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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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Van Meter, Iowa, United States of America

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Omar Vizquel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Bats: Ambidexterity

Teams: San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians

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Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
slaft added Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, + more

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Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

6
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Second baseman

Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Blues

7
Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Manager, Shortstop

Nationality: France, United States of America

Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Manager, Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, San Bernardino, California

Teams: Cleveland Indians

9
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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10
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Catcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Salinas, Puerto Rico

Teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, + more

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina

Teams: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians

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Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Starting Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

Bats: Right

Teams: Texas Rangers

13
Albert Belle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

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Francisco Lindor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
zenace33 added Shortstop

Nationality: Puerto Rico

Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico

Bats: Switch

Teams: Cleveland Indians

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Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Teams: San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, + more

16
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Outfielder

Birthplace: South Carolina

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Indians

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Carlos Baerga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico

Teams: San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, + more

18
Rocky Colavito is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Teams: Kansas City Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, + more

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CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: New York Yankees

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20
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hartford, Alabama

Teams: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

21
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Williamston, North Carolina

Teams: San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, + more

22
Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
CMCSS03 added Designated hitter, First baseman, Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hato Mayor Province, Dominican Republic

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, + more

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Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Snohomish, Washington

Teams: Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians

24
Joe Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Teams: San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, + more

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#133 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #42 of 141 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

25
Al Rosen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Indians of All Time
Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Teams: Cleveland Indians

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