When will Nick Swisher’s free pass end?

Nick SwisherIt was a deal that signaled the start of something big for the Cleveland Indians and the team’s 2012­2013 off-season.

The signing of Nick Swisher was the first of many big moves for the Indians in the 2012 off-season. The Tribe inked Swisher to a 4­year, $56 million dollar deal with a 2017 vesting option worth $14 million in December of 2012.

The table was officially set and Swisher was slated to be a big part of this line up. Adding a much needed power bat to the middle of the order was something the Indians desperately needed to get over the hump.

And for the most part, Swisher has been just that. He’s connected on 27 home­runs since joining the Indians. Unfortunately though, that’s where the positives stop as for what Nick Swisher has added to this line­up.

In 2013, he hit .246 with 22 home ­runs, 63 RBI with an OBP of .341. Let that sink in for a bit. For a guy the Indians guaranteed $56 million to, it seemed like a bit of a letdown.

If he wasn’t born in Ohio and went to the much beloved Ohio State University, most fans would have been calling for his head last year. But no one was. Why?

Because we loved that he embraced this state as if hehad never been gone. Even when he was gone and came back you, always saw a glimpse of him in the opponents’ dugout doing the O­H­I­O to “Hang on Sloopy” and acting like a goofball. It was fantastic because you rarely saw anything like that from even any of the Indians players during that time.

Since signing with the Indians, Swisher has been doing all the same stuff and maybe even more. We forget about the fact that his average, RBI, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS and so on were all down.

Now, all of this would not be an issue if 2013 could be chalked up to a bad year. And that’s what we did. We did not worry about him because we thought he would figure it out. Then, this year has come and might be already gone for Swisher.

Forget about the fact that within this past week he had two walk-off hits, one of those being a grand slam, and consider the overall picture. Through 57 games, he is hitting a measly .193 with five home­runs, 24 RBI with an OBP of .283.


So, this leads me to ask when does Swisher’s free pass from the fans in Cleveland end? Has it already?

We know it won’t end anytime soon because of his contract with the front office. But will fans just continue to love him and endure his poor play on the field like last year and hope he figures it out just because he is an “OHIO guy” through and through?

4 replies »

  1. I’ve been wondering the same for a while now. I know he’s not a guy the front office can give up on, but Cleveland fans usually take pride in berating these types of players.

  2. Thanks for the comment Andrew…our FIRST!!! Hopefully the first of many. I do agree…Cleveland fans tend to be harsh on underachievers…as they should be. Swisher is making MORE than Travis Hafner, and playing just as bad…not okay…

      • Whenever you talk about tens of millions of dollars, there’s an expectation that comes along with it. Of course, the Indians have to convince players to come here, so they are ALWAYS going to have to overpay. We, as fans, are in the arena of either applauding the Indians for doing whatever they can to win, or hammering them for signing players that are certainly on their downswing because they’re the only ones that will come.

        It’s a tricky situation, to be sure, but I do believe it’s one that a good front office should be able to handle. This front office gets mixed reviews.

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