Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 10/4/12
Things did not go the way the Indians would have liked in 2012 to say the least. The same core of talented players that has been together since the Indians were the best team in the AL in 2007 was finally healthy all at the same time and looked poised to take a run at another Central Division title. Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Rafael Perez, Fausto Carmona, Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera have all been around since at least 2007 and were poised for career (or contract) years, while the recent addition of Ubaldo Jimenez looked to shore up the pitching staff. The young players were also promising, especially the bullpen including Vinnie Pestano, Chris Perez and Joe Smith and the two young infielders in their second seasons, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall. Things started falling apart early with Carmona turning out to be Roberto Heredia Hernandez and Sizemore injuring his back (and his knee), ultimately ending his season before Spring Training even started. Within ...
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