Cleveland Indians: What Tribe greats would make up a Field of Dreams lineup?
3B – Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians (1947-1956)
Despite playing just 10 major league seasons, Al Rosen spent all 10 with the Cleveland Indians, including being a member of the 1948 World Series team. While Rosen was rostered, he didn’t truly start playing until 1950 season, his first year with more than 25 games played.
Once Rosen started playing, he posted some of the best seasons in club history. He was an All-Star each season from 1952-1955 and won the MVP award following the 1953 season. During that year, Rosen slashed 336/.422/.613 while posting an MLB-best 145 RBI on top of American League-bests in runs with 115 and home runs with 43.
SS/Manager – Lou Boudreau, Cleveland Indians (1938-1950)
Walking out of the corn as the player/manager of the Cleveland Indians would have to be Lou Boudreau, who is tied with Terry Francona for the most wins as Cleveland’s manager all-time. While it’s the managerial record that is spoken of now, Boudreau was just as impressive on the field.
Boudreau finished in the Top 10 for MVP voting each season, with the exception of one, from 1940 until 1948, winning the award at the conclusion of the 1948 season which also resulted in the team’s most recent World Series title.
Boudreau led the majors in doubles twice over his career, totaling 45 each time. He also paced the American League in batting average during the 1944 season with a mark of .327.