CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 2: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians rounds first his way to second on an RBI double to center during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on October 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana: Are Injuries to Blame?

There wasn’t a player on the Indians’ roster who received more negative comments this season than Carlos Santana. Long been the divisive player, representing the current debate between analytical and traditional fans, Santana did not have the type of season fans on either side of the aisle came to expect from him. Many are now […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

Before looking into the individual case of the current Indians closer, Cody Allen, I have to say that my general rule with relief pitcher extensions is never. Relief pitchers have a unique tendency in baseball to come on quickly and disappear just as quickly. There are hundreds of examples of this and very limited examples […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 26: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

What’s the Plan for Lonnie Chisenhall: Right Fielder?

As fans, we all have our favorite players. At a certain point there comes a time when the team they play for makes the decision to keep them on or let them go. Value is weighted based on what they can still offer their home team verses what they can offer in terms of filling […]

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Tribe Time Now: Ryan Raburn, Key to World Series Victory?

Joe Coblitz (@zank17) of More Than A Fan early for some World Series talk then later on by regular guests Bob Toth (@cle_ItIsGone) also of Burning River stop by to chat about the removal of Ryan Raburn, the front office war of words and some possible free agent upgrades for the Tribe. Topics: Royals v. […]


All-Time Indians: Lou Boudreau

Name: Louis Boudreau Position: SS/Manager Tribe Time: 1938-50 (Player)/1942-50 (Manager) Number: 5 Accolades: Hall of Fame (1970), Retired #5 DOB: 07/17/17 Accolades: 7 Time All-Star (1940-44, 1947-48), 1948 MVP, 2 Top 5 MVP (1940, 1947) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Is It Time To Extend Danny Salazar?

Danny Salazar is coming off his first full season as a professional and it was a good one. The young fire-balling phenom we all believed would lead us to playoff appearances in 2014 and beyond finally showed the promise that captivated us during his short 2013 debut season. Going into 2016, like the Indians as […]

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Do You Wahoo? Episode 1

Joe Coblitz (@StephanieLiscio) of It’s Pronounced Lajaway, Mike Melaragno (@sportsnom) of Everybody Hates Cleveland. No hints on who won or lost, but a word of warning, lower you expectations. Rounds: Top career ERA & single season runs leaders Spelling Bee Line-Up Card: 1994 & 2004 Odd Man Out: Power Hitters & Short Term Closers Remember When? […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 05:  Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 5, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

GM Gossip: The Prospect of Overvaluing Prospects

After Alex Anthopoulos didn’t accept a contract extension largely because of a conversation with new Blue Jays president, Mark Shapiro, much has been said about the former Tribe GM and president. While most of that coming from sports writers and fans can be ignored, there was an interesting comment that deserves discussion told to Bob […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  Salvador Perez (R) #13 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the clubhouse as manager Ned Yost (L) #3 of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Royals owner David D. Glass look on after the Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Royals World Series Champs! Congrats?

The 2016 season has come to a close and it is hard to say the best team didn’t win. From day one this year, the Royals seemed the top team in baseball and they never lost that mantle, winning each of the final two series without playing a game with elimination on the line. Realistically, […]


All-Time Indians: Dave Burba

Name: David Allen Burba Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1998-2002 Number: 34     DOB: 07/07/1966 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1999) 15 9 .625 4.25 34 34 1 220.0 211 104 30 96 174 1.40 .242 Indians Career 57 35 .620 […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 22: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians makes the running catch to retire Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning during the Interleague game at Miller Park on July 22, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Possible Indians Award Winners in 2015 (Not Including Lindor)

The 2014 season provided a decent haul for the Tribe when it came to awards and recognition with Corey Kluber taking the Cy Young and Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes grabbing Silver Sluggers for their respective positions. While as a team, the Indians had less success this year, they still had plenty of individual success. […]

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18:  Ryan Webb #54 of the Cleveland Indians follows through on a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on August 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Getting Caught In The Webb Of The Bullpen

On Sunday August 16th, Ryan Webb broke a big league record, and virtually nobody noticed. It was the same record he broke on nine previous occasions last season, as well as on multiple occasions late in 2014. Webb entered in the eighth, down 4-1 with one out and a runner on first, in relief of […]

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 2: Gavin Floyd #26 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Should The Indians Give Gavin Floyd A Second Chance?

In each of the past few seasons, the Indians have looked into low risk, high reward options for bolstering their starting rotation. The team has seen varied results with their signings that have included Scott Kazmir, Brett Myers and most recently, Gavin Floyd. The levels of success with these free agents has varied. Kazmir helped the […]

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Top 10 Indians Rookie Leaguers 1967-2015

For the Burning River Baseball top ten lists this year, we will be taking a look at some of the best minor leaguers in Indians history. This is a useful exercise if for no other reason than to put some current minor leaguers into perspective. Not all these players eventually made it to the majors […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 12:  Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after giving up a two-run home run to David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning during the game at Fenway Park on June 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Against All Odds: The Historical Failings of the Cleveland Indians

We all know that life isn’t fair, but to see how far from equal the history of baseball has been I took a look to see “all things being equal” how many pennants each team should have won. Over the years, the amount of teams in each league has changed and there have been quite […]