Unfortunately, there were too many negatives in 2010.
Travis Hafner had another rough season, hitting only 13 home runs in 118 games. The once great power hitter only drove in 50 runs and his contract looked like one the team would have a rough time moving.
Though the biggest disappointment had to do with the team’s center fielder. Grady Sizemore rarely missed a game from 2005-2008. Then he made 106 appearances in 2009. Not a full season, but nothing to panic about.
Then came 2010 when he only played in 33 games, marking the beginning of the end of his time with the Indians. The surgeries began at the end of 2009 and he had injuries all over his body. This all came in what was supposed to be his prime. Sizemore was supposed to be the future in the outfield. His body began breaking down when he was only 26 years old.
Two key players were struggling in Hafner and Sizmore. Yet there was supposed to be hope with young guys like Matt LaPorta and Trevor Crowe.
LaPorta came over in the CC Sabathia trade and was hyped as a top prospect. He got regular time at first base and ended up slashing .221/.306/.362 with only 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. Not great numbers, but he got a pass with it being his first full season.
2010 also marked Crowe’s first full season with games played in all three outfield spots, including center field when Sizemore was out. The former first-round pick did finish the year with a 0.7 WAR, so he made progress. Just nothing that was game-changing.
Another losing season meant the focus was on development and not a World Series berth.