Cleveland Indians: What Tribe greats would make up a Field of Dreams lineup?
1B – Shoeless Joe Jackson, Cleveland Indians (1910-1915)
You can’t have a Field of Dreams team and not include Shoeless Joe Jackson. While he’s most known for his time with the Chicago White Sox, Shoeless Joe’s best seasons might have come when he was in a Cleveland uniform.
Jackson finished in the Top 10 of the MVP voting during each season from 1911-1914, all spent with Cleveland. He was even the runner-up during the 1913 campaign when he led the majors in hits (197) and the American League in doubles (39) as well as slugging percentage (.551).
With Cleveland, Jackson twice led the majors in hits, doing so in 1912 as well. He also led the American League in triples that season with 26. Over 674 games with Cleveland, the most for any team throughout his career, Jackson slashed .375/.441/.542 with 168 doubles, 89 triples, 138 stolen bases and 353 RBI.
2B – Nap Lajoie, Cleveland Indians (1902-1914)
It’s hard to leave the namesake of the Cleveland Naps off the list of Cleveland baseball greats. While the name is what is remembered for Nap Lajoie, his stats were the reason he earned that recognition.
Arriving to Cleveland during the 1902 season, Lajoie immediately made an impact. In 1903 he posted one of the best slash lines in the game at .344/.379/.518, but that was nothing compared to 1904. In 1904, Lajoie led the American League in every slash line stat, going .376/.413/.546 with a .959 OPS. He also led the majors in hits with 208, doubles with 49 and RBI with 102 over 140 games.
While Lajoie wouldn’t quite match those stats again, he hit below .300 just twice in Cleveland over a total of 13 seasons with the club. He won the Batting Title three different times and the Triple Crown once.