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All-Aught Indians: Third Base: Casey Blake (2003-2008)

Casey Blake

Casey Blake

Oh, what a tangled web we weave…

Choosing the Cleveland Indians All-Aught third baseman was no easy task. The decade started off promising when the 31-year-old Travis Fryman had the finest season of his career. In 155 games, the Tribe third-sacker rolled out a shiny .321 average with 22 homers, 106 RBI and 93 runs. He also won the gold glove that year, and it looked like the Indians had found a guy that would anchor their positions for years to come.

Unfortunately for Fryman and the Indians, he would struggle through two injury-filled seasons in 2001 and 2002, and would never come close to that impressive decade starter.

From that point on, the Indians filled third base with a hodgepodge of players, ranging from the multi-position Casey Blake, to the oft-injured Aaron Boone, to the overhyped Andy Marte, to short-timer Mark DeRosa, to the former shortstop, Jhonny Peralta. With Fryman’s numbers diminished by injury, and the rest of the lot bargain ballplayers…

…backing into the team of the decade as the All-Aught Indians third baseman is Casey Blake.
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