Cleveland Indians All Time Starting Lineup

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The Cleveland Indians can trace their roots back to 1901. They were originally known as the Cleveland Blues. Over the years they have been known as the Cleveland Blues (1901), Cleveland Bronchos (1902), Cleveland Naps (1903-1914), and as we know they today the Cleveland Indians (1915-Present). The organization has made 11 playoff appearances, won 5 pennants, and 2 world championship. They have retired 6 numbers. Earl Averill (3), Lou Boudreau (5), Larry Doby (14), Mel Harder (18), Bob Feller (19), and Bob Lemon (21).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez, 2007

Key Stats: 4.3 WAR, .301/.374/.505, 78 R, 169 H, 40 2B, 25 HR, 114 RBI, 62 BB, .879 OPS, 11 SH (1st AL), 12 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, 7th in MVP

 

First Base

Jim Thome, 2002

Key Stats: 7.4 WAR, .304/.445/.677 (1st AL), 101 R, 146 H, 19 2B, 2 3B, 52 HR, 118 RBI, 122 BB (1st AL), 1.122 OPS (1st AL), 325 TB, 18 IBB

Awards: 7th in MVP

 

Second Base

Roberto Alomar

Roberto Alomar, 1999

Key Stats: 7.4 WAR, .323/.422/.533, 138 R (1st AL), 182 H, 40 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 120 RBI, 37 SB, 99 BB, .955 OPS, 300 TB, 12 SH, 13 SF (1st AL), 1.1 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 3rd in MVP

 

Third Base

Al Rosen, 1953

Key Stats: 10.1 WAR (1st AL), .336/.422/.613 (1st AL), 115 R (1st AL), 201 H, 27 2B, 5 3B, 43 HR (1st AL), 145 RBI (1st AL), 85 BB, 1.034 OPS (1st AL), 367 TB (1st AL), 1.0 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, AL MVP

 

Shortstop

Lou Boudreau, 1948

Key Stats: 10.4 WAR (1st AL), .355/.453/.534, 116 R, 199 H, 34 2B, 6 3B, 18 HR, 106 RBI, 98 BB, .987 OPS, 16 SH, 3.0 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, AL MVP

 

Left Field

Albert Belle

Albert Belle, 1995

Key Stats: 6.9 WAR, .317/.401/.690 (1st AL), 121 R (1st AL), 173 H, 52 2B (1st AL), 50 HR (1st AL), 126 RBI (1st AL), 73 BB, 1.091 OPS, 377 TB (1st AL)

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger, 2nd in MVP

 

Center Field

Tris Speaker, 1923

Key Stats: 9.0 WAR, .380/.469/.610, 133 R, 218 H, 59 2B (1st AL), 11 3B, 17 HR, 130 RBI (1st AL), 93 BB, 1.079 OPS, 350 TB

 

Right Field

Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1912

Key Stats: 9.6 WAR, .395/.458/.579, 121 R, 226 H (1st AL), 44 2B, 26 3B (1st AL), 3 HR, 90 RBI, 35 SB, 54 BB, 1.036 OPS, 331 TB (1st AL), 15 SH

Awards: 9th in MVP

 

Designated Hitter

Manny Ramirez, 1999

Key Stats: 7.3 WAR, .333/.442/.663 (1st AL), 131 R, 174 H, 34 2B, 3 3B, 44 HR, 165 RBI (1st AL), 96 BB, 1.105 OPS (1st AL), 346 TB

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger, 3rd in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Bob Feller

Bob Feller, 1946

Key Stats: 9.9 WAR (1st AL), 26 Wins (1st AL), 2.18 ERA, 2.16 FIP, 36 CG (1st AL), 10 SHO (1st AL), 371 1/3 IP (1st AL), 348 K (1st AL), 1.158 WHIP, 8.4 K/9, .208 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 6th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Luis Tiant, 1968

Key Stats: 8.4 WAR (1st AL), 21 Wins, 1.60 ERA (1st AL), 2.04 FIP (1st AL), 19 CG, 9 SHO (1st AL), 258 1/3 IP, 264 K, 0.871 WHIP, 5.3 H/9 (1st AL), 9.2 K/9, .168 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 5th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry, 1972

Key Stats: 11.0 WAR (1st AL), 24 Wins (1st AL), 1.92 ERA, 2.50 FIP, 29 CG (1st AL), 5 SHO, 342 2/3 IP, 234 K, 0.978 WHIP, .205 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 6th in MVP, AL CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Sam McDowell, 1965

Key Stats: 8.1 WAR (1st AL), 17 Wins, 2.18 ERA (1st AL), 2.08 FIP (1st AL), 14 CG, 3 SHO, 273 IP, 325 K (1st AL), 1.136 WHIP, 5.9 H/9 (1st AL), 0.3 HR/9 (1st AL), 10.7 K/9 (1st AL), .185 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star

 

Starting Pitcher

Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber, 2014

Key Stats: 7.4 WAR (1st AL), 18 Wins (1st AL), 2.44 ERA, 2.35 FIP (1st AL), 3 CG, 1 SHO, 235 2/3 IP, 269 K, 1.095 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, 5.27 K/BB, .233 BAA

Awards: AL CY Young

 

Closer

Jose Mesa, 1995

Key Stats: 3.9 WAR, 46 SV (1st AL), 1.13 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 62 G, 64 IP, 58 K, 1.031 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, .216 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 2nd in CY Young, 4th in MVP

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