Cleveland recently lost “The King” of the city when LeBron James left the shores of Lake Erie for the shores of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles. Now, the throne that James occupied is vacant and up for the taking.
There are plenty of options for this new title in Northeast Ohio:
Baker Mayfield? He is only a rookie and may not play for two or three seasons.
Collin Sexton? Like Mayfield, Sexton is only a rookie and will be the face of a rebuilding team that will be bad for a number of seasons.
Myles Garrett? A very suitable candidate, but he is going into his second season on an unproven team; the talent is there, though.
@KingJames if you don’t want to take your throne with you I’ll take it..
— Jurassic Myles🦖 (@MylesLGarrett) July 2, 2018
Kevin Love? He may be on his way out of Cleveland sooner rather than later.
One athlete stands out and above all the rest in the Cleveland sports landscape. That is Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
Since the Indians franchise spent the eighth overall pick on Lindor in the 2011 MLB Draft, he was heralded as the next great player in the team’s history. Fans seemed to be counting down the days until Lindor would get his call up from the minors to the big league club.
Lindor’s teammate Jose Ramirez could be a fit for this, too, and for as great of a player as Ramirez is, the game is played differently between him and Lindor. Even with the success that Ramirez has enjoyed the past two and a half seasons or so (being the starting third basemen for the AL All-Star team in consecutive seasons), he was not as highly touted a prospect as Lindor was. Though Ramirez made his MLB debut two seasons earlier, Lindor was the Indians prized possession.
The 2016 Platinum Glove Award winner plays the game with such passion and excitement that fans of baseball and Indians fans in specific gravitate to. While Cleveland had some success as a team in the mid 2000’s, before Lindor got called up in 2015, there were some years of mediocracy- despite hiring Terry Francona and making the Wild Card game in 2013, where the Indians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays.
He got the call up in mid-June and the Indians missed the playoffs and finished just one game above .500. The next season, in Lindor’s first full season in the majors, the Tribe really started to take off. He batted .301/.358/.435 with 182 hits, 99 runs scored, and 12 home runs. He played a big role in Cleveland winning the AL Central and getting to Game 7 of the World Series.
In 2017, the whole league started to realize what a special player Lindor is. He was still getting hits and getting on base regularly, but now the power numbers increased. Lindor had a .505 slugging percentage to go with 33 home runs, more than double the amount he hit the previous season. In the field, Lindor is one of the best shortstops in the game. He commits a limited number of errors, helps turn numerous double plays, and makes unbelievable plays in the middle of the infield.
Francisco Lindor is a big part of this Cleveland Indians team. He played a big role in getting the Indians to where they are today. He is not only one of the best shortstops in the MLB, he is one of the best players in the MLB. He is also the best athlete in Cleveland right now and should be recognized as such.