A Glance at Greatness: The Cleveland Indians All-Time Team

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2009

This is the eighth article in a series dedicated to selecting all-time teams for all current 30 major league franchises. To view the others, click http://bleacherreport.com/users/6779-Schmitters

Team Name: Cleveland Indians

Year Established: 1901

City: Cleveland

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

All-Time Team

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

Recap:

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.

Next: Colorado Rockies

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