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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 O.co 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 […]

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Does Bill Bradley Belong In The Hall Of Fame?…. And Who Is He?

On January 6th, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s selections for entry into the Hall of Fame will be announced, and inevitably they will screw it up. The BBWAA is a terribly flawed organization, their choices are more often based on feelings and flawed statistical analysis rather than how good a player actually was. This […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 11: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on August 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Carlos Santana

Top 5 Indians Games to Rewatch this Winter

I know it’s cold and baseball still seems so far away, so my gift to all of you is to remind you of Summer. Last Summer in fact and I’ll do so by providing you with some of the most entertaining games from the last Cleveland Indians seasons. Just because they didn’t make the play-offs […]

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All-Time Indians: Rico Carty

Name: Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo Carty Position: DH Tribe Time: 1974-1977 Number: 9 Accolades: 1976 Top 25 MVP DOB: 09/01/1939 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1976) 152 552 67 171 34 0 13 83 244 67 45 1 1 50% […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The 12 Days Of A Cleveland Indians Christmas

Yes, there have been multiple parodies of the song “The 12 Days Of Christmas.” Some good. Some bad. Almost all ugly. The holiday season would not be complete, though, without hearing some adaptation of the song at least once. It constitutes a festive atmosphere, especially when family and friends gather, and calls for the best […]

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Do You Wahoo? Brandyberry, Kozarik & Gross

In the fifth episode of Do You Wahoo? Joe Coblitz (@DidTribeWin) of Did the Tribe Win Last Night, Greg Kozarik (@Noah_Gross27) of It’s Pronounced Lajaway as they fight to be the supreme leader Tribe Trivia. Games: Opening Round: Lowest career BAA & Gold Glove Winners Who’s Got More: Career Hits & Single Season ERA Line-Up […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers grounds into a seventh inning double play against the Toronto Blue Jays in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

How Davis & Napoli Change the Tribe’s Financial Situation

While generally known as one of the cheapest franchises in baseball (they have been in the bottom eight in team salary each of the past five years), the Indians made some surprising moves last week that should ensure they don’t begin the 2016 season with a payroll below $70M. On the surface, it may seem […]

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