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Evolutionary Roots of the 2007 Position Players!

Like most of you, I'm trying real hard to not think beyond this series. I don't want to tempt the wrath of the whatever high atop the thing! So, to take my mind off things, I decided to stroll through the wreckage of the 2002 Indians and try and see how we got here. Lost of surprises and unexpected bumps, but things turned out ok.

Here are how things evolved at each position of the last five years. Take a stroll through memory lane and share your thoughts on some/any of the players below....

DESIGNED DESTROYER
(Applications for the position closed as of 2004)
  1. Ellis Burks
  2. Ellis Burks / Travis Hafner
  3. Travis Hafner
  4. Travis Hafner
  5. Travis Hafner
  6. Travis Hafner
CATCHER
(Applications for the position closed as of 2004)
  1. Einar Diaz / Eddie Perez / Josh Bard
  2. Josh Bard / Victor Martinez
  3. Victor Martinez
  4. Victor Martinez
  5. Victor Martinez
  6. Victor Martinez
FIRST BASE
(Applications Open! Likely to be closed after 2007 postseason)
  1. Einar Diaz / Eddie Perez
  2. Ben Broissard / Travis Hafner
  3. Ben Broussard
  4. Ben Broussard
  5. Ben Broussard / Ryan Garko
  6. Ryan Garko
SECOND BASE
(Applications Open!)
  1. Ricky Gutierrez / John McDonald
  2. Brandon Phillips
  3. Ronnie Belliard
  4. Ronnie Belliard
  5. Ronnie Belliard
  6. Josh Barfield / Asdrubal Cabrera
SHORTSTOP
(Applications for the position closed at 10:11 EST, October 16th, 2007)
  1. Omar Vizquel
  2. Omar Vizquel / Jhonny Peralta
  3. Omar Vizquel
  4. Jhonny Peralta
  5. Jhonny Peralta
  6. Jhonny Peralta
THIRD BASE
(Application status unknown! Ask Casey!)
  1. Travis Fryman
  2. Casey Blake
  3. Casey Blake
  4. Aaron Boone
  5. Aaron Boone / Andy Marte
  6. Casey Blake / Andy Marte
LEFT FIELD
(Applications Open! Must be 30 years or older to apply!)
  1. Russ Branyan / Chris Magruder
  2. Matt Lawton / Covelli Crisp
  3. Matt Lawtom / Covelli Crisp
  4. Covelli Crisp
  5. Jason Michaels
  6. David Dellucci / Kenny Lofton / Jason Michaels
CENTER FIELD
(Applications for the position closed as of 2005. Unlikely to be opened for the next 10-12 years.)
  1. Milton Bradley / Covelli Crisp
  2. Milton Bradley / Covelli Crisp
  3. Covelli Crisp / Grady Sizemore
  4. Grady Sizemore
  5. Grady Sizemore
  6. Grady Sizemore
RIGHT FIELD
(Applications open till the end of time. This position could be cursed. Franklin Gutierrez's offseason efforts to find the 9 magical charms could be the key to ending the curse.)
  1. Matt Lawton / Karim Garcia
  2. Jody Gerut / Shane Spencer
  3. Jody Gerut
  4. Casey Blake
  5. Casey Blake / Shin-Soo Choo
  6. Trot Nixon / Franklin Gutierrez
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