Today In Tribe History
The Cleveland Indians announce this morning that star center fielder Grady Sizemore has been signed to a six-year contract extension through the 2011 season with a team option for the following year. The pact was the longest such deal by the club in over ten seasons (Omar Vizquel; December 1995).
Longtime Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg, coming off of a season in Pittsburgh and time in spring camp with the Indians, makes a substantial financial investment in the Cleveland franchise and assumes the title and duties of second vice-president after a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles with team owner Bill Veeck.
A tragic boating accident that hours earlier claimed the life of young Indians reliever Steve Olin took a second casualty, as reliever Tim Crews succumbed to his injuries sustained when his bass boat struck a dock on Little Lake Nellie on an off day for the club during their spring training work at Winter Haven, Florida. Crews was 31 years old.