If I Were To Collect: Cleveland Indians Edition

[The seventh in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

You wouldn’t know it from living in Chicago, but apparently the MLB Post Season has started.  Were you guys aware of this?

I heard tale of a “Wield Curd Game?”  I may not be pronouncing that right.  The story goes two teams play a game of Chardee MacDennis to see who gets to play in the real playoffs.  I think the team with the least amount of fans wins, so the Tampa Bay Rays moved on while the Cleveland Indians were left to find a replacement for Roger Dorn.

I doubt I’ll have the motivation to continue my ongoing series for all the eliminated playoff teams (for instance, I have no interest in putting together a Reds post), but I can at least knock another off my list.  By the time I’m done, it’ll likely be 2015 and the Cubs may even make it to the Wyld Stallions game.  Station.

Not this year, guys

Jim Thome is my pick from the Tribe, and it’s an easy one to boot.  First off, he is an incredibly underrated and understated power hitter.  Even though he hit 600 home runs (presumably the right way) in his career, placing him 7th on the all-time list, just about nobody talks about him.  Such a quiet, go-about-your-business career deserves some more praise and attention.  The guy should be a hall of famer, but because there was a small amount of media attention throughout his years on the field, I bet the count will be lower than it should be.

Thome also has a Chicago connection thanks to his 4 years as a member of the White Sox.

Gotta pick somebody

Current player runner-up:  Carlos Santana

The 2013 Indians roster isn’t very inspiring to me.  I rarely watch AL games, so I don’t know much about the team, so this is really an eenie-meenie-miney-moe situation.  Looks like Santana was the bubblegum in a dish this time.

One last go-round with the Indians

Retired player runner-up:  Kenny Lofton

Kenny was not a random selection.  I always admired Lofton.  I like the guys with speed.  I like guys that work hard.  I like guys with multi-sport talent (he was a starter for his college basketball team, too).  Kenny isn’t going to make it into the Hall of Fame.  That’s already been decided since he didn’t get enough votes to stay on the 2014 ballot, but he had an extremely admirable career (including a short stint with the Cubs), and he sits at 15th on the all-time stolen base leader board.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros
Athletics
Blue Jays
Braves
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Cubs
Diamondbacks
Dodgers
Giants
Indians
Mariners
Marlins
Mets
Nationals/Expos
Orioles
Padres
Phillies
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays
Red Sox
Reds
Rockies
Royals
Tigers
Twins
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees

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