Curtis Granderson: 2015 N.L. Champion Mets Right Fielder (2014 - 2017)

Curtis Granderson was born on March 16th, 1981, in Blue Island, Illinois. His mother was a chemistry teacher & his sister a English Professor at Jackson State University. 

Even though he grew up in Chicago he was not a Cubs or White Sox, rather choosing to root for the Atlanta Braves in their hey day's of the 1990's.

The six-foot one outfielder batted left-handed but threw right-handed.
Nickname: He is known as "the Grandy man".

Granderson played college ball at the University of Illinois, where he had his uniform #28 retired by the school. Educationally he earned a degree in business administration & business marketing. Granderson was a third-round selection of the Detroit Tigers in 2002 & by 2004 was named one of the top minor league players.

MLB Career: After batting .303 at AA Erie in 2004 he got a cup of coffee with Detroit as a September call up. In 2005 he batted .290 at AAA Toledo and was with the Tigers by the end of July, batting .272. On September 15th he hit an inside the park HR & on September 26th, hit a walk off HR against the Chicago White Sox.

In 2006 he beat out Nook Logan in Spring Training & Granderson became the Detroit Tigers main centerfielder. He added 19 HRs & 68 RBIs to a powerful Tiger team that featured four batters to hit 24 or more HRs. On the downside he led the AL in strike outs with 174 in 596 at bats.

In centerfield he posted the league's best fielding % at the position (.994%). The Tigers won a wild card berth that season & got all the way to the World Series but were beaten by the surprising St. Louis Cardinals in five games.

2006 Post Season: In the ALDS win over the AL New York club, Granderson hit HRs in Game #1 as well as Game #3, while driving in runs in the first three games. In the top of the 7th inning, his triple off Mike Mussina, scored Marcus Thames which broke a 3-3 tie & led to the Tigers 4-3 win. 

In the ALCS, he hit a Game #2 HR off the Athletics Huston Street, at Oakland Coliseum in the
Tigers 8-5 win. In the World Series he got just two hits in 21 at bats (.095).

Over the next two seasons, Granderson would lead the AL in triples twice. 
In 2007 he scampered to 23 triples (the most in the AL since 1949), in the vast dimensions of Tiger Stadium.

He managed to hit more triples than six major league teams had as a whole that year. That year he hit 23 HRs 38 doubles, drove in 74 runs, batted .302 & posted a .361 on base %. He stole 26 bases but was only caught stealing once for a 96% average, the league's best.

On September 9th, 2007, Granderson became only the 3rd player in Major League history to have at least 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 20 triples and 20 doubles in one season. In center, he turned the most double plays (4) led the league in put outs (424) as well as errors (5).

He was not featured on the 2007 All Star ballot, but received 376,000 write in votes, which was more than any other player got. He was tenth in the voting for the league's MVP Award that year as well. 

The durable outfielder, he was second in the league in games played in center for two straight seasons. He would do that three times & play the most games in the league at centerfield two more times while in New York with the AL team there. He was also among the top five centerfielders in put outs & assist during his playing time.

In 2008 Granderson batted .280, as 2007 was the last year he has hit over .300. He still posted a .365 on base %, led the league in triples (13) while hitting 22 HRs with 66 RBIs & 112 runs scored (second in the AL). 
In 2009, he responded by hitting a career high (up to that point) 30 HRs & 71 RBIs. He also added 23 doubles, 8 triples (5th in the AL) with a .327 on base % while making his first All Star appearance.

As the Tigers failed to make the post season, TBS hired him as a commentator for the second straight season. That December he was involved in a huge three team trade, that brought him to the AL New York club. In the deal; Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson & Phil Coke went to Detroit, as Edwin Jackson & Ian Kennedy went to the Arizona D-backs.

In his first year in New York, he missed 25 games, batting .246 with 27 HRs & 67 RBIs. 

