CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch #9 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates as Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after Kipnis struck out to end the game during the twelfth inning at Progressive Field during the second game of a double header on August 13, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Offense

Pushing aside our usual analysis of the Indians, past and present, I’d like to explain why we at Burning River Baseball use the numbers we do and where they come from. While I don’t speak for everyone on the site, all our writers use a combination of traditional and modern stats and this is for […]


All-Time Indians: Roy Weatherly

Name: Cyril Roy Weatherly Position: Center Field Nick Name: Stormy Number: 22 Tribe Time: 1936-1942 DOB: 2/25/19915 Accolades: Top 11 MVP 1940 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1940) 135 578 90 175 35 11 15 59 27 26 9 5 […]


2014 Cleveland Indians Winter League Results

For some, 162 games are not enough and as they have done almost since baseball’s inception, many of the Indians current and future players were involved in international baseball leagues during the off-season. This year, including those who played in the Arizona Fall League (which was already covered), 38 Indians continued their season through December. […]

8 Jul 1997:  Sandy Alomar walks with a tropy after the MLB All-Star Game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport

The Hall of Fame Case for Sandy Alomar Jr.

With the latest crop of Major League Hall of Famers set to be announced later in the day, this will be the last in a series of four making the cases for some Indians greats to be included. All of these players have already missed out on the voting process, but could be considered in […]


All-Time Indians: Steve Hargan

Name: Steven Lowell Hargan Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1965-1972 Number: 34 Accolades: 1967 All-Star DOB: 09/08/1942 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1967) 14 13 .519 2.62 30 29 15 6 223.0 180 65 9 72 141 1.13 .212 Career 56 […]


Is Louis Head the Next Indians Relief Ace?

It seems almost every season another rookie reliever comes out of nowhere to make an incredible break through into the Indians bullpen. Last season it was left hander Kyle Crockett, the year before it was Cody Allen and before that Vinnie Pestano and the list goes on. While the current bullpen seems set with depth, […]


All-Time Indians: Pete Hotaling

Name: Peter James Hotaling Position: Outfield Nick Name: Monkey     Tribe Time: 1880, 1883-84, 1887-88 DOB: 12/16/1856 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1887) 126 505 108 151 28 13 3 94 53 46 43 .373 .424 .299 .797 Career 504 2058 […]

Central Salaries

Centralized Spending

Over the past few decades, the Central Division has largely sat by while the American League East and West competed in an arms race of sorts, pushing free agent salaries to ridiculous levels. While the Tigers have always stuck around with the big spenders, a strong 2014 campaign from the Royals, Indians and White Sox […]


Top Ten Indians Outfields

In the past, we have covered the greatest players in Indians history at each position (left field, center field and right field can been seen with the appropriate links) and written more detailed profiles for hundreds of the greatest Indians ever. Now, it is time to recognize when these stars aligned and created something really […]


All-Time Indians: Oral Hildebrand

Name: Oral Clyde Hildebrand Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1931-1936 Number: 19 Accolades: 1933 All-Star DOB: 04/07/1907 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1933) 16 11 .593 3.76 36 31 15 6 220.1 205 92 8 88 90 1.33 .237 Career 56 46 […]

Thome Statue

The Season Of Giving: Do Promotions Actually Work?

Everybody loves something for free and the Indians are one of the top teams as far as providing their fans with something extra at the ballpark. In the past season, there were 16 give away days (including a Jim Thome statue replica), 13 Dollar Dog nights, ten Kid’s Fun Days and 17 glorious fireworks display. […]


Omar! My Life On & Off the Field – Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

In 2002, despite being a decade away from the end of his playing career, Omar Vizquel felt the need to record the details of his career in his official auto-biography, Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field. Whether he was trying to cash in one more time on the success of the 1990’s (which was […]


All-Time Indians: Elmer Smith

Name: Elmer John Smith Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1914-1916,1917-1921 DOB: 09/21/1892 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1920) 129 456 82 144 37 10 12 103 53 35 5 .391 .520 .316 .911 Career 672 2185 328 615 135 41 46 379 219 […]

Jesus Aguilar

Remembering Jesus This Holiday Season

A long time favorite of, Jesus Aguilar has been on the Indians radar since he knocked in 81 runs in 2011 between Kinston and Lake County. In the minors, he consistently piled up prodigious power numbers including 71 RBI in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Across all levels, he slugged .453 from 2008 through […]

Burning River Radio 3.2: Big Bad John

Another week and another guest host as this time new contributor John Hutchison joins me on the show. It has been a big couple of weeks for the Indians and we discuss the two big moves, the trade for Brandon Moss and the signing of Gavin Floyd. In the middle of all that is a […]