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The 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot is jam packed this year with players that were once considered automatic first ballot players that have now been thrown into question whether they will ever be allowed in the Hall at all. Included are two players with 3,000 hits (Rafael Palmeiro and Craig Biggio), four with 500 home runs (Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and the all time leader in baseball history, Barry Bonds) and one with 300 wins (Roger Clemens). These all used to be milestones that meant automatic induction, but every single one of these players have had their careers tarnished by playing in the steroid era, whether they actually did them or not. Of those listed, only Palmeiro was actually suspended for illegally doing steroids and while some of the rest have been accused, none have been convicted.
Along with the players listed above, there are six former Indians new to the 2013 ballot and one on the Veteran's Ballot. Here are their cases, starting with the Veteran's Ba...
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Grady Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, confirmed that the former Cleveland Indians outfielder had microfracture surgery on his right knee this past September.
Sizemore previously had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010, one of the several operations he has undergone since his stretch of MVP-like performances between 2006-2008. Though Sizemore missed all of the 2012 season...
Acquired 10 years ago in one of the most one-sided deals in recent
baseball history, by age 25 he had become a three-time all-star and
two-time Gold Glove center fielder. However, Grady Sizemore, a free agent now
at age 30, has missed most of the past season and a half due to
recurring back and knee injuries.
Sizemore's agent, Joe
Urbon, disclosed on MLB.com...
Given half the baseball players out there (it seems) have some sort of facial hair, it's weird to think that it's been more than eight years since Johnny Damon broke tradition and grew out his chin whiskers.Now, I love Johnny Damon. It's true. But, unless he's up for the part of "punky younger brother" on some hackneyed ABC Family sitcom, the 39-year...
The Cleveland Indians are reportedly “prime suitors” for veteran outfielder Shane Victorino.
In dire need of adding talent at a position of need, the Indians, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, have emerged as the likely landing spot for the long-time Philadelphia Phillies outfielder. Chris Antonetti has long been a fan of Victorino with interest dating back to last season. He’s...
The New York Mets, while not dealing with Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, have decided to set their focus on improving their bullpen. Their target, per reports, is Cleveland Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano.
Citing sources, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets covet the 27-year-old righty. The Mets pursued 36-year-old right-hander Joel Peralta, but have found the asking price...
Free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore, who missed the entire 2012 season, had microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, his agent, Joe Urbon, told MLB.com. As a result, Sizemore might not be ready to play in a major league game until midseason, at the earliest. Sizemore, who has played his entire career with the Indians, had microfracture surgery on his left knee in...
Already needing outfield help prior to the likely trading of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Cleveland Indians are one of several teams reportedly interested in 32-year-old New York Mets outfielder Scott Hariston.
Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan reports that the Tribe join four playoff teams in the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers as potential...
Looking to add quality arms to a rotation in dire need of such, the Cleveland Indians are reportedly in talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks, discussing a deal that could ultimately net them Trevor Bauer, a highly touted right-handed prospect. The price: All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince reports that the two teams have been in talks about the potential...
All apart of Cleveland Indians’ owner Rachel Phelps’ plan to move the club to Miami, Rick Vaughn was brought in as a joke of a starting pitcher. When asked where he played the year before, Vaughn replied, “California Penal” when asked how he ended up there, he said, “Stole a car.” Yes, Rick Vaughn is an ex-con who was called to play while still in jail. Early in his career...
The Cleveland Indians' starting catcher, Carlos Santana, is working on staying sharp in the Dominican Winter League. He is playing for Leones del Escogido. He was involved in a minor scare yesterday when he had to be removed from the game.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, it was for precautionary reasons. He should be fine.
Carlos Santana fouled a ball off his...
With Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings getting underway today in Nashville, your Cleveland Indians find themselves in a very interesting predicament. In dire need of a revamping, Team President Mark Shapiro and GM Chris Antonetti saved their jobs by landing Terry Francona as their manager. While the hiring was a complete coup, none of it will matter unless the now three-headed...
The hole in the Sunday Night Baseball announcing lineup caused by Terry Francona leaving to manage the Cleveland Indians has been filled by current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst John Kruk. Kruk will join the duo of Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser as the third man in the booth, following in the footsteps of Bobby Valentine and Francona over the past two seasons.
This has the...
Could someone actually be interested in Indians’ starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez? The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Bill Center says yes. His article today states that the Padres might have interest in Ubaldo because of his durability over the past few seasons.
“Acquiring Jimenez would take a trade with Cleveland. And the Indians seem ready to discuss a trade involving Jimenez...
The Indians were one of at least two teams bidding for the services of outfielder Shane Victorino. The Red Sox have inked the 32 year old to a three-year, $39 million dollar contract.
“The Boston Red Sox reached a three-year, $39 million agreement with free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino on Tuesday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
The deal is...
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have pursued Cleveland Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano during the winter meetings, according to a major league source.
Pestano, 27, went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season while utilizing a solid sinker. He has only slightly more than two years of major league service time — meaning he is still under...