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Trivia - The United Nations of Cleveland Indians



It's the last Friday before the regular season starts (Yay!), so let's get in a positive frame of mind.  Who are the greatest Indians born in each nation (or, in a couple of cases, territory)?  In this case "greatest" will be determined by Baseball-reference's career WARP while playing for the Indians.

  • USA - Napolean 'Larry' Lajoie, 74.7
  • Venezuela - Omar Enrique Vizquel, 28.6
  • Dominican Republic - Manuel Aristedes Ramirez, 28.2
  • Mexico - Roberto Francisco Avila, 28.0
  • Cuba - Luis Tiant, 23.0
  • Canada - Jeff Heath, 22.9
  • Puerto Rico - Roberto Alomar, 20.6
  • South Korea - Shin-Soo Choo, 18.2
  • Netherlands - Rik Aalbert Blyleven, 17.7
  • Nicaragua - Dennis Martinez, 11.4
  • Virgin Islands - Jerry Browne, 4.9
  • Panama - Einar Diaz, 4.5
  • Switzerland - Otto Hess, 3.8
  • Scotland - Tom Waddell, 2.3
  • Italy - Mario Pieretti, 0.6
  • Germany - Heinz Becker, 0.4
  • Japan - Kazuhito Tadano, 0.3
  • Spain - Bryan Oelkers, 0.2
  • Czechoslovakia - Elmer Valo, 0.2
  • Australia - Cam Cairncross, 0.1
  • Bahamas - Tony Curry, -0.1
  • Vietnam - Danny Graves, -0.4
  • Indonesia - Tom Mastny, -0.5
  • England - Ed Walker, -0.6
  • Jamaica - Justin Masterson, -0.9
  • Russia - Bill Cristall, -0.9
  • Colombia - Jolbert Cabrera, -1.4

Two of these leaders are current members of the squad; by day two of the season, it is likely three will be, unless that #3 guy has an absolutely awful first game.

 

The list is sorted by decreasing WARP, so the names should get more obscure as go you lower down.  There are a couple of notable exceptions which have been drilled into our heads by excessive repetition though.

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