A Change Is Going To Come: Shapiro To Blue Jays

Unless you have been sleeping until football season starts, the rumors of Indians president Mark Shapiro becoming the President of the Toronto Blue Jays have been hot the past week. A shock to some, it was only a matter of time before one of the most sought-after executives left Cleveland to pursue another opportunity. On […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 14: Nick Hagadone #50 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 14, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Burning River Infirmary: Nick Hagadone Would Rather Have a Bad Back

The All-Star break was not quite over when the Indians received devastating news: Lefty Nick Hagadone will be done for the season after breaking a bone in his elbow in a rehab appearance with Mahoning Valley on Wednesday (7/15). This was not a typical pitching elbow injury, although there was another recent example as Gavin Floyd had the same issue. […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 12:  Giovanny Urshela #39 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

7/12 Recap: Indians Lose On A Sonny, Gray Day In Cleveland

Player of the Game Without any offensive fireworks, David Murphy robbed Steven Vogt of a home run and thus wins the POG. It was a close call between Murphy and starter Corey Kluber but the sure joy of watching an outfielder rob an All-Star of a home run is more than worth giving Murphy the […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a three run double during the third inning of the baseball game July 11, 2015 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Over The Top: Carlos Gomez To Cleveland?

As the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline looms on the horizon, the Indians are once again in the need of a significant upgrade offensively in order to be serious contenders for a post-season spot. Between now and July 31st, there will be many rumors surrounding teams that are competing for the chance to play […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 21: David Murphy #7 celebrates with teammates after he hit a walk-off sacrifice fly scoring Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians during the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 at Progressive Field on June 21, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Rays 1-0. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** David Murphy

A Dual All-Star: On Murphy and Raburn’s Production

In 2015,  the Indians have struggled to score enough runs to win on a consistent basis. Through Wednesday, July 8th, the Indians are 22nd worst in Major League Baseball with 335 runs scored in 84 games. Although there are several contenders that have scored fewer (such as the Cubs, 331, and the Rays, 319), the Tribe would welcome a jolt […]

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)

Alterations for the All-Star Game

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is the best exhibition game in professional sports. It (usually) pits the best players in each league against each other for 9 innings during a time when most of them are in mid-season form. The showcase lasts several days when the baseball world converges on one city and America can witness […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Relief pitcher Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians after the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Tigers 8-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes; Cody Allen

The Annual Snub Debate: 2015 Tribe Edition

The annual All-Star snub debate is almost as fun as the game itself. It’s as typical as arguing why a 1-loss college football team was kept out of the College Football Playoff. The Indians have two players that could have been All-Stars this season but were left off the roster by the players and American League manager Ned […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Change You Can’t Count On: Why Ty Van Burkleo Should Not Be A Scapegoat

Yesterday, Joseph Coblitz gave his argument for the firing of Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. In interest of fairness, today Mike Melaragno brings you his take on why he shouldn’t be let go. The recent offensive struggles from the Indians have the media, fans, national pundits and writers on this website wondering whether change […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 22: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

KISS: Trevor Bauer And Eliminating Pitches

Trevor Bauer is coming off, what could be argued, the worst start of his young professional career this past Monday against Detroit, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits over just three innings. He struck out three but walked four against a division rival the Indians need to start beating on a consistent basis. In […]


Halfway to its Destination: Lake County Captains Midseason’s Review.

34-30 (.531 Winning Percentage) 292 Runs Scored, 276 Runs Against (34-30 Pythagorean Record) +16 Run Differential One Year Park Factor: 92 Three Year Park Factor: 97 The Midwest League all star game was played on June 23rd in Peoria, Illinois and with it marked the unofficial mid-way point of the Captains season. The summer is treading on […]

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11:  Brett Lawrie #15 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Texas Rangers at Coliseum on June 11, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Brett Lawrie

As I wrote last week, the Indians are in the need for a bat at the trade deadline. If possible, it would be most beneficial to pick up a right-handed hitter that can play on the left-side of the infield. With Francisco Lindor called up and presumed to be the new everyday shortstop, the Indians […]


6/16 Recap: No Lord Stanley Magic For The Cubs

Player of the Game Carlos Santana will win tonight’s honors. He went 2-3 with 2 hits and 4 RBI’s. If you do the hard math, he knocked in 2/3rds of the Indians runs this evening. Feathers Up The Indians made Jake Arrieta throw 28 pitches in the first inning. Santana ended the Indians 0-13 hit-less […]

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Burning River Infirmary 06/16: The saga of Nick Swisher’s Knee

Nick Swisher received an injection in his left knee Monday after being placed on the disabled list the previous day with left knee inflammation. Swisher underwent surgery on both knees and started the season on the DL and did not play until May 5th. Inflammation of the knee is also referred to as Patellar Tendonitis, […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 6: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles to center field to drive in two runs in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 6, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Todd Frazier

Believe it or not, the non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball is quickly approaching and the Indians are, once again,  in the market for an impact bat. This season specifically, the front office needs to make a move to bolster an average offense on a team that hopes to reach the postseason. There are […]


06/11 Recap: Very HAPP-y with today’s win.

Player of the Game Shawn Marcum has battled back from adversity in his career and thus I will give the award to today’s tribe starter; partly because he earned it and partly because I’m simply a nicer guy than Joe. In facing 21 batters he only gave up 2 hits and struck out 5 on […]