From left to right, John Hutchison, Caitlin Boron, Gavin Potter, Joseph Coblitz & Justin Lada.

About Burning River Baseball

Burning River Baseball was started in March of 2011 and became a member of the Bloguin (now the Sports Daily) 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 1990’s. 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 @BurningRiverBB.

Joe covers the Cleveland Indians, Arizona League Indians and Arizona Fall League for He also hosts the Do You Wahoo? Tribe Time Now podcasts on

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

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 

John Arthur Hutchison is an avid baseball fan and has been following the Tribe since the early 1980’s. 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 @JohnArthurHutch

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

Justin Lada spent over 20 years as a dedicated baseball and (tortured) Cleveland sports fan. He was a 2013 graduate of the University of Akron with a BA in Communications and has spent the last nine years in the media field in some form between writing, PR, radio, and television. Justin has written about baseball and sports for the Lake County Sentinel, Bleacher Report and the News-Herald. He likes prospects and minor league baseball more than anyone should and enjoy small ball and shutouts. Follow Justin on twitter @JL_Baseball for incessant tweets defending baseball, small market front offices and prospects.

Gavin Potter was born in Mentor, Ohio, and was raised watching the great Indians teams of the 1990’s. His early exposure to players like Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel kept him a die-hard Tribe fan despite living in Detroit between the ages of 5-18. Gavin moved back to Cleveland to attend John Carroll University, where he will graduate in May of 2016 with a Professional Writing degree. On top of writing for BRB, Gavin stays active in baseball by serving as an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for Cleveland Central Catholic High School. You can follow him on Twitter at @potter_gavin.

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The founders of BurningRiverBaseball, Mike Melaragno (left) and Joseph Coblitz (right).

The founders of BurningRiverBaseball, Mike Melaragno (left) and Joseph Coblitz (right).

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 positives (Feathers Up) and negatives (Feathers Down) from the game. 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.

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 and top ten lists detailing the careers of the greatest Indians players of all time. These are posted twice 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 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. 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.