Cleveland Indians: Who’s Tribe’s best power hitter over last 30 seasons?

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Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana
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Carlos Santana

When you think of power hitters, Carlos Santana probably isn’t a name that immediately comes to mind, if at all. However, when talking about the last 30 years of Cleveland Indians baseball, Santana has been one of the best. Perhaps it’s because he played so many seasons for the Tribe in a era with a lot of home runs, but nonetheless he’s still on the list.

Debuting with the Tribe in 2010, Santana has played a total of 10 years in Cleveland, the same amount of seasons as Travis Hafner. Over his 10 seasons with Cleveland, Santana managed to belt 216 home runs, ending up with more than Hafner over the same length of seasons. The 216 round-trip knocks for Santana has him tied for fifth in club history with Hal Trosky.

Santana never led the league in home runs or any stat other than walks for that matter, but he was just a consistent player for the better part of a decade for the Tribe. Over his 10 seasons with Cleveland, he logged 30 or more home runs just twice, but at the same time he had 17 or fewer home runs only twice as well. Those were his first season, which was only 46 games played, and the 2020 season with 60 games played. That consistency is what got him on this list as one of the best power hitters for Cleveland over the last 30 seasons.