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All-Time Indians Team

How Long Can the Tribe Hold on to Sandy?

October 7, 2015 | | One Comment

He came to Cleveland in a blockbuster trade, played the bulk of his career here as part of those great teams in the 1990s, and the entirety of his coaching and managing career was here.

But as another Indians season ends, you can’t help but wonder: How long can Sandy Alomar Jr. stay with the Indians?

Almost since the time he rejoined the Indians coaching staff, he’s been good for one or two interviews each off-season – and his name has already been linked to the opening in San Diego (the Padres will not be retaining Pat Murphy, who became interim manager after Bud Black – another former Indian – was fired in June). Read More

Designated Hitter Wraps Up The Indians All-Time Team

March 21, 2013 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

The Indians All-Time team wraps up with the designated hitter. This choice is admittedly biased since I chose my favorite player for the DH spot. To me, he was an exciting player to watch and I was glued to the screen for every plate appearance. He is arguably the best leadoff hitter in Indians history and possibly the best of the 1990’s. His return to Cleveland after a six year hiatus was a lasting memory and tribute to a true Indians great.

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Larry Doby Faced a Tough Road on His way to the Indians All-Time Team

March 14, 2013 |

Larry Doby was no gimmick, he was the real deal. The seven times All-Star faced a long and hard road as the first black player in the American League. He is often overshadowed by Jackie Robinson, but Doby was only three months behind Robinson in his integration of Major League Baseball. Doby was the first to integrate the American League. He is among the Indians all-time leaders in home runs and RBI, and with his five-tool talents excelled to a Hall of Fame career.

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Speaker Dethrones the Georgia Peach and Earns His Place on the Indians All-Time Team

March 7, 2013 | | One Comment

By Ronnie Tellalian

Tris Speaker was one of the great players of the early 20th century. He won an MVP in 1912 and was among those enshrined to the Baseball Hall of Fame in its first year of induction in 1939. Despite his dominant fame and popularity, Speaker played his career in the shadow of the great Ty Cobb; but in one memorable season in 1916 Speaker dethroned the king and stood alone atop the American League.

Center Field: Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker began his career in 1907 with the Boston Red Sox. After nine years in Boston and one MVP award, Speaker was dealt to the Indians in 1916 in exchange for Sad Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and $55,000, the most money ever paid for a player at the time. He instantly became the star of the team taking his place in center field. Read More

Averill Roams Left Field for the Indians All-Time Team

February 28, 2013 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Earl Averill served as Cleveland’s center fielder from 1929-1938. He is the Indians all-time leader in several offensive categories. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and his jersey number 3 was retired by the Cleveland Indians. Nicknamed the Earl of Snohomish after his home town of Snohomish, Washington, Averill hit his way into Indians lore. He is one of the Indians All-Time greats.

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Boudreau Earns Captain Status for the Indians All-Time Team

February 21, 2013 |

Lou Boudreau was as popular and legendary a figure as has ever dawned an Indians’ uniform. He was a skilled player and a brilliant manager. He had his hands in nearly every famous event that occurred in the Cleveland baseball scene in the 1940’s and he stood atop the American League during the Indians last World Series Championship. He was a Tribe legend and the clear cut choice as the captain of the Cleveland Indians All-Time team.

Shortstop: Lou Boudreau

Boudreau attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he played basketball and baseball. The Indians heavily scouted him and wanted to make sure he would become an Indian. Cy Slapnicka, the Tribe General Manager at the time paid Boudreau under the table in return for Boudreau’s guarantee that he would sign with the Indians after he graduated. His father complained to the Big Ten and Boudreau was ruled ineligible to play college sports. Boudreau wanted to remain in school but needed to stay in shape so the college junior signed on to play pro basketball with the Hammond All-Americans in the National Basketball League. He eventually honored his agreement and signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1938.

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Al Rosen Mans the Hot Corner on the Indians All-Time Team

February 14, 2013 | | 7 Comments

By Ronnie Tellalian

Al Rosen is one of the great Indians of All-Time. He is one of only seven players to spend his entire career in an Indians uniform with at least 500 games played. He played in only 10 seasons, but hit his way to the top and stayed there throughout his career. He hit 192 home runs in his brief career and drove in 717 batters. For all he accomplished, he will always be remembered for one magical season in 1953.

Third Baseman: Al Rosen

Rosen was held back in the minor leagues by Indians All-Star third baseman Ken Keltner. In 1946, Rosen led the Canadian-American League in home runs and RBI while batting .323. In 1947 he moved up to the Texas League and had one of the best seasons in TL history. He led the league in batting average, hits, double, extra-base hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. He earned Texas League MVP honors. At Triple-A in next season, Rosen batted .319 with 14 home runs in 83 games earning American Association Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Read More

Strange Twist Brought Lajoie to Cleveland and All-Time Team

February 7, 2013 | | 3 Comments

By Ronnie Tellalian

Napoleon Lajoie is the Indians all-time leader in hits and in 1937, along with Tris Speaker, was honored as the first Cleveland players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. At the time of his arrival in Cleveland in 1902, he was the best and most popular player in the Major Leagues.

