The Case for Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 6th and will inevitably be the topic of heated debate for weeks after. This will be the first in a series of posts making the argument for a number of former Indians’ hall of fame candidacy. Albert Belle is no longer eligible to be […]

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All-Time Indians: Pete Hotaling

Name: Peter James Hotaling Position: Outfield Nick Name: Monkey     Tribe Time: 1880, 1883-84, 1887-88 DOB: 12/16/1856 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1887) 126 505 108 151 28 13 3 94 53 46 43 .373 .424 .299 .797 Career 504 2058 […]

Central Salaries

Centralized Spending

Over the past few decades, the Central Division has largely sat by while the American League East and West competed in an arms race of sorts, pushing free agent salaries to ridiculous levels. While the Tigers have always stuck around with the big spenders, a strong 2014 campaign from the Royals, Indians and White Sox […]

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Top Ten Indians Outfields

In the past, we have covered the greatest players in Indians history at each position (left field, center field and right field can been seen with the appropriate links) and written more detailed profiles for hundreds of the greatest Indians ever. Now, it is time to recognize when these stars aligned and created something really […]

From Inception to Defection: Cuba’s Baseball History

The Inception In 1860, American sailors and young Cubans returning home from college in America planted the seed of baseball passion in Cuba. Though during the first Cuban War of Independence baseball was banned briefly, baseball has always flourished in Cuba. The organization of the sport began with the formation of the Cuban Baseball League […]

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All-Time Indians: Oral Hildebrand

Name: Oral Clyde Hildebrand Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1931-1936 Number: 19 Accolades: 1933 All-Star DOB: 04/07/1907 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1933) 16 11 .593 3.76 36 31 15 6 220.1 205 92 8 88 90 1.33 .237 Career 56 46 […]

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The Season Of Giving: Do Promotions Actually Work?

Everybody loves something for free and the Indians are one of the top teams as far as providing their fans with something extra at the ballpark. In the past season, there were 16 give away days (including a Jim Thome statue replica), 13 Dollar Dog nights, ten Kid’s Fun Days and 17 glorious fireworks display. […]

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Omar! My Life On & Off the Field – Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

In 2002, despite being a decade away from the end of his playing career, Omar Vizquel felt the need to record the details of his career in his official auto-biography, Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field. Whether he was trying to cash in one more time on the success of the 1990’s (which was […]

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All-Time Indians: Elmer Smith

Name: Elmer John Smith Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1914-1916,1917-1921 DOB: 09/21/1892 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1920) 129 456 82 144 37 10 12 103 53 35 5 .391 .520 .316 .911 Career 672 2185 328 615 135 41 46 379 219 […]

Jesus Aguilar

Remembering Jesus This Holiday Season

A long time favorite of BurningRiverBaseball.com, Jesus Aguilar has been on the Indians radar since he knocked in 81 runs in 2011 between Kinston and Lake County. In the minors, he consistently piled up prodigious power numbers including 71 RBI in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Across all levels, he slugged .453 from 2008 through […]

Burning River Radio 3.2: Big Bad John

Another week and another guest host as this time new contributor John Hutchison joins me on the show. It has been a big couple of weeks for the Indians and we discuss the two big moves, the trade for Brandon Moss and the signing of Gavin Floyd. In the middle of all that is a […]

Indians Christmas Wish List

Christmas came a little early for Tribe fans as they pulled off what most are viewing as an excellent trade for Brandon Moss on the first day of the Winter Meetings. As Joe broke down here, Moss provides the type of power the Indians have so dearly been missing these past few years. The signing […]

Jason Kipnis

The Importance of Base Running

Baseball is a game of many facets, many of which are often ignored, simply because they are not easy to judge statistically. Because of this, hitting and pitching are often overvalued while other parts like defense (beyond errors and fielding percent), managing, a catcher’s ability to call a game and base running (beyond steals) are […]

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All-Time Indians: Rafael Perez

Name: Rafael Jerome Perez Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 2006-2012 Number: 53     DOB: 05/15/1982 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2007) 1 2 .333 1.79 44 12 1 2 60.2 41 12 5 15 62 0.93 .185 Career 21 12 […]

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Kipnis Goes Under the Knife

Photo from Jason Kipnis’ Instagram: jasonkipnis22 Jason Kipnis had successful surgery on his left ring finger yesterday to repair a damaged tendon that he injured during offseason workouts. The injury occurred about a month ago after getting the finger pinched between a weight and the weight rack. Kipnis had a pin placed in the finger […]

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