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WINTER HAVEN, FL - MARCH 1:  Jason Bere of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during photo day at Chain of Lakes Park on March 1, 2005 in Winter Haven, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jason Bere Hired as Bullpen Coach

Jason Bere has been hired as the Indians’ new bullpen coach, replacing Kevin Cash who was chosen to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. This is Bere’s first foray into the coaching world, he has spent the past 9 years in the Indians’ baseball operations department. Prior to retiring, Bere spent […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Oakland Athletics delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 10, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Athletics 2-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Circling the Central – December

Apparently, everyone in the AL Central thinks they can compete. Whether it be the addition of another Wild Card spot or the fact that the once lowly Kansas City Royals made it all the way to their first World Series in almost 30 years, AL Central teams are wheeling and dealing with moves that don’t […]

Central Salaries

Centralized Spending

Over the past few decades, the Central Division has largely sat by while the American League East and West competed in an arms race of sorts, pushing free agent salaries to ridiculous levels. While the Tigers have always stuck around with the big spenders, a strong 2014 campaign from the Royals, Indians and White Sox […]

From Inception to Defection: Cuba’s Baseball History

The Inception In 1860, American sailors and young Cubans returning home from college in America planted the seed of baseball passion in Cuba. Though during the first Cuban War of Independence baseball was banned briefly, baseball has always flourished in Cuba. The organization of the sport began with the formation of the Cuban Baseball League […]

Thome Statue

The Season Of Giving: Do Promotions Actually Work?

Everybody loves something for free and the Indians are one of the top teams as far as providing their fans with something extra at the ballpark. In the past season, there were 16 give away days (including a Jim Thome statue replica), 13 Dollar Dog nights, ten Kid’s Fun Days and 17 glorious fireworks display. […]

Jesus Aguilar

Remembering Jesus This Holiday Season

A long time favorite of BurningRiverBaseball.com, Jesus Aguilar has been on the Indians radar since he knocked in 81 runs in 2011 between Kinston and Lake County. In the minors, he consistently piled up prodigious power numbers including 71 RBI in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Across all levels, he slugged .453 from 2008 through […]

Indians Christmas Wish List

Christmas came a little early for Tribe fans as they pulled off what most are viewing as an excellent trade for Brandon Moss on the first day of the Winter Meetings. As Joe broke down here, Moss provides the type of power the Indians have so dearly been missing these past few years. The signing […]

Jason Kipnis

The Importance of Base Running

Baseball is a game of many facets, many of which are often ignored, simply because they are not easy to judge statistically. Because of this, hitting and pitching are often overvalued while other parts like defense (beyond errors and fielding percent), managing, a catcher’s ability to call a game and base running (beyond steals) are […]

Kipnis Hand

Kipnis Goes Under the Knife

Photo from Jason Kipnis’ Instagram: jasonkipnis22 Jason Kipnis had successful surgery on his left ring finger yesterday to repair a damaged tendon that he injured during offseason workouts. The injury occurred about a month ago after getting the finger pinched between a weight and the weight rack. Kipnis had a pin placed in the finger […]

Gavin Floyd is Coming to Cleveland

On the day the White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija, the Indians stole a little of that thunder away by grabbing up former Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signing a starting pitcher had been a top priority of the Indians in this off-season, despite the rotation being the team’s greatest strength in 2014. In addition, by […]

Tribe Targets: Chad Billingsley

Continuing on in an effort to guess which bottom of the barrel starting pitchers the Indians may be interested in this off-season, we come to Chad Billingsley. Billingsley was drafted by the Dodgers in 2003 and made his debut in 2006, remaining in Los Angeles ever since. This has now changed as the Dodgers declined […]

The AL Central’s Rotating Rotations

While we are still early into the off-season, there have been big moves all around. Although many of those moves have taken place in the National League, the American League Central has seen its share of shuffling. While the Indians biggest move has been the trade to obtain Brandon Moss, the rest of the division […]

Can Carlos Carrasco Repeat His 2014 Success?

By now most of us are aware of the odd journey Carlos Carrasco has taken to this point in his professional career. He came to the Tribe in 2009 as the centerpiece of the trade that sent 2008 Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, to the Philadelphia Phillies. After several less than impressive stints with […]

Top 10 Games to Rewatch From 2014

Deep into the off-season and still far from the indefatigable optimism of Spring Training, all baseball fans are pining for more of the great sport. There is no time of year more devoid of the horsehide spheroid than the middle of Winter, so Burning River Baseball is here to help. While the Indians season was […]

A Rolling Tribe Does Gather Moss

Sometimes rumors do come true and this time a trade that has been brewing for about a week has finally come to fruition. The move was a rare one for a couple of reasons. First, it involved the Indians sending a prospect to another team for an established player instead of the other way around […]

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