1914, the Ohio-based Major League Baseball franchise rolled with a rather unusual name.

Why did they go by this name for over a decade? Did they even win games? Were there any legends who suited up as a Cleveland Nap? Don’t hit the snooze button! Skip that nap and continue reading to learn more about this unique period in Cleveland’s baseball history.

Where Did They Come From? Where Did They Go?

The Cleveland Naps are still around today – just by an entirely different name! Today, they’re known as the Cleveland Indians. So where did the Naps come from? You can thank Napoleon Lajoie, player-manager for the team. As a star player, his nickname “Naps” was used as the team’s name.

During this period, the Naps never finished higher than second in the league. Their best year was 1908 when they went 90-64-3, but they still finished half a game behind Detroit.

When Lajoie left the team in 1914, the owners had to find a different name. It’s reported team officials and even sports writers partnered together to come up with the name they’ve been called since: the Indians.

What Did Their Logo Look Like?

The Naps logo was similar to the current Indians logo, but instead of a block font “C” it was a cursive “C” in blue. This is because, before being known as the Naps, the team was called the Blues.

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Who Were Their Stars?

Right fielder Elmer Flick may have been one of the best players, besides Napoleon Lajoie, to suit up for the Naps. He made his way into the Hall of Fame on the back of great seasons for the Naps, such as 1906. That year, in 157 games, he scored 98 runs. Flick also had a knack for stealing bases and took almost 40 that same year.

In the Naps’ 1913 season, the great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson went on to finish second in MVP voting by recording some incredible batting statistics, batting .373 with 197 hits.

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Not Just a Name

Team names sometimes come from odd places, but Cleveland kept it simple: Just use the name of the baseball prodigy-turned-manager. When fans in Cleveland head to the ballpark today, they’re not going to see the Naps square off against the Red Sox or Yankees.

#otd 1959 Napoleon Lajoie passes away at the age of 84. Lajoie was a career .339 batter and from 1901-1904 led the league in hitting each season, winning the Triple Crown in 1901. He was the third player to reach the 3,000 hits mark and would retire with 3,252 hits. After Ty Cobb began playing for Detroit, he and Lajoie would compete for the batting crowns, with their most infamous coming in 1910, which would result in controversy and would not be decided until well after the season wrapped up. Lajoie was elected to the Hall of Fame's second class in 1937. Pictured is my 1906 Napoleon Lajoie's Base Ball Guide. The condition is poor as these are exceedingly scarce. #baseballguide #napoleonlajoie #rip #larrylajoie #naplajoie #mlb #baseball #baseballhistory #baseballhalloffame #vintagebaseball #cleveland #clevelandnaps #clevelandbronchos #triplecrown #3000hits #3000hitclub #otdinbaseball #thisdayinmlb

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Projecting the 2017 MLB Season


After witnessing the Chicago Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought after downing the Cleveland Indians in an epic game 7 in 2016, fanatics have begun to speculate about what chaos will ensue during the next season.

With the first pitch of the 2017 MLB season flamed down the dirt strip and across home plate, it’s with great pleasure to announce that baseball is officially back in action! It’s hard to tell if 2017 can top the excitement that came in 2016, but between breakout players and rising statistical leaders, anything is possible.

The baseball hotheads at Fanatics decided to dive into Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections for the 2017 season. Read on to see what promises and pitfalls lie ahead in the regular and postseason showdowns!

Divisional Domination


The Boston Red Sox are favored to win the AL East, a not-so-bold prediction, but the Sox have their expectations set high for their newly acquired left-hand flamethrower – Chris Sale. Sale, a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, put on quite the performance during his debut after striking out Starling Marte in the first inning. The projections go on to predict that the Tampa Bay Rays will trail the Boston-based squad and arrive in the postseason as a Wild Card team.

After experiencing the epic showdown of last season’s World Series grab, it’s safe to assume that both the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will perform accordingly to reach postseason gameplay once more. Although the rematch would attract less hype, it would be historic to witness the Indians break their 69-year championship drought as well.

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The Houston Astros are anticipated to win the AL West with 93 wins, placing hope in the hands of their newest pitcher, Charlie Morton, as well as one of baseball’s superstars, Jose Altuve. Additionally, the rivalry between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals will grow as both clubs are expected to finish with the same record (87-75). Not to mention, Nats seasoned slugger (Bryce Harper) and Mets super-pitcher (Noah Syndergaard) aren’t exactly on the best terms after their latest social media feud.

Postseason Powerhouse


Three out of the four Wild Card teams all ranked with the lowest percentage of moving forward, with the exception of the Nationals inching out their division rival by 0.1 percent.

