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GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Nick Swisher #33 poses during Cleveland Indians Photo Day on February 26, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Welcome Home, Bro! The Triumphant Return of Nick Swisher

After spending Spring Break in Goodyear, Arizona and gallivanting around his old haunts in Columbus for the past few weeks, Nick Swisher is finally ready to return to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians announced early yesterday that the $48M man will finally be coming off the disabled list after originally landing there on August 10th, […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02:  First baseman Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians flips the ball to first to get Clint Robinson #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the third out of the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Carlos Santana; All Around The Diamond

It is no secret the Cleveland Indians’ manager Terry Francona loves versatility on his team. Tito prefers players like Mike Aviles and Jose Ramirez that can play multiple positions without skipping a beat. Over the past three seasons this has been tried with Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana. Although Santana has seemed to have found a […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 26: Starting pitcher Shaun Marcum #38 of the New York Mets dleivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

How To Replace Your House

If you didn’t catch it yesterday, T.J. House has been placed on the 15-day DL due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. This is another disappointing turn in what has been a very disappointing season for House so far this year. After winning the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation out of spring training, House […]

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 poses during Cleveland Indians Photo Day on February 26, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

April 2015 Player Power Rankings

Much more important than wins and losses are the individual successes by each player on the team. The opposite of this may be true, but you can’t have the whole without the parts and this is the time to break those parts down into bite sized pieces. The original, predictive pre-season player power rankings came out in […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 27: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on April 27, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

Could Corey Kluber Be the Next Luis Tiant?

Luis Tiant was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, a borderline Hall of Famer (received a 31% vote in support in 1980) with 229 career wins, three All-Star appearances and three top six Cy Young finishes. He is also the pitcher to own the distinction of the greatest separation in wins and losses […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Francisco Lindor of the World Team fields a ball against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Pulling the Rip Cord

Hype can be a dangerous thing. After a solid 93 win 2005 campaign, the Indians won just 78 games during the highly anticipated 2006 season. With the expectations removed, the Indians were the best team in the American League during the regular season, but with the hype machine built up again, won just 81 games […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 18: Home plate umpire Tom Woodring #75 listens to Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians argue after he struck out to end the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on May 18, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Righty Tighty, Lefty Lose-y

Over the years, the current incarnation of the Cleveland Indians has gathered a reputation that they cannot hit left handed pitching and they have done nothing to stem that so far in 2015 as they have began the season 1-4 against south paws with a more fair 4-4 record against right handers. In general, the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 11: Right fielder Jerry Sands #40 of the Cleveland Indians can't get to a fly ball hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on April 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jerry Sands

Versatility is the Key

The Indians have a problem. Well, they have many problems, but one can be spotted and rectified fairly easily. Despite officially having five outfielders on the roster (not including Brandon Moss, who has played nine of his twelve games in right field), the Indians have been forced to use an infielder, Mike Aviles, in the […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 19: T.J. House #58 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on April 19, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

House Of Cards: Was Last Season A Fluke For TJ?

The 2015 season has not started well for T.J. House who, after losing his first two starts, is struggling to regain his 2014 momentum. So far this young season, he has a 14.14 ERA and 6.71 FIP while walking 6.43 batters per game. In his first start against Detroit at home, he only lasted 1.1 […]

against the Cleveland Indians on March 13, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona.

I Don’t Know. Third Base!

The famous Abott and Costello skit ‘Who’s On First’ goes something along the lines of “Who’s on first, what’s on second, I don’t know, third base” While in the skit these happen to be the players actual names, this could turn out to be a real life scenario for the Cleveland Indians in the not-so-distant […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 28: Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 28, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Chasing After Chacin

Early on Tuesday, the Indians made a group of moves essentially to increase the depth of the pitching staff, even before Carlos Carrasco was cracked in the skull by a line drive. Essentially, this was a move that saw Shaun Marcum designated for assignment to make room for Brett Hayes on both the 25 and […]

New Renovations Facade

Progressive Field Renovations

All photos courtesy Kevin Gall, BurningRiverBaseball The Indians, as well as the rest of Major League Baseball, are searching for ways to attract younger crowds to the game, many of whom feel the game is too long and not exciting enough to hold their attention. Indians’ solution to this problem of diminishing crowds, was to […]

against the Cleveland Indians on March 13, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Burning River Infirmary 4/8: Michael Brantley Won’t Back Down

Michael Brantley – (Lower Back Stiffness) Day to Day. Michael Brantley was scratched from the lineup last night due to “lower back stiffness.” Brantley dealt with lower back stiffness during spring training as he didn’t take part in the agility test the first day and missed five games in late March. Lower back stiffness can […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 25:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on April 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians Contracts Update 4/8

Here are the Indians color coded contractual considerations. From top to bottom, players that have signed long term contracts are listed first, followed by the arbitration eligible players in order of experience, ending with pre-arbitration eligible players. Players not listed are pre-arb. In general it can be assumed that pre-arb players will make between $500 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 3:  Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning on June 3, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cleveland defeated Boston 5-3.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

You Kan’t Spell ReKord BreaKing Without K

Well, maybe you can, but that’s not the point. Last season, the Indians set a new Major League record with 1,450 as a pitching staff. While this likely had a lot to do with the over 500 innings pitched by the bullpen, particularly by the top three pitchers, it had even more to do with […]

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