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Our All-Time Top 50 Cleveland Indians are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Cleveland Indians.

The origin of the Cleveland Indians begins in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894, where they played in the Western League.  The franchise relocated in 1900, becoming the Cleveland Lake Shores, and eventually were an inaugural team of the American League, going through multiple name changes (Bluebirds, Broncos, Naps) before becoming the Indians for over a decade.

Cleveland would become a great sports town, but the baseball team has not given them very much to cheer for over the years.  The Indians have only won the World Series twice (1920 and 1948), with three other appearances.  

The team has announced that they will soon drop the Indians nickname, though as of this writing, it is not sure what they will change it to and when precisely it will take place.

Our Top 50 lists in baseball look at the following:

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the American League.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always, we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Bob Feller

2. Nap Lajoie

3. Tris Speaker

4. Lou Boudreau

5. Stan Coveleski

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our more material coming soon!

As always, we thank you for your support.

9. Tris Speaker

The Hall of Fame career of Tris Speaker began in Boston, where he debuted in 1907.  Entrenched as their starting Centerfielder in 1909, Speaker developed into one of the most outstanding players in his role.  He batted .309, and from then on as a member of the Red Sox, and he would continue to reach that mark, hitting as high as .383 in 1912.  In 1910, Speaker would produce an On Base Percentage of .404, and he would never have a season after that with an OBP under .400 with Boston.  He won the OBP Title in 1912 with a stat of .464, and would also lead the American League in Doubles (53), Home Runs (10), and would be named the MVP.  Speaker would lead Boston to a World Series Championship in both 1912 and 1915.

3. Tris Speaker

The Boston Red Sox made another regrettable trade before they jettisoned Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.  A couple of years early, they traded Centerfielder Tris Speaker, who they asked to take a pay cut after an off-year (where he still batted .322!).  Speaker refused, and the former MVP two-time World Series Champion and was traded to Cleveland in 1916.

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