I present to you the All-Franchise Team for the Cleveland Indians.
My rules are simple; a player must have played for a franchise for a minimum of five years. All statistics used are while the player was with the franchise.
There are many players I would have loved to use: Rocky Colavito, Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Charlie Jamieson, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Leon “Daddywags” Wagner, Hal Trosky and others. The numbers were just not there for them.
The Indians have a Hall of Fame outfield and a Hall of Fame pitching rotation which is a rarity. They have a storied, colorful history from Jimmy Piersall to Ray Fosse.
You probably won’t agree with some of my selections, but that is what makes the world go round.
Some of you will not like my picks of some of the “Mayflower” boys, but until they take their names out of the record books I will continue to honor them accordingly.