In the next part of our series, we take a look back at the best infield/catching groups of the Jacobs/Progressive Field era. The Indians of the mid to late had so many stars and big bats, but once the turn of the century rolled around and the payroll cuts came into play, lets be honest, there was a lot of dreck. So much so that I really could only come up with four groups that were worth discussing.
I mean lets face it, even the two most recent playoff team (’07 & ’13) didn’t exactly have all stars at every position. Ryan Garko, Josh Barfield/Asdrubal Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, and Casey Blake would probably get the nod over the cavalcade of first baseman, Jason Kipnis, Cabrera, and the Lonnie Chisenhall/Mike Aviles/Mark Reynolds triumvirate. But even still, both crews miss the cut. The top four though are all worthy. So without further ado…… [Read more...]