Well, the 2011 baseball season has come to an end. It may have soured for the Cleveland Indians and their fans as time wore on, but there was still a lot to love about this team. They fought through injuries, ineffective play and many other issues, yet still exceeded many pundits' preseason predictions.
Now that the season is over, it's time to rank the Tribe's 2011 roster one last time. I've ranked the active roster before the season, at the 40-game mark, at the All-Star break and with 40 games to go, but this time will be different. In honor of it being the final ranking of the season, I'm ranking all 46 players that donned a Cleveland Indians uniform this year.
I used a variety of measures—both statistical and gut feel—to rank each of these players. One thing I used a lot was what I'll call cWAR (composite WAR). All cWAR does it combine fWAR (Fangraphs' version of WAR) and bWAR (Baseball-Reference's version of WAR). This is done to balance out the extreme variance in some players' WAR (Kosuke Fukudome, for example). But for the non-sabermetric inclined, that's not all I used. So it's all okay.
This article is long, but I've tried to keep the text short. My goal is to sum up each player's season in two to three sentences maximum. So buckle in, kick back, relax and enjoy the article.