About Burning River Baseball

Burning River Baseball was started in March of 2011 and became a member of the Bloguin network in May of that same year. We strive to provide a different look at the Cleveland Indians than you will find elsewhere. Because we are not affiliated with the Indians, we are not afraid to tell it like it is, good or bad. Rather than simply posting page after page of stats, we try to show only what is important and explain why it is.

Along with the basic analysis and insight, we have a few other types of articles:

Post Game Recaps:
After every game there will be a short article posted (usually within 10 minutes of the final out) that will include that game’s Player of the Game as well as some Feathers Up and Feathers Down. The Player of the Game is based on a system that was created in 2007 by Joseph Coblitz and is explained in further detail here. Feathers up and down are simply the positive and negative aspects of each particular game.

Ahead in the Count:
This is what we call our series previews that are posted before the first game of any series. They will show you the pitching match-ups, start times and some analysis of each team coming into the series.

All-Time Indian Bios:
All-Time Indian Bios are short biographies detailing the careers of the greatest Indians players of all time. These are posted bi-weekly during the off-season and once a month during the regular season. If there is a player you think should be featured but has not been yet, send an e-mail to burningriverbaseball@gmail.com with your suggestion.

This Is Next Year:
This type of article deals with players that are not quite Indians yet. Any look into the Indians minor league system or draft will be located in this section.

Indians Arguments:
If we agreed on everything, there wouldn’t be a point for sites like this, but we try to keep our fights orderly. Indians arguments are a different style of article as there are two writers going back and forth rather than just one argument written in essay form. These can be some of the more entertaining posts as we often get side-tracked and resort to name calling. Also included in this section are episodes of Burning River Radio, an audio version of Indians Arguments available free to download or stream.

All content on this site has been produced by Burning River Baseball unless otherwise stated. If not referenced, statistics generally come from MLB.com, baseballreference.com or fangraphs.com.


Joseph Coblitz lives in Goodyear, Arizona, the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians and has been following the Tribe since the early 1990s. He grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. His favorite All-Time Indian is Albert Belle. You can follow Joe on twitter @BRBBlog.

Mike Melaragno has been an avid follower of the Indians since 1994, the year Jacob’s Field opened. He received a certificate in baseball scouting from Sports Management Worldwide in 2007 and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lee University in 2010.  His favorite All-Time Indian is Bob Wickman. You can follow Mike on twitter @melaragno22 and on facebook.

Kevin Gall grew up in Brook Park on Cleveland’s west side and has been following the Indians since their magical 1995 season. he graduated in 2011 from nearby Baldwin-Wallace College with a degree in history. He earned his law degree in 2014 from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He currently resides in Columbus, the home of the Indians’ AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. His favorite all-time Indian is Albert Belle. You can follow Kevin on twitter @KGall216

John Arthur Hutchison is an avid baseball fan and has been following the Tribe since the early 1980s. He grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. His favorite all-time Indian is Jim Thome. You can follow John on twitter @newsheraldjah

Despite growing up in Southern California, Paul Davis has loved the Indians his entire life.  Fortunately he married a girl from Cleveland and now resides in Akron Ohio (mostly so he could get every game on local cable).  Paul has a Bachelors in Historical Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and will graduate in May, 2015 from Regent University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.  His all-time favorite Indian is Kenny Lofton.

Jennifer Coblitz graduated from Hiram College in 2008 and received her masters the following year from Bowling Green State University. She has been following the Tribe for her entire life and has been writing for Burning River since Summer of 2011. Her favorite All-Time Indian is Sandy Alomar.

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