KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22:  "Slugerrr" the Kansas City Royals mascot performs during Game Two of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Burning River Predicts the Future: American League Edition

A few days ago, the BurningRiverBaseball staff brought you our picks for the best of the best in Cleveland Baseball for 2015. This time around, we are expanding to predict the future of the American League in 2015 including major award winners, play-off teams, World Series teams and the full standings of the AL Central. […]


All-Time Indians: Doc Hamann & Harvey Grubb

Name: Elmer Joseph Hamann Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1922 DOB: 12/21/1900 Stats W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP WHIP BAA Career 0 0 inf 1 0 0.0 3 6 6 0 3 0 1 1 inf 1.000 For this very special holiday we will recognize two […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 28: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning in the first game of a doubleheader on June 28, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Rotation Depth: A Worrisome Start to 2015 Season

I’m excited about the Cleveland Indians heading into the 2015 season although I don’€™t think they will win the American League Central Division, despite the trendy pick status granted by some national publications and writers along predictions by my colleagues at Burning River Baseball. The Detroit Tigers to me seem to have more firepower on […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros during their game at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Pitching Aplenty: A Dream Come True

When I dream about what a division winning Major League Baseball team looks like, I envision a club with a deep starting rotation and bullpen. After all, there is a good chance there will be multiple pitchers with injuries over the course of a 162 game schedule. A long season takes it toll on men […]


All-Time Indians: Steve Karsay

Name: Stefan Andrew Karsay Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1998-2001 Number: 20     DOB: 03/24/1972 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2001) 0 1 .000 1.25 31 9 1 1 43.1 29 6 1 8 44 0.86 .183 Career 15 14 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 2: Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on May 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Maximizing the Indians Line-Up Production

Picking the expected line-up for a Terry Francona team begins as a travesty as Francona generally doesn’t have one reusable line-up throughout the year. That being said, we will attempt here, to find the optimum line-up based on who is expected to be in the Indians starting nine. To start, we will take a look […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on September 26, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Burning River Predicts the Future: 2015 Indians Edition

Every year the staff at BurningRiverBaseball.com incorrectly predicts who they think will be the Indians statistical leaders by the end of the season as well as the winners of the Burning River Awards given out at the end of the year. Proving how impossible it is to predict, very rarely do we get things right, […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros during their game at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Salazar Demoted After Rough Start

After a month of telling you to ignore Spring Training stats, especially the amount of home runs allowed in the offense friendly Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians are telling you the opposite. Less than one day after saying that no one start will make or break a pitcher’s chance at the starting rotation, Danny Salazar has […]

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New Kid In Town: James Ramsey

After Justin Masterson‘s rough start to the 2014 season, many fans were debating whether or not the Indians should give him a qualifying offer, ensuring draft pick compensation if he were to sign with another team in the off-season. By the All-Star break, Masterson’s struggles had gotten so bad that many fans were wondering if […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster of the Future (3/26/15)

We are ever closer to reducing to 25 men in camp as the most recent set of cuts brought the Indians to just 37 players left in Goodyear. There were definitely some surprises this time around as two players who were considered possibilities, Bruce Chen and C.C. Lee, were reassigned to minor league camp. There […]


Top 10 Indians Starting Rotations

If the Indians have had one aspect of their team to be proud of over their 114 year history, it is the starting pitching. Of the 12 players in the Hall of Fame as a member of the Cleveland Indians, five are starting pitchers and among the 30 Hall of Famers who played for the […]

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Finding A Scorebook Number For Jason Kipnis

There is an impending dilemma the Indians front office will face at some point before the All-Star break this season. It’s one that 29 other clubs wish they had and while the Tribe’s decision makers aren’t complaining, they are embracing the difficult decision ahead: What to do with second-baseman Jason Kipnis when prospect Fransisco Lindor […]

Indians Feeling Optimistic About 2015; Opening Day Tickets Start at $66

In his second season as the manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona has the arrow pointing up when discussing the Indians’ rank in the American League Central division. After winning 92 games in 2014 and reaching the American League Wild Card game, the Indians finished with 85 wins in 2014, five games back of […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 16:  Jerry Sands #19 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two-run home run in front of catcher Caleb Joseph #36 of the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning of a game on June 16, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

3/24 Spring Training Recap & Roster Update

There was quite a bit of Indians news that came out today prior to an eventful and exciting night game for the Tribe. To begin, four players were told today that they will not make the 25 man roster, but will remain in Major League camp for the time being to help cover some innings. […]

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Erik Gonzalez #78 of the Cleveland Indians bats during a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on February 27, 2014 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Lost In The Crowd: Erik Gonzalez

It says a lot about the depth the Indians have at the middle infield positions when one of the team’s ten best prospects may never play meaningful innings with the team because there are two players younger and better than him. If you couldn’t guess by the title of this post and the scenario laid […]