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 […]


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. […]

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 […]

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: Paul Sorrento

Name: Paul Anthony Sorrento Position: First Base     Number: 11 Tribe Time: 1992-1995 DOB: 11/17/1965 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1995) 104 323 50 76 14 0 25 79 51 71 1 1 .336 .511 .235 .847 Career 487 1566 […]

The Case for Mel Harder’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The latest installment in this series takes us away from the glory days of the 1990’s to the Tribe’s ace during the mid-1930’s and architect of the Tribe’s pitching success during the 40’s and 50’s. Mel Harder pitched with the Indians from 1928-1947, breaking into the big leagues when he was just 18 years old. […]


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 […]

5 Oct 1996:  Centerfielder Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians focuses on the baseball as he makes a running catch off a Todd Zeile hit in the first inning of game four of the Indians match up against the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Divisio

The Case for Kenny Lofton’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

Kenny Lofton played 17 amazing seasons in Major League Baseball, electrifying us all with blinding speed and highlight reel catches. He spent ten seasons in the Forest City, endearing himself to Tribe fans forever. Lofton’s speed and defense truly set him apart and made him one of the best center fielders and lead-off hitters in […]

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 […]


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, […]

The Case for Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 6th and will inevitably be the topic of heated debate for weeks after. This will be the first in a series of posts making the argument for a number of former Indians’ hall of fame candidacy. Albert Belle is no longer eligible to be […]


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 […]