Centralized Spending

Over the past few decades, the Central Division has largely sat by while the American League East and West competed in an arms race of sorts, pushing free agent salaries to ridiculous levels. While the Tigers have always stuck around with the big spenders, a strong 2014 campaign from the Royals, Indians and White Sox has inspired the rest of the division to join them. While there...
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Top Ten Indians Outfields

In the past, we have covered the greatest players in Indians history at each position (left field, center field and right field can been seen with the appropriate links) and written more detailed profiles for hundreds of the greatest Indians ever. Now, it is time to recognize when these stars aligned and created something really special. The first edition showed the top ten batteries...
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From Inception to Defection: Cuba’s Baseball History

The Inception In 1860, American sailors and young Cubans returning home from college in America planted the seed of baseball passion in Cuba. Though during the first Cuban War of Independence baseball was banned briefly, baseball has always flourished in Cuba. The organization of the sport began with the formation of the Cuban Baseball League around 1878. The season was played in...
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All-Time Indians: Oral Hildebrand

Name: Oral Clyde Hildebrand Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1931-1936 Number: 19 Accolades: 1933 All-Star DOB: 04/07/1907 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1933) 16 11 .593 3.76 36 31 15 6 220.1 205 92 8 88 90 1.33 .237 Career 56 46 .549 4.18 171 117 51 7 920.1 947 427 51 408 331 1.47 .255 The Indiana native, Oral Hildebrand, got his start in professional...
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The Season Of Giving: Do Promotions Actually Work?

Everybody loves something for free and the Indians are one of the top teams as far as providing their fans with something extra at the ballpark. In the past season, there were 16 give away days (including a Jim Thome statue replica), 13 Dollar Dog nights, ten Kid’s Fun Days and 17 glorious fireworks display. All these cost money of course and the Indians are not necessarily known...
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Omar! My Life On & Off the Field – Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

In 2002, despite being a decade away from the end of his playing career, Omar Vizquel felt the need to record the details of his career in his official auto-biography, Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field. Whether he was trying to cash in one more time on the success of the 1990’s (which was obviously coming to an end), get things off his chest (like in Terry Francona’s Red Sox...
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All-Time Indians: Elmer Smith

Name: Elmer John Smith Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1914-1916,1917-1921 DOB: 09/21/1892 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1920) 129 456 82 144 37 10 12 103 53 35 5 .391 .520 .316 .911 Career 672 2185 328 615 135 41 46 379 219 250 40 .340 .444 .281 .784 Post Season Career 5 13 1 4 0 1 1 5 1 1 0 .357 .692 .308 1.049 In the mid 1910’s, the Cleveland...
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Remembering Jesus This Holiday Season

A long time favorite of, Jesus Aguilar has been on the Indians radar since he knocked in 81 runs in 2011 between Kinston and Lake County. In the minors, he consistently piled up prodigious power numbers including 71 RBI in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Across all levels, he slugged .453 from 2008 through 2014 with 91 home runs and 159 doubles, but he was never considered...
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Burning River Radio 3.2: Big Bad John

Another week and another guest host as this time new contributor John Hutchison joins me on the show. It has been a big couple of weeks for the Indians and we discuss the two big moves, the trade for Brandon Moss and the signing of Gavin Floyd. In the middle of all that is a long discussion on the value of defense and young players and how to fix all the Indians problems free of...
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Indians Christmas Wish List

Christmas came a little early for Tribe fans as they pulled off what most are viewing as an excellent trade for Brandon Moss on the first day of the Winter Meetings. As Joe broke down here, Moss provides the type of power the Indians have so dearly been missing these past few years. The signing of Gavin Floyd also gives the starting rotation a quality veteran arm, adding to the rotation’s...
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The Importance of Base Running

Baseball is a game of many facets, many of which are often ignored, simply because they are not easy to judge statistically. Because of this, hitting and pitching are often overvalued while other parts like defense (beyond errors and fielding percent), managing, a catcher’s ability to call a game and base running (beyond steals) are simply set aside. One of the benefits of tracking...
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All-Time Indians: Rafael Perez

Name: Rafael Jerome Perez Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 2006-2012 Number: 53     DOB: 05/15/1982 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2007) 1 2 .333 1.79 44 12 1 2 60.2 41 12 5 15 62 0.93 .185 Career 21 12 .636 3.64 338 69 3 17 329.0 320 133 26 117 268 1.33 .245 Post Season Career 1 0 1.000 7.71 6 0 0 0 7 10 6 3 3 6 1.86 .323 The position...
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Kipnis Goes Under the Knife

