Cleveland Indians add five minor leaguers to 40-man roster

Ahead of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, the Cleveland Indians protected five players by adding them to the 40-man roster on Friday. This is an annual event that occurs each November, so it’s an opportunity to become familiar with some of the organization’s ascending minor league talent. The five players added to the roster: starting pitchers Mike Clevinger, Shawn Morimando, and Dylan...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

End of 2015 Season Power Rankings 16-34

Before we move on to next season, Burning River Baseball brings you a player by player break down about how each member of the Indians performed this year and how important they were to the team. These are the 16th through 34th best Indians players from the 2015 season ranked by their production. Unlike the previous Power Rankings, because of expanded rosters, this list has been...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

9/30 Game 1 Recap: Indians Lose Third Straight in Quest for Better Draft Pick

Player of the Game It took seven innings, but Jason Kipnis finally put the Indians on the score board with his third hit of the game, a broken bat single down the right field line. This hit scored Jerry Sands from second and added to his already good day that included a double earlier in the game. Feathers Up There are at least two players who haven’t stopped playing hard despite...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

6/13 Recap: Tribe battles to earn 5-4 win against Detroit

Roster Update: Reliever Scott Atchison was activated from the disabled list prior to the game as the Indians optioned right-hander C.C. Lee back to Triple-A Columbus. Lee was on the Indians roster for two days and pitched on June 12 against four Detroit batters. He allowed two hits and one run in 0.2 innings. Atchison has pitched in 15.2 innings and has a 1-1 record in 19 games with...
Via Burning River Baseball
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians reliever Scott Atchison returns from disabled list

DETROIT (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated righty reliever Scott Atchison from the disabled list. The Indians made the move before Saturday's game against Detroit. Right-hander C.C. Lee was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Atchison had been out since May 28 because of a sprained ankle. He is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 19 games this season.
Via AP on Fox
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Potential 25 Man Roster of the Future

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 was also some disappointment for many fans as Francisco Lindor was also...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The Window Is Wide Open… Don’t Fall Out: 2015 Indians Preview

Rebuilding a baseball team takes exactly six years – or at least that’s how the Cleveland Indians’ meticulous approach has generally unfolded since the Hank Peters era. The Joe Carter trade in 1989 eventually begat the 1995 AL Champs. The blowing up of that dynasty after the 2001 season built the foundation for the 2007 ALCS squad. And now, six years after Cliff Lee and Victor...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Lee Making Most of Right Place, is it His Right Time?

There is an advantage to being in the right place at the right time. For Indians right-handed reliever, C.C. Lee, he seems to be in the right place. Now, he has to make the most of his time and take advantage of an open role in the Tribe’s bullpen. With less than two weeks remaining in spring training, it appears Lee has the inside track on securing an Opening Day roster spot in...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Sorting through the end of the roster: 2015 Indians Preview

With just two weeks before the season begins in Houston, manager Terry Francona is not far from making the decisions that will shape the end of the Indians’ opening day roster. With spots up for grabs in the outfield, on the starting staff, and in the bullpen, the Tribe has some camp battles that are still in full swing. Who will round out the utility spots? Who’s nabbing that...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens in baseball. At 513.1 innings pitched, the squad had the 5th most innings pitched among...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Ten Ohio Born Cleveland Indians

Professional baseball isn’t like the amateur ranks, where players generally stay where they are. The current Indians 40 man roster contains the same amount of players from Taiwan as from Ohio (one each in C.C. Lee and Nick Swisher). Despite 39 players on the current roster that hail from lands outside the Buckeye state, there have been plenty of Indians greats who were born locally...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting “Is Nick Haga-Done?”

