2014 Pre-Season Predictions Revisited

Every year the crew at Burning River Baseball makes a few predictions about the things that will occur during the season and every year, we own up to our terrible mistakes. This year, in addition to the three regular writers of Burning River Baseball, we added in Cody Slaybaugh, host of the Sports Report on […]


All-Time Indians: Graig Nettles

Name: Graig Nettles Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1970-1972 Number: 12 Accolades: Top 30 MVP (1971) DOB: 08/20/1944 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1971) 158 598 78 156 18 1 28 86 82 56 7 4 .350 .435 .261 .785 Career 465 […]

Updates to All-Time Indians Top 10 Lists

We like to remember the past here on BurningRiverBaseball, but part of that is integrating the present. Each off-season, we come out with a group of top ten lists including a few years ago, lists of the greatest Indians players at each position in team history. While these were created two years ago, rather than […]

2014 Burning River Awards

With the expectation that somehow the players on the Cleveland Indians will be excluded from every single major national award, we have our own rewards to give exclusively to members of the Cleveland Indians franchise. Brought to you by BurningRiverBaseball.com, here are the 2014 Burning River Awards! “The Lee Award” for Most Improved Player – […]

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Offensive Plays for 2014

While not quite as dramatic as 2013, this season was still filled with walk-offs, big home runs and other exciting offensive plays. Even though the Indians scored just 636 runs overall, this just made each individual run that much more important. To keep things interesting, plays within the same game are included together and only […]

A Year for the Record Books: Changes in Career & Single Season Records

The past season has been something very special for quite a few players and there has been more movement than in any recent season in the Indians statistical leader boards. Of course, most of these changes are involved with Corey Kluber‘s incredible year, but there are a few stats of notes from the great bullpen […]


All-Time Indians: Dan Spillner

Name: Daniel Ray Spillner Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1978-1984 Number: 37   DOB: 11/27/1951 Stats W L W% ERA G SV SVO S% IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1982) 12 10 .545 2.50 65 21 31 68% 133.2 117 37 9 45 90 1.22 .226 Career 46 45 .505 […]

Burning River Off-Season Primer

The regular season has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be taking a break here at BurningRiverBaseball.com, although things will change a little. We will still bring you analysis of everything of importance to the Indians including possible signings, trades, roster moves, the rule five draft and anything else that could come […]

2014 Final Player of the Game Results

The Player of the Game stat is one unique thing about BurningRiverBaseball.com. It is a fluid number that includes hitting, pitching, defense and base running that I created in 2007. The stat is found by attributing points to every event on the baseball field (such as a single is worth 0.33), then adding them together. […]

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Final 2014 Player Power Rankings

Things didn’t work out quite as well as the Indians were hoping this year, but there were plenty of positives going forward. While the Indians didn’t have the depth to continue on to the play-offs, as can be seen by looking at almost every player outside of the top ten, the still had some great […]


9/28 Recap: The Final Recap

Player of the Game The Indians offense finished the season on a high note with 7 runs on 14 hits. The last Player of the Game award of the 2014 season goes to Zach Walters. Walters contributed a home run and a double to today’s win knocking in 2 and scoring once. David Murphy was […]


9/27 Recap: Brantley Gets 200th Hit in Loss

Player of the Game As he has over the last month, Carlos Carrasco looked to over-shadow another brilliant start from Corey Kluber with one of his own. Carrasco gave up just a single earned run in 7.2 innings tonight, striking out ten. He allowed just four singles and stayed out of trouble until he was […]

What Went Wrong in 2014

After a short exit from the play-offs disappointed the Indians in 2013, nothing less was expected this year. Despite those expectations, the Indians were eliminated even earlier in 2014 than they were the season before, two days before the regular season’s end. While some of this is due to the maturing talent in Kansas City, where […]


9/26 Recap: Kluber Campaigns for Cy Young Votes

Player of the Game Corey Kluber couldn’t have done much more in his campaign for the 2014 American League Cy Young award than he did tonight. Kluber went eight shut out innings and struck out ten, his 11th game with double digit K’s this season. He did allow five hits, but only one went for […]

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How Justin Masterson Cost the Indians the Play-Offs

When comparing the 2013 play-off Indians with 2014 team, there have been a surprising number of improvements considering the less successful outcome. Offensively, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana all had better seasons than in 2013, while Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn put up similar numbers. Cody Allen was significantly better than […]