CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #62 of the Cleveland Indians makes a throwing error to first on a ground ball hit by Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look at Cleveland’s Middle Infielders

In 2014, the Indians committed 116 errors and maintained a .981 fielding percentage, both good for last place in the entire league. Of those errors, Asdrubal Cabrera was guilty of committing 14 and lowered the team fielding percentage by contributing a terrible 963. Cabrera, to put it lightly, was terrible as a defensive shortstop, but […]


The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues – James A. Riley

The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James A. Riley is an invaluable asset when referencing the American Negro League Baseball. Listed in its near 1,000 pages are every single player who made a roster with a Major League level NLB team including some who may not have played and others who played primarily […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 2

For the second episode of Tribe Time Now, Burning River Baseball’s Kevin Gall joined the rest of the cast for the first full panel episode of the new Indians based podcast. Joining Gall (@kgall216 on twitter) is host Ryan Thompson from More Than a Fan Cleveland (@RthompAK13), Hayden Grove from Indians Baseball Insider (@H_Grove), Mike Brandyberry […]


All-Time Indians: Jake Virtue

Name: Jacob Kitchline Virtue Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1890-1894 DOB: 03/02/1865 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1892) 147 557 98 157 15 20 2 89 84 68 14 .380 .391 .282 .771 Career 474 1764 321 483 60 50 7 256 […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 talks with pitcher Scott Atchison #48 during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pitchers & Catchers Report Today

There are many big dates in the baseball year. Opening Day, the All-Star break, the amateur draft and others but the one phrase that equates to the beginning of the baseball season is “pitchers and catchers report today.” It is irrelevant that most of the hurlers and back-stops have been in Goodyear for weeks, with […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 1

Burning River Baseball has joined up with the More Than A Fan Network and many other Cleveland Indians based websites to create the Tribe Time Now Podcast. For the first ever episode, I joined host Ryan Thompson of MTAF (@_TribeTimeNow for updates to all episodes.

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 20: Left fielder Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning Progressive Field on April 20, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Blue Jays 6-4.   (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Outfielders

There appears to be no shortage of available players who can potentially suit up to spend some time in the outfield for the Cleveland Indians in 2015. In fact, there looks to be a surplus, barring a trade at this point. But since we’re considering who is available now there might be a few guys who […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals tags out Mike Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians as Aviles tries to bunt his way on in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 18, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Indians Sign Bruce Chen

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter: Bruce Chen agrees to minors deal with Indians. $1M base, plus $1M performance bonuses — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)


All-Time Indians: Frank Funk

Name: Franklin Ray Funk Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1960-1962 Number: 38     DOB: 08/30/1935 Stats W L W% ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA K/9 Best Season (1961) 11 11 .500 3.31 56 11 92.1 79 34 9 31 64 1.19 .222 6.3 Career 17 14 .548 3.08 […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 30: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his team after scoring on a double against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning on August, 30, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Where are you Kipnis?

Unlike the last rebound candidate, Nick Swisher, there is much less history with Jason Kipnis as he has played only three full seasons in the pros. But similar to Swisher, Kipnis had an injury in 2014 that significantly affected his swing. After straining his right oblique in April, Kipnis’ batting took a bad turn for […]

DENVER, CO - JUNE 9:  Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Starting Rotation

If the Indians are to make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, it will be largely due to the starting rotation picking up where it left off in the second half of 2014. The Tribe will enter 2015 with the same group of pitchers it ended 2014 with, avoiding the uncertainty that plagued last […]


Top Ten Ohio Born Cleveland Indians

Professional baseball isn’t like the amateur ranks, where players generally stay where they are. The current Indians 40 man roster contains the same amount of players from Taiwan as from Ohio (one each in C.C. Lee and Nick Swisher). Despite 39 players on the current roster that hail from lands outside the Buckeye state, there have […]


All-Time Indians: Joe Birmingham

Name: Joseph Leo Birmingham Position: Center Field/Manager Tribe Time: 1906-1914/1912-1915 Nick Name: Dode Accolades: Top 20 MVP 1912 DOB: 12/03/1884 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1911) 125 447 55 136 18 5 2 51 170 15 42 16 .334 .380 .304 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians sits on the ground after doing a split to make a double play against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant […]


How to Get Free Stuff: 2015 Edition

Photo from 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, […]