Aviles - Bourn - Swisher

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 […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians looks on against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Nick Swisher On The Mend!

Who Needs to Rebound? Naming a player as a rebound player needs to be defined. First, it’s not necessarily the most improved player, which is typically an unproven player who has a break out season. Second, it’s not a player getting only marginally better. Instead, it is a player who had a bad year, requiring […]


All-Time Indians: Fritz Coumbe

Name: Frederick Nicholas Coumbe Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1914-1919 DOB: 12/13/1889 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1917) 8 6 .571 2.15 34 10 4 5 134.1 119 32 0 35 30 1.15 .228 Career 34 31 .523 2.83 145 59 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 4: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 drops a pop fly hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers with backup from Tyler Holt #62 of the Cleveland Indians during the eleventh inning at Progressive Field on September 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is Jason Kipnis Really That Bad Defensively?

The modern era of baseball has been completely redefined by a statistical revolution, providing much more accurate analysis of what is actually happening on the field from an all encompassing view down to the smallest detail. Unfortunately, even with these stats making analysis an option for every viewer, fans still fall into the same old […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 31: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field on May 31, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

2015 ZiPS Projections

Last week the ZiPS projections for the 2015 Indians were released on Fangraphs.com. Overall, these projections do not vary much from the Steamer or Bill James projections we featured over the course of the last few weeks. Here’s what ZiPS has predicted for the Tribe’s hitters. Player PA R 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG […]


All-Time Indians: Vic Wertz

Name: Victor Woodrow Wertz Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1954-1958 Number: 23 Accolades: 1957 All-Star, Top 9 MVP 1956-57 DOB: 02/09/1925 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1957) 144 515 84 145 21 0 28 105 78 88 2 3 .371 .485 […]

12 Apr 2000: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians hits the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Indians defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

Cleveland Indians Home Run History

There is no single event in baseball history quite as exciting as a home run. This is likely, on an emotional level, because of their finality as they leave no doubt the outcome of the play as soon as they clear the fences. It is the ultimate feat of strength as a hitter can do […]


Cobb – Al Stump

While Ty Cobb never played for the Indians, he remains one of the greatest baseball players in history and his biography, Cobb: The Life & Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball by Al Stump is a book that should be read by all. Originally, Stump was commissioned to help Cobb pen his […]


Top Ten Indians Bullpens

Due to the success of the Indians bullpen in recent seasons, the subject of the greatest Tribe relief corps of all time has been brought up on multiple occasions. Now, we are making it official with the list of the top ten bullpens in Cleveland Indians history. Because bullpens vary in size, only the top […]