KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians slides across home to score against Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. The play would be overturned after it was ruled that Lindor did not tag up at third. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

2016 Could be the Best Central Yet

Since becoming a division, the AL Central has largely been the laughingstock of the American League. From 1994 through 2011, only four AL Pennant winners came from the Central and only one won the World Series (the White Sox in 2005). Since then, things have been looking up as three of the last four AL […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 19:  The WBC Trophy is seen during the Championship Round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic between the Dominican Republic and the Puerto Rico at AT&T Park on March 19, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Nicknames for the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Trigger Warning: this is not a serious baseball discussion. If you’d like that, check out this morning’s article on Joe Sewell. This is silly and mostly for my own entertainment. Since we’re in the midst of the first qualifying round for the World Baseball Classic in 2017 (Australia and South Africa are both 1-0) it […]


All-Time Indians: Joe Sewell

Name: Joseph Wheeler Sewell Position: Short Stop Tribe Time: 1920-1930 Number: 4 & 2 Accolades: Hall of Fame (1977) DOB: 10/09/1898 Accolades: Top 5 MVP (1923, 1925), Top 10 MVP (1924, 1927), Top 20 MVP (1922, 1928) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS […]

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - MARCH 04:  Mitch Dening of Australia run into first base in the sixth inning during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group B match between South Korea and Australia at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium on March 4, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

World Classic Qualifiers Back Again

When the World Baseball Classic was first played in 2006, there were 16 teams and in 2009 those teams returned. It wasn’t until the 2013 tournament that other teams were considered as four of the teams that had been included each year, South Africa, Canada, Panama and Chinese Taipei were made to play for their […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 26:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the second inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Indians 25 Man Roster Prediction & Options

It’s still really early, but with pitchers and catchers reporting next week we have enough knowledge of the 2016 Cleveland Indians roster to create our initial break down of the potential 25 man roster and see what other options the Indians have. This list will be updated throughout the Spring season as starters are announced and […]


All-Time Indians: Chuck Hinton

Name: Charles Edward Hinton Jr. Position: OF/1B     Number: 23 Tribe Time: 1965-67, 1968-71 DOB: 05/03/1934 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1965) 133 431 59 110 17 6 18 54 53 65 17 3 85% .336 .448 .255 .784 […]


Ever Dream of Writing About Baseball?

I am both proud and saddened to announce that Danny Cunningham will no longer be writing for Burning River Baseball as he is taking on more responsibilities with his more regular profession (if you want to know more, bug him on twitter @DCunninghamCLE). While we are losing Danny, you could be gaining an opportunity as […]


Top 10 AA Level Indians 1963-2015

While the Indians have had many minor league affiliates over the years, one constant, at least since 1989, has been that the AA club has been nearby in Akron, Ohio. It is difficult to compare minor league franchises from the early years, but we have consistent data from the Indians AA farm club heading back […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:   A fan sits in the rain at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio waiting for the rain delayed start of the  game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers on September 12, 2015 .   (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

The Spectrum of Modern Baseball Fans

Have you ever found yourself debating what makes a true die-hard baseball fan? Sitting at a game on the first base side, two fans are decked out head to toe in Tribe gear, obvious to the naked eye anyone can see that both parties are all in when it comes to the game. What on […]


All-Time Indians: Jesse Orosco

Name: Jesse Russell Orosco Position: Relief Pitcher     Number: 47 Tribe Time: 1989-1991 DOB: 04/21/1957 Stats W L W% ERA G SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO K/9 WHIP BAA Best Season (1989) 3 4 .429 2.08 69 3 7 78.0 54 18 7 26 79 9.1 1.03 .198 Indians Career 10 […]

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Do You Wahoo? Play-Offs: Rich, Toth & Guerrieri

Joe Coblitz (@byJeffRich) of More Than a Fanand Bob Toth (@VinceGuerrieri) both of Did the Tribe Win Last Night compete in an epic battle of Tribe trivia. Those other games before were just for fun, this is for a place in the championship game. Blood will be shed. Games: Career Manager Wins Single Season Doubles […]


All-Time Indians: Frank Duffy

Name: Frank Thomas Duffy Position: Short Stop     Number: 15 Tribe Time: 1972-1977 DOB: 10/14/1946 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1973) 116 361 34 95 16 4 8 50 25 41 6 6 .312 .396 .263 .708 Indians Career 805 […]

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Tribe Time Now: It’s Like Cricket, Only Better

Stephanie Liscio (@BRBBlog) from Burning River Baseball get together to discuss all the big moves the Indians have made in the past two weeks. Just kidding, they talk about the top remaining free agents, international baseball and give out some great tips for those vacationing in Goodyear, Arizona this Spring. Topics: Available Free Agents Baseball in […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Historical Significance of the Indians Rotation

At the end of every season, I update the top ten positional lists with any changes. For example, this year Cody Allen moved up the list of top ten closers and Carlos Santana moved from the catcher list to the first basemen list. In the general update for all the lists, I also like to […]

How to Get Free Stuff: 2016 Edition

There hasn’t been a run on Indians tickets in over 15 years, but that hasn’t stopped the Indians from trying to entice fans to come in droves with many promotional events throughout the year. Of 80 home games in 2015, the Indians had 39 promotional days featuring fire works, give-aways, dollar dogs and more. Since […]