Corey Kluber

Corey Scott Kluber (born April 10, 1986), nicknamed Klubot,[1][2] is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2011, as a member of the Indians. A power pitcher, Kluber achieves high strikeout rates through a two-seam sinker and a breaking ball that variously resembles a slider and a curveball.

A three-time MLB All-Star, Kluber is a two-time winner of the Cy Young Award in the American League (AL) including in 2014, his second full season in the major leagues, and in 2017. In 2016, he was named the Sporting News AL Starting Pitcher of the Year. He led the major leagues in earned run average (ERA) in 2017, and has twice led the AL in wins. On May 13, 2015, Kluber became one of 20 pitchers in major league history to strike out at least 18 batters in a nine-inning game, doing so versus the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2018, Kluber notched his first 20-win season.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Kluber played high school baseball for Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. He then attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he was named Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2007, and was inducted into the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. The San Diego Padres selected Kluber in fourth round of the 2007 draft, and traded him to the Indians in 2010 as part of a three-team transaction. Kluber established himself in the Indians' starting rotation in 2013. He is signed through 2019, after agreeing to a five-year, $38.5 million contract extension with the Indians in April 2015. The Indians hold club options on Kluber's contract for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Corey Kluber
Corey Kluber WS 1
Kluber with the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians – No. 28
Starting pitcher
Born: April 10, 1986 (age 33)
Birmingham, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2011, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through May 1, 2019)
Win–loss record98–58
Earned run average3.16
Strikeouts1,461
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Kluber attended Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas.[3] While pitching for the school's baseball team and amid overuse by his high school coach, Don English, Kluber developed a stress fracture in his elbow, requiring surgery and the insertion of two screws. He went unselected in the 2004 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.[4]

Kluber began to draw notice from coaches at Stetson University when he pitched at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Florida. He enrolled at Stetson, where he played college baseball for the Stetson Hatters baseball team in the Atlantic Sun Conference.[5][6]

As a freshman in 2005, Kluber performed as a relief pitcher, compiling a 2–2 win–loss record with a 7.82 earned run average (ERA) in 25 innings pitched. As a sophomore, he produced a 6–5 win–loss record and a 3.61 ERA in 17 games, including 14 starts. In 2007, Kluber had a 12–2 win–loss record and a 2.05 ERA with 117 strikeouts.[4][5] That year, he was named the Atlantic Sun Conference's Pitcher of the Year, a second team member of the 2007 Ping! Baseball All-American Team and a member the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Second Team in 2007.[6][7]

Professional career

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres selected Kluber in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB draft.[8] Kluber signed with the Padres, receiving a $200,000 signing bonus.[4] Kluber played for the Fort Wayne Wizards of the Class A Midwest League in 2008. On August 25, 2008, he was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.[9]

Corey Kluber on July 6, 2008
Kluber pitching for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2008

Kluber played for the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2009. On June 1, 2009, he was named the California League Pitcher of the Week.[9] He received a promotion to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League in 2009, finishing the year with an 11–13 win–loss record and a 4.55 ERA.[4] On July 26, 2010, Kluber was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week.[9] He pitched to a 6–6 win–loss record with a 3.45 ERA with the Missions, while leading the Texas League in strikeouts.[4][8]

Cleveland Indians

2011−13 seasons: Early career

The Padres traded Kluber to the Cleveland Indians on July 31, 2010, in a three-team trade also involving the St. Louis Cardinals.[10] Cleveland sent Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals and Ryan Ludwick to the Padres.[11] The Padres sent Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals, and the Indians paid $2.7 million of Westbrook's remaining salary.[4][12] At the time of the trade, Kluber's minor league record was 18–24, and he was not ranked among the top thirty prospects in the Padres' farm system.[13][14] The Indians assigned Kluber to the Akron Aeros of the Class AA Eastern League. After the 2010 season, he took part in the Indians' Winter Development Program.[15] He was added to the Indians' 40-man roster after the season.[16]

