Burning River Radio is back to clean out your earballs with more tales from Indians Spring Training. In addition to the multitude of early Spring discussions, the guys also break down the new rules affecting plays at the plate and whether or not bunting is passé. In the end, we do the predictable break down of Major League that is the necessity of every Cleveland radio show or podcast. To hear all the greatness, one needs just click the giant letters below.no comments
This time around, the guys talk about more Spring Training stuff, including, but not limited to; Justin Masterson's one year deal, Ubaldo Jimenez's four year deal and Max Scherzer's upcoming induction into the billionaire's club. Also covered is premature discussion on the final make-up of the 25 man roster with an emphasis on the last pitchers to make it in. Finally, a Spring Training primer is given to show Tribe fans where to park, how to get autographs and what time to show up to the games in Goodyear.no comments
Spring Training is here and with it another glorious episode of Burning River Radio. This time we chat about pitchers and catchers reporting, Michael Brantley's new hair extensions and how it will affect Justin Masterson's baldness. Also covered is what the Indians offense will look like in 2017 (really awesome) and a top ten list of the greatest defensive players in Indians history.no comments
This time around the guys delve deep into the arbitration discussions of Vinnie Pestano, Justin Masterson and most importantly, Josh Tomlin. In addition, there is further discussion on the job prospects of Ubaldo Jimenez, Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore. After some unnecessary trashing of a soon-to-be senior citizen, Mike gave his recommendation of Dirk Hayhurst's "The Bullpen Gospels" which can be found here.
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Here, to bring you some more off-season, Indians insight, the Burning River Boys are back with another episode of Burning River Radio. This time, they discuss the new replay rules and what they could have been as well as the extension of Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw. In addition, other news pieces are covered inlcuding the signing of Nyjer Morgan and baseball zombies.no comments
The boys are back to bring you another fantastic episode of Burning River Baseball, this time hitting on some big off-season topics. First, they cover the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 (congrats to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas) and discuss the role of the steroid scandal in voting and if any changes should be made. Secondly, they cover the latest in the never ending saga of Chief Wahoo. Remember kids, this is uncensored sports talk, so don't listen if you are offended by swearing, veiled racism or senseless babbling. To listen to the latest episode, just click on the link below:
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In the second episode of the off-season, we forgo current events to talk about what Major League Baseball could (or needs) to do to speed up the game. In "Sports in other Media" we discussed the merits of Moneyball, the book and why some old timers can't stand it's existence. The Top 10 list of the week was Indians all-time shortstops and most of the discussion hovered around where Asdrubal Cabrera fits and who should be number one.
It's another new player this week, but hopefully this will be the one we use from now on.no comments
Prior to the season starting, the staff of Burning River Baseball got together to make some bold predictions about what would happen by the end of the season, guessing the team award winners (handed out earlier this week), triple crown stat leaders and the final disposition of the AL Central. Being as bold as we are, we don't make these predictions then forget about them, we bask in the glory of their mistakes.
|Most Improved Player||Scott Kazmir||Justin Masterson||Carlos Carrasco||Ubaldo Jimenez|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Cody Allen||Trevor Bauer||C.C. Lee||Tim Fedroff|
|Best Reliever||Cody Allen||Vinnie Pestano||Vinnie Pestano||Joe Smith|
|Most Outstanding Defender||Michael Brantley||Michael Bourn||Drew Stubbs||Jason Kipnis|
|Most Outstanding Hitter||Jason Kipnis||Jason Kipnis||Lonnie Chisenhall||Nick Swisher|
|Best Overall Pitcher||Justin Masterson||Vinnie Pestano||Vinnie Pestano||Joe Smith|
|Best Overall Player||Jason Kipnis||Jason Kipnis||Lonnie Chisenhall||Asdrubal Cabrera|
Jen was the closest on the most improved player, but nothing could have beaten what Scott Kazmir did by coming back from the Independent leagues to be a force in the rotation. He will likely win comeback player of the year for the entire American League. Masterson was better than last year, but again, could not compare to Kazmir or Jimenez. Mike's wishful thinking didn't work out as Carrasco disappointed everyone in the world as the worst pitcher on the Indians staff.
Prior to the season, rookie of the year seemed hard to pick, more-so because there was a rule that Allen was ineligible because of his 2012 season. He technically just got under the innings limit, so he did win this year, but there was still another player that would have been a fair guess in Danny Salazar. Lee was the next best guess as he actually made the team and pitched fairly out of bullpen in a couple appearances while Bauer struggled in his few starts. Fedroff was released before ever making it to the parent club.
The best reliever picks were essentially just us picking the best player from last year to do it again, something there will be quite a bit of from here on out. Obviously, Pestano was dreadful, but the Smith pick was good as he was a very close number two to Allen.
The top defender picks were all solid defensive players and had strong consideration for the award, but this year it went to Brantley for going above and beyond the others with Yan Gomes taking runner up.
The first outright correct pick was my choice of Kipnis for top hitter (and top overall player later on). Chisenhall confounded everyone by not playing anywhere near expectations, although the pick was a long shot from the beginning. Swisher was the best of the new additions to the offense, but ended the season behind Carlos Santana and Brantley in overall offensive greatness.
The top pitcher voting again reflected last season, while this year, the top three pitchers were all starters; Masterson, Jimenez and Corey Kluber. The top overall player voting was similar to the top hitter, with Kipnis taking it easily while Chisenhall and Cabrera both under-performed.
|HR||Nick Swisher||Nick Swisher||Asdrubal Cabrera||Carlos Santana|
|RBI||Jason Kipnis||Carlos Santana||Nick Swisher||Jason Kipnis|
|AVG||Jason Kipnis||Michael Brantley||Asdrubal Cabrera||Michael Bourn|
|W||Justin Masterson||Justin Masterson||Justin Masterson||Zach McAllister|
|K||Justin Masterson||Justin Masterson||Justin Masterson||Ubaldo Jimenez|
|ERA||Ubaldo Jimenez||Justin Masterson||Justin Masterson||Zach McAllister|
These picks worked out much better than award picks with at least one person guessing every leader except Kipnis for average and Jimenez for ERA (no one in the country could have guessed that). Of the incorrect picks, six were of the second place leader. McAllister's injury was the only thing keeping him from being a good pick, while again Cabrera's sub-par season comes back up.
|White Sox||Twins||Indians||White Sox|
This was a mess of homerism and idiocy (homerism on the outside, idiocy in the middle). The only two correct picks were my pick for the Royals in third and Jen's for the White Sox in last. Mike picked the second worst team in the AL to finish first in a division that featured three play-off caliber teams and picked the Wild Card Indians last, just because he likes to be difficult.no comments
With the end of the Indians season, Burning River Baseball is moving on to season two. There are a few changes to formatting that are discussed within the episode, but essentially, we are adding two new segments, "Sports in Other Media" and the "Top Ten List of the Week." On this episode, we talk about other sports radio shows (and podcasts) that we enjoy, like the Trivisano Show and the Davey Mac Sports Program. This week's top ten list is Indians closers, which can be found here. We also discuss the Indians final game of the season against the Rays and our opinions on the new play-off format.no comments
The first postseason episode of Burning River Radio wherein the guys discuss the upcoming Wild Card game between the Indians and Rays and the two "play-off" games that have already happened, the Rays vs Rangers and the Pirates vs Reds. In addition big predictions for the rest of the post season were made and lines were drawn. Imaginary lines.
Here are the play-off picks from the episode. I would expect this kind of blatent homerism from almost anyone, but never from Mike.
|Joe's Winners||Mike's Winners|
|AL Wild Card||Indians||Indians|