CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians pinch hits against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of their game on September 25, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated theIndians 6-4. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Jim Thome: Class of 2018?

Hall of Fame selections will be released today, not coincidentally, our most recent series analyzing potential Indians’ Hall of Famers wraps up with possibly the most deserving of any player from the mid-90’s teams. Jim Thome played  22 seasons in Major League Baseball, with his best years coming as a member of some of the […]

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Caitlin on Thoughts of R.S. Podcast

For those who missed it when it came out earlier this week, our own Caitlin Boron was on the Thoughts of R.S. Podcast on January 4th. During the show they talk a little about the Browns and Lonnie Chisenhall, but mostly about Caitlin’s Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat and the differences between minor league levels. You […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tom Gorzelanny #32 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Tom Gorzelanny And The Importance Of Southpaws

A week after the Indians signed lefty reliever Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract, another southpaw signed on the “dotted line,” giving the club another option out of the bullpen. Tom Gorzelanny signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training back in December. The 33-year-old spent last season with the Tigers […]

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Do You Wahoo? Hutchison, Flagner & Guerrieri

The final regular season episode of Do You Wahoo? saw as much drama and intrigue as any of the previous episodes. Joe Coblitz (@JohnArthurHutch), also of Burning River, Josh Flagner (@vinceguerrieri) of Did the Tribe Win Last Night? as they compete for the final two play-off spots. Topics: Opening Round: Postseason Hits & Single Season […]


All-Time Indians: Tony Bernazard

Name: Antonio Garcia Bernazard Position: Second Base Tribe Time: 1984-1987 Number: 4 DOB: 08/24/1956 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG Best Season (1986) 146 562 88 169 28 4 17 73 53 77 17 8 68% .362 .456 .301 Indians Career 518 1794 244 […]


Wes Ferrell: The Tribe’s Forgotten Great

In our third installment of “Why They Should Be In The Hall,” I take a look at Wes Ferrell, one of the best pitchers to ever play for the Tribe. Ferrell played 15 professional seasons, 7 of them with the Indians, the most he’d play for any team. Unfortunately for Ferrell and his time with […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 26: Jesus Aguilar #36 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of their game on July 26, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Sox defeated the Indians 2-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Indians In The Winter Leagues

Major League Baseball has had a heavy influx of Latin American taken over the past quarter century, which has translated into competitive winter league teams during baseball’s offseason. The Indians have players in nearly all of these leagues, including the Venezuelan, Dominican, and Puerto Rican leagues. This season, unlike some past years, however, they do […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 6: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles to center field to drive in two runs in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 6, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: December 2015

The American League Central Division has been the home for some of the best off-the-field action this winter with perhaps the biggest splash in December within the division was the Chicago White Sox trading for third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds. So let’s start this Central Division roundup discussing the move that could […]


Best of Burning River Baseball in 2015

While Burning River Baseball has been around since 2011, the past year has been a breakthrough one for us. For the first time, we have expanded our full time writers to six, with Kevin Gall joining late in 2014, Caitlin Boron coming on late in the 2015 baseball season to join myself, Mike Melaragno. This […]


All-Time Indians: Napoleon Lajoie

Name: Napoleon Lajoie Position: Second Base/Manager Tribe Time: 1902-14/1905-09 DOB: 09/05/1874 Accolades: Hall of Fame (1937), Top 20 MVP (1911, 1913) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1904) 140 553 92 208 49 15 5 102 27 19 29 .413 .546 .376 .959 […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 3:  Omar Vizquel #13 of the Cleveland Indians looks on during the game against the Anaheim Angels on April 3, 2002 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. The Indians won 6-5.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Omar Vizquel: The Man, The Myth, The Hall of Famer?

Part 2 in this year’s collection of articles analyzing former Indians players who should be in the Hall of Fame looks at the greatest defensive player in Cleveland history, and one of the best fielding short stops in baseball history, Omar Vizquel. Vizquel played an amazing 24 seasons in Major League Baseball, 11 of them […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 12:  Joe Thatcher #54 of the Houston Astros pitches in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 10-0.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Joe Thatcher: An Underrated Pickup That Will Help The Bullpen

In typical fashion, the Cleveland Indians acquired an unheralded player they hope can be a difference maker on the 25-man roster. It’s a move that did not garner headlines in December but once everybody realizes the team-friendly deal the Indians were able to pull off, will come to see the light. They desperately needed left-handed […]


All-Time Indians: Ed Klepfer

Name: Edward Lloyd Klepfer Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1915-1917, 1919 DOB: 03/17/1888 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1917) 14 4 .778 2.37 41 27 9 1 213.0 208 56 0 55 66 1.23 .246 Indians Career 21 16 .568 2.48 […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 30:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit off the bat of Billy Burns (not pictured) of the Oakland Athletics for a single during the first inning at Coliseum on July 30, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Lots of Lindor for your Liking

We already did a top 10 defensive plays list for the Indians this year, but that in and of itself did not feature quite enough Francisco. For the sake of it being the middle of Winter, here are the top ten plays by Francisco Lindor alone from his rookie season with some interspersed facts and […]