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 anywhere else. Because we are not affiliated with the Indians, we are not afraid to tell it like it is, good or bad.


Joseph Coblitz (Co-Owner, Editor & Head Writer) 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.

Joe covers the Cleveland Indians, Arizona League Indians and Arizona Fall League for BurningRiverBaseball.com. He also has a weekly podcast on TribeTimeNow.com called the Weekend Update.

Mike Melaragno (Co-Owner) 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.

Mike covers the the Indians and the Lake County Captains for BurningRiverBaseball.com.

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.

In addition to the Major League team, Kevin covers the Clippers and Hillcats. He is also the host of the bi-weekly Minor League Report podcast for Tribe Time Now. You can follow him on twitter @KGall216 

Danny Cunningham is a Northeast Ohio native and student at Lake Erie College. Danny has been following the Indians since the day that he knew what baseball was. His all-time favorite Indian is Manny Ramirez. You can follow Danny on Twitter @DCunninghamCLE

Danny covers the Indians along with the Akron RubberDucks.

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

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.

Caitlin Boron has been following the Tribe her whole life. Growing up a military brat, her love went far and wide though she always found her way back home to Cleveland where she now resides. She breathes baseball. Her favorite all time Indian is Eddie Murray. You can follow Caitlin on twitter @cle_ItIsGone

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About Content

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 where we store our weekly previews that are posted on Monday each week. 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 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.

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Indians Arguments & Podcasts 

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 & the Tribe Time Now Podcast 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, baseball-reference or fangraphs.