MLB 2011: A New Era Begins for the Cleveland Indians

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MLB 2011: A New Era Begins for the Cleveland Indians
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Entering the 2011 season, Cleveland Indians fans weren't quite sure what to expect. Since coming up one game short of the World Series in 2007, the Indians organization has seen some major changes both on and off the field. Most of the players on that team have moved on, and a new core of talent is already breaking through.

Being a fan of a small market team certainly has its ups and downs. Losing players such as Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee, (just to name a few) to free agency or trades has left many in Cleveland apathetic towards the current team.

After a few tough seasons, the Indians are finally starting to show that the future is bright. New GM Chris Antonetti is showing that he has laid the groundwork for a team that can compete in the American League Central for years to come.

So let's take a look at how the 2011 Cleveland Indians were assembled. Some faces you may recognize and others may be new to you. Either way, you will see that the Indians organization has done a great job restocking a team that has looked as good as anyone in baseball so far this season. 

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