Guardians’ all-time single-season roster

CLEVELAND — Every year (pandemic-shortened seasons aside), fans get to watch the best professional baseball players come together to face off in the All-Star Game. It’s a chance to see that season’s most elite players fill out two rosters. But what if it was possible to create a roster consisting of a team’s greatest players in their prime?

Cleveland has seen plenty of All-Star-caliber players. If it was possible to pick the best players from their most successful seasons and create a roster, who would make the Guardians’ list? Let’s take a look at the club’s all-time roster based on each player’s best season:

Sandy Alomar Jr.’s 1997 season put up a good fight, but Martinez’s 25 homers and 114 RBIs edged out the former Rookie of the Year. In his second All-Star season, Martinez logged 40 doubles and drew 62 walks while hitting .301 with an .879 OPS in 147 games.

First Base: Jim Thome, 2002
Key stats: Set the franchise single-season home run record

If the roster needs some power, it will certainly receive it from Thome’s 2002 season. The slugger launched 52 homers and led the AL in OPS+ (197), walks (122), slugging percentage (.677) and OPS (1.122). It seemed at the time as though 2002 would be Thome’s final impression on Cleveland fans in the last season of a 12-year run with the team, but he returned for 22 games in ’11 and smacked three more…

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