He’s mister Cleveland. In the world of baseball in the city of Cleveland, no one is more beloved than Jim Thome. The man shed tears when he left for Philadelphia because of what his time in the city meant to him. He still lives in the surrounding area to this day and even has an amazing statue outside of the ballfield. When the day finally comes and Cleveland wins the World Series, Thome should be first in that parade, even before the trophy.
Of all the recent Indians, Michael Brantley may have been the most beloved. Brantley was part of a group of guys that were just fun. From their distinct personalities to their energy and enthusiasm, they were part of a great era of baseball. While Corey Kluber won more awards and Jason Kipnis stood out with his over-the-top personality, it was the calm, cool nature of Brantley that won him over and engrained himself in the fanbase’s hearts forever.
Not picked due to his contributions as a player but more for his managerial prowess and a love affair that fans still have for Mike “Grover” Hargrove. Currently tied with Terry Francona for second-most wins in franchise history among managers, Hargrove is still incredibly beloved in the city. He took the Indians to the 1995 and 1997 World Series, the latter of which he was a few mere outs from winning. Fans will always associate Hargrove with those 90s era teams and for good reason. He was a great manager and proved it on a nightly basis.