But in 2011 he had a tremendous year; leading the league in RBIs (119) & runs scored (136). He bashed 41 HRs with 10 triples (second in the AL) 26 doubles & 25 stolen bases, while striking out 169 times (4th in the AL). He was one of the league's top outfielders as well & made the All-Star team for a second time.

2012: Post Season: In the ALDS he hit a HR off his old Tigers teammates in Game #2 & drove in runs in three straight games. Detroit still took the Series in five games.

Granderson returned to make another All Star team, hit a career high 43 HRs in 2012, driving in 106 runs. His average fell to .232, & hit a career low 18 doubles, since becoming a regular player. 

He struck out 195 times (second in the AL) which is the tied for 13th most in a single season all time.

In 2013 he broke a bone in Spring Training when he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from pitcher J.A. Happ of Toronto. He made his season debut on May 13th but on May 24th went down again, not returning until August. In 61 games he hit .229 with 7 HRs & 15 RBIs (214) at bats.

Mets Career: On December 6th, 2013, he signed a four-year $60 million deal with the New York Mets. Granderson was 33 years old & would wear the Mets uniform #3. David Wright was one of the first to contact Granderson after he signed, reaching out to congratulate him.

The Mets officially introduced him on December 10th, 2013. During his introductory news conference Granderson told the media: 

Quotes- Curtis Granderson: “A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said that
true New Yorkers are Mets fans. I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there. Come out there in droves like I know you can, be very excited and eager about this upcoming season. It’s going to be fun to watch, we’re going to play hard out there for you, we’re going to be competitive and we’re going to go out there and win as many games as possible. If you haven’t been (to Citi Field), definitely come out for the first time because you’ll definitely be back.”

Manager Terry Collins said that the addition of Granderson “might be the best early Christmas present I’ve ever had.” He was quickly promoted by the team & became one of the faces of the new 2014 Mets.

Mets fans were excited by the arrival of Granderson, but his first Mets season was not his best. With him & David Wright struggling all year, it was the difference of the Mets not being a .500 team or possibly a playoff club. 

Granderson made his Mets debut on Opening Day, batting clean up & playing left field. He went 0-5 in the Mets loss to the Nationals.  In his third game he got two hits & drove in his first Mets run in another loss to Washington.

On April 5th, Curtis hit his first Mets HR, coming in a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Walk Off Hits: On April 20th after going 0-5 in a game against the Braves, he came to bat with two men on in the bottom of the 14th inning in a 3-3 tie. Braves pitcher Gus Schlosser threw a wild pitch putting runners in scoring position. Granderson's sac fly won the game with the walk off run as Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored from third.

On April 25th, Curtis won another game with a walk off base hit coming against the Miami Marlins Steve Cishek. His single scored Omar Quintanilli who had tied up the game two batters before with an RB single to left. 

But Granderson still struggled most of the month & at the end of April was hitting just .136

Subway Series: In his return to the Bronx for the subway series, after going hitless in the first game, he hit a two run HR off Hiroki Kuroda in the Mets 9-7 win, then hit a three run HR off Vidal Nuno in the series finale Mets win.

He finally got over the .200 mark that week but fell back under the line by the end of the month. 
His 16 RBIs that month were the most he would have in a month, until September when he drove in 17 runs. He was most productive from May to July as he hit 14 HRs with 37 RBIs.

On June 8th he hit two HRs off Tim Lincecum in San Francisco but the Mets still fell short in a 6-4 loss to the Giants. Later that month He would hit a three run HR off Scott Kazmir at Oakland in the Mets 10-1 romp over the A's. In June he had eight multi-hit games.

Granderson closed out the month & started July off with back-to-back HR games in Atlanta, but both came in Mets losses. On July 8th, when the Braves came to Citi Field, he homered off Luis Avilan to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Mets won the game on Ruber Tejada's walk off base hit. The next day he homered again in a 8-3 Mets win.

In August he slumped, batting just .147 with only one HR & 5 RBIs.