Kluber played for the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League in 2011, pitching to a 7–11 win–loss record and a 5.56 ERA.[8] The Indians called him up on September 1, 2011, and made his major league debut that day. During a rain-induced bullpen session in May 2012, at the recommendation of Columbus pitching coach Ruben Niebla, Kluber first threw his two-seam fastball.[3][17] Kluber was brought up from Columbus in August 2012 to replace starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the Indians' rotation. Tomlin was moved to the bullpen.[18]

Corey Kluber on June 27, 2013
Kluber pitching for the Cleveland Indians in 2013

Kluber began the 2013 season with Columbus, but received a promotion when Brett Myers suffered an elbow injury.[8] On June 16, 2013, Kluber threw eight shutout innings in a 2–0 victory over the Washington Nationals.[19] He co-won the American League Player of the Week Award for the week ending June 16, 2013, sharing the honor with teammate Jason Kipnis.[20] On September 22, 2013, Kluber became the first pitcher to strike out 14 batters in consecutive starts since Randy Johnson in 2004. He finished the season with an 11–5 record and a 3.85 ERA.[4]

2014 season: Cy Young Award

Kluber was named the American League Player of the Week on September 21, 2014, and the Pitcher of the Month for September 2014. He posted back-to-back 14 strikeout games as Cleveland stayed in contention late in the season for a wild card spot. His totals on the month included a 5−1 record, 2.09 ERA and 56 strikeouts.[21] He finished the 2014 season with an 18–9 win–loss record and a 2.44 ERA. His 18 wins were tied with Max Scherzer and Jered Weaver for the most in the American League (AL), and his ERA was the third best in the league. Additionally, Kluber led the AL in fielding-independent pitching.[13] He also struck out 269 batters in ​235 23 innings, good for second-best in the major leagues behind David Price's 271.

Though the Indians missed the playoffs, the 2014 season culminated with Kluber – in just his second full season – winning the AL Cy Young Award, beating Félix Hernández in a close vote.[22] Kluber earned 17 of 30 first-place votes, with Hernandez getting the remaining 13.[23] Kluber became the fourth Indians player to win the award, following Gaylord Perry, CC Sabathia, and Cliff Lee.[13] He also became the lowest-drafted player (134th overall) since Bret Saberhagen in 1989 (480th) to win an AL Cy Young Award.[24]

2015 season

On April 5 Kluber signed a guaranteed five-year extension with an additional two option years, for a team-friendly $38.5 million. On signed he remarked, "I wanted to be here. I wanted to be in Cleveland."[25] On May 13, 2015, Kluber struck out a career-high 18 batters over eight shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, earning his first win of the 2015 season.[26][27] Kluber tied Bob Feller's 77-year franchise record for strikeouts in one game, Feller having done so on October 2, 1938.[28] Despite posting a 3.49 ERA and striking out 245 batters in 222 innings, Kluber suffered from poor run support for much of the 2015 season, finishing with only nine wins and an American League-leading 16 losses.

2016 season

Kluber was named a member of the 2016 American League All-Star team on July 7, 2016, his first selection, as a replacement for an injured Marco Estrada.[29] Kluber was the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game.[30] He finished the 2016 regular season with an 18–9 record, 3.14 ERA, an AL-leading 149 ERA+, and 227 strikeouts in 215 innings.