The Astros will shock hardcore fanatics with how far they’ve come this season but will fall to the defending American League champs – the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, a rematch of last year’s World Series contest is not predicted to happen again as the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to knock the Cubbies out of the ballpark. The SoCal-based group is expected to continue their National League dominance by claiming their fifth consecutive division title. Deep pockets and young talent are the fuel to fire behind the success of these Hollywood hotshots.

Drum roll please … and the projected winner of the 2017 World Series Championship is none other than the Los Angeles Dodgers (16.3 percent). Although the Indians will not go down easily, the numbers simply are not in their favor with a 14.4 percent chance of breaking their drought.

Here’s to the Future

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Home Run Hotspots: Progressive Field


It’s tribe time, Indians fans! After 68 years, a World Series win is finally within reach again. That’s why you’ve got to be the most fanatic fans you’ve ever been this season! The Cleveland Indians were 94-67 going into the postseason and haven’t had that good of a record since 2007 when the team was 96-66. Since this article is about hitting the long ball, it’s good to know that designated hitter Carlos Santana and first baseman Mike Napoli lead Cleveland with 34 home runs this season. You can bet that you’ll see them hit a few more during the series. Aside from the power behind the plate, watch out for the mound as well; Corey Kluber has produced a 3.14 ERA in 32 games this season.

New and Improved Progressive Field

Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Progressive Field was opened in 1994 and originally named Jacobs Field. The Indians stadium is one of the newest stadiums in baseball. Before Progressive Field was built, the Indians played at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium where fans were scarce. The team wasn’t that great, and the stadium was no match to other stadiums in the game.

In 1985, David and Richard Jacobs saved America’s favorite pastime for Cleveland by buying out the Indians in hopes of turning the team around. In 1990, the Gateway Economic and Development Committee was formed to oversee the construction of the new Indians and Cavaliers stadium after a bond was passed by voters to do so. After being known as Jacobs Field for 13 seasons, the naming rights were sold to Progressive Insurance in 2008 for $3.6 million a year for the next 16 years. However, the ballpark has hosted a couple of World Series games since 1994 – one in 1995, when the Indians lost to the Atlanta Braves, and one in 1997, when the Indians lost to the Miami Marlins. The stadium also hosted the All-Star Game in 1997.

If you haven’t been to Progressive Field, you should consider it. The stadium has been newly renovated over the past few years. A new wall was just added this year in the outfield, along with a 59-foot-by-221-foot HD video/scoreboard. You can have nosebleed seats and still see pitcher Corey Kluber throw a no-hitter or watch Francisco Lindor make spectacular plays at shortstop.


If you’re one of the lucky ones to have a ticket to this year’s World Series at Progressive Field, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch a home run ball. Catching a ball hit over the fence by someone like Mike Napoli takes skill, knowledge and a lot of determination. You might have to forfeit your beer to catch one of these guys. We can’t provide you with good hand-eye coordination or buy you a new beer, but we can provide you with the knowledge of the best places to sit in the park.

Obviously, you can’t sit just anywhere to catch a home run. We’ve determined that most of the long balls are sent to sections 180, 181, 109, 111, and 113. You’ll also have a great spot hanging on the Home Run Porch in left field. If you can grab a ticket in one of these sections and sit as close to the field as you can, you’ll put yourself in the best position possible. If you’re serious about snagging a ball, we suggest doing a few squats so you can get your legs ready for the jump. Catching a home run ball is no joke. Now go grab one!

Big Lumber

Progressive Field’s biggest hitter during the postseason has been Francisco Lindor. His longest home run was 413 feet! However, the holder of the longest ball this season goes to Mike Napoli, who had a shot that went 467 feet – well exceeding the league average of 398.3 feet.

If we had to put our money on it, we’d say that when Mike Napoli steps to the plate, you better keep your eyes on the ball. Don’t forget to head over to Fanatics to grab your Cleveland Indians gear because if you catch a home run without your jersey on, does it even count?


Best Places to Watch the World Series 2016

Best place to watch the World Series Cubs vs Indians

What makes this year’s World Series so special are the participating teams. The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs both haven’t won a World Series title in decades. Who would have guessed that two such teams would be facing off against each other in true American fashion.

The Cubs were 7-3 prior to this series; however, Cleveland looked a bit better going into it with a record of 7-1. Both teams undoubtedly have a chip on their shoulder, which can only make this series that much more exciting to watch. When we say these teams haven’t won a World Series in some time, we mean it! The Cubs haven’t won the World Series in 108 years! The Indians have also suffered a sizeable drought: 68 years. Get ready for a wild and emotional ride, Cubs and Indians fans.

