CLEVELAND - MAY 3:  Omar Vizquel #13 of the Cleveland Indians lays down a bunt that rolled foul during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 3, 2004 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Red Sox lost their fourth straight as the Indians defeated them 2-1.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Top Ten Indians Infields

Continuing down the line and breaking down the greatest groups in franchise history further, we’ll now take a look at the greatest infields in Tribe history. Already covered were the top ten batteries, outfields and bullpens, but this may be the most impressive group so far. For the case of this analysis, an infield will […]


All-Time Indians: Glenn Myatt

Name: Glenn Calvin Myatt Position: Catcher Tribe Time: 1923-1935 Number: 9     DOB: 07/09/1897 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG Best Season (1924) 105 342 55 117 22 7 8 73 33 12 6 1 .402 .518 .342 Career 850 2317 319 638 126 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins as Twins catcher Chris Herrmann #12 covers home plate during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2013 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Swisher Adds Bunting To His Game

No news is good news in the early days of Spring Training as practices are getting underway and the Indians camp (outside of the Trevor Bauer drone controversy) has been silent so far. One point of interest before position players are even officially supposed to be in camp is that Nick Swisher has been working […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 3: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the second inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on August 3, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

What Should We Expect From Trevor Bauer?

Trevor Bauer‘s short career has not gone as well as he and the two franchises he has played for had hoped it would. In 34 career big league starts, Bauer is 7-12 with 4.44 ERA (4.39 FIP), he’s struck out 8.26 batters per 9 innings but has walked 4.30 batters per nine, while giving up […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #62 of the Cleveland Indians makes a throwing error to first on a ground ball hit by Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look at Cleveland’s Middle Infielders

In 2014, the Indians committed 116 errors and maintained a .981 fielding percentage, both good for last place in the entire league. Of those errors, Asdrubal Cabrera was guilty of committing 14 and lowered the team fielding percentage by contributing a terrible 963. Cabrera, to put it lightly, was terrible as a defensive shortstop, but […]


The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues – James A. Riley

The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James A. Riley is an invaluable asset when referencing the American Negro League Baseball. Listed in its near 1,000 pages are every single player who made a roster with a Major League level NLB team including some who may not have played and others who played primarily […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 2

For the second episode of Tribe Time Now, Burning River Baseball’s Kevin Gall joined the rest of the cast for the first full panel episode of the new Indians based podcast. Joining Gall (@kgall216 on twitter) is host Ryan Thompson from More Than a Fan Cleveland (@RthompAK13), Hayden Grove from Indians Baseball Insider (@H_Grove), Mike Brandyberry […]


All-Time Indians: Jake Virtue

Name: Jacob Kitchline Virtue Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1890-1894 DOB: 03/02/1865 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1892) 147 557 98 157 15 20 2 89 84 68 14 .380 .391 .282 .771 Career 474 1764 321 483 60 50 7 256 […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 talks with pitcher Scott Atchison #48 during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pitchers & Catchers Report Today

There are many big dates in the baseball year. Opening Day, the All-Star break, the amateur draft and others but the one phrase that equates to the beginning of the baseball season is “pitchers and catchers report today.” It is irrelevant that most of the hurlers and back-stops have been in Goodyear for weeks, with […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 1

Burning River Baseball has joined up with the More Than A Fan Network and many other Cleveland Indians based websites to create the Tribe Time Now Podcast. For the first ever episode, I joined host Ryan Thompson of MTAF (@_TribeTimeNow for updates to all episodes.

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 20: Left fielder Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning Progressive Field on April 20, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Blue Jays 6-4.   (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Outfielders

There appears to be no shortage of available players who can potentially suit up to spend some time in the outfield for the Cleveland Indians in 2015. In fact, there looks to be a surplus, barring a trade at this point. But since we’re considering who is available now there might be a few guys who […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals tags out Mike Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians as Aviles tries to bunt his way on in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 18, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Indians Sign Bruce Chen

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter: Bruce Chen agrees to minors deal with Indians. $1M base, plus $1M performance bonuses — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)


All-Time Indians: Frank Funk

Name: Franklin Ray Funk Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1960-1962 Number: 38     DOB: 08/30/1935 Stats W L W% ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA K/9 Best Season (1961) 11 11 .500 3.31 56 11 92.1 79 34 9 31 64 1.19 .222 6.3 Career 17 14 .548 3.08 […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 30: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his team after scoring on a double against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning on August, 30, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Where are you Kipnis?

Unlike the last rebound candidate, Nick Swisher, there is much less history with Jason Kipnis as he has played only three full seasons in the pros. But similar to Swisher, Kipnis had an injury in 2014 that significantly affected his swing. After straining his right oblique in April, Kipnis’ batting took a bad turn for […]

DENVER, CO - JUNE 9:  Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Starting Rotation

If the Indians are to make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, it will be largely due to the starting rotation picking up where it left off in the second half of 2014. The Tribe will enter 2015 with the same group of pitchers it ended 2014 with, avoiding the uncertainty that plagued last […]