On September 5th, Granderson hit a three run HR off the Reds Ryan Dennick & had an RBI double to drive in a season high four runs, in the Mets 14-5 win in Cincinnati. 
He hit another HR in that series finale & drove in runs in four of five games that week. On September 8th with the Mets down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Granderson tripled in Travis d'Arnaud with the tying run then scored the winning run-on Wilmer Flores walk off sac fly.

Record of Not Hitting to Double Plays: On September 16th, he hit into a double play for the first time since May 15th, 2013, a streak of 205 games setting an MLB record.

In the final 11 games of the year, he had four multi-hit games, with two HRs & five RBIs in his last eight games of the season.

Granderson did lead the team in walks (79) games played (155) & at bats (564). He was second to Lucas Duda in HRs & RBIs but only hit 20 HRs with 66 RBIs. He hit 27 doubles with 2 triples & 8 stolen bases posting a .326 on base % & .714 OPS. He batted a dismal .227 & struck out a team high 141 times. In right field he posted a .996 fielding % (2nd in the NL) with eight assists.

2015 NL Championship Season: Terry Collins came up with the idea of putting Granderson in the leadoff spot, a position the Mets needed help in. Granderson agreed & after a slow start it all worked out great. 

Granderson worked hard with hitting coach Kevin Long, he became more patient & although he wasn't hitting for high averages, he drew more walks. This led to a higher on base percentage (.364) & more runs scored. In 2015 he would score 98 runs (sixth most in the NL).

On Opening Day, Curtis drew two walks & scored a run in Mets 3-1 win in Wahington D.C. It took him a while to get going, not hitting over .200 until late April. During the Mets April 11 game win streak, he batted .265 with nine hits, eight runs scored & four RBIs as thing began to get better for him.

Four RBI Game: On April
21st, in a 7-1 win over the Braves at Citi Field Curtis had his first season high four RBI game. He collected two RBI singles & later, an RBI double in the Mets victory.

April 22nd, he drew an 8th inning walk then scored the game's winning run-on Lucas Duda's base hit in a 3-2 win over the Braves. In the month of April, he drew 16 walks. Granderson didn't hit his first HR until late April, coming in a subway series loss in the Bronx.

In a mid-May three-game series with the Brewers at Citi Field, Granderson hit HRs in back-to-back Mets wins.

Multi HR Game: On June 7th, he helped Jacob deGrom to his 7th win of the year, by hitting two HRs off Arizona's Josh Collmenter in a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

From June 20th to June 28th Granderson hit .452 with 14 hits, five HRs & 7 RBIs in an eight-game span. It came during a stretch where the Mets lost nine of thirteen games, losing seven in a row at one point. On June 26th, he hit a 1st inning solo HR off the Reds Johnny Cueto at Citi Field, helping Noah Syndergaard in a 2-1 win. The next day, his HR off Michael Lorenzen was the only Mets run in a game that was suspended after seven innings, in a tie. When play resumed the next day, the Mets won it in the 13th inning.

By July, he was also among the top in the league in 40 walks. Although he was batting .254 his on base % was .351.

On July 28th, Granderson's 8th inning two run HR off the Padres Shawn Kelly in San Diego, helped the Noah Syndergaard in his 4-0, eight inning shutout.

The Mets were fighting for first place, but the team wasn't scoring runs, there was pressure on hitters like Granderson because the offense was so weak, but that all changed at the trade deadline. 

In August Granderson scored at least one run in 16 different games and had his best month of the regular season. By now the Mets offense became one of the most potent in the league, thanks to the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes, as well as other newcomers: Miachael Conforto, Kelly Johnson & Juan Uribe.

Granderson added to the mix as well. On August 2nd as the Mets finished off the Mets sweep of the Washington Nationals as they moved into first place in the NL East, Granderson hit a two run HR off Jordan Zimmermann to put the Mets up 2-1. 
It was one of three HRs in the inning as Daniel Murphy & Lucas Duda also hit long balls. 

