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Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we […]

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Destin Hood #81 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Golden Ticket: 2015 Spring Training Invitees

Every year, the Indians do their diligence in acquiring the low risk, low reward players known as Spring Training invitees. These are generally players signed to a minor league contract with an out clause if they don’t make the team within a month or so of the season starting. While these are often veterans looking […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: January 2015

As usual, January has been a very slow month for baseball signings, continues on with the doldrums that started right after the Winter Meetings ended. For the Indians, the only moves were two minor league deals given to relief pitchers and the rest of the division wasn’t much busier. In fact, the biggest move around […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19:  Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves in the dug out in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on June 19, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  The Braves won 3-0.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Gavin Floyd is Brett Myers

On January 4, 2013, one day after the Indians signed Nick Swisher to a team record deal, the Indians signed veteran right hander Brett Myers to a one year, $7 million deal. Myers proved to be an absolute disaster, appearing in four games making three starts while giving up 10 home runs in just 21.1 […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians looks on against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Nick Swisher On The Mend!

Who Needs to Rebound? Naming a player as a rebound player needs to be defined. First, it’s not necessarily the most improved player, which is typically an unproven player who has a break out season. Second, it’s not a player getting only marginally better. Instead, it is a player who had a bad year, requiring […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 4: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 drops a pop fly hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers with backup from Tyler Holt #62 of the Cleveland Indians during the eleventh inning at Progressive Field on September 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is Jason Kipnis Really That Bad Defensively?

The modern era of baseball has been completely redefined by a statistical revolution, providing much more accurate analysis of what is actually happening on the field from an all encompassing view down to the smallest detail. Unfortunately, even with these stats making analysis an option for every viewer, fans still fall into the same old […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 31: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field on May 31, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

2015 ZiPS Projections

Last week the ZiPS projections for the 2015 Indians were released on Fangraphs.com. Overall, these projections do not vary much from the Steamer or Bill James projections we featured over the course of the last few weeks. Here’s what ZiPS has predicted for the Tribe’s hitters. Player PA R 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG […]

12 Apr 2000: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians hits the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Indians defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

Cleveland Indians Home Run History

There is no single event in baseball history quite as exciting as a home run. This is likely, on an emotional level, because of their finality as they leave no doubt the outcome of the play as soon as they clear the fences. It is the ultimate feat of strength as a hitter can do […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Steamer Projections for the 2015 Indians

A few days ago we took a look at Bill James’ projections for the 2015 Indians and today we will examine the Steamer projections for another look at the Indians’ predicted success. Below are the projections for the Indians’ hitters in 2015, these are condensed a bit for brevity’s sake, you can check out the […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians flies out  in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Santana hit a two-run home run earlier in the game. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Beginning of A New Era

It can be difficult to take an outside or long term view of the present, but there are a few signs that the Cleveland Indians may have just entered into a new era. Looking back in the past, there are obvious turning points for the team where large scale changes were made over a short […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.The Indians defeated the Astros 3-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

What Does Bill James Think of the 2015 Indians?

One of the most exciting parts of the baseball off-season is trying to predict how well a player will do in the upcoming season. Bill James publishes his annual player projections in his book The Bill James Handbook. Below are his projections for the Indians 2015 hitters. Player Games AB 2B HR R RBI SB AVG OBP […]

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23: Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians over-throws a ball hit by Ryan Flaherty #3 of the Baltimore Orioles (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles won, 8-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Indians Avoid Arbitration With All Six Eligibles

The Indians have expertly avoided arbitration for most of the history of arbitration, but last season they proved that they would be willing to to break their streak if for a good cause. Last year, it was Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano that went the distance, but this year, things were cleared up in a hurry. […]

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Holt Vs. Walters

Last September, the Indians made full use of the expanded rosters by showcasing a few prospects while maintaining a few injured veterans like David Murphy, Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi on the roster. Cleveland had plenty of worthwhile prospects worth the time, including Jesus Aguilar, J.B. Shuck and a pair of outfielders in Tyler Holt […]

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Mike Aviles is Casey Blake

Mike Aviles and former Indians third baseman/right fielder Casey Blake may not seem to have much in common on the surface, but they are in fact, the same individual. Aviles was born in New York City in 1981 while Blake is from Iowa and was born almost a decade earlier. Blake began his career as a […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 19: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit by Dioner Navarro #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Progressive Field on April 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Defense

This is the final part of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on BurningRiverBaseball.com by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the second part (found here) I covered the pitchers side of the game, focusing on FIP and more advanced analysis of thrown baseballs. Today, it’s […]

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