Kluber won his first two starts of the 2016 postseason, defeating the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Division Series (ALDS) and the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).[31] In Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Kluber struck out nine batters in six-plus shutout innings.[1][32] He earned the win in both Games 1 and 4, and started Game 7.[30] Though the Cubs won Game 7 and claimed the Series, Kluber's efforts help boost Cleveland's opportunities: he posted a 1.83 ERA in six postseason starts.[33]

On November 7, Kluber was announced by the BBWAA as a finalist for the 2016 American League Cy Young Award, along with Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello.[34] With 98 points, Kluber finished third in the voting that was announced on November 16, behind Porcello (137) and Verlander (132).[35] He was, however, selected as the AL Sporting News Starting Pitcher of the Year.[36]

2017 season: Cy Young Award

On May 3, 2017, after six subpar starts, the Indians placed Kluber on the 10-day disabled list due to a lower back strain. He had posted a 3−2 record, 5.06 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 13 walks in ​37 13 innings.[37] Upon returning from injury, Kluber's performances improved significantly.[38] On July 3, 2017, Kluber was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for June after he posted a 4–0 record, 43 IP, 1.26 ERA, 64 SO, 0.67 WHIP and 13.4 K/9 in six starts. He won the award for the third time in his career.[39] He was selected to the American League team in the 2017 All-Star Game, but chose not to play.[40] On August 3, 2017, Kluber struck out 11 batters and gave up three hits in a 5−1 complete game win against the New York Yankees, making him the fourth pitcher ever to get eight or more strikeouts in 12 consecutive starts. The preceding three were Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martínez and Randy Johnson.[41] He won his second AL Pitcher of the Month Award of the season in August, totaling a 5−1 record and 1.96 ERA. The Indians went 19−9.[42]

Kluber hurled his third shutout of the season with 12 strikeouts on September 12, 2017, versus the Detroit Tigers, giving the Indians their 20th consecutive win. That tied the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the American League record. Kluber scattered five hits while allowing no walks and struck out eight.[43] He won another AL Player of the Week Award for September 17 after becoming the third Indians pitcher with multiple 250-strikeout seasons.[44] In 22 starts from June 1 through the penultimate, his ERA was 1.62.[45] Named the AL Pitcher of the Month for September, it was Kluber's such third award of the season. His record included a 5−0 W−L, 0.84 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 43 innings pitched. The Indians' record for the month was 25−4, and included the majority of a 22-game win streak that set the American League record, with Kluber helping Cleveland to three of those victories in September.[46] The club won an AL-best 102 games.[47]

In his most dominant season to date, Kluber concluded 2017 leading the major leagues or tying for the lead in each of ERA (2.25), wins (18), complete games (five), shutouts (three),[48] WHIP (0.869), SO/BB (7.36), ERA+ (202), and WAR for pitchers (8.0). He also led the AL in H/9 (6.2) and BB/9 (1.6).[49] His ERA was the lowest for an Indians pitcher to qualify for the ERA title since Gaylord Perry in 1972 (1.92).[46]

Cleveland faced New York in the ALDS, and Kluber started two of the games. He allowed nine runs and four home runs in ​6 23 innings as New York defeated Cleveland in five games. Speculation arose that he had reinjured his back, but Kluber denied such assertions.[50]

End of season awards for Kluber included his second Cy Young Award and selection as a starting pitcher on Baseball America's All-MLB Team.[51][52]

2018 season: 20 game winner

Kluber was selected to his third All-Star Game in July (though he did not pitch in the game), and on September 24, Kluber pitched seven shutout innings as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0, giving him his 20th win of the season - the first time in his career he had reached that milestone. He started Game 1 of the American League Division Series but was the losing pitcher after giving up three home runs in 4​23 innings against the Houston Astros.

Awards and achievements

Awards received
Name of award Times Dates Ref
American League Pitcher of the Month 5 September 2014, August 2016,
June, August and September 2017
[21][39][42][46]
American League Player of the Week 4 June 16, 2013; September 21, 2014;
June 25 and September 17, 2017
[44]
Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year 1 2007 [6]
Bob Feller Man of the Year 1 2014
Cy Young Award 2 2014, 2017 [22][51]
Major League Baseball All-Star 3 2016, 2017, 2018 [29][40]
The Sporting News American League Starting Pitcher of the Year 1 2016 [36]
American League statistical leader
Category Times Dates
Adjusted ERA+ leader 2 2016, 2017
Complete games leader 2 2015, 2017
ERA champion 1 2017
Games started leader 1 2014
Losses leader 1 2015
Shutouts leader 2 2016, 2017
Strikeout-to-walk ratio leader 1 2017
Walks plus hits per inning pitched leader 1 2017
Wins above replacement leader for pitchers 2 2014, 2017
Winning percentage leader 1 2017
Wins leader 2 2014, 2017
Notes:
Through 2017 season. Per Baseball-Reference.com.

