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Field of 8 Announced for Greatest Indian: Vote Now!

Field of 8 Announced for Greatest Spokane Indian: Vote Now!

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Fans and viewers have sent in tweets, commented on facebook, and e-mailed in their favorite members of the Spokane Indians franchise.  Now it's time to announce the eight finalists who will take part in the first-ever "Greatest Spokane Indian of All-Time" tournament.

Considering the history of the team spans more than a century, deciding a field of eight finalists was no small undertaking.  That duty fell upon a selection committee of six (seven if you include Otto, who voted for himself six times, Doris and Recycle Man once apiece), taking into account fan feedback, sabermetrics, and the good old-fashioned eyeball test.
  Now the fate of the "Greatest Indian of All-Time" is in your hands.  Your vote will decide which Indians move on to the bracket semifinals, and who will ultimately be crowned "Best of All-Time."  The announcement will be made at Avista Stadium and live on SWX during Spokane's season opener against the Eugene Emeralds on Friday, June 13th at 6:30 pm PDT.

The Field:

Below is the list of the eight that made the cut and their stats while with the Indians and some of the major league accolades.

No. 1- Steve Garvey - (1970) BA .319, OPS .911, RBI 87, R 71, HR 15 - Garvey takes the No. 1 seed after having one of the most prolific careers during and after his time with the Spokane Indians. A 10-time All-Star selection (1974-1981, 1984, 1985), Garvey was also the All-Star game MVP in 1974 and 1978. The corner infielder was the National League MVP in 1974 and was four-time Gold Glove winner (1974-1977). Garvey also won a World Series in 1981 under Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. 

No. 2- Ian Kinsler - (2003) BA .277, OPS .761, RBI 15, R 32, HR - In the first ballot voting of the 2014 All-Star game Kinsler is in the lead for all second baseman, ahead of Seattle Mariners 2B Robinson Cano. Kinsler is a three-time All-Star (2008, 2010, 2012) and is a two-time member of the 30-30 club (30 HR and 30 SB). Kinsler played for the Rangers until this past season, being a key cog in Texas' trade with Detroit for Prince Fielder. 

No. 3- Carlos Beltran - (1996) BA .270, OPS .791, RBI 29, R 29, HR 7 - While the Indians were on a brief hiatus from being an affiliate of the Texas Rangers, Beltran came through Spokane as part of the Kansas City Royals organization. In a stellar career that isn't over, Beltran has been an All-Star eight times (2004-2007, 2009-2011, 2013), is a three-time Gold Glove winner (2006-2008), a two-time Silver Slugger (2006, 2007) and was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1999.

No. 4 - Ron Cey - (1971) BA .328, OPS . 988, RBI 123, R 85, HR 32 - A Tacoma, Wash. native and Washington State Cougar, Cey was a fan favorite during his scorcher of a season with the Indians in 1971. In the MLB Cey was a six-time All-Star (1974-79) and a World Series champion and MVP with the L.A. Dodgers in 1981. Cey finished with a career batting average of .261, 316 homers and 1,139 RBI. 

No. 5 - Tommy Lasorda - Manager of the 1970 Spokane Indians team that some have called the greatest minor league of all time. The Hall of Fame manager of the Dodgers won two World Series (1981 and 1988) and finished with a career record of 1599-1439 in 21 seasons at the helm for the boy's in blue. 

No. 6 - Royce Bolinger - (2012) BA .301, OPS .716, RBI 26, R 25, HR 1 - Bolinger has been a career minor leaguer and is still in the Rangers organization with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (advanced A). Currently the Gonzaga alum is having his best season since leaving Spokane, hitting .308 with 24 RBI and an OPS of .811 through 40 games played.

No. 7 - Jurickson Profar - (2010) BA .277, OPS .761, RBI 23, R 42, HR 4 - The highly touted infielder has been one of the biggest names in the Texas Rangers organization for a long time now. Profar has fought the injury bug in the 2014 season, but is still regarded as one of the better middle-infield prospects in the majors. 

No. 8 - Hoyt Wilhelm - (1971) ERA 3.79, W-L 2-3, K 24 - The hero of the Knuckleball joined the Indians in the 1971 season in the hybrid role of player-coach. While in the twilight of his carerr, Wilhelm taught Charlie Hough how to pitch the slow-dancing pitch that made him famous. Without Wilhelm, there's no Charlie Hough. During his 21-year professional career Wilhelm finished with a record of 143-122, an ERA of 2.52 and 1,610 strikeouts.

So what are you waiting for? Go vote in the polls below!  Share this page on Facebook and Twitter to make sure your favorite Indian advances into the next round!

Voting for this round closes at 11:59:59 on Sunday, June 1, and will re-open on Tuesday, June 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. PDT!
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