Photo from Jason Kipnis’ Instagram: jasonkipnis22 Jason Kipnis had successful surgery on his left ring finger yesterday to repair a damaged tendon that he injured during offseason workouts. The injury occurred about a month ago after getting the finger pinched between a weight and the weight rack. Kipnis had a pin placed in the finger that will be removed in five to six weeks...
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Gavin Floyd is Coming to Cleveland

On the day the White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija, the Indians stole a little of that thunder away by grabbing up former Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signing a starting pitcher had been a top priority of the Indians in this off-season, despite the rotation being the team’s greatest strength in 2014. In addition, by adding Floyd the Indians have essentially cemented their...
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Tribe Targets: Chad Billingsley

Continuing on in an effort to guess which bottom of the barrel starting pitchers the Indians may be interested in this off-season, we come to Chad Billingsley. Billingsley was drafted by the Dodgers in 2003 and made his debut in 2006, remaining in Los Angeles ever since. This has now changed as the Dodgers declined his $14M option for 2015, choosing to pay the $3M buyout instead...
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All-Time Indians: Cal McLish

Name: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish Position: Pitcher Nick Name: Buster Number: 22 Tribe Time: 1956-1959 DOB: 12/01/25 Accolades: 1959 All-Star, Top 15 MVP (1958-59) Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1958) 16 8 .667 3.00 39 30 13 1 225.2 214 75 26 70 97 1.26 .241 Career 34 27 .557 3.34 224 36 8 32 523.0 487 194 37 177 335 1.27 .237...
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The AL Central’s Rotating Rotations

While we are still early into the off-season, there have been big moves all around. Although many of those moves have taken place in the National League, the American League Central has seen its share of shuffling. While the Indians biggest move has been the trade to obtain Brandon Moss, the rest of the division has been switching starters. Initially, things had moved slowly, but...
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Tribe Greats, State by State

Continuing on with the theme established in this article, displaying the first and greatest Cleveland Indian players from each country, Burning River Baseball now brings you the best Cleveland Indian player from every state in the union. Notes: Listed on each state is the top player statistically from that state (considering only time with the Indians) and a note about each that...
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Can Carlos Carrasco Repeat His 2014 Success?

By now most of us are aware of the odd journey Carlos Carrasco has taken to this point in his professional career. He came to the Tribe in 2009 as the centerpiece of the trade that sent 2008 Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, to the Philadelphia Phillies. After several less than impressive stints with the big league club, and many trips down I-71 to Columbus, Carrasco found himself...
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All-Time Indians: Bill Armour

Name: William Reginald Armour Position: Manager Tribe Time: 1902-1904 DOB: 09/03/1869 As Manager W L W% Finish     Best Season (1904) 86 65 0.570 4th     Career 232 195 0.543 4th     There has to be a first for everything and for the Cleveland Blues at manager, that first was Jimmy McAleer, a former outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders who stuck through the losses and the year...
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Top 10 Games to Rewatch From 2014

Deep into the off-season and still far from the indefatigable optimism of Spring Training, all baseball fans are pining for more of the great sport. There is no time of year more devoid of the horsehide spheroid than the middle of Winter, so Burning River Baseball is here to help. While the Indians season was not as successful as they would have liked, there were still some great...
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A Rolling Tribe Does Gather Moss

Sometimes rumors do come true and this time a trade that has been brewing for about a week has finally come to fruition. The move was a rare one for a couple of reasons. First, it involved the Indians sending a prospect to another team for an established player instead of the other way around and secondly, it was a one for one deal. It is generally difficult for two teams to agree...
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All-Time Indians: Jim Bagby, Jr

Name: James Charles Jacob Bagby Jr. Position: Starting Pitcher Number: 17 Tribe Time: 1941-1945 DOB: 09/08/1916 Accolades: 2 Time All-Star (1942-43), Top 25 MVP (1942-43) Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1942) 17 9 .654 2.96 38 35 16 4 270.2 267 89 19 64 54 1.23 .248 Career 55 54 .505 3.45 145 124 57 10 982.2 1,001 377 49 313 227 1.34 .254 On...
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The 2014 Winter Meetings Begin!

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings begin today, the annual time of year that they owners, GM’s and other important personnel get together to discuss changes in the game of baseball. This year, there are a few major topics the group will likely cover, including the change of pace rules tried out in the Arizona Fall League and a further look into the new rule changes for 2014...
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Burning River Radio 3.1: Who is Kevin Gall?

Burning River Radio is back after a long break and is as mediocre as ever.’s newest writer, Kevin Gall, joined me to discuss baseball’s hot stove season. Among the topics covered were the possible trades for Brandon Moss and Allen Craig as well as what to do with the dead weight in Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn. Are children really the future or is it...
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