CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 19: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit by Dioner Navarro #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Progressive Field on April 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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

This is the final part of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the second part (found here) I covered the pitchers side of the game, focusing on FIP and more advanced analysis of thrown baseballs. Today, it’s […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Starter Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches to Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats for Evaluating Pitching

This is part two of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the first part (found here) I covered the offensive part of the game, focusing on BABIP and the all-encompassing stat of WAR. Today, we look at […]

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 […]

WINTER HAVEN, FL - MARCH 1:  Jason Bere of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during photo day at Chain of Lakes Park on March 1, 2005 in Winter Haven, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jason Bere Hired as Bullpen Coach

Jason Bere has been hired as the Indians’ new bullpen coach, replacing Kevin Cash who was chosen to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. This is Bere’s first foray into the coaching world, he has spent the past 9 years in the Indians’ baseball operations department. Prior to retiring, Bere spent […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Oakland Athletics delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 10, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Athletics 2-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Circling the Central – December

Apparently, everyone in the AL Central thinks they can compete. Whether it be the addition of another Wild Card spot or the fact that the once lowly Kansas City Royals made it all the way to their first World Series in almost 30 years, AL Central teams are wheeling and dealing with moves that don’t […]

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 […]

From Inception to Defection: Cuba’s Baseball History

The Inception In 1860, American sailors and young Cubans returning home from college in America planted the seed of baseball passion in Cuba. Though during the first Cuban War of Independence baseball was banned briefly, baseball has always flourished in Cuba. The organization of the sport began with the formation of the Cuban Baseball League […]

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. […]

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 […]

Indians Christmas Wish List

Christmas came a little early for Tribe fans as they pulled off what most are viewing as an excellent trade for Brandon Moss on the first day of the Winter Meetings. As Joe broke down here, Moss provides the type of power the Indians have so dearly been missing these past few years. The signing […]

Jason Kipnis

The Importance of Base Running

Baseball is a game of many facets, many of which are often ignored, simply because they are not easy to judge statistically. Because of this, hitting and pitching are often overvalued while other parts like defense (beyond errors and fielding percent), managing, a catcher’s ability to call a game and base running (beyond steals) are […]

Kipnis Hand

Kipnis Goes Under the Knife

Photo from Jason Kipnis’ Instagram: jasonkipnis22 Jason Kipnis had successful surgery on his left ring finger yesterday to repair a damaged tendon that he injured during offseason workouts. The injury occurred about a month ago after getting the finger pinched between a weight and the weight rack. Kipnis had a pin placed in the finger […]

Gavin Floyd is Coming to Cleveland

On the day the White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija, the Indians stole a little of that thunder away by grabbing up former Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signing a starting pitcher had been a top priority of the Indians in this off-season, despite the rotation being the team’s greatest strength in 2014. In addition, by […]

Tribe Targets: Chad Billingsley

Continuing on in an effort to guess which bottom of the barrel starting pitchers the Indians may be interested in this off-season, we come to Chad Billingsley. Billingsley was drafted by the Dodgers in 2003 and made his debut in 2006, remaining in Los Angeles ever since. This has now changed as the Dodgers declined […]

The AL Central’s Rotating Rotations

While we are still early into the off-season, there have been big moves all around. Although many of those moves have taken place in the National League, the American League Central has seen its share of shuffling. While the Indians biggest move has been the trade to obtain Brandon Moss, the rest of the division […]