The calendar has now flipped to 2012. It’s a new year filled with hope, optimism…and the infamous tradition of New Year’s resolutions.
In this edition of the Wahoo’s on First Weekly Wroundtable, we all offered our own resolutions. But instead of promising ourselves to get in shape or become better people, we asked each participant to come up with a New Year’s resolution that a Cleveland Indians player, coach, or front office executive should make for 2012.
In addition to the usual suspects from Wahoo’s on First, we had the honor of being joined by Indians Prospect Insider‘s Andrew Zajac and former Tribe blogger Andrew Cooper. Here’s what we had to say:
Andrew Zajac (Indians Prospect Insider): My New Year’s resolution goes out to Grady Sizemore and is as follows: “I will hit above .250 and appear in more than half of all regular season games.” The Indians need him healthy and productive in order to contend.
Andrew Cooper: My New Year’s resolution is for Matt LaPorta to stay healthy and live up to they hype that surrounded him when he was traded to the Indians for CC Sabathia. I believe this is a make-or-break year for LaPorta. If the Indians are to be contenders for the AL Pennant, they are going to need a big season from LaPorta. Unfortunately, up to this point, we’ve only seen small flashes of his potential. For the most part, he’s been a disappointment, average at best. This is the year he must turn it around and show that he was worthy of value the Indians put on him when they traded their Cy Young award-winning pitcher.
Lewie Pollis: My resolution is for Grady Sizemore: Stop being so impatient at the plate. Getting back on the field (and staying out there) is priority No. 1 for Grady, but No. 2 should be reversing the dramatic downward trend we’ve seen in his plate discipline. If he can’t re-learn how to take a walk and lay off bad pitches, the Indians might be better off with Ezequiel Carrera.
Geordy Boveroux: Is any player in more need of a resolution than Matt LaPorta? It’s time for him to play like he deserves to be in the Major Leagues, or forever live in Cleveland Indians’ infamy. A .260, 25 HR and 75 RBI season is the bare minimum for me to give him a roster spot in 2012.
Jon Rudder: I, Shin-Soo Choo, reslove to always designate a driver. I will not jeopardize the safety of myself and the others on the road, should I choose to drink. I will not let my teammates down in doing so.