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Earlier start times in store for some April and May night Indians games

The Cleveland Indians are usually among the teams in Major League Baseball that have poor home attendance in the months of April and May. It can get quite cold in Cleveland on a spring night and with children in school it can be tough for some people to justify spending money for tickets when it’s both chilly outside and early school night bedtimes. To help address these situations...
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Central Showdown: Indians vs. Reds

While the rest of the team to team comparisons posted under the “Central Showdown” title will be about the Indians rivals in the American League Central Division, we will start with Cleveland’s primary Spring Training rival, the National League Cincinnati Reds, the only team they will play more than twice. The following is a breakdown comparing four facets of each team to the...
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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...
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Tribe Time Now Episode 3

In the third episode of More Than A Fan Cleveland’s Tribe Time Now podcast, it was Ryan Thompson and Joe Coblitz again for another hour of Indians brilliance. We discussed some of last week’s round table, especially the constant optimism of everyone in Cleveland and the changes within the AL Central. Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco were featured on a deeper level with a...
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All-Time Indians: Dennis Martinez

Name: Jose Dennis Emilia Martinez Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1994-1996 Number: 32 Accolades: 1995 All-Star DOB: 05/14/1954 Stats W L W% ERA GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1995) 12 5 .706 3.08 28 3 2 187.0 174 64 17 46 99 1.18 .237 Career 32 17 .653 3.58 72 11 6 475.2 462 189 43 127 239 1.24 .245 Post Season Career 1 2 .333 2.77 5 0 0 29.2 27 9 3 11 14...
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A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
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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 consist of only the most used first, second, third basemen...
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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 33 37 353 221 159 18 15 .336 .406 .275 It is rare that a back-up catcher deserves recognition over the ages, but if the Indians had one...
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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 specifically on his bunting skills (see video below) every day after normal...
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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 1.01 HR/9. With the former top prospect not living up to his billing thus far, he has some wondering...
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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 did the Indians get better when he left? PlayerErrors...
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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 in other leagues. For basic knowledge, I have yet...
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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 from Did the Tribe Win Last Night...
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Tribe Time Now: Indians Round Table

This past Wednesday I sat down with writer’s from a few different Cleveland Indians blogs to discuss the Tribe in the first ever Tribe Time Now Round Table. Joining me was Ryan Thompson from More Than A Fan, Hayden Grove from Indians Baseball Insider, Mike Brandyberry of Did The Tribe Win Last Night?, and Stephanie Liscio from It’s Pronounced Lajaway.  The group discussed a...
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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 7 256 275 140 50 .376 .376 .274 .752 Jake Virtue began his professional baseball career in 1886 at the age of 21 with the Lancaster Ironsides...
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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 some younger players working out most of the off-season, there...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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 (@RthompAK13) to discuss the current state of the Tribe entering into Spring Training including the line-up, positional battles and what to expect from newcomers...
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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 have trouble finding 400-plus plate appearances.   Most likely there will be...
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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) February 17, 2015 The Indians interest in adding another relief pitcher has been rumored of late including interest in left hander Barry Zito as recent as this past week. It appears they have acquired their extra lefty in Bruce...
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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 3.08 112 18 204.2 168 70 23 72 131 1.18 .215 5.8 Frank Funk had a short, but exciting career with the Cleveland Indians during the early...
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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 the worst, ultimately resulting in a .240/.310/.330 slash line...
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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 year’s staff after losing Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez to free agency. Yet...
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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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All-Time Indians: Joe Birmingham

Name: Joseph Leo Birmingham Position: Center Field/Manager Tribe Time: 1906-1914/1912-1915 Nick Name: Dode Accolades: Top 20 MVP 1912 DOB: 12/03/1884 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1911) 125 447 55 136 18 5 2 51 170 15 42 16 .334 .380 .304 .714 Career 771 2633 284 667 89 27 7 265 831 129 27 108 .287 .316 .253 .603 As Manager W L W%        ...
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A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant players to leave) and added into that mix is the free agent...
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