New Arrival: Richie Sexson, 1b, Cleveland Indians

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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.

Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS SV IP H BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP
6 SP Jason Bere 29 6 3 .667 6.63 11 11 0 54.1 65 26 44 75 4.61 1.675
12 Steve Woodard 25 3 3 .500 5.67 13 11 0 54.0 57 11 35 87 4.97 1.259
17 Bob Wickman 31 1 3 .250 3.38 26 0 14 26.2 27 12 11 148 3.66 1.463
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/22/2014.

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!

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
1997 22 CLE AL 5 11 0 0 0 2 .273 .273 .545 42
1998 23 CLE AL 49 174 11 35 6 42 .310 .344 .936 135
1999 24 CLE AL 134 479 31 116 34 117 .255 .305 .818 102
2000 25 TOT MLB 148 537 30 91 59 159 .272 .349 .848 112
2000 25 CLE AL 91 324 16 44 25 96 .256 .315 .774 93
2000 25 MIL NL 57 213 14 47 34 63 .296 .398 .957 142
2001 26 MIL NL 158 598 45 125 60 178 .271 .342 .889 128
2002 ★ 27 MIL NL 157 570 29 102 70 136 .279 .363 .867 128 AS
2003 ★ 28 MIL NL 162 606 45 124 98 151 .272 .379 .927 140 AS,MVP-12
2004 29 ARI NL 23 90 9 23 14 21 .233 .337 .914 126
2005 30 SEA AL 156 558 39 121 89 167 .263 .369 .910 144 MVP-15
2006 31 SEA AL 158 591 34 107 64 154 .264 .338 .842 117
2007 32 SEA AL 121 434 21 63 51 100 .205 .295 .694 84
2008 33 TOT AL 96 280 12 36 43 86 .221 .321 .703 89
2008 33 SEA AL 74 252 11 30 37 76 .218 .315 .696 87
2008 33 NYY AL 22 28 1 6 6 10 .250 .371 .764 101
12 Yrs 1367 4928 306 943 588 1313 .261 .344 .851 120
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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/22/2014.
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