Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cleveland Indians

1B  Hal Trosky – Batted .330 or better four times; six 100-RBI seasons, including 162 in ’36.
2B  Napoleon Lajoie – Lifetime .339 hitter with 3,251 hits; team was renamed “Naps” in his honor.
SS  Lou Boudreau – Excellent fielder; hit for a high average despite no speed; won AL MVP in ’48; player-manager from 1942-50.
3B  Al Rosen – Five straight 100-RBI seasons; twice led the league in HRs.
OF  Joe Jackson – Hit .408, .395, and .373 in his first three full seasons with the Tribe.
OF  Tris Speaker – Batted over .380 four times and led the league in doubles six times for Cleveland; led Indians to 1920 World Series victory.
OF  Albert Belle – Led AL in RBI three times; hit 50 HRs in ’95, and 48 HRs the following season.
C  Sandy Alomar – Jim Hegan was the best defensive catcher of his day, but delivered little offense; I’ll take Alomar’s bat.
DH  Jim Thome – Monster power hitter with six 100-RBI seasons for the Tribe.
Bench  Earl Averill – Career .318 hitter with nine 92+ RBI seasons; barely edges out Larry Doby.
Pitcher  Bob Feller – Led AL in wins six times; led AL in Ks seven times; lost nearly 4 seasons to WWII.
Pitcher  Addie Joss – Four straight 20-win seasons; posted a career 1.88 ERA before meningitis claimed his life at age 31.
Pitcher  Bob Lemon – Won 20+ games seven times; led the league in innings pitched four times.
Closer  Doug Jones – Saved 112 games in the 1988-1990 seasons.

Outstanding hitters and dominating pitchers leave no room for Pedro Cerrano and Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn on this roster.

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