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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. 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
2
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
First baseman
3
Omar Vizquel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman
4
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Second baseman
5
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
6
Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Manager, Shortstop
7
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
slaft added Center fielder
8
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
slaft added Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder
9
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Manager, Pitcher
10
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder
11
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Pitcher
12
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
13
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
14
Francisco Lindor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
zenace33 added Shortstop
15
Albert Belle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder
16
Carlos Baerga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Second baseman
17
Rocky Colavito is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder
18
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Pitcher
19
Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Second baseman
20
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Pitcher
21
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder
22
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Pitcher
23
Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
CMCSS03 added Designated hitter, First baseman, Second baseman
24
Al Rosen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Third baseman
25
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Starting pitcher