Joe Sewell is next on the two lists. Sewell, a shortstop who spent eleven of his fourteen seasons in Cleveland, is in the Hall of Fame, so he is somewhat memorable. 40.9 of his 48.2 bWAR came while playing there, as did 45 of his 54 career fWAR.
Like Lajoie and Speaker, though, he’s hindered by when he played. Sewell only wore uniform numbers for his final two seasons with the Tribe. As a whole, I think too much time has passed for a player who is something like third best player in team history without a number to be honored (also, note that no team has “retired” more than two numberless players).
For the top pitchers without a retired number, there’s a similar trend. The top two unhonored pitchers are Stan Coveleski and Addie Joss. Coveleski played nine of his 14 seasons as an Indian (1916 to 1924), with 46.1 of his 54 career bWAR coming with the team. He’s also in the Hall of Fame, but again, he never wore a number.
His case is, overall, similar to Sewell’s. Both were very good, but the Indians still haven’t chosen to retire numberless players, and even when they do, there are two or three better or more famous choices, among them Addie Joss.
Joss spent his entire career with the Indians (or, as they were called in his time, the “Naps”) who put up 40.9 bWAR in his nine seasons (1902 to 1910). He is still second all-time in career earned run average, which I would imagine is another point in his favor.
Again, he never had a number, and the Indians have numerous unnumbered stars; the line still probably starts behind Lajoie and Speaker.
Sam McDowell is the next pitcher, going by bWAR. McDowell actually had uniform numbers, which is a plus. He spent eleven of his fifteen seasons in Cleveland, including all seven of his productive seasons; 40.2 of his 41.2 bWAR came in that time span, as well as all six of his All-Star appearances.
Having a number is a definite improvement, but on a number basis, McDowell definitely has the weakest case (not to say he’s a bad player—it’s just that everyone else so far is either a Hall of Famer or has the numbers to merit induction).
What about more recent players?
The 1990s and 2000s were pretty good to the Tribe, so they may want to remember key members from these teams. Like with Thome and Lofton, a lot of these players spent time with other teams.
The most prominent example would be Manny Ramirez, who played parts of eight of his 19 seasons there. His time there saw him put up 28.2 of his 66.6 career bWAR and 32 of his 70 career fWAR.
When he goes into the Hall of Fame (and I do think it’s a when, not an if), it will likely be as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and that might hurt his standing in Cleveland. However, he did still spend a significant amount of time there, and the team may look to acknowledge that.