CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 7: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew preps the field for inclement weather after the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed at Progressive Field on April 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

Comparing Aprils

Last season, the Indians finished 81-80, a largely disappointing season considering the lofty expectations they had entering the year. The poor showing was primarily due to the Indians’ very poor performance in April, a month that saw the Indians begin the season with a record of 7-14, and they spent the rest of the season […]

Baseball & Brews

Cleveland Baseball and Brews: Tribe Feels

This week on Cleveland Baseball And Brews Brad Wojdyla and I weigh in on the Tribe feels after month number one. Is there cause for concern? Are there things to smile about? Is it all frustrating? Yes, yes and yes. This season is different from the last few, yet Cleveland fans are stuck in their […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 5: Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers on September 5, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

5/1 Recap: Philadelphia Freedom, I (Don’t) Love You

Roster Update: Prior to the start of the game, the Indians placed back-up catcher Roberto Perez on the DL with a fractured right thumb. He suffered the injury during last nights loss in Philadelphia. Catcher Adam Moore took his place on the roster. In Columbus, he was batting .156/.269/.289 in 45 at-bats in 2016. Moore did […]

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 1: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians slides safely into second base with a double in the eighth inning during MLB game action as he evades the tag by Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays on September 1, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

April 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

One month of Indians baseball is now in the books and considering the injuries and early issues, it has to be considered a success. Instead of looking at the group as a team, however, we will now break them apart and rank them all according to their production in the first month. The first Power […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during a game against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

4/30 Recap: No Walk Off, but Indians Lose Late Yet Again

Player of the Game For getting out of a particularly difficult situation and pitching another scoreless inning afterward, Joba Chamberlain is your Indians co-Player of the Game. His WPA of 1.87 was almost completely derived from his two outs in the fifth, which will be further expounded upon later on. Lonnie Chisenhall earned an identical […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Continued Success

The Indians farm teams continue to play well! Here is a recap below: Lake County Captains (15-7) by Justin Lada The Lake County Captains road trip last week started out poorly at Lansing, but they came back to out slug the Lugnuts, who are right behind them in the standings. The Captains posted a 12-0 […]

Lovegrove winds up during a 2013 Arizona Rookie League game. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Kieran Lovegrove: The Road to Greatness

There are times when you can see a goal, and it’s so clear in your view that you can feel it’s greatness overwhelm you, but the road to that greatness seems to be riddled with potholes, puddles and only goes one way with traffic coming towards you. Are you even going the right way? Do […]

Tyler Naquin

The Kid is Alright – Naquin Impressive in First Month

In any baseball game there are moments where you can look back and say, if this did not happen, the other team would have won or if one player was absent from the lineup that the results would have been different. In a one run game, this can be even more extreme. This line of […]


Burning River Book Club: 1954 – Bill Madden

The year of 1954 should be one held in reverence to all Indians fans, but just for those who don’t know their history it was the year the team broke the all time single season wins record by going 111-43 and lost in four games to the Giants in the World Series. Of course, much […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 27: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run double against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of the game on April 27, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

4/27 Recap: Santana Leads Way in Tribe Win

Roster Update: The Indians third roster change of the season was as unsurprising as the first two. After Cody Anderson struggled with command for his third consecutive start (of four this season), he has been demoted to AAA Columbus in exchange for Kyle Crockett. Aiding this move is the fact that the Indians are off […]

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Cleveland Indians Top 10 MiLB Outfielders 2016

In a new segment for Burning River Baseball, we will break down the Indians minor league system by position, covering one each month throughout the season. To start, we’ll look at the location of the Indians top two prospects and arguably the deepest position in the minor league system, the outfield. Rankings were decided by […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 26: Manager Terry Francona #17 and Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians congratulate Juan Uribe #4 on a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of the game on April 26, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

4/26 Recap: Twins Double their Pleasure with Second Walk-Off Win

Player of the Game Things looked desperate again late tonight, but the most recent goat, Mike Napoli, turned hero with a game tying home run in the top of the ninth. Napoli had struck out twice earlier in the game and K’d 12 times in his last five games, but he had no trouble with […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13:  Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their game on August 13, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.    (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Trevor Bauer And Changes To The Rotation

On April 9th, the newly renovated center-field scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago received a christening. A drone, flown by one of the Cleveland Indians players, crashed into the new giant screen: With little effort, it’s easy to conclude that it was Trevor Bauer‘s drone that bombarded video board. The eccentric righty hopes that recording […]