Are there more Cleveland Indians statues in the works?

Jim Thome Statue

Jim Thome Statue

Are Bob Feller and Jim Thome about to have some company? It appears that the Cleveland Indians have some plans that may include a few more supersized bronze ghosts throughout the confines of Progressive Field.

Since the plans were put in place in 2011 for the tater-mashing Thome to get a statue beyond center field, many fans have been wondering where the praise is for others to have donned the Tribe jersey. Larry Doby—he of the retired number, the shattering of the color barrier and, you know, an actual championship—tops many lists. Lou Boudreau and others follow closely behind. The debates and discussions have not always to discredit what Thome accomplished, but to also acknowledge the work (on and off of the field) of many before him. Despite the fan fare directed to a certain era, there were in fact players to wear Cleveland jerseys before the mid-90s.

If team president Mark Shapiro’s tweet is any indication, it appears the team is listening.

The whole multiple statues thing is far from trailblazing; the Indians are one of just a few teams to have had (prior to Saturday) just one player commemorated in statue form. Statues of Pirates’ Hall of Famers Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski are positioned at various points outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh; Ty Cobb, Hal Newhouser, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline, Willie Horton, and Ernie Harwell can be found outside of Comerica Park in Detroit. There’s also “Teammates,” the four-man statue outside of Fenway Park that commemorates Ted Williams, Bobby Doer, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio.

What the Indians have planned, remains to be seen, but there may be a lot more bronze in Cleveland within the next few summers. And that won’t necessarily be a bad thing.

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(Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This is what I heard and mentioned in the Thome statue section. That there will be more, smaller, statues/plaques/something for various players in Indians history. Like I said I’m fine with one more big statue for Doby and then taking a break for awhile.

  • RGB

    Carlos Martinez should get a statue for hitting a HR off Canseco’s head.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You should get one for remembering it was Carlos Martinez!

  • RGB

    I had to verify it, so just a brick with my name is fine. lol

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Indians call those pavers I do believe!

  • saggy

    at least one more for Joe Charboneau, then they can quit.

  • Scott @ WFNY

    This sounds like the makings of a “statues we’d like to see” post.

  • CB Everett

    A crawling statue might be tough to commission, but can we get one of Jason Grimsley going commando through the vent system to get Al Belle’s bat?

  • RGB

    Manny getting picked off of first base.

  • mgbode

    Sleeveless & Capless Rick Vaughn complete with zig zag back hairdo

  • MrCleaveland

    Tris Speaker should probably be at the head of the line, but that’s not a very sexy pick. Then Larry Doby and Omar. After that, it’s hard to rank other possibilities: Bob Lemon, Earl Averill, Lou Boudreau. Maybe a little something for Herb Score.

  • B-bo

    Joel Skinner with the stop sign

  • Garry_Owen

    Chris Perez’s dog.

  • woofersus

    Wait, going commando-STYLE, or just going commando? I don’t know that Omar’s book detailed that last bit….

  • CB Everett

    Everyone thought it was weird, but yes he insisted on doing it without underwear.