While there is no bad place to catch a World Series game, there are some better ones. Great Lakes Brewing Company, for example, will take you to Progressive Field in Cleveland for $1 on its Fatty Wagon before the game if you’re lucky enough to have tickets. How could you beat that? If you find yourself ticketless, don’t fret just yet. We’ve done some digging for you and picked out the top 5 bars where you can yell your heart out at during this year’s World Series.

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar & Grill

Any bar named “Sluggers” sounds like the perfect place to be for a World Series game already. It’s the perfect place to watch the Cubs game near Wrigley Field. On its second floor, Sluggers has the ultimate indoor sports complex with batting cages and games. With over 30 HD TVs, this place is a destination that fits everyone’s gameday needs.

The Cubby Bear

As the saying goes, “location, location, location.” The Cubby Bear is located right across from Wrigley Field looking directly at the Wrigley Field Marquee. We are getting goosebumps already. Aside from the bar’s great location, it also has over 30,000 square feet of space filled with massive TVs. You won’t have to worry about that tall guy in front of you who just made you miss that Báez home run. You’ll get the game from all angles.


John Barleycorn

John Barleycorn is more of an upscale pub. With a view of Wrigley Field and a dance floor, what else could you need to celebrate a team win? It’s also one of the more spacious bars in Wrigleyville. This obviously matters when everyone and their mom is trying to catch a game across from the action. With its 20 TVs, you’ll be good to go with the World Series action everywhere you turn.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

The bars in Cleveland have it all figured out, especially this one, with the $1 transportation to Progressive Field on Great Lake’s eco-friendly Fatty Wagon. If you’ve got tickets to the game, this would be the place to go beforehand. If not, you’re still bound to have an amazing time, especially if you love a good handcrafted beer. They have plenty of seating upstairs in their Market and Rockefeller rooms as well as a beer garden next door. If you’re not so much into baseball but still want to be in on the action, Great Lakes offers a porch out front where you can enjoy lots of people-watching and even bring your dog!

Yes!!!! #fattywagon #greatlakesbrewery #wsm #CLE

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Winking Lizard Tavern

Only a hop, skip, and a jump from Progressive Field, the Winking Lizard Tavern is a great place to witness baseball history. The tavern is a great place to not only enjoy some drinks but to also indulge in some of their famous chicken wings, with 15 different sauces to meet everyone’s liking!

If you’re planning on catching the games in a social spot, don’t forget that most of these bars will have entrance fees or packages for purchase prior to the game. Once you set the scene, it’s time to snag your team’s colors. Head over to Fanatics right now to get your Cubs and Indians apparel. We’ve got you covered. Have a great World Series experience!


Cleveland Indians Walk-Up Songs


Fans, both local and traveling, can enjoy the Cleveland Indians take on opponents at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. While it’s currently under a multi-phase renovation, stadium visitors will soon be able to experience an enhanced view, expanding entryways, and new concession offerings.

A large part of the stadium experience is the music, and the Cleveland Indians really know how to rock out with a variety of walk up songs. Hip-hop/rap, rock, alternative, and electronic are just a few genres that make up the team’s walk-up playlist – music personally picked by the players to help them get in the zone as they walk up to the plate.

Battle Cry!


There are a total of 34 different walk-up songs between the Cleveland Indians players, and there’s no hard limit on the amount of songs a player may choose. First baseman Mike Napoli and catcher Roberto Perez lead the team with three walk-up songs each. Napoli opts for hip-hop/rap songs, choosing “Grove St. Party” by Waka Flocka Flame, “Pop, Lock & Drop It” by Huey, and “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team. Perez fills the air with Latin music – specifically urban and Latino – with his selections of “Mi Vecinita” by Plan B, “Si Te Dejas Llevar” by Ozuna, and “Si Tú No Estás” by Nicky Jam.

Hitting Singles

Pitchers Andrew Miller, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Clevinger are the only players to select a pop, metal, or electronic song. Miller walks up to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” while Bauer goes a little harder with Amon Amarth’s “The Pursuit Of Vikings.” Clevinger feels the beat with Major Lazer’s “Light It Up.”

Cleveland Rocks

With six songs on the roster, rock music earns a second-place finish. Catcher Chris Gimenez  walks up to either “Fix Me” by 10 Years or “Black Honey” by Thrice. Pitchers Cody Anderson and Jeff Manship enjoy walking out to Kid Rock’s “Born Free” and the Foo Fighters’ “Bridge Burning,” respectively.

Press Play and Then Play Ball

While each Indians player might prefer walking up to the plate with a different song in the background, their desires are all the same: Win the game. No matter what songs are on your playlist, you can get ready to cheer on your favorite team with Fanatics – where you’ll find the very best officially licensed MLB apparel and merchandise.