The Historical Significance of the Indians Rotation

At the end of every season, I update the top ten positional lists with any changes. For example, this year Cody Allen moved up the list of top ten closers and Carlos Santana moved from the catcher list to the first basemen list. In the general update for all the lists, I also like to make a note for certain players who seem like they should be on the list, even if they aren’t quite...
Via Burning River Baseball
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Bobby Bradley be the power hitter the Indians desperately need?

The current rendition of the Cleveland Indians could definitely use more power. In 2015, the Tribe finished 22nd in home runs, with only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox beneath them from the DH-invigorated American League. Not a single player even reached 20 home runs — Carlos Santana led the team with 19. The team did finish middle of the MLB pack in slugging percentage...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Top 20 Prospects

The Indians have a good, young rotation that includes Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer. They also have a good, young hitting core of Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, and Francisco Lindor. Those are some good names, but the Indians have been coming up short. They have two stud […]
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Optimizing the 2016 Indians Line-Up

It is no secret that the Indians needed to add some offensive muscle after the 2015 season ended. Fans cried out for a “right-handed power bat” like their lives depended on it, hoping some tweet or Facebook post would touch a nerve in the front office and inspire a game changer. To be honest, power is important but it isn’t everything. The tribe has stepped up their collection...
Via Burning River Baseball
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Circling the Central: December 2015

The American League Central Division has been the home for some of the best off-the-field action this winter with perhaps the biggest splash in December within the division was the Chicago White Sox trading for third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds. So let’s start this Central Division roundup discussing the move that could propel the White Sox toward the top of the...
Via Burning River Baseball
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians New Year’s Resolutions

Ah, the new year. A time for past transgressions to be forgiven and/or forgotten, and for better habits to be formed. The time for the essential New Year’s Resolution to take hold and shape the pattern for the coming year. Even the Cleveland Indians cannot go unresolutioned. While they may have their own personal, private resolutions, I think they can all stand to have some public...
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

It’s Time to Close the Deal on an Extension with Cody Allen

For those paying any attention to the Cleveland Indians this offseason, it is obvious that one of the primary areas of focus for the front office has been on addressing the bullpen. The relief corps of the Tribe was once one of its greatest assets, but in true predictability, that string of success was just temporary. Those around the game of baseball know that bullpens are a volatile...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians find elusive right-handed power bat in Mike Napoli

The Indians have had two primary goals this off-season; to improve the offense and find three adult human beings, preferably with experience in Major League Baseball to play the outfield. They accomplished one of those goals on Wednesday with the addition of first baseman Mike Napoli to a one year, $7 million deal. It was widely known that the Indians were looking to add a right...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How to Handle Your Bear; AKA What to do with Carlos Santana?

Have you ever wondered where the Indians might be if Santana’s walks were base hits? If he could beat the shift a bit more and get guys into scoring or home more often? If he would just make that small adjustment, that we have all seen glimpses of over the last few years and commit to it? I am not saying that the fate of a season comes down to a single player, but let us be honest...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Santana Be in the Heart of Cleveland’s Lineup in 2016?

Is there any player on the Cleveland Indians roster right now that is more polarizing than Carlos Santana? If you want an instant, animated response from most fans, a discussion about Santana will get even the average fan fired up a bit. A fair number of fans have expressed their frustrations with Santana, who has bounced around the field, but not so much the lineup, while being...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Carlos Santana: Are Injuries to Blame?

There wasn’t a player on the Indians’ roster who received more negative comments this season than Carlos Santana. Long been the divisive player, representing the current debate between analytical and traditional fans, Santana did not have the type of season fans on either side of the aisle came to expect from him. Many are now calling for his head and urging that his career in...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Re-sign Mike Aviles?

