According to several reputable sources, replacement level infielder Cristian Guzman signed a Minor League contract with the Cleveland Indians this past off season in an attempt to make the team’s Major League roster out of Spring Training.
After 25 plate appearances and an unfortunate hamstring injury, the Cleveland Indians said thanks, but no thanks, and gave Guzman his outright release.
While in and of itself, this story is of little consequence. A declining veteran with a couple of good seasons under his belt failed to impress with his invite to Spring Training after taking a year off from baseball. However, upon further investigation, the story becomes more than what it originally appeared to be.
It seems that for all of the reports on Guzman’s progress, or lack thereof, at camp, there isn’t a whole lot of photograph evidence supporting, causing this intrepid blogger to question whether the former Twin, National and Ranger ever tried out for the Indians at all.
Exhibit A: A blog post published on March 8th, 2012 on Guzman “shaking off a coat or rust,” in which our mysterious middle infielder is pictured in a Minnesota Twins jersey, a team for which he hasn’t played since 2004.
Exhibit B: A blog post published today on Guzman’s release in which our recondite replacement level player is pictured in a Washington Nationals jersey, a team for which he hasn’t played since being traded by in 2010.
Exhibit C: Another blog post published today on Guzman’s release in which our furtive former All-Star is pictured in a Texas Rangers jersey, a team for which he played only 15 games back in 2010.
Summary: What we see here are all recent stories on Cristian Guzman that avoid using current images, instead choosing to dredge up pictures from his past. Could there be a reason for such questionable actions beyond the laziness of bloggers looking for a new picture?
Findings: Nope. There isn’t. Not at all. Photos of Guzman dressed in a Cleveland Indians jersey are readily available through several image services.