Cleveland Indians place three on All-MLB Teams; RHP Shane Bieber earns first-team accolades

Shane Bieber in the bullpen at Progressive Field in 2018 By Erik Drost on Flickr, CC BY 2.0,

CLEVELAND, OH – Major League Baseball today announced the selections for the second annual All-MLB Team presented by CohnReznick. The first and second teams, which were announced earlier this evening on MLB Network, were determined by a combination of voting from fans and a decorated panel of media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game.

RHP SHANE BIEBER (First Team), 3B JOSÉ RAMÍREZ (Second Team) and LHP BRAD HAND (Second Team) all secured spots on the 2020 All-MLB Team. The club did not place any individuals on the inaugural 2019 squad.

Bieber, who in November was named the club’s fifth and youngest Cy Young Award winner, recorded a historic 2020 season, going 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 starts (77.1IP, 46H, 14ER, 21BB, 122SO, .167), becoming the first pitcher since 2006 (Johan Santana) to win MLB’s pitching Triple Crown, leading MLB in wins, strikeouts and ERA. He became just the ninth pitcher in MLB history to do so, the first in franchise history. Shane joined Bob Feller (1940) as the only two pitchers in Cleveland history to record the American League Triple Crown.

Ramίrez is coming off a runner-up finish in the AL MVP voting, the highest finish by a Cleveland player in 25 years. For the season, Ramίrez batted .292 (64-for-219) with 45 runs, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 17 home runs and 46 RBI in 58 games (.386/.607/.993). His fWAR () of 3.4 finished tied for first in MLB (ATL *Freddie Freeman**) as he finished tied for first in the American League in runs, extra-base hits (34) and multi-hit games (21). José was at his best when it counted the most, winning AL Player of the Month honors in September after batting .366 (30-for-82) with 10 HR and 24 RBI over the final 23 games of the campaign. Including the two Postseason games, his final 14 hits of the season went for extra bases.

Hand led the Majors in saves (16), posting a mark of 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 23 relief outings (22.0IP, 13H, 5ER, 4BB, 29SO). The Chaska, MN native became just the second pitcher in club history to lead MLB in saves, joining José Mesa in 1995.

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