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, […]


All-Time Indians: Juan Gonzalez

Name: Juan Alberto Vazquez Gonzalez Position: Right Field Nick Name: Juan Gone Number: 22 Tribe Time: 2001, 2005 DOB: 10/20/1969 Accolades: 2001 All-Star, 2001 Silver Slugger, Top 5 MVP (2001) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (2001) 140 532 97 173 34 […]


An Insider’s Guide to Indians Spring Training

Pitchers and catchers will report within a few weeks and shortly after that the Spring season will begin, but for those planning on actually participating in the festivities, a little preparation is necessary. Already this off-season I’ve discussed things to do around the city when games are not on, but now it is time to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Center fielder Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Jonathan Villar #6 of the Houston Astros during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The True Cost of WAR

There have been a lot of comparisons of a player’s salary to a player’s WAR, but instead of an all-encompassing look at what each win is worth, the chart below compares each team in the American League’s top three players financially to their production on the field. Rather than use actual numbers, in order to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 21: Catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals watches as Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on April 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mythbusters: Offseason Acquisitions

February isn’t a particularly exciting time for baseball fans as the vast majority of off-season trades and signings have already occurred and things are beginning to wind down in preparation for Spring Training. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report, much is written around the baseball blogosphere about a particular player claiming to be in […]


All-Time Indians: Dick Donovan

Name: Richard Edward Donovan Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1962-1965 Number: 30 Accolades: 1962 All-Star, Top 5 MVP 1962 DOB: 12/07/1927 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1962) 20 10 .667 3.60 34 34 16 5 250.2 255 100 23 47 94 […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we […]

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Destin Hood #81 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Golden Ticket: 2015 Spring Training Invitees

Every year, the Indians do their diligence in acquiring the low risk, low reward players known as Spring Training invitees. These are generally players signed to a minor league contract with an out clause if they don’t make the team within a month or so of the season starting. While these are often veterans looking […]

Cleveland Indians looking to take next step to Postseason in 2015

The Cleveland Indians had a surprisingly successful 2014 under manager Terry Francona, finishing with a record over .500 and closely missing out on an AL Wild Card position. The turnaround started at the top of the rotation, with the 2014 AL Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber. Kluber had a meteoric rise, appearing in only 12 […]


All-Time Indians: Mel Hall

Name: Melvin Hall Position: Left Field Tribe Time: 1984-1988 Number: 27     DOB: 09/16/1960 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG Best Season (1986) 140 442 68 131 29 2 18 77 33 65 6 2 .346 .493 .296 Career 538 1765 244 498 101 […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: January 2015

As usual, January has been a very slow month for baseball signings, continues on with the doldrums that started right after the Winter Meetings ended. For the Indians, the only moves were two minor league deals given to relief pitchers and the rest of the division wasn’t much busier. In fact, the biggest move around […]

Burning River Radio 3.3: BRR Gets Shifty

With a new baseball season getting ready to begin, Joe and Mike discuss the changes to the Indians, Progressive Field and the commissioners office. More directly, they get deep into the possible measures that will be taken to increase offense and decrease game time (two polar opposite goals), offering more solutions and problems than may […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19:  Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves in the dug out in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on June 19, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  The Braves won 3-0.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Gavin Floyd is Brett Myers

On January 4, 2013, one day after the Indians signed Nick Swisher to a team record deal, the Indians signed veteran right hander Brett Myers to a one year, $7 million deal. Myers proved to be an absolute disaster, appearing in four games making three starts while giving up 10 home runs in just 21.1 […]