Pitching style

Kluber throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball, a sinker with a two-seam fastball grip, a cutter, a breaking ball, and a changeup.[53][54][55] His most dominant pitches are his two-seam sinker,[11][14][56] which he first learned in 2011 as a member of the Columbus Clippers,[13][57] and his breaking ball,[54][58] which variously resembles a slider and a curveball.[58][59]

Kluber is well known for his stoicism while on the mound.[1][3][55][60] His listed height is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).[11]

Personal life

Kluber and his wife, Amanda, have three children, named Kendall, Kennedy, and Camden.[61] Kluber is an avid golfer.[60]

In November 2014, Kluber was inducted into the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame,[62] and into the Atlantic Sun Conference Hall of Fame the following year.[63]

Kluber spends his offseasons in Winchester, Massachusetts.

See also

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Corey is a masculine given name and a surname.

Cy Young Award

The Cy Young Award is given annually to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB), one each for the American League (AL) and National League (NL). The award was first introduced in 1956 by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who died in 1955. The award was originally given to the single best pitcher in the major leagues, but in 1967, after the retirement of Frick, the award was given to one pitcher in each league.Each league's award is voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with one representative from each team. As of the 2010 season, each voter places a vote for first, second, third, fourth and fifth place among the pitchers of each league. The formula used to calculate the final scores is a weighted sum of the votes. The pitcher with the highest score in each league wins the award. If two pitchers receive the same number of votes, the award is shared. The current formula started in the 2010 season. Before that, dating back to 1970, writers voted for three pitchers, with the formula of 5 points for a first place vote, 3 for a second place vote and 1 for a third place vote. Prior to 1970, writers only voted for the best pitcher and used a formula of one point per vote.

Hickok Belt

The S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year award, known as the Hickok Belt, is a trophy that originally was awarded for 27 years (from 1950 to 1976) to the top professional athlete of the year in the United States, and was re-established in 2012. It was created by Ray and Alan Hickok in honor of their father, Stephen Rae Hickok, who had died unexpectedly in 1945 and was the founder of the Hickok Manufacturing Company of Rochester, New York, which made belts—hence the choice of a belt as a trophy.The trophy was an alligator-skin belt with a solid-gold buckle, an encrusted 4-carat (800 mg) diamond, and 26 gem chips. It was valued at over $10,000 in the currency of the time (US$90,000 to $140,000 in 2011 dollars) and its presentation was a major event in sporting news of the day.For the first 21 years, from 1950 to 1970, it was awarded in Rochester at the annual Rochester Press-Radio Club dinner (an event that continues today). After the Hickok company was taken over by the Tandy Corporation, the award was presented in larger cities such as Chicago or New York. The last award was made in 1976.

In 2010, Tony Liccione, the president of the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame, announced plans to reinstate the Hickok Belt starting in 2012. The mold used for the belt starting in 1951 (the 1950 belt spelled Mr. Hickok's name as "Ray") has been found and will likely be used again. Liccione planned to invite the 18 surviving belt winners (except O.J. Simpson, who at the time was incarcerated in Nevada) to the Comeback Dinner, which was held on October 16, 2011 at St. John Fisher College.Since being re-established in 2012, the award has been given based on a vote by the National Sports Media Association; however, there have been no award ceremonies or belt presentations. A 20-member panel chooses one athlete each month, with the twelve monthly winners being eligible for the award at the end of the calendar year. Of the awards given since 2012, two have been presented to LeBron James.

