#TBT: Building the ultimate Cleveland Indians starting lineup

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Jul 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; A general view of Progressive Field at sunset during the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

It is Throwback Thursday and, as the Tribe cuts down their roster this week, we are making cuts of our own and building the most potent Cleveland Indians roster of all time.

Cleveland has seen some exciting teams over the years and, with that, the Tribe has fielded some of the greatest players the game has ever seen. The late-1990s was one of the most exciting times in Indians’ history, but the wealth of talent goes far beyond that decade. It begins with Nap Lajoie in the early part of the century and continues with Indians’ legends Bob Feller and Larry Doby in the middle half of the 1900s.

Choosing the greatest lineup in Indians history isn’t just about putting together the best hitters ever. It is more about building the dream lineup, carefully constructed with the right mix of speed and power. This list does not take into account the players’ entire body of work but, instead, focuses solely on single-season performances.

What is your ultimate starting nine? Check out the slideshow and use the comments section below to build your lineup.

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