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 […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Tortoise, the Hare and the AL Rookie of the Year

In the classic story between the tortoise and hare, a hare saw a tortoise walking slowly with a heavy shell on his back. The hare was very proud of himself and he asked the tortoise. “Shall we have a race?” The tortoise agreed. As they started the running race, the hare ran very fast while […]


All-Time Indians: Bill Knickerbocker

Name: William Hart Knickerbocker Position: Short Stop Tribe Time: 1933-1936 Number: 4 Accolades: Top 20 MVP 1934 DOB: 12/29/1911 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1934) 155 618 81 182 35 3 8 73 56 30 5 14 26% .354 .400 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 11: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 is examined by a trainer and Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians after Gomes suffered an injury during the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on April 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes; Terry Francona

Is Yan Gomes 2015’s Version of 2014 Jason Kipnis?

2015 will go down as one of the more disappointing seasons in Cleveland Indians history. A season that began with incredibly lofty expectations ended sadly with a 81-80 record, still good, but no where near what fans had hoped. Despite some outstanding performances from players like Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, and the rookie Francisco Lindor, […]


Baseball Between the Numbers – Baseball Prospectus

It is time to take a look and provide a recommendation for possibly my favorite baseball book of all time, Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by the crew at Baseball Prospectus and one of my favorite writers (and twitter personalities) Jonah Keri (@JonahKeri). While many of the books reviewed to […]

in game six of the 2015 MLB American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 23, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Indians in the Play-offs? 2015 League Championship Edition

Most of the former Tribe greats (used loosely), such as Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Moss of the Cardinals, Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Gimenez of the Rangers and Luis Valbuena and Tony Sipp of the Astros were knocked out after the first round of play this year, but there still were a few former Tribesmen hanging […]

against the at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Should the Indians Re-sign Mike Aviles?

Now that we are truly on our way into the colder months of the off-season, questions on what to do about certain players are starting to arise more often than usual. With the majority of the roster, it simply comes down to who could be traded for bigger bats; like Carlos Santana or Danny Salazar, […]


All-Time Indians: Bob Feller

Name: Robert William Andrew Feller Position: Pitcher Nick Name: Rapid Robert Number: 19 Tribe Time: 1936-1941, 1945-1956 DOB: 11/03/1918 Accolades: Hall of Fame (1962), Retired #19, 8 Time All-Star (1938-41, 1946-48, 1950), Top 5 MVP (1939-41, 1951) Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best […]