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How to Get Free Stuff: 2015 Edition

Photo from Indians.com Everyone loves free stuff and looking back at some research done internally this off-season, at least some fans base their visiting schedule almost entirely on when they can get a little something extra for the price of admission. Being one of those people, I empathize and now present you with the best, […]

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An Insider’s Guide to Indians Spring Training

Pitchers and catchers will report within a few weeks and shortly after that the Spring season will begin, but for those planning on actually participating in the festivities, a little preparation is necessary. Already this off-season I’ve discussed things to do around the city when games are not on, but now it is time to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Center fielder Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Jonathan Villar #6 of the Houston Astros during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The True Cost of WAR

There have been a lot of comparisons of a player’s salary to a player’s WAR, but instead of an all-encompassing look at what each win is worth, the chart below compares each team in the American League’s top three players financially to their production on the field. Rather than use actual numbers, in order to […]

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All-Time Indians: Dick Donovan

Name: Richard Edward Donovan Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1962-1965 Number: 30 Accolades: 1962 All-Star, Top 5 MVP 1962 DOB: 12/07/1927 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1962) 20 10 .667 3.60 34 34 16 5 250.2 255 100 23 47 94 […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we […]

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Destin Hood #81 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Golden Ticket: 2015 Spring Training Invitees

Every year, the Indians do their diligence in acquiring the low risk, low reward players known as Spring Training invitees. These are generally players signed to a minor league contract with an out clause if they don’t make the team within a month or so of the season starting. While these are often veterans looking […]

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All-Time Indians: Mel Hall

Name: Melvin Hall Position: Left Field Tribe Time: 1984-1988 Number: 27     DOB: 09/16/1960 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG Best Season (1986) 140 442 68 131 29 2 18 77 33 65 6 2 .346 .493 .296 Career 538 1765 244 498 101 […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: January 2015

As usual, January has been a very slow month for baseball signings, continues on with the doldrums that started right after the Winter Meetings ended. For the Indians, the only moves were two minor league deals given to relief pitchers and the rest of the division wasn’t much busier. In fact, the biggest move around […]

Burning River Radio 3.3: BRR Gets Shifty

With a new baseball season getting ready to begin, Joe and Mike discuss the changes to the Indians, Progressive Field and the commissioners office. More directly, they get deep into the possible measures that will be taken to increase offense and decrease game time (two polar opposite goals), offering more solutions and problems than may […]

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All-Time Indians: Fritz Coumbe

Name: Frederick Nicholas Coumbe Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1914-1919 DOB: 12/13/1889 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1917) 8 6 .571 2.15 34 10 4 5 134.1 119 32 0 35 30 1.15 .228 Career 34 31 .523 2.83 145 59 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 4: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 drops a pop fly hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers with backup from Tyler Holt #62 of the Cleveland Indians during the eleventh inning at Progressive Field on September 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is Jason Kipnis Really That Bad Defensively?

The modern era of baseball has been completely redefined by a statistical revolution, providing much more accurate analysis of what is actually happening on the field from an all encompassing view down to the smallest detail. Unfortunately, even with these stats making analysis an option for every viewer, fans still fall into the same old […]

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All-Time Indians: Vic Wertz

Name: Victor Woodrow Wertz Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1954-1958 Number: 23 Accolades: 1957 All-Star, Top 9 MVP 1956-57 DOB: 02/09/1925 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1957) 144 515 84 145 21 0 28 105 78 88 2 3 .371 .485 […]

12 Apr 2000: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians hits the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Indians defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

Cleveland Indians Home Run History

There is no single event in baseball history quite as exciting as a home run. This is likely, on an emotional level, because of their finality as they leave no doubt the outcome of the play as soon as they clear the fences. It is the ultimate feat of strength as a hitter can do […]

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Cobb – Al Stump

While Ty Cobb never played for the Indians, he remains one of the greatest baseball players in history and his biography, Cobb: The Life & Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball by Al Stump is a book that should be read by all. Originally, Stump was commissioned to help Cobb pen his […]

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Top Ten Indians Bullpens

Due to the success of the Indians bullpen in recent seasons, the subject of the greatest Tribe relief corps of all time has been brought up on multiple occasions. Now, we are making it official with the list of the top ten bullpens in Cleveland Indians history. Because bullpens vary in size, only the top […]

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