The Indians of the 90’s-early oo’s were great hitting teams…and never enough pitching. There are a bunch of dudes who I really liked, but who were traded away to plug holes in the pitching staff. Sexson would have been great to keep on the roster to man first base as Jim Thome got older…but the Indians pitching mid-2000 were a dumpster fire, with injuries decimating the staff. The Indians made a deal with the Brewers, moving Sexson, Marco Scurato and some spare parts to get Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve Woodard. Bere and Woodward moved right onto the staff…and were terrible. Bob Wickman had a nice run with the Tribe, and is still a favorite of mine.
Sexson would go on to have a nice, though short, career. He was an All-Star twice, and would knock in 45 HR twice (2001, 2003). He struck out way too much, but with his power you could live with that.
In 2005 he led the league in K’s, but was still an effective hitter, with a 144 OPS+ and .369 OBP. But the next season he would fall off bad, and by 2009 was out of the game.
I have never been able to get a nice autograph of his, so this private signing was very cool. I should have gotten more!
|162 Game Avg.||162||584||36||112||70||156||.261||.344||.851||120|
|CLE (4 yrs)||279||988||58||195||65||257||.265||.314||.822||104|