Gonzalez hits an opposite field home run during an AZL game in 2016. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

The Latest HR King in the AZL: Oscar Gonzalez

Normally, low level minor league teams play in small ballparks. They feature the youngest professional athletes, who are generally significantly less developed physically than they will be in just a few years and they are spared from playing on the massive fields that they will be capable of playing on in the future. The Arizona […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 20: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three run home run against  the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

8/20 Recap: No Walk-Off Tonight

Roster Update: As expected, Josh Tomlin was activated from the family emergency medical list to make his start today and Shawn Armstrong was optioned back to AAA Columbus. Player of the Game For the second time in the last four games, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a home run, knocked in three runs and won the Player of […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Riding The Wave

DSL Indians by Joseph Coblitz With only seven games left in the season, the Dominican Summer League Tribe look ready to coast for the rest of the season safely in last place and 20 games out of even a Wild Card spot. In the six games during the last week they went 1-5 and, while […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off starting pitcher Alfredo Simon #31 of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why is Almonte Playing if he isn’t Play-Off Eligible?

This may be another of those articles that is for a very limited number of people, but there has been enough confusion in recent days that it is worth addressing. Because of his PED suspension to start the season, Abraham Almonte is in fact not eligible to play for the Indians in the play-offs. This […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 18:  Teammates mob Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians after he hit a game winning sacrifice fly against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning at Progressive Field on August 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the White Sox 5-4.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

8/19 Recap: Back-to-Back Jacks & Walk-Off Wins for Naquin

Roster Update: After needing a lengthy outing from the bullpen yesterday, Shawn Armstrong was recalled from AAA and Kyle Crockett sent back down. There will need to be another move made to bring back Josh Tomlin tomorrow so this could be an extremely short period with the team for Armstrong. Player of the Game Trevor Bauer […]

BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 22:  Fans of the New York Yankees stand and applaud in front of a sign referencing the Seattle Mariners regular season 116 victories during game five of the American League Championship Series on October 22, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  The Yankees defeated the Mariners 12-5 and won the best-of-seven series four games to one to advance to the World Series.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Why it Might Not Be a Good Idea to Win them All

If the Indians won every single game for the rest of the season (an impossible 43 game winning streak), they wouldn’t come close to the all time Major League record for best winning percent of .763 (1906 Chicago Cubs). They would be four wins short of the single season wins record as well, held by […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 18:  Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single scoring Carlos Santana #41 (not pictured) against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

8/18 Recap: Tribe Walks Off to Win Second Straight Series

Player of the Game It won’t get the attention of his last appearance because he didn’t start and it wasn’t against his former club, but Mike Clevinger had the second best outing of his young career tonight against Chicago. Coming in to start the third, Clevinger allowed just two hits, an infield single in the […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 31: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Napoli

Indians Hitting Them Out Like it’s 1999

For a generation of Indians fans, home runs were an expectation. Anyone who started watching the game in the 1990’s saw Albert Belle break the team single season record with 50 in 1995 and three players break the career mark that had been held by Earl Averill since May 1st 1932 when he hit his […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 17: Staring pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

8/17 Recap: Defense Fails Tribe, Sox Win in 9th

Roster Update: Josh Tomlin was placed on the family emergency list prior to the game. At the moment, he is expected to return before his next start on August 20th. While no corresponding move was officially made today, Danny Salazar will be added in that spot on the 25 man roster prior to tomorrow’s game. […]

Gabriel Mejia

‘Fast Mejia’ Adds Bite To Baseball

Have you ever turned on Animal Planet and sat in awe at how fast a cheetah is? Or stumbled upon Shark Week and can’t even fathom how quick a Great White shoots from the water? When either is on the move, all eyes are on them, waiting for the inevitable teeth to sink in to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 16: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Omar Narvaez #38 of the Chicago White Sox at first to end the top of the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

8/16 Recap: Kluber Strong, Tribe gets the W

Player of the Game Corey Kluber threw five shut out innings tonight before giving up one run on a solo home run for Justin Morneau in the sixth. He struck out seven while allowing seven hits and two walks and earning the win. Feathers Up With the impressive power numbers the Indians have put up […]

Baseball & Brews

Baseball and Who? (Glenn!)

This week on CLEbaseball&brews Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I are joined by WTAM 1100’s own Glenn Forbes (@GlennForbes1)! The three of us chat about Michael Brantley being out for the rest of the season and why it’s a good thing (and why Gomes should be sat too). Also, Josh Tomlin and Abraham Almonte: what do they […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians watches after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tyler Naquin’s Success Depends On Trouble With The Heater

Trouble? What trouble? Tyler Naquin is hitting .314 with a .972 OPS on the season. He just had three hits, including a game tying double helping to finish off the sweep of the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. What could he possibly need to fix This piece was planned before Naquin’s three-hit Sunday performance. […]

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