Now that we are truly on our way into the colder months of the off-season, questions on what to do about certain players are starting to arise more often than usual. With the majority of the roster, it simply comes down to who could be traded for bigger bats; like Carlos Santana or Danny Salazar, just to name a few. However, there is one particular player whose 2015 season and free...
Via Burning River Baseball
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana Not Quite Cleaning Up in Cleanup Spot

Is there any player on the Cleveland Indians roster who is more frequently criticized and questioned than first baseman Carlos Santana? If you answered anything but no, you haven’t been paying much attention to the Tribe over the last season. After the Indians’ front office purged themselves of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, Santana became persona non grata targeted by the critics...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Burning River Baseball Indians Predictions Revisited

Every year the staff at Burning River Baseball get together and make some predictions about the season both at the team and the league level. Since some teams are still playing, we’ll have to wait on the league predictions, but a suitable amount of time has passed that we can look back on the regular season numbers. Making predictions this year were myself, Mike Melaragno, Jen...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Updates to All-Time Indians Top 10 Lists

Back in 2012, BurningRiverBaseball came out with a top ten list for every position in Indians history. These, however, are not a static look in time, but are annually updated to reflect any changes made because of active players (or changes in evaluation). Any changes made to these lists will be described here along with a link to view the current ten best. Catcher Probably the...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Offensive Plays of 2015

It took awhile for the Indians to bring the excitement this year offensively (the first play worth noting was in mid May), but eventually a few good things did happen this year. There were only a couple walk-off hits, few grand slams and no real monster jacks, but even so, there are some plays worth watching a second time. Here are the ten most exciting offensive plays for the Cleveland...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking into the Record Books 2015

While as a team, the Indians season was largely disappointing, they still had plenty of individual successes. Of particular note was the starting rotation with four starters striking out 170 batters each for the first time in Indians history among other impressive stats. Below follows all the Indians players who have moved into the top ten in career or single season team record books...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

10/2 Recap: Santana’s 3 Run Double Crushes Red Sox, Naysayers

Player of the Game Carlos Santana was the Indians offensive superstar tonight as his three run double gave the Indians an early lead that wouldn’t be surpassed. He also singled in his first at bat and walked later, adding two runs to his three RBI. Feathers Up The Indians had a big inning in the third and for once it didn’t involve Francisco Lindor. Mike Aviles hit an infield...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: September 29, 2013

2013 – The Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Wild Card spot with their tenth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The win pushed the Indians’ record to 92-70 and left them just one game in back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central at season’s end. They will host the winner of a play-in game between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, as both...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians beat Royals 9-5 to climb above .500

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Santana drove in three runs, Yan Gomes homered and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 Saturday night to move above .500 for the first time since April 9. The Indians (77-76) have a winning record for the first time since they were 2-1 and remain three games back in the AL wild-card race. The Royals, who wrapped up the AL Central...
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September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians beat Royals 9-5 to climb above .500

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Santana drove in three runs, Yan Gomes homered and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 Saturday night to move above .500 for the first time since April 9. The Indians (77-76) have a winning record for the first time since they were 2-1 and remain three games back in the AL wild-card race. The Royals, who wrapped up the AL Central...
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September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now 32: It’s not over, ‘til it’s over…and it’s over

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is honored to join the More Than a Fan Network in their Tribe Time Now podcasts this season. will be represented along with Everybody Hates Cleveland, Indians Baseball Insider, Burning River Baseball and It’s Pronounced Lajaway in the collaborative project. Jim (@JimPeteEHC) from Everybody Hates Cleveland and Caitlin (@cle_ItIsGone...
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September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now: It Ain’t Over, ’til It’s Over & It’s Over

Caitlin Boron (@cle_itisgone) of Burning River Baseball, Mike Brandyberry (@DidTribeWin) of Did the Tribe Win Last Night? joins host Jim Pete (@JimPeteEHC) of Everybody Hates Cleveland to talk about the end of the season. The TTN crew discuss each Indians starting position in a recap of the year gone, and a potential look at next year’s roster. Should Carlos Santana be on this...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

C-Cap Recap: An Autumn Win + April Laments

Cody Anderson continued his torrid September as the Cleveland Indians avoided a catastrophic series sweep in Minnesota, beating the Twins 6-3 on Thursday night. Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana each homered in the contest, the ridiculous Francisco Lindor had three more hits, and the lumberjackian Anderson (6-3, 3.31 ERA) won his fourth consecutive decision. Presumably, this game will...
Via Waiting For Next Year
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins finish disappointing homestand with 6-3 loss to Indians

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Kipnis hit a leadoff homer, Carlos Santana connected for a three-run shot and the Cleveland Indians helped their slim playoff chances by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday night. Francisco Lindor had three hits for Cleveland, which is four games behind Houston in the race for the second AL wild card with 11 to play. But the Twins, Angels and Orioles are...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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