List of Cleveland Indians Opening Day starting pitchers

The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio. They play in the American League Central division. The first game of the new baseball season is played on Opening Day, and being named the starter that day is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. Since joining the league in 1901, the Indians have used 58 different Opening Day starting pitchers which includes the Opening Day starting pitchers from the Bluebirds and the Naps. They have a record of 58 wins and 54 losses in their Opening Day games.The Indians have played in three different home ball parks, League Park from 1901 through 1946, Cleveland Stadium from 1932 to 1993, and Progressive Field since 1994. From 1934 through 1946 some games were played at League Park and some at Cleveland Stadium. They had a record of 11 wins and 4 losses in Opening Day games at League Park, 9 wins and 13 losses at Cleveland Stadium and 2 wins and 4 losses at Progressive Field, for a total home record in Opening Day games of 22 wins and 21 losses. Their record in Opening Day away games is 35 wins and 35 losses.Bob Feller has the most Opening Day starts for the Indians, with seven. Stan Coveleski had six Opening Day starts for the Indians, Bob Lemon and CC Sabathia each had five Opening Day starts, and Addie Joss, Willie Mitchell, Gaylord Perry and Charles Nagy each had four. Several Baseball Hall of Famers have made Opening Day starts for the Indians, including Feller, Coveleski, Lemon, Joss, Gaylord Perry, Dennis Eckersley and Early Wynn. Brothers Jim Perry and Gaylord Perry each made Opening Day starts for the Indians. Jim Perry started on Opening Day in 1961 and Gaylord Perry made Opening Day starts in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.The Indians have played in the World Series six times. They won in 1920 and 1948, and lost in 1954, 1995, 1997, and 2016. Coveleski was the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1920, Feller in 1948, Wynn in 1954, Dennis Martínez in 1995, Nagy in 1997, and Corey Kluber. The Indians are five and one in Opening Day games in those seasons, with the only loss coming in 2016. The Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays currently hold the record for the longest Opening Day game in Major League history. They set that record on Opening Day 2012, when the game lasted 16 innings. This broke the previous record of 15 innings between the Indians and the Detroit Tigers in 1960.

Maddux (statistic)

A Maddux is when a pitcher throws a complete game shut-out in under 100 pitches. Writer Jason Lukehart invented the statistic in 2012 and named it after his favorite baseball player Greg Maddux. Fittingly, as of 2019 Greg Maddux has the most career Madduxes with 13, since 1988 when accurate pitch counts were tracked. Zane Smith has the second most career Madduxes with 7 and shares the single season record for Madduxes with Greg Maddux with 3 each. Shelby Miller and Derek Holland are the leaders among active players players with 3 each. The 1988 season had the most Madduxes with 25, while 2018 had the fewest with just two thrown. Roy Halladay is the only player to have thrown an extra-inning Maddux throwing 99 pitches in 10 innings on September 6, 2003.

Major League Baseball Pitcher of the Month Award

The Pitcher of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league for each month of the regular season. The National League started recognizing the award in 1975. The American League followed in 1979. Upon the introduction of each league's award, pitchers became ineligible for the (position players') player of the month award.

Mickey Callaway

Michael Christopher “Mickey” Callaway (born May 13, 1975) is a former American professional baseball pitcher and the manager for the New York Mets national league of Major League Baseball.

Stetson Hatters

The Stetson Hatters are composed of 18 teams representing Stetson University in intercollegiate athletics. The Hatters compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference for most sports, except for the football team, which competes in the Pioneer Football League.

Strikeout-to-walk ratio

In baseball statistics, strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) is a measure of a pitcher's ability to control pitches, calculated as strikeouts divided by bases on balls.

A hit by pitch is not counted statistically as a walk and therefore not counted in the strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The inverse of this calculation is the related statistic for hitters, walk-to-strikeout ratio (BB/K).

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.

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