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Team Name: Cleveland Indians
Year Established: 1901
Ballpark: Progressive Field
Previous Nicknames: Blues (1901), Bronchos (1902), Naps (1903-1914)
League: American League
Division: AL Central
Number of Playoff Appearances: 10
Number of Pennants: 5
World Series Titles: 1920, 1948
Catcher: Sandy Alomar
First Base: Hal Trosky
Second Base: Nap Lajoie
Third Base: Ken Keltner
Shortstop: Joe Sewell
Outfield: Tris Speaker, Earl Averill, Larry Doby
Pitchers: Bob Feller, Addie Joss, Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, Stan Covelski
Bench: Lou Boudreau, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome
Manager: Lou Boudreau
The easiest players to pick were the outfield.
The hardest decision was the pitching staff. The first four I picked easily, but the fifth spot was the hardest to choose. It came down the Hall of Fame creditdentials.
The Indians have Nap Lajoie, one of the best second baseman of all-time in their lineup. He is definitely the spark-plug of this offense.
Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome provide power of the bench. Both have 500+ home runs in their career.
Lou Boudreau is the second player/manager in the "A Glance at Greatness" series. He is a good hitter off the bench.
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