CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.The Indians defeated the Astros 3-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

What Does Bill James Think of the 2015 Indians?

One of the most exciting parts of the baseball off-season is trying to predict how well a player will do in the upcoming season. Bill James publishes his annual player projections in his book The Bill James Handbook. Below are his projections for the Indians 2015 hitters. Player Games AB 2B HR R RBI SB AVG OBP […]

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23: Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians over-throws a ball hit by Ryan Flaherty #3 of the Baltimore Orioles (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles won, 8-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Indians Avoid Arbitration With All Six Eligibles

The Indians have expertly avoided arbitration for most of the history of arbitration, but last season they proved that they would be willing to to break their streak if for a good cause. Last year, it was Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano that went the distance, but this year, things were cleared up in a hurry. […]

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Holt Vs. Walters

Last September, the Indians made full use of the expanded rosters by showcasing a few prospects while maintaining a few injured veterans like David Murphy, Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi on the roster. Cleveland had plenty of worthwhile prospects worth the time, including Jesus Aguilar, J.B. Shuck and a pair of outfielders in Tyler Holt […]


All-Time Indians: Walter Johnson

Name: Walter Perry Johnson Position: Manager Tribe Time: 1933-1935 Nick Name: Big Train Accolades: Hall of Fame (1936) DOB: 11/06/1887 As Manager W L W% Finish   Best Season (1934) 85 69 0.552 3 Career 179 168 0.516 3.3 Walter Johnson is largely considered the greatest pitcher in baseball history, using an incredible fastball to […]


Mike Aviles is Casey Blake

Mike Aviles and former Indians third baseman/right fielder Casey Blake may not seem to have much in common on the surface, but they are in fact, the same individual. Aviles was born in New York City in 1981 while Blake is from Iowa and was born almost a decade earlier. Blake began his career as a […]


The Five Most Trecherous Villains in Indians History

Earlier this Winter, highlighted the ten worst tragedies in Indians history and while some of these were accidental (like Don Black) and some were self inflicted (like Tim Crews), there have been plenty of terrible things in Tribe history that have come by the direct fault of someone involved in the game of baseball. […]

Best & Worst AL Central Off-Season Moves

As we prepare for the start of the new season, teams across the country are looking to assemble their squads ready to handle the pressures of a full MLB campaign. Whether it’s Joe Maddon’s move to the Chicago Cubs or the decision by the Toronto Blue Jays to hand Russell Martin a monster new deal, there have […]


All-Time Indians: Heinie Berger

Name: Charles Carl Berger Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1907-1910 DOB: 01/07/1882 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1908) 13 8 .619 2.12 29 24 16 0 199.1 152 47 1 66 101 1.09 .203 Career 32 29 .525 2.60 90 68 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 19: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit by Dioner Navarro #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Progressive Field on April 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Defense

This is the final part of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the second part (found here) I covered the pitchers side of the game, focusing on FIP and more advanced analysis of thrown baseballs. Today, it’s […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Starter Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches to Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats for Evaluating Pitching

This is part two of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the first part (found here) I covered the offensive part of the game, focusing on BABIP and the all-encompassing stat of WAR. Today, we look at […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch #9 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates as Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after Kipnis struck out to end the game during the twelfth inning at Progressive Field during the second game of a double header on August 13, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Offense

Pushing aside our usual analysis of the Indians, past and present, I’d like to explain why we at Burning River Baseball use the numbers we do and where they come from. While I don’t speak for everyone on the site, all our writers use a combination of traditional and modern stats and this is for […]


All-Time Indians: Roy Weatherly

Name: Cyril Roy Weatherly Position: Center Field Nick Name: Stormy Number: 22 Tribe Time: 1936-1942 DOB: 2/25/19915 Accolades: Top 11 MVP 1940 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1940) 135 578 90 175 35 11 15 59 27 26 9 5 […]


2014 Cleveland Indians Winter League Results

For some, 162 games are not enough and as they have done almost since baseball’s inception, many of the Indians current and future players were involved in international baseball leagues during the off-season. This year, including those who played in the Arizona Fall League (which was already covered), 38 Indians continued their season through December. […]

WINTER HAVEN, FL - MARCH 1:  Jason Bere of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during photo day at Chain of Lakes Park on March 1, 2005 in Winter Haven, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jason Bere Hired as Bullpen Coach

Jason Bere has been hired as the Indians’ new bullpen coach, replacing Kevin Cash who was chosen to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. This is Bere’s first foray into the coaching world, he has spent the past 9 years in the Indians’ baseball operations department. Prior to retiring, Bere spent […]

8 Jul 1997:  Sandy Alomar walks with a tropy after the MLB All-Star Game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport

The Hall of Fame Case for Sandy Alomar Jr.

With the latest crop of Major League Hall of Famers set to be announced later in the day, this will be the last in a series of four making the cases for some Indians greats to be included. All of these players have already missed out on the voting process, but could be considered in […]