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Diversity

The Spirit of Larry Doby

The Cleveland Indians are committed to developing and maintaining an environment that embraces diversity. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce that brings a broad range of perspectives and experiences to our company. Through supporting an inclusive work environment, we strive to recognize and value the distinctiveness of each employee and to take full advantage of those differences to encourage creativity and innovation, to improve our productivity, while cultivating our acceptance and respect for each other and our communities.

To further this commitment, in the Spirit of Larry Doby, the first African American in American League history and who later was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Cleveland Indian, we are dedicated to the process that diverse job candidates are considered for every position we post. We are committed to finding and hiring the best qualified candidates for each and every position...in the Spirit of Larry Doby.


Cleveland Indians Diversity Council
Commission 50


  • Mike Chernoff
  • Jerry Crabb
  • Nate Daymut
  • Valencia Kimbrough
  • Bette Prendergast
  • Nate Thompson
  • Diane Turner
  • Josh Hsu
  • Sara Lehrke
Diversity Council Spotlight

Name: Jerry Crabb

Title: Senior Director of Ballpark Operations

Brief history of work, volunteer activities, and interests:

Jerry Crabb became the Senior Director of Ballpark Operations in October of 2010. He incorporates his 20+ years of operational experience and interpersonal communication skills to successfully manage and execute the daily functions of the Ballpark Operations Department. He works closely with his team and the entire organization in an effort to produce superior experiences that connect generations of fans and create lasting memories for each visitor to Progressive Field.

Before joining the Indians in Cleveland, Jerry was responsible for the management of the team's Spring Training Operation in Winter Haven, Florida.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Florida with an emphasis on Sport Administration. During his free time, Jerry is actively involved in youth sports, both as a coach and a leader. He is also a part of the Indians Youth Baseball Leadership Committee.

Meaning of Diversity/Inclusion for Cleveland and Baseball:

Cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion is vital to the success of any community, corporation or relationship. It is only by actively embracing and celebrating the unique and special differences within each of us that we can reach our true potential as a society. In order for us as individuals, our corporations and our communities to flourish, we must work tirelessly each day to create a better understanding and appreciation for every person, no matter how different they may appear to be.

Supplier Diversity

Diverse Business Partners

Our commitment to diversity extends to our business partners. Through our supplier diversity program, we aim to increase opportunities for a diverse pool of suppliers to compete for the procurement activities of our club. By identifying and building relationships with diverse business partners we seek to develop strategic advantages-promoting efficiency, creativity, and profitability-while at the same time enhancing the economic growth and well-being of our diverse communities.

 
Contact Us
Bette Prendergast
Coordinator, Purchasing & Corp. Services
Progressive Field
2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44115
bprendergast@indians.com
216.420.HITS
Local Resources and Vendors
Cleveland Indians Diverse Vendor Summit

In 2009, the Cleveland Indians hosted the first Diverse Business Summit at Progressive Field. Certified Minority and Woman-Owned businesses attended this unique networking opportunity to meet official current and future corporate partners of the Indians.

The MLB Diversity Business Summit is the premier sports employment conference and supplier diversity trade fair. This two-day event allows job seekers and entrepreneurs the unique opportunity of meeting with MLB's Clubs at both the Major League and Minor League levels as well as sponsorship partners.

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Quarterly Vendor Spotlight
Quarterly Vendor Spotlight
Fine-Line Communications
Fine-Line Communications, Inc. is a communications contractor specializing in low-maintenance, high performance networks. It provides low-voltage electrical wiring installation and repair to companies in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are among 250 customers served by Fine-Line Communications.
Owner/Since: Barbara Hoover has been president and principal owner since the company's founding in 1989.
Contact: Tel: 330-562-0731 x 101 | Fax: 330-562-0821
website: www.finelinecomm.com | email: bhoover@finelinecomm.com
Client Testimony: "We are pleased to identify Fine-Line Communication as another of our fine relationships we have with Ownership that is Diverse. Fine-Line is a perfect fit for us. They understand our business; they make us look good in doing our job. The concept of supplier diversity has been a very fruitful and satisfying experience for the Cleveland Indians."

-- Mr. Larry Dolan
Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer