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Monday, March 25, 2013

Scott Kazmir will be the Indians’ fifth starter

(pick-up WORST TRADE EVER! talk where we left off years ago)

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to hear a few weeks ago: Scott Kazmir will open the season in a Major League rotation. The Indians announced that the left-hander will be their fifth starter when the 2013 campaign begins next week.

Kazmir, 29, did not pitch in MLB at all last season and only managed one start in 2011 before dealing with a back injury and being released. He showcased himself in an Independent league this winter before hooking on with the Tribe. Kazmir allowed five runs in 13 innings this spring, impressively walking just one against 13 strikeouts.

Before his disastrous stint with the Angels, Kazmir went 55-44 with a 114 ERA+ in parts of six years with the (Devil) Rays. He was a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay and led the AL in strikeouts in 2007 with 239. In parts of three seasons with the Halos, he went 11-17 with a 77 ERA+. Kazmir’s first start will be April 6 in his old stomping grounds: Tropicana Field against the Rays.

Repoz Posted: March 25, 2013 at 07:54 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 25, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4396335)
congrats to kazmir. fought his way back
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 25, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4396355)
Good for him. I hope he has a great season and the Indians make the playoffs.
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 25, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4396357)
Kazmir, 29,


wow, just wow. Talk about having an entire career and comeback before the age of 30.

Like most fans, I wish him the best of luck. Would love to see him have some success.
   4. Accent Shallow Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4396396)
How has his ST velocity been?

At the end of his tenure with the Angels, wasn't he struggling to crack 90?
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4396404)
Good for him. I love comeback stories. And I am also surprised he's on the right side of 30.


At the end of his tenure with the Angels, wasn't he struggling to crack 90?


IIRC, he was struggling to crack 85. He's throwing in the low 90s now.
   6. frannyzoo Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:46 PM (#4396414)
Best story of the Spring. Racist Wahoo and all, I'm a bit more of an Indians' fan. Now just leave the logo and keep the Kazmir, Cleveland.
   7. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM (#4396421)
Good for him, but FU Scott. I was hoping you'd kick ass for the Halos.....

If he's throwing in the low 90's - that's a good 7 MPH better than his last few starts in LAAoA.
   8. sinicalypse Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM (#4396422)
somewhere, somehow, both steve phillips and victor zambrano just gulped.
   9. zonk Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM (#4396426)
I'm certainly rooting for him, too -- I love comeback stories.

However, the name 'Dennis Leonard' just always sticks with me in situations like this... you get a few fleeting tastes - and then it's gone...
   10. AJMcCringleberry Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4396428)
somewhere, somehow, both steve phillips and victor zambrano just gulped.

Duquette was the GM at that time.
   11. Drexl Spivey Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4396444)
Love Kazmir; love the Wahoo logo.

Best of luck Scott.
   12. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM (#4396445)
Just for context:

Frank Tanana was 91-66 with an ERA+ of 122, and 1120 Ks in 1422 IP, between his age 19 and 25 seasons.

Then, between ages 26 and 28, he hurts his arm, loses his velocity, and is trying to figure it out. He goes 22-40, ERA+ of 94, 278 Ks in 539 IP.

Then, between ages 29 and 39, he starts another 345 games, going 127-130 with an ERA+ of 101. During that 11 year stretch, he starts 32 or more games 10 times in a row.

You never know, and as long as Kazmir is willing to work hard, somebody will give him a chance...I'm pulling for him, and it'd be a heck of a good story.
   13. zonk Posted: March 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM (#4396452)
Finally!

We know what this has to do with Frank Tanana!
   14. Drexl Spivey Posted: March 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM (#4396460)
Finally!

We know what this has to do with Frank Tanana!


Did you borrow this line from former US Chief Justice Fred Vinson? Or are you beating this dead horse for some other reason?
   15. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM (#4396471)
Awesome, good luck Kaz! I really hope I'm able to be home watching that first game.
   16. Rough Carrigan Posted: March 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM (#4396480)
Good for him.
I watched part of that documentary, Lost Son of Havana, about Luis Tiant on espn classic the other night. It talked about how Tiant had thrown absolute smoke in 1968 on the way to a 1.60 era season but pitched hurt in 1969 and then broke his scapula in 1970. He came back with the Red Sox and couldn't throw as hard so he developed all his fantastic variety of pitching motions. It's gotta be a little easier to do as a lefty. It would be pretty freaking awesome if a lefty ever used the whole El Tiante repertoire of motions.
   17. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 26, 2013 at 01:11 AM (#4396486)
Finally!

We know what this has to do with Frank Tanana!
The circle has been squared. Our job here is done.

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