CLEVELAND — When a player makes a name for himself, his uniform number is forever associated with him. So who are the best members of Cleveland’s franchise to don each number? Let’s take a look.
00: Paul Dade
Dade spent half of his six-year Major League career with Cleveland. The utility man hit .277 with a .673 OPS and was later traded for Mike Hargrove.
0: Junior Ortiz
Of the three players who have ever worn just one zero on their back, Ortiz stayed in Cleveland the longest. The catcher played in 181 games over two seasons with the team.
1: Bobby Avila
The second baseman played for Cleveland for 10 seasons and was a three-time All-Star. In 1954, he took home the batting title with a .341 average.
2: Jhonny Peralta
Peralta didn’t become an All-Star until after he left Cleveland, but he spent more than half of his career there, playing in 923 games with a .751 OPS.
3: Earl Averill
The Hall of Famer had his number retired by the team after his 11 years with Cleveland, during which he hit .322 with a .940 OPS in 1,510 games. He was a six-time All-Star and had his best season in 1936, batting .378 with a Major League-leading 232 hits and 15 triples.
4: Jim Hegan
Hegan beats out Joe Gordon – who spent the majority of his career with the Yankees – as the best No. 4…