Back in the middle of June, I wrote a piece describing the dire situation that Nick Hagadone was in. At 28, he was sent back to AAA yet again and it looked like he may be stuck there for good with Kyle Crockett replacing him at the Major League level. I highly recommend using the link above to read that article, if you haven’t already, as this one will continue on that line of...
Via Burning River Baseball
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB unlikely to play overseas in 2015 after Taiwan talks stall

Major League Baseball officials held discussions with organizers in Taiwan about playing regular-season games there in 2015 but were unable to reach an agreement, sources told FOX Sports. As a result, it’s unlikely MLB will play regular-season games outside the US and Canada in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks began this season in Sydney, Australia; MLB has...
Via Fox Sports
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

What Went Wrong in 2014

After a short exit from the play-offs disappointed the Indians in 2013, nothing less was expected this year. Despite those expectations, the Indians were eliminated even earlier in 2014 than they were the season before, two days before the regular season’s end. While some of this is due to the maturing talent in Kansas City, where the Royals will play in October for the first...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Lee Needs to Use Remainder of Season to Iron Out Speed Bumps

This Indians season has been, without a doubt, a rollercoaster for fans. Cleveland started the season ready to finish the business the team approached last season, and have been treated to a 2014 of highs and lows, with the team at times asserting themselves into the thick of the playoff chase, while simultaneously falling short when it matters most. The season has also been one...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians reliever C.C. Lee unaware he's been pranked

Rookie pranks are commonplace in baseball but poor C.C. Lee didn't even know this one was happening as it unfolded. The 27-year-old Indians reliever was innocently hanging out with his Tribe teammates on the dugout rail during Monday's game in Houston. What he didn't know was that his uniform had an addition to it. If Lee is looking for a buddy with whom to commiserate, the Padres...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians reliever C.C. Lee pranked with cup-on-the-hat (Video)

Cleveland Indians reliever C.C. Lee fell victim to the cup-on-the-hat prank during the opening moments of Monday night's game in Houston.Lee stood at the front railing of the dugout with no clue that a Powerade cup had been secured to the top of his cap with bubble gum. Lee finally figured it out as he walked out to the bullpen with the other relievers in the bottom of the first...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe week in review: Where did it go wrong?

If there was one play to sum up how the Indians' games have gone against the Tigers in September, it wasn't Bryan Shaw giving up home runs on Saturday or Sunday, it was C.C. Lee's wild pitch. In other words, anything that could go wrong against Detroit did. In the eighth inning on Sunday and the Tribe behind 4-3, Lee was trying to intentionally walk Ian Kinsler to load the bases...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

(Arizona) Indians Win Championship!

While it may not be the World Series that Indians fans have been looking for since 1948, a team with their namesake and future players did win it’s league championship last night and that team was the Arizona League Indians. The team plays at the MLB Indians Spring Training site in Goodyear, Arizona and while winning the game over the Giants on Monday night made it official, there...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are back

T hey are back. They are right in the thick of it. And they aren’t going anywhere. Your Cleveland Indians, left for dead by almost everyone, continue to win and are surging into September. Their best month of the season came at the right time. The Wahoos were 16-9 and were three outs away from being 17-9 before mother nature took over in Kansas City. All of a sudden, a team that...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – burn the National League to the ground

The National League is a mess. It’s a complete and utter mess. Tomorrow, we’re going to enter the final month of the 2014 season, and we still don’t know much of anything in the Senior Circuit. Well, I’ll say this with some degree of confidence – the Nationals will win the NL East. But aside from that? It’s a crap shoot. The Brewers only have a one game lead over the...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – burn the National League to the ground

The National League is a mess. It’s a complete and utter mess. Tomorrow, we’re going to enter the final month of the 2014 season, and we still don’t know much of anything in the Senior Circuit. Well, I’ll say this with some degree of confidence – the Nationals will win the NL East. But aside from that? It’s a crap shoot. The Brewers only have a one game lead over the...
Via Bloguin Best
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians 8, White Sox 6: Bunt, Force, Trauma

8:06 PM – I crunched some numbers earlier today that suggested the Indians need to shoot for at least 90 wins if they want to make the playoffs.  I don’t know why I did that work, because you could probably just have hit a corpse on the nose with a ball-peen hammer before the season and have concluded largely the same thing.  Nevertheless, to win 90 games the Indians need to...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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, Walters was able to swing away and gave the Indians a two run lead with the blast to deep right...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe falls in extras to split twin bill: Diamondbacks 1, Indians 0, 12 innings

Not only were fans treated to a true doubleheader – buy one ticket, see two games – Wednesday, but the twin bill finished with some bonus baseball. But while Tribe starter Josh Tomlin and the Indians bullpen combined to give up one run to the Diamondbacks in 12 innings, the Indians offense couldn’t push one across as the Tribe lost 1-0 for the twin bill and series split. The...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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