Just days after the team announced that former shortstop Omar Vizquel will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Indians announced on Saturday during their annual TribeFest event that legendary first baseman Jim Thome will have a statue built in his honor and unveiled before a game on Aug. 2.
The 40th member of the Heritage Park Hall of Fame, Vizquel joins an elite class of more than 1,700 ballplayers who donned the Cleveland uniform, and Thome will almost certainly join him in the near future.
Looking forward to 2015, the Indians will likely give a 41st player the franchise’s highest honor.
The five individuals in the list that follows are the most qualified candidates—either for their incredible statistics, or their overall contribution to the city—to punch their ticket into the hall beginning next season.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com