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The Case for Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 6th and will inevitably be the topic of heated debate for weeks after. This will be the first in a series of posts making the argument for a number of former Indians’ hall of fame candidacy. Albert Belle is no longer eligible to be […]

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All-Time Indians: Pete Hotaling

Name: Peter James Hotaling Position: Outfield Nick Name: Monkey     Tribe Time: 1880, 1883-84, 1887-88 DOB: 12/16/1856 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1887) 126 505 108 151 28 13 3 94 53 46 43 .373 .424 .299 .797 Career 504 2058 […]

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Top Ten Indians Outfields

In the past, we have covered the greatest players in Indians history at each position (left field, center field and right field can been seen with the appropriate links) and written more detailed profiles for hundreds of the greatest Indians ever. Now, it is time to recognize when these stars aligned and created something really […]

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All-Time Indians: Oral Hildebrand

Name: Oral Clyde Hildebrand Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1931-1936 Number: 19 Accolades: 1933 All-Star DOB: 04/07/1907 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1933) 16 11 .593 3.76 36 31 15 6 220.1 205 92 8 88 90 1.33 .237 Career 56 46 […]

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All-Time Indians: Elmer Smith

Name: Elmer John Smith Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1914-1916,1917-1921 DOB: 09/21/1892 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1920) 129 456 82 144 37 10 12 103 53 35 5 .391 .520 .316 .911 Career 672 2185 328 615 135 41 46 379 219 […]

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All-Time Indians: Rafael Perez

Name: Rafael Jerome Perez Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 2006-2012 Number: 53     DOB: 05/15/1982 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2007) 1 2 .333 1.79 44 12 1 2 60.2 41 12 5 15 62 0.93 .185 Career 21 12 […]

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All-Time Indians: Cal McLish

Name: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish Position: Pitcher Nick Name: Buster Number: 22 Tribe Time: 1956-1959 DOB: 12/01/25 Accolades: 1959 All-Star, Top 15 MVP (1958-59) Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1958) 16 8 .667 3.00 39 30 13 1 225.2 […]

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Tribe Greats, State by State

Continuing on with the theme established in this article, displaying the first and greatest Cleveland Indian players from each country, Burning River Baseball now brings you the best Cleveland Indian player from every state in the union. Notes: Listed on each state is the top player statistically from that state (considering only time with the […]

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All-Time Indians: Bill Armour

Name: William Reginald Armour Position: Manager Tribe Time: 1902-1904 DOB: 09/03/1869 As Manager W L W% Finish     Best Season (1904) 86 65 0.570 4th     Career 232 195 0.543 4th     There has to be a first for everything and for the Cleveland Blues at manager, that first was Jimmy McAleer, […]

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All-Time Indians: Jim Bagby, Jr

Name: James Charles Jacob Bagby Jr. Position: Starting Pitcher Number: 17 Tribe Time: 1941-1945 DOB: 09/08/1916 Accolades: 2 Time All-Star (1942-43), Top 25 MVP (1942-43) Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1942) 17 9 .654 2.96 38 35 16 4 270.2 267 […]

Indians 2015 Hall of Fame Hopefuls

The 2015 Hall of Fame class will be stacked with some of the greatest players in all of baseball history, although very few are former Cleveland Indians. Depending on how patronizing the BBWAA voters decide to be, Craig Biggio (3rd year), Randy Johnson (1st), Pedro Martinez (1st) and John Smoltz (1st) should all be in […]

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All-Time Indians: Doc Johnston

Name: Wheeler Roger Johnston Position: First Base Nick Name: Doc     Tribe Time: 1912-1914, 1918-1921 DOB: 09/09/1887 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1920) 147 535 68 156 24 10 2 71 28 32 13 .333 .385 .292 .718 Career 721 2557 […]

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The Ten Worst Cleveland Indians Tragedies

Over their history, the Cleveland Indians franchise has been one of the least successful, winning just two World Series titles, but more importantly, have been one of the most tragic. More than any other team in any other sport (or at least is would seem so), the Indians have had to deal with terrible events […]

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All-Time Indians: Eddie Murray

Name: Eddie Clarence Murray Position: Designated Hitter Nick Name: Steady Eddie Number: 33 Tribe Time: 1994-1996 DOB: 02/24/1956 Accolades: Hall of Fame (2003) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1995) 113 436 68 141 21 0 21 82 39 65 5 […]

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All-Time Indians: Allie Reynolds

Name: Allie Pierce Reynolds Position: Starting Pitcher     Number: 21 Tribe Time: 1942-1946 DOB: 02/10/1917 Stats W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1943) 11 12 3.00 34 21 11 3 198.2 140 66 3 109 151 1.26 .191 Career 51 47 3.31 139 […]

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