5. Paul O’Neill
Paul O’Neill was what you would call a “hard nosed” baseball player. He hustled non-stop, he gave 110% on each and every play, and was intense at all times. The guy probably even put his pants on in an intense fashion. He was the classic definition of a guy you would love to have on your team and absolutely despise if he was on the opposite side of the diamond.
That said, the Indians didn’t have to worry about O’Neill during the early part of his career. His first eight years were spent in Cincinnati playing for the Reds in an era that didn’t include interleague play. However, once he became a member of the Yankees in 1993, he became an Indian killer. In 90 games and 385 plate appearances, O’Neill put together a .304/.379/.528 slash line with 16 home runs, 69 RBI, and 54 runs scored. He was one of the key villains during those mid-90’s seasons and a guy that fans loved to boo.