Analyzing the Indians 2015 Schedule

While Opening Day is still more than four months away, the Indians are already selling season tickets with Home Opener tickets going on sale soon. While some game times are yet to be announced, we now know the schedule and can give it a deeper look to see what the Indians will have in store […]


The Physics of Baseball – Robert Adair, Ph.D.

We head back to the lab for this edition of the Burning River Book Club as we take a look into The Physics of Baseball by Robert K. Adair, Ph.D. While this is an older book, originally penned in 1990, it has since been updated multiple times as can be seen by references to some players if […]

It’s time to extend Corey Kluber long-term

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber makes about minimum wage when it comes to paying Major League Baseball players. That’s great for the Tribe now, but soon it will cost the team a lot more, possibly to the point where he couldn’t be afforded, unless action is taken sooner than later. The Indians certainly don’t have to […]

Trading Junk Bonds: Swisher for Jimenez & Other Options

There are times when two teams exchange top talent, like last week when the Braves sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis in exchange for Shelby Miller. A move like that can help one team win now (the Cardinals) and another win in a few years (the Braves). In recent days, however, there have been rumors that […]

Did the Indians Miss Out on Billy Butler

Despite a never ending quest for more offense, the Cleveland Indians are generally considered non-competitors for landing the biggest names on the market. With Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley and Nelson Cruz far above the Indians spending level, it is necessary to look at those players who could be overlooked by the rest of the market. In […]

Hall Front

Cooperstown Hates Cleveland

This past August I took a much needed vacation to Cooperstown, New York to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I had previously visited Cooperstown in 2000 and 2001 when I was 11 and 12 years old, far too young to truly appreciate the awesomeness of the Hall of Fame. Needless to say, I […]

Welcome Three New Writers to Burning River Baseball

The Burning River Baseball family is growing this off-season as we are bringing on three more writers for the 2015 season. Without any further ado, let’s get to know our new writers: Kevin Gall grew up in Brook Park on Cleveland’s west side and has been following the Indians since their magical 1995 season. he […]


All-Time Indians: Al Smith (OF)

Name: Alphonse Eugene Smith Position: Right Field, Third Base Nick Name: Fuzzy Number 32, 16 Tribe Time: 1953-1957, 1964 (Buckeyes 1946-1948) DOB: 02/07/1928 Accolades: 1955 All-Star, Top 3 MVP (1955) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1955) 154 607 123 186 27 4 […]

Tribe Targets: Yosmani Tomas

Most of the players on the current free agent market are known around baseball as the average free agent is at least 30 and has played many years in the Majors, there are a few new names on the list this year. One of the more interesting of these is a hitter that is not […]

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

To begin, reliever extensions almost never work out and closers even less often, but Winter is coming and rumors are abound. The general reasoning behind not keeping relievers around for a long time is that they benefit greatly from the unknown. There are so many minor league relievers that teams cannot focus scouts on each […]


All-Time Indians: Cy Falkenberg

Name: Frederick Peter Falkenberg Position: Starting Pitcher Nick Name: Cy     Tribe Time: 1908-1911, 1913 DOB: 12/17/1879 Stats W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1913) 23 10 2.22 39 36 23 6 276 238 68 2 88 166 1.18 .223 Career 57 41 […]

Tribe Targets: Delmon Young

It is early in free agency, but already the market is thinning in one position of interest for the Tribe. With one of the weaker offenses in baseball, a power hitter, even one without a position, is in high demand. With most of the line-up set, including Carlos Santana at first and Lonnie Chisenhall at […]


Seven Little Piggies: The Indians AFL Results

The short season of the Arizona Fall League has come to a close as it gets cold everywhere, even in the desert. This season, the Cleveland Indians changed affiliate clubs from the Surprise Saguaros to the Peoria Javelinas, although they kept the same home field in Surprise (the Spring Training home of the Rangers and […]


Rule Five Risks & Rewards

The current Cleveland Indians 40 man roster sits at 35 men and while that may seem like extra room for free agents, at the moment, those spots should be reserved for the Rule 5 draft. On November 20th, all rosters in Major League Baseball need to be set for the draft which will occur during […]

Corey Kluber: The Man, The Robot, The Cy Young Winner

It’s official. Corey Kluber is the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner with Clayton Kershaw winning his third award in the past four seasons. While Kershaw’s reign over the NL award was all but assured, the AL version was a tightly contested match between Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Kluber. In the end, […]