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  1. It’s a shame really. He was that good by 26 and had his prome years taken by injuries. If he would have kept improving as typical for a guy of that age he probably would have won an MVP.

    Comment by MikeS — March 2, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  2. It is incredible to me that pro sports teams waste their time and money with players who have demonstrated an inability to overcome a serious injury and are almost sure-fire bets to go down with some sort of injury for a fairly significant period of time, and, when they do finally come back again, will be ineffective/disappointing until they inevitably get hurt again. It is too bad that things have turned out this way for Mr. Sizemore because he was an awfully good young player.

    In my view, the Indians did not lose two wins here. The Indians were never going to get two or any wins in the first place out of Sizemore because this outcome is completely predictable. My take is that the Indians flushed $5 mil down the toilet when they signed Sizemore.

    Comment by Robbie G. — March 2, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  3. …which sure is an easy thing to say *after* he gets hurt…

    Comment by Jason B — March 2, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

  4. A possible conclusion to the Sizemore Effect.

    The Indians happen to have two MLB third baseman in Chisenhall and Hannahan lying around on their roster. The A’s, meanwhile, have this vast trove of OF players (is Beane hording them for the coming apocalypse?).

    So, the obvious trade is to send Hannahan back to Oakland as a 3B stopgap and receive one of the many Oakland outfielders who are likely better than the Indians’ internal options. Seth Smith for Jack Hannahan for example. Problems solved all around.

    Only reason not to swing such a trade is that Oakland, unless Manny, Showcase, and the pitching rooks surprise us all, isn’t going to be competing this year. So there’s almost as well off letting a career AAA type man third for them.

    Comment by Mac — March 2, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  5. What about the most important Sizemore, Tom?

    Comment by George — March 3, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  6. I won;t use the word tragety, out of respect to those that literally experience the word in everyday life … but it is very unfortunate what Sizemore has experienced.

    Seriously, WAR seasons of 8, 6, 7 … and then 2, 0.

    Peter Gammons’ annoying ball slobbering aside, Grady Sizemore was outstanding. I simply cannot imagine what goes through a players mind when he’s essentially one of the top 3-4 all around baseball players in MLB for a stretch and then simply cannot stay on the field. I know he has some money stuck away, and I’m crying myself to sleep about it … I just cannot imagine how highly competitive and talented people deal with something like that.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — March 3, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  7. I’m NOT crying myself to sleep about it.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — March 3, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  8. Many a study has been done about how an athletic player with a broad base of skills (speed, power, batting eye, fielding power etc.. The convetional statistically backed theory says that these types of players often age the best. I can think of many such players that had said skill set were are centerfielders with a reckless defensive reputation. Jim Edmonds, Grady Sizemore, Cesar Cedeno, Ken Griffey Jr., Andy Van Slyke, Lenny Dykstra and Eric Davis all had to one degree or another such a reputation. Most of them crashed into walls with abandon and would lay out gracefully yet violently for fly balls. For the most part they were also reckless on the bases. All of the players mentioned suffered many games lost to injury or premature decline in their skills due to injury. With players like Jacoby Ellsburry and Curtis Granderson coming up for contracts intheir early thirties in a couple years, I would like to see a study of superman centerfielders and their value in late career compared to perhaps infielders who have a similiar broad based set of skill. Take Pedroia and Ellsbury. Ellsbury is a more gifted athlete yet I wonder which player Would be more likely to remain close to all star level at age 35. Players with broad based skills obviously age well. I wonder how fiscally responsible it would be to give Ellsbury the Carl Crawford contract 2 years from now assuming he remains healthy and a semblance of the player he was last year.

    Comment by Shane — March 3, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  9. I was really hoping this was going to be a piece on character actor Tom Sizemore

    Comment by Matty Brown — March 3, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  10. and the first few words were so inspiring…

    Comment by cs3 — March 4, 2012 @ 5:53 am

  11. …and promising

    Comment by cs3 — March 4, 2012 @ 5:53 am

  12. I wish the Indians for once would do the unexpected-like say, make a trade for a real center fielder, say like Marlon Bird. He’s a one year contract, has produced in the American League, is a good guy, and could probably be easily obtained.

    I say this because the Indians have very few average major league players-Marlon’s that-and the only competition in their division is from Detroit. The team as it is currently constructed is not positioned to take on Detroit if they should stumble.

    The Indians simply have too many flawed players, too many marginal major leaguers in a division that can be had with a few shrewd moves. It’s like groundhog day in Cleveland every single year.

    Comment by jirish — March 4, 2012 @ 8:25 am

  13. His injuries seem to be entirely self-inflicted (other than the ones he inflicts on women in his life).

    Comment by joser — March 4, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  14. So your crying yourself awake?

    Comment by kick me in the GO NATS — March 4, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  15. They would solve each other’s Sizemore problems! Very elegant.

    Comment by DrEasy — March 5, 2012 @ 2:18 am

  16. You forgot Aaron Rowand. His wall collision was great.

    Comment by bill — March 5, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  17. No way in San Jose would Oakland ship Seth Smith who has a tangible skill, for Hannahan whose best option even if he got sent down to A ball would be to rest the bat on his shoulder.

    Hannahan is an empty glove at a position where any decent defensive 2b or SS could handle easily.

    Seth Smith hits right handed pitching better than most Indians and all of the A’s

    Comment by kpsgocougs — March 5, 2012 @ 7:28 am

  18. You obviously have never seen Hannahan play. He’s a hell of the third baseman. The stats don’t show him as being an “empty glove” either.

    Comment by GFlash — March 5, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

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