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13 Reasons The '95 Cleveland Indians Were The Greatest Team Ever

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4. In the regular season, the Indians led the American League in nearly every offensive category, including runs scored (840), hits (1,461), home runs (207), runs batted in (803), stolen bases (132), batting average (.291) and slugging percentage (.479).

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They also struck out the fewest times (766) of all 28 MLB teams.

5. Rumor has it that Jacobs Field had to Superglue all their bases down, because Kenny Lofton kept STEALING THEM.

Getty / Al Bello

In 1995, his 54 stolen bases led the AL for the third consecutive season.


8. Eddie Murray proved that designated hitters are a good idea. Because he definitely hit as designated.

Getty / Otto Greule Jr.

As in, he reached the 3,000-hit mark on June 30, 1995, with a single to right field off Minnesota Twins pitcher Mike Trombley.


9. Playing right fielder for the '95 Tribe was also a rookie named Manny Ramirez.

Getty / Al Bello

He batted 7th in the lineup, because you know your team is awesome when you can stick MANNY RAMIREZ that far down.

10. Sandy Alomar Jr. was not only a stellar catcher, but a solid hitter as well.

Despite suffering a spring training knee injury, Alomar was hitting over .400 14 games into the season.


12. José Mesa was a peerless closer and carried the team to many of their post-season victories.

Getty / Al Bello

In 64 innings pitched over 62 appearances, Mesa had a 1.12 ERA, saved 46 games and won three.

13. Manager Mike Hargrove expertly led the Tribe to their World Series appearance.

Getty / Jed Jacobsohn

A former first baseman, Hargrove would later be honored as one of the Cleveland Indians' top 100 players in team history. He also led the team to additional playoffs from 1995-99.

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