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The best Northeast Ohio area players in MLB history

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Root, Root, Root for the home player (part deaux)…

Earlier this week I looked at the best Cleveland players in history, focusing on Cuyahoga County and then adding the Greater Cleveland Area: Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.

Today, we review we'll increase the pool to Northeast Ohio, adding in Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. Again, I have included players who were born in those counties, and/or played at a high school, junior college, or university there.

Adding in those areas, rich with players from Akron and Youngstown, increased the pool by 79 position players and 80 pitchers.

Northeast Ohio Batters

Hitter

Years

PA

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS+

bWAR

C

Thurman Munson

1969-79

5905

292

346

410

116

45.9

1B

George Sisler (HOF)

1915-30

9012

340

379

468

125

54.5

2B

Ed McKean

1887-99

7626

302

365

417

114

38.5

3B

Sal Bando

1966-81

8287

254

352

408

119

61.4

SS

Roger Peckinpaugh

1910-27

8381

259

336

335

86

45.0

LF

Ed Delahanty (HOF)

1888-1903

8400

346

411

505

152

69.5

CF

Al Oliver

1968-85

9788

303

344

451

121

43.4

RF

Elmer Flick (HOF)

1898-1910

6414

313

389

445

149

53.2

DH

Tommy Henrich

1937-50

5410

282

382

491

132

35.7

C

Deacon McGuire

1884-1912

6937

278

341

372

101

31.2

1B

Bill White

1956-1969

6678

286

351

455

116

38.6

IF

Scott Fletcher

1981-95

5976

262

332

342

85

32.0

OF

Gene Woodling

1943-62

6614

284

386

431

123

32.8

This team gets some serious upgrades all over the place. Munson was an obvious choice at catcher, while McGuire had some pretty decent numbers in the olden days. I always know him as the Cleveland manager who replaced Nap Lajoie from 1909-1911. John Roseboro was another decent option behind the plate.

Adding Sisler at first was another no-brainer, giving the lineup its third Hall of Famer.The middle of the infield remains as it was, with McKean and Peckinpaugh. Frank LaPointe and Sam Wise were the only other options. There wasn't anyone else to replace Bando, but that's fine, because he was plenty good. I hated bumping Bill Bradley from the bench, but White's numbers were too good to pass up.

The original outfield had two Hall of Famers already, but there were plenty of other options to improve center field, the bench, and DH. Oliver is a good upgrade in center while Woodling can play all three positions. Henrich put up great numbers for the Yankees. Two great names in Topsy Hartsel and Socks Seybold just missed the team.

Northeast Ohio Pitchers

Pitcher

Years

W-L

GS

WHIP

K/9

ERA+

bWAR

SP-R

Urban Shocker

1916-28

187-117

412

1.256

3.3

124

54.9

SP-L

Rube Marquard

1908-25

201-177

536

1.237

4.3

103

34.2

SP-R

George Uhle

1919-36

200-166

513

1.405

3.3

106

44.4

SP-R

Dean Chance

1961-71

128-115

294

1.212

6.4

119

34.9

SP-R

Denny Galehouse

1934-49

109-118

258

1.439

3.8

105

25.7

SV

GR

CL-R

Jeff Shaw

1990-2001

203

614

1.244

5.8

119

13.8

RP-R

Matt Guerrier

2004-14

6

552

1.262

5.9

119

7.8

RP-R

Dale Mohorcic

1986-1990

33

254

1.313

4.3

119

4.4

RP-R

Tom Murphy

1968-79

59

204

1.328

3.9

94

8.5

RP-R

Dave Tobik

1978-85

28

194

1.283

5.8

111

3.4

RP-R

Marc Wilkins

1996-2001

3

243

1.576

6.7

105

3.4

RP-L

Bob Knepper

1976-90

1

32

1.327

4.9

95

21.0

While the hitters received a lot of help from the rest of northeast Ohio, the pitching staff did not. Dean Chance is an upgrade, but not a huge one. Galehouse may or may not be an upgrade. I added Knepper to be the new long man, but I might be better off having kept Bagby Jr. Wilkins as another new face in the pen.

There were 15 starters who made 100 or more starts. That list included Brian Anderson, Bob Rhoads, Dustin Hermanson, Jack Kralick and Dave Dravecky.

Relievers left out include Brian Bruney, Jeff Tabaka, Brad Hennessey and Travis Miller.

This team's lineup would be fantastic, while the starting rotation would be solid and the bullpen would be pretty average, maybe even a it below that. All in all, it's a team that would win a lot of games.