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Top Ten Indians Batteries

There are no players on the baseball field that touch the ball more often than the pitcher and the catcher as the battery is the center of the entire game. Every once in awhile, a superior pitcher matches up with an incredible catcher and the results are magical. Listed below are the best combinations of […]

Circling the Central: Free Agent Edition

With the World Series ended and the Central Division still without a title since 2005 it is just about time for free agency. Already, thanks to the new rule that makes formal filing for free agency irrelevant, we know exactly which players (barring those with options) are going to be available for purchase this Winter. […]

Calling All Writers

BurningRiverBaseball.com is looking to expand its writing staff this off-season. This could be your chance to get your opinions out there for the world to see. Do you disagree with everybody else and know that you are right? Great, we love conflicting views and confidence. Do you feel like you would be a better team […]

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All-Time Indians: Dick Porter

Name: Richard Twilley Porter Position: Right Field Nick Name: Wiggles Number: 2 Tribe Time: 1929-1934 DOB: 12/30/1901 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1930) 119 480 100 168 43 8 4 57 55 31 3 3 50% .420 .498 .350 .918 […]

Not Quite Royalty, Giants Reign

Thanks to quite possibly the greatest post-season by a single pitcher in baseball history, the Giants have won their third World Series in the past five years. The MVP, Madison Bumgarner pitched in three of the seven games, throwing 21 innings and allowing just a single run. When he finished Tim Hudson’s game seven start, […]

Should the Indians Extend Corey Kluber?

The Indians have a lot of decisions to make this off-season, but unlike those have discussed considering Mike Aviles, Lonnie Chisenhall, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin, any decision about Kluber will be a positive one. While those other players have to be evaluated as to whether they will even be on the team in 2015, […]

What To Do About Josh Tomlin & Zach McAllister

Among the roster decisions to make this season, two of the hardest will be the starting pitchers turned reliever in 2014, Josh Tomlin and Zach McAllister. Like already done with Lonnie Chisenhall and Mike Aviles and as will be continued with Corey Kluber, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Carlos Carrasco in the coming weeks, we will […]

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All-Time Indians: Jim Kern

Name: James Lester Kern Position: Closer Tribe Time: 1974-1978, 1986 Number: 34 Accolades: 2 Time All-Star (1977-1978) DOB: 03/15/1949 Stats W L W% ERA G SV SVO S% IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1976) 10 7 .588 2.38 50 15 16 94% 117.2 91 31 2 50 111 1.20 .206 […]

Why Corey Kluber Should Win the Cy Young

Unlike the voting for the AL MVP, Cy Young voting has tended to be based on more legitimate stats over recent seasons than in the past. For example, the pitcher who won in 2010 won just 13 decisions and was on a team that did not make the play-offs. That year, Felix Hernandez, lead the […]

Why Michael Brantley Should Win the MVP

We already covered which players could be up for significant post-season awards this year, but two of those players deserve some extra consideration, Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber. Brantley should be a candidate for an outfield Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, the AL MVP and Hank Aaron Award. This will just focus on his attempt for […]

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Ball Four – Jim Bouton

Quite possibly the most influential book written about baseball prior to Money Ball, Jim Bouton’s inside tale of his time with the upstart Seattle Pilots in 1969 was a controversial, never before seen look into the dugouts, locker rooms and bullpens of Major League Baseball. Since it was published in 1970, many other players have […]

How International Free Agents Killed Offense in Baseball

In the 1950′s baseball expanded without adding any new franchises. After going from 1903 to 1947 without dramatically increasing the talent pool and not adding any new teams the flood gates opened up adding at least 10% of the country’s baseball players back into that pool. While it started with just Jackie Robinson and Larry […]

Going for the Gold, The Silver & Everything Else

It is hard to rate the Indians 2014 season successful or unsuccessful, largely because the quality of the players involved and the disappointing finish of the team as a whole. When a team has such talented players who stand out, as Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber did this year, the accolades shouldn’t be far behind […]

Should the Indians Extend Lonnie Chisenhall?

Of the many roster decisions the Indians will have to make this off-season, perhaps the player with the biggest range of possibilities is Lonnie Chisenhall. Going into 2014, Chisenhall was entering his fourth Major League season with a career line of .244/.284/.411 and just 23 home runs and 74 RBI, but he added another 13 […]

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All-Time Indians: Ray Mack

Name: Raymond James Mack (nee Mlckovsky) Position: Second Base Tribe Time: 1938-1944, 1946 Number: 6 Accolades: 1940 All-Star, Top 20 MVP (1940) DOB: 08/31/1916 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1940) 146 530 60 150 21 5 12 69 51 77 4 […]

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