NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08:  The Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees by the score of 6-4 to win the American League Division Series in four games at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nearly a Decade Later, Comparing Central Champions

On October 23rd, 2007, the Cleveland Indians clinched the Central Division title in a year that would ultimately see them take the eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox to game seven of the ALCS. After winning the first five Central Division titles ever (1995 through 1999), it took the Indians nine years to return to […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: Cleveland Indians player celebrate clinching the Central Division Championship after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park on September 26, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Indians Clinch Division and Are Ready for More

Read this intro, then close your eyes, and take a deep breath before continuing on. Let Hammy’s words, “Cleveland! We WILL have an October to remember!” sink in. That feeling we all had in our gut just a few months ago has returned, where we all just know for whatever reason that this season was […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jonathan Lucroy #25 of the Texas Rangers points to the dugout as he rounds the bases after a 2 run home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 10, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Looking Back at the Trade that Never Was

Almost two months after the debunked Jonathan Lucroy trade Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez have combined to bat .232/.302/.535 during August and September. In Texas, meanwhile, Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .288/.345/.557 (through 09/19). There haven’t yet been serious repercussions, but I believe that the Indians’ franchise fortunes took a nasty, long-term turn for the worse at […]

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 30: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates their victory with Michael Martinez #1 (L) and Tyler Naquin #30 (R) during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 30, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rajai Davis;Michael Martinez;Tyler Naquin

Optimizing the Indians’ Outfield Now and in the Future

All season long, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield has been a mix-and-match job for Terry Francona. During the season’s first half, Jose Ramirez and Marlon Byrd made many appearances in the outfield for the Tribe, but in the second gave way to Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and, more recently, Coco Crisp. At the same time, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and […]


Sept 17: The day Cleveland Indians still had a 99.7% chance at winning the Central

Editors note: The first part of this article is 100% fictitious satire. All quotes are completely made up. None of these players were interviewed for this piece and did not make any of these comments. It’s just one man’s attempt at some humor. When Cleveland Indians’ starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco took a liner from Detroit Tigers second basemen Ian […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning at Progressive Field on August 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Clevinger

Next Man Up: The New Look Tribe Rotation

Another win but another damaging injury Saturday for the Indians. Carlos Carrasco, the Indians’ No. 2 starting pitcher, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right hand when hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Ian Kinsler on the second pitch of a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Tigers. The […]

Otero has not impressed to this point in Spring Training. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Dan Otero Has Been The Indians Bullpen O-Hero

When the Indians traded for Andrew Miller he was billed as the bullpen’s savior. Miller’s presence has made the entire bullpen better, the bullpen’s savior has been with the team all season and his name is Dan Otero. Before the White Sox bled the Indians to death with paper cuts on Tuesday, Otero was 15th among […]

Diaz participating in the 2015 Arizona Fall League with the Scottsdale Scorpions. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Yandy Diaz Snub Indefensible by Tribe

As the Cleveland Indians grow ever-nearer to a postseason appearance, it seems the team is missing out on a clear opportunity to improve. As it stands, one of the team’s few weak points lies in their platoon-heavy outfield. The Indians do not have a single outfielder who can be defined as a clear everyday player, […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 18: Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on June 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Danny Salazar

September Without Salazar: Danny Shutdown For Regular Season

Indians All-Star starting pitcher Danny Salazar will be shutdown for the next 10 days as he receives a platelet rich plasma injection to help with forearm tendinitis that had some swelling. He isn’t expected to return to game action for the next three-to-four weeks. Based on SportsTime Ohio’s Indians reporter Andre Knott, the Indians do […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 5: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians hits a three run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on May 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Where did Napoli’s Power Go & Is it Back?

Starting in mid-July and carrying into early August, Mike Napoli was just about the hottest thing in Cleveland. He was belting home runs at a torrid pace (13 home runs in 33 games between July 1 and August 11) while “Party At Napoli’s” t-shirts were flying off the shelves at Progressive Field. There was so […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning at Progressive Field on August 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Clevinger

More Bullpen Games Might Not Be the Worst Option

The Indians are as of yet undecided on how to proceed with their fifth spot in the rotation for the rest of the season. The first four places have remained or returned to excellence from their various ailments and bad outings, but number five is still a mystery. Josh Tomlin held the fifth spot almost […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 9: Starting pitcher Cody Anderson #56 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on July 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Cody Anderson

Indians Add Crisp to Roster and Five More As September Rosters Expand

The Cleveland Indians made a flurry of moves on the first day of expanded rosters, starting with Coco Crisp being added to the 25 man roster on Thursday and finalizing the deal to bring back the one-time Indians outfielder into the fold. Pitchers Cody Anderson and Joseph Colon we recalled along with utility man Erik Gonzalez. Catcher […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 16: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Omar Narvaez #38 of the Chicago White Sox at first to end the top of the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

August 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

Below follow the Indians Player Power Rankings for the month of August. As always, players are ranked by their full season’s output, but judged on only their performance for the month. Every player will receive a rating of “Above,” “Even” or “Below” comparing their actual results to what we thought would happen. In addition, each player […]

WINTER HAVEN, FL - MARCH 1:  Coco Crisp 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)

Cuckoo For Coco Crisp: Indians Reacquire Outfielder

The Indians are bringing back a former fan favorite to help with their thin outfield situation for a potential postseason run. It was made official on Wednesday as Coco Crisp was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor-league left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes. This move was a pure salary dump for the A’s as […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  AUGUST 1: Relief pitcher Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Andrew Miller

How One Man Started a Bullpen Revolution in Cleveland

The Indians knew going into the July 31st trade deadline that the one position that needed to be upgraded over everything else was the bullpen. They were ninth in baseball with a 3.55 ERA in the first half, but most importantly, they only went about three players deep when it came to close games. With […]