ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 27: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after an 8th inning strikeout against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Central Showdown: Indians vs. Reds

While the rest of the team to team comparisons posted under the “Central Showdown” title will be about the Indians rivals in the American League Central Division, we will start with Cleveland’s primary Spring Training rival, the National League Cincinnati Reds, the only team they will play more than twice. The following is a breakdown […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 3

In the third episode of More Than A Fan Cleveland’s Tribe Time Now podcast, it was Ryan Thompson and Joe Coblitz again for another hour of Indians brilliance. We discussed some of last week’s round table, especially the constant optimism of everyone in Cleveland and the changes within the AL Central. Michael Brantley and Carlos […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Emilio Bonifacio #64 of the Kansas City Royals at first during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto […]

CLEVELAND - MAY 3:  Omar Vizquel #13 of the Cleveland Indians lays down a bunt that rolled foul during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 3, 2004 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Red Sox lost their fourth straight as the Indians defeated them 2-1.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Top Ten Indians Infields

Continuing down the line and breaking down the greatest groups in franchise history further, we’ll now take a look at the greatest infields in Tribe history. Already covered were the top ten batteries, outfields and bullpens, but this may be the most impressive group so far. For the case of this analysis, an infield will […]


All-Time Indians: Glenn Myatt

Name: Glenn Calvin Myatt Position: Catcher Tribe Time: 1923-1935 Number: 9     DOB: 07/09/1897 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG Best Season (1924) 105 342 55 117 22 7 8 73 33 12 6 1 .402 .518 .342 Career 850 2317 319 638 126 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins as Twins catcher Chris Herrmann #12 covers home plate during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2013 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Swisher Adds Bunting To His Game

No news is good news in the early days of Spring Training as practices are getting underway and the Indians camp (outside of the Trevor Bauer drone controversy) has been silent so far. One point of interest before position players are even officially supposed to be in camp is that Nick Swisher has been working […]


The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues – James A. Riley

The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James A. Riley is an invaluable asset when referencing the American Negro League Baseball. Listed in its near 1,000 pages are every single player who made a roster with a Major League level NLB team including some who may not have played and others who played primarily […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 2

For the second episode of Tribe Time Now, Burning River Baseball’s Kevin Gall joined the rest of the cast for the first full panel episode of the new Indians based podcast. Joining Gall (@kgall216 on twitter) is host Ryan Thompson from More Than a Fan Cleveland (@RthompAK13), Hayden Grove from Indians Baseball Insider (@H_Grove), Mike Brandyberry […]


All-Time Indians: Jake Virtue

Name: Jacob Kitchline Virtue Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1890-1894 DOB: 03/02/1865 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1892) 147 557 98 157 15 20 2 89 84 68 14 .380 .391 .282 .771 Career 474 1764 321 483 60 50 7 256 […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 talks with pitcher Scott Atchison #48 during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pitchers & Catchers Report Today

There are many big dates in the baseball year. Opening Day, the All-Star break, the amateur draft and others but the one phrase that equates to the beginning of the baseball season is “pitchers and catchers report today.” It is irrelevant that most of the hurlers and back-stops have been in Goodyear for weeks, with […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 1

Burning River Baseball has joined up with the More Than A Fan Network and many other Cleveland Indians based websites to create the Tribe Time Now Podcast. For the first ever episode, I joined host Ryan Thompson of MTAF (@_TribeTimeNow for updates to all episodes.

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals tags out Mike Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians as Aviles tries to bunt his way on in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 18, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Indians Sign Bruce Chen

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter: Bruce Chen agrees to minors deal with Indians. $1M base, plus $1M performance bonuses — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)


All-Time Indians: Frank Funk

Name: Franklin Ray Funk Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1960-1962 Number: 38     DOB: 08/30/1935 Stats W L W% ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA K/9 Best Season (1961) 11 11 .500 3.31 56 11 92.1 79 34 9 31 64 1.19 .222 6.3 Career 17 14 .548 3.08 […]


Top Ten Ohio Born Cleveland Indians

Professional baseball isn’t like the amateur ranks, where players generally stay where they are. The current Indians 40 man roster contains the same amount of players from Taiwan as from Ohio (one each in C.C. Lee and Nick Swisher). Despite 39 players on the current roster that hail from lands outside the Buckeye state, there have […]


All-Time Indians: Joe Birmingham

Name: Joseph Leo Birmingham Position: Center Field/Manager Tribe Time: 1906-1914/1912-1915 Nick Name: Dode Accolades: Top 20 MVP 1912 DOB: 12/03/1884 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1911) 125 447 55 136 18 5 2 51 170 15 42 16 .334 .380 .304 […]