5 best years by a Guardians position player

CLEVELAND — With more than 100 years of history, Cleveland has had a plethora of players post outstanding offensive seasons. But which ones stand out as the best?

Let’s take a look at the top five individual seasons by a position player in Cleveland history:

1. Joe Jackson, 1911
It’s hard to top a season that set the franchise record in hits (233) and batting average (.408). Jackson had a handful of impressive seasons for Cleveland, but none were quite like 1911. In his first full big league season, Jackson set career highs in hits, batting average, doubles (45), stolen bases (41), on-base percentage (.468, which led the Majors that season) and OPS (1.058, 193 OPS+) in 147 games. He finished fourth in the MVP Award voting and was the runner-up for the batting title that year behind Detroit’s Ty Cobb, who hit .419.

2. Albert Belle, 1995
There’s no hiding the power numbers Belle posted during his eight-year stint in Cleveland, but no other player has ever accomplished what the slugger did in 1995. Belle became the first to launch at least 50 homers with at least 50 doubles in a single season. He led the American League in runs scored (121) and RBIs (126) and the Majors in doubles (52), homers (50) and slugging percentage (.690). Belle came up just shy of bringing home the MVP Award, placing second while earning his third of five career Silver Slugger…

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