Minor Successes

The Indians may not have many All-Stars on the current roster, but thanks to much improved drafting from 2009 through 2014, the minor leagues are finally start to be replenished. Multiple teams have seen great success this season and will look to play into September with play-off runs. Unfortunately, the DSL Indians (R), Mahoning Valley […]


8/29 Recap: Indians Ride Mustaches to Victory

Roster Update: Another familiar face will possibly be joining the Indians as Russell Branyan has signed a minor league deal with the team and will report to Columbus. Most likely this was so he could get in a few games in AAA before joining the team in September when rosters expand. In a separate move, […]


8/28 Recap: Carlos Carrasco Commands Chicago, Cody Cleans Up

Roster Update: During the game, the Indians traded LOOGY Josh Outman, who was with the Columbus Clippers at the time to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. Player of the Game Carlos Carrasco has made four starts since rejoining the rotation and won the Player of the Game […]

Nick Swisher O-H-I-O

Why the Indians Should Never Trade Nick Swisher

Photo by Chuck Crow, Plain Dealer However exciting the signing of Nick Swisher may have been back in December of 2012, the deal is now almost universally considered to be a bust. In his first two seasons, Swisher has batted .231/.316/.386 in 242 games and in his most recent year, he broke his streak of […]


8/26 Recap: Walters Does It Again As Indians Win

Player of the Game Forgoing the sacrifice bunt with two strikes, Zach Walters hit his sixth home run as an Indian to give the Tribe the lead in the tenth inning. The bunt was on for the beginning of the bat, with Lonnie Chisenhall on second after a double, but once the count reached 2-2, […]

The Rise & Fall of Lonnie Chisenhall

Lonnie Chisenhall has had a roller coaster of a season in 2014. He started out being hated and disrespected, prior to the season, when he was replaced on the field by Carlos Santana and in the lineup by Jason Giambi, being excluded from All-Star voting. From there he became almost a cult figure while batting […]


8/24 Recap: Trevor & Tyler Holt Off The Astros

Player of the Game Trevor Bauer struggled his last time out, but picked things up again in this start. In six shut out innings, he allowed just three hits (along with three walks and a hit batter), struck out nine and earned the win. While he was a little wild at times, the one steal […]


8/23 Recap: Another Walk-Off Win in Cleveland

Roster Update: After a few days of evaluation, the Indians placed catcher, Yan Gomes, on the 7-Day concussion DL. To fill the catcher void, the Indians acquired former Tribesman, Chris Gimenez, from the Texas Rangers for future considerations. Gimenez is expected to join the team tomorrow. Player of the Game Danny Salazar pitched his  second […]


The Baseball Economist – J.C. Bradbury

I rarely provide direct personal opinions on, but for this episode of the Burning River Book Club, it is necessary to break the fourth wall. I love economics. When I got my business degree from the University of Akron, I took more economy classes than necessary and would have minored in the subject if […]


8/22 Recap: Indians & Astros Trade Errors in Ugly Game

Player of the Game Carlos Carrasco allowed a run this time around, making this start less impressive than his last two, but still pretty good. The only run of the game scored against Carrasco came on a solo home run by Marwin Gonzalez. For the rest of the six innings he threw, he allowed just […]

Scott Atchison

Indians Get Older By Extending Scott Atchison

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians and relief pitcher Scott Atchison reached an agreement for an extension into the 2015 season with an option for 2016. The 38 year old is amazingly still in his arbitration years and was set for his final year of arbitration, so rather than go to an arbiter or argue during […]

BurningRiverRadio 2.23: Big Bad Tribe

With another deadline approaching, Joe & Mike discuss the current state of the Tribe and who, if anyone should be called up when rosters expand (for the article mentioned in the show, click here). Tyler Holt and Zach Walters were two young players who have recently made an impact and they are not ignored either. […]


8/21 Recap: Kluber’s Bad Day Made Worse By Lack of Offense

Player of the Game Zach Walters wasn’t expected to produce much this season after coming from the Nationals in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera, but he has impressed early on. He hit his fourth home run as an Indian today (out of seven total hits), a solo shot that tied the game in the fifth. He […]