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The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their time with the Cleveland Indians.

This is a list of the greatest Cleveland Indians in team history, whether top Indians pitchers or top hitters. One of the American League's charter franchises, the Cleveland Indians have one of the most star-crossed history in the big leagues. From the team's beginnings, it somehow hasn't managed to win as many championships as its talent level would dictate. Whenever they had terrific pitching, somehow the hitting was slacking and vice versa. The Indians have won two World Series titles with the last one coming in 1948. After a World Series defeat to the New York Giants in 1954, the Indians didn't sniff the playoffs until the early '90s. The years in between were marked by futility and poor play.

Hall of Famer Bob Feller is considered one of the greatest Cleveland Indians ever, but Major League Baseball history as well. Feller won the American League pitching triple crown in 1940 after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He played a key role in the 1948 championship team and remains the Indians leader in wins and strikeouts. More recently, the Indians have homegrown some of the greatest current players like C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee both getting their start in the big leagues with the Indians.

The 1990s saw a renaissance in Indians baseball. Led by some of the top Indians players ever like Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Jim Thome, the Indians went to two World Series and went to the playoffs almost every year from 1995-2001 (2000 was the exception). These players are considered some of the best sluggers in Indians history. 

This is the list of the greatest players in Cleveland Indians history. If a player is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list according to how you see fit.

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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Van Meter, Iowa, United States of America

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Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
First baseman

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

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Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Second baseman

Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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Omar Vizquel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

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Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Francisco Lindor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
zenace33 added Shortstop

Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico

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Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Starting Pitcher

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
slaft added Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina

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Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Catcher

Birthplace: Salinas, Puerto Rico

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Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Manager, Pitcher

Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States of America

15
Albert Belle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Rocky Colavito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Second baseman

Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

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Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: Williamston, North Carolina

19
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: Hartford, Alabama

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CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

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Carlos Baerga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Second baseman

Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico

22
Al Rosen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Joe Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
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Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

Birthplace: Snohomish, Washington