Terry Francona claims Scott Kazmir has ‘looked so good it’s scary’ as an Indian


When functioning properly, Scott Kazmir is an overwhelming hurler.

Signing a minor league contract in December, Indians manager Terry Francona said Scott Kazmir has “looked so good it’s scary” trying to earn a spot on Cleveland’s roster.

The 29-year-old Kazmir, a two-time All-Star selection who led the American League in strikeouts with 239 in 2007, hasn’t pitched in the majors since getting fired by the Los Angeles Angels in June 2011.

“I wish we could bottle it right now for the season,” said Francona, 53, who became Cleveland’s 42nd manager in October and guided the Boston Red Sox to championships in the 2004 and 2007 seasons.

Kazmir, who amassed 66 wins, against 61 losses, and 993 whiffs with a 4.17 ERA after debuting as a professional with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in August 2004, inexplicably lost his velocity and command overnight.

Regardless, despite posting an unsightly 5.54 ERA over his final four years, Kazmir is still young and, considering Cleveland went a porous 68-94 in 2012, the southpaw is undoubtedly worth the small risk.

Francona, who instructed Michael Jordan in 1994 as the skipper of the AA franchise Birmingham Barons, knows baseball and, if he contends Kazmir has “looked so good it’s scary,” the league should take notice.

If able to permanently recapture his brilliance on the hill, Scott Kazmir could one day help lead the Cleveland Indians to their first World Series title since 1948.

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