Second Baseman: Nap Lajoie

Lajoie ended up in Cleveland under some bizarre circumstances. He started his career in the National League with the Philadelphia Phillies. The National League had a reserve clause at the time that bound a player to his team of origin. A player under this reserve clause would be unable to sign a contract with any other National League team unless he was released by his current team.  After the 1900 season Lajoie had played five years in the Majors and never once batting below .324, yet he was still making the league minimum of $2,400. Lajoie’s contract expired and the Phillies refused to increase Lajoie’s pay.  Lajoie refused to re-sign with the Phillies and signed instead with the Philadelphia Athletics of the newly formed American League. In his inaugural season, Lajoie won the American League triple crown.

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Alomar Starts Behind the Dish on Indians’ All-Time Team

January 24, 2013 | | 5 Comments

By Ronnie Tellalian

Injuries curtailed what could have been a Hall of Fame career for Sandy Alomar, Jr. He spent 11 years in Cleveland as catcher, and then returned to coach the team that he loves. With a solid bat, good play behind the plate, and some legendary clutch moments, Alomar solidified his spot on the Indians All-Time roster.

Starting Catcher: Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Tribe fans have Benito Santiago to thank for their beloved catcher. Alomar was named Baseball Americas Minor League Player of the Year in both 1988 and 1989, but was unable to win a job at the Major League level because the San Diego Padres had Santiago behind the dish. Santiago was Rookie of the Year in 1987, won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in 1988, and a Gold Glove again in 1989. Alomar was unable to get more than a September call up in each of those last two seasons. With a young All-Star catcher already behind the plate, the Padres had an expendable commodity. The Indians took advantage of that commodity and sent Joe Carter to the Padres in exchange for second baseman Carlos Baerga and catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr.

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Sewell a Strong Piece to Bench of All-Time Team

January 10, 2013 | | One Comment

By Ronnie Tellalian

Joe Sewell is a much forgotten figure in the Indians landscape. He was a fantastically skilled and dedicated hitter. In an era where teams played only 154 game seasons, Sewell played 152 or more games in nine straight years of his 11 year career in Cleveland. One of the few Indians hitters to still hold Major League records, Sewell would be a fine addition to any offense.

Utility Infielder: Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell was first brought up to the Indians on September 10th, 1920. His early debut was due to the tragic death of Indians shortstop Ray Chapman. Ray Chapman was the only professional baseball player to be killed by a pitched ball. An outstanding shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, Chapman was the leadoff batter in the top of the fifth inning in a game against the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds in New York City. New York Yankees pitcher Carl Mays, using his distinctive submarine style, threw a pitch that came high and inside.

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Martinez Assumes Place Behind Plate On All-Time Indians Team

January 3, 2013 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Now that the pitchers portion of the Indians All-Time team has been completed, we can jump into the hitters. 13 position players have been selected for this portion of the roster, one for each position, a designated hitter, and three bench players. The bench players consist of a back-up catcher, a utility infielder, and a utility outfielder. We begin with the back-up catcher and the player that most recently dawned an Indians uniform. He played the toughest position on the field, a position of leadership. He led with his bat also, hitting in the heart of the Indians order for six years, and he led the team to its only Central Division Championship since the team last won it in 2001.

Back-up Catcher: Victor Martinez

The Cleveland Indians signed Martinez out of Venezuela at the age of 17. He began his minor league career in Mahoning Valley, the Indians short season single-A team. He impressed with his offense. In 64 games that season he finished with a slash line of .277/.346/.366. In double A Kinston in 2001, Martinez led the Carolina League with a .329 batting average. For his efforts he received the Lou Boudreau Award, given to the Indians Minor League Player of the Year, and won the CL MVP award. The following season, in 2002, Martinez won the Eastern League batting title while playing for the Akron Aeros. He hit .336 on the season and won the EL MVP, beating out Trenton Thunder’s Kevin Youklis. He also saw his first Major League in 2002. As a September call-up, Martinez batted .281 in 36 Plate Appearances.

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Harder Rounds Out Indians All-Time Team Rotation

December 27, 2012 | | One Comment

By Ronnie Tellalian

There is only one player in Major League history to both play and coach for 20 plus years. He is also the only eligible player not in the Hall of Fame that played for 20 or more years with the same ball club. At the time he retired in 1947, he was the Indians all time leader in wins, games started, and innings pitched. I had the honor of meeting him at a fundraiser for my baseball team back in 1996. A man I didn’t know was escorted into the room in a wheelchair. He appeared frail and old, but he had strength and joy in his eyes. He was introduced to me as Indians legend Mel Harder.

Starting Pitcher: Mel Harder

Harder began his professional career at the age of 17 with minor league teams in Dubuque Iowa and Omaha Nebraska. In his first pro season, he won 17 of his 33 starts and gained the attention of the Cleveland Indians. In 1928 the Tribe signed the 18 year old and he began his career in the Indians bullpen. By 1930, his diving curveball and good control earned him a spot in the Indians starting rotation. He didn’t blow anyone away in that first season, but he won 11 games with a 4.21 ERA.

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