Revisiting “Is Nick Haga-Done?”

Back in the middle of June, I wrote a piece describing the dire situation that Nick Hagadone was in. At 28, he was sent back to AAA yet again and it looked like he may be stuck there for good with Kyle Crockett replacing him at the Major League level. I highly recommend using the […]

Early Potential 2015 Indians Line-Up

Placing the 2014 Indians season fully into the rear view mirror, this will be the initial look at next year’s team. While this is likely to change many times throughout the off-season as trades are made and free agents are signed, a starting point is needed to notice any changes that are made. As there […]


All-Time Indians: David Justice

Name: David Christopher Justice Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1997-2000 Number: 23     DOB: 04/14/1966 Accolades: 1997 All-Star, 1997 Silver Slugger, Top 15 MVP (1997, 2000) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1997) 139 495 84 163 31 1 33 101 80 […]

A Game-by-Game Kluber Retrospective

If there is any player from the 2014 that deserves a little more recognition for his efforts, it is Corey Kluber. A Cy Young candidate, Kluber completed one of the top 30 seasons as an Indians starter ever, one of the top 15 since 1940 and unquestionably the best since 1974. We’ve already concluded tallying […]

Who Will Stay & Who Will Go: 2014 Edition

Whether you are Chris Antonetti, attempting to fill holes in the 2015 roster, someone in the Indians marketing department trying to decide which player to put on the 2015 Spring Training tickets or just a fan wondering whose jersey is going to be safe to buy, the first thing you need to know is which […]

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Defensive Plays for 2014

The Indians may have had the worst defense in all of baseball this season, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t moments of excellence. In fact, there were more than 80 plays designated as especially impressive and those plays have been whittled down to the best ten plays of the year. Of course, completely throwing away […]


All-Time Indians: Steve Gromek

Name: Stephen Joseph Gromek Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1941-1953 Number: 25     DOB: 01/15/1920 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1945) 19 9 0.679 2.55 33 30 21 3 251.0 229 71 6 66 101 1.18 .233 Career 78 67 0.538 […]

Indians in the Play-Offs? Divisional Edition

The Cleveland Indians as a unit may have not made the play-offs in 2014, but thanks to the large amount of turnover in Major League rosters, plenty of former Indians have made it to October. For the sake of those fans who have not forgotten, we will bring you an Indians centric view of the […]

2014 Pre-Season Predictions Revisited

Every year the crew at Burning River Baseball makes a few predictions about the things that will occur during the season and every year, we own up to our terrible mistakes. This year, in addition to the three regular writers of Burning River Baseball, we added in Cody Slaybaugh, host of the Sports Report on […]


All-Time Indians: Graig Nettles

Name: Graig Nettles Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1970-1972 Number: 12 Accolades: Top 30 MVP (1971) DOB: 08/20/1944 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1971) 158 598 78 156 18 1 28 86 82 56 7 4 .350 .435 .261 .785 Career 465 […]

Updates to All-Time Indians Top 10 Lists

We like to remember the past here on BurningRiverBaseball, but part of that is integrating the present. Each off-season, we come out with a group of top ten lists including a few years ago, lists of the greatest Indians players at each position in team history. While these were created two years ago, rather than […]

2014 Burning River Awards

With the expectation that somehow the players on the Cleveland Indians will be excluded from every single major national award, we have our own rewards to give exclusively to members of the Cleveland Indians franchise. Brought to you by, here are the 2014 Burning River Awards! “The Lee Award” for Most Improved Player – […]

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Offensive Plays for 2014

While not quite as dramatic as 2013, this season was still filled with walk-offs, big home runs and other exciting offensive plays. Even though the Indians scored just 636 runs overall, this just made each individual run that much more important. To keep things interesting, plays within the same game are included together and only […]

A Year for the Record Books: Changes in Career & Single Season Records

The past season has been something very special for quite a few players and there has been more movement than in any recent season in the Indians statistical leader boards. Of course, most of these changes are involved with Corey Kluber‘s incredible year, but there are a few stats of notes from the great bullpen […]


All-Time Indians: Dan Spillner

Name: Daniel Ray Spillner Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1978-1984 Number: 37   DOB: 11/27/1951 Stats W L W% ERA G SV SVO S% IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1982) 12 10 .545 2.50 65 21 31 68% 133.2 117 37 9 45 90 1.22 .226 Career 46 45 .505 […]