New Arrival: John Romano, C, Chicago White Sox

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In 1959 the White Sox traded away two young prospects, John Romano and Norm Cash, for an aging but very popular Minnie Minoso.  While Minoso still had some good baseball seasons in him, this was a home run of a trade for the Indians.  Or it could have been.

Romano would stick with the Indians until 1964, putting up some great numbers and go down as one of the better offensive catchers in the teams history.  But the GM of the tribe at the time, Frank Lane, traded Norm Cash away in 1960 for Steve Demeter.  Demeter would go on to have 5 AB with the Indians and disappear forever.  Norm Cash would go on to hit 377 HR for the Tigers over the next 15 years.

And just when you thought it could not get worse:  when the Indians decided to trade away Romano, they did it to acquire an aging Rocky Colavito.  The package to get the Rock included Romano, Tommy Agee (future ROY and fine player), Tommy John (another good prospect and great player).

Those trades alone set the Indians back 10 years, at least.  Terrible.

Year Age Tm AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
1958 23 CHW 7 0 1 1 0 .286 .375 .661 86
1959 24 CHW 126 5 25 23 18 .294 .407 .875 141
1960 25 CLE 316 16 52 37 50 .272 .349 .824 124
1961 ★ 26 CLE 509 21 80 61 60 .299 .377 .860 132 AS,MVP-24
1962 ★ 27 CLE 459 25 81 73 64 .261 .363 .842 128 AS
1963 28 CLE 255 10 34 38 49 .216 .317 .685 93
1964 29 CLE 352 19 47 51 83 .241 .346 .806 123
1965 30 CHW 356 18 48 59 74 .242 .355 .779 128
1966 31 CHW 329 15 47 58 72 .231 .344 .749 122
1967 32 STL 58 0 2 13 15 .121 .282 .420 25
10 Yrs 2767 129 417 414 485 .255 .354 .797 122
162 Game Avg. 495 23 75 74 87 .255 .354 .797 122
CLE (5 yrs) 1891 91 294 260 306 .263 .355 .816 123
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2014.
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