The next day he had a three-hit game while driving in two runs in a 12-1 Mets win at Miami. As the road trip moved up North to Tampa, Granderson had another multi-HR game hitting a pair of solo shots in a 5-4 Mets loss to the Rays. 

He would drive in runs in the next three games having a stretch of driving in at least one run in nine of eleven games.

On August 13th, he helped the Mets in a 12-1 win over the Colorado Rockies by contributing with his 20th HR of the year, a two-run shot off Eddie Butler, as he drove in three runs in the victory.

Multi HR Game: On August 18th he had this third multi-HR game of the year, hitting a pair off the Orioles Kevin Gausman in a 5-3 win at Baltimore's Camden Yards. 

On that road trip Granderson had 14 hits, with seven extra-base hits in an eight-game span, batting .378. 

On August 31st, his two run HR off the Phillies Jerad Eickhoff led the Mets in a 3-1 win at Philadelphia. 

August would be Curtis' best run producing month on the season, as he drove in 22 runs, as he collected 31 hits with 14 walks 7 HRs & 23 runs scored. 

The Mets had entered the month one game back of first & finished up 6.5 games on top in first place.

On September 13th with the Mets down 3-2 to the Braves in Atlanta, Granderson doubled with the bases loaded in the 7th inning putting the Mets ahead 4-3. The Mets went ahead but the Braves tied it going into extra innings. He added an RBI in the 10th inning, as Braves pitcher Edwin Jackson walked three batters & gave up a single in the 10-7 win.

On September 25th, as the Mets were counting down their Magic Number to clinch the East, the team beat the Reds in Cincinnati 12-5. Granderson hit a three run HR off JJ Hoover & added an RBI double matching his season high four RBIs in the 12-5 win.

Mets Clinch NL East: The next day Saturday September 26th, the Mets clinched the NL Eastern title with a 10-2 win over the Reds. Granderson hit his 25th HR of the year, one three Mets HRs in the game as he had another multi hit game. 

He closed out the year with a HR, driving in the only run in the last regular season game of the year, as the Mets beat the Nat's 1-0 at Citi Field.

Granderson closed out the 2015 regular season leading the club in hits (150) runs scored (98) walks (91) on base % (.364%) & games played (157). He was fourth in the NL in games.

He was second on the club in HRs (26) doubles (33) RBIs (70) & OPS (.821) while batting .259. He did strike out 151 times (7th most in the NL). He was the Mets main right fielder playing 149 games there, making just four errors overall posting a .983 fielding % with nine assists (4th most in the NL).

2015 Post Season: This was Granderson's fifth post season appearance getting to his second World Series, the first was with the Detroit Tigers in 2006. 

2015 NLDS: In Game #1 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he went 2-3 with a walk against Clayton Kershaw, as the Mets went on to a 3-1 win behind Jacob deGrom. 

In Game #2 against Zack Grienke he collected two more hits in the Mets 5-2 loss.

Five RBI Post Season Game: In Game #3 at Citi Field Granderson had one of his biggest nights ever & one of the biggest RBI nights in Mets post season history. 

In the bottom of the 2nd inning the Mets were down 3-1, Granderson came up with the bases loaded & delivered a three run double off Bret Anderson to deep center field putting the Mets ahead 4-3.

The Citi Field crowd went wild as Granderson clapped his hands and revved up the team. 

In the 7th inning he collected his second double of the night, this time off J.P. Howell, driving in Wilmer Flores & Travis dArnaud making it a 14-3 Mets lead. 

Trivia: The five RBI night was the fourth in Mets post season history, matching Rusty Staub (1973 World Series) Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 NLDS) & Carlos Delgado (2006 NLCS). Lucas Duda would tie the mark with his two HRs & five RBIs in Game #4 of the NLCS the following week.

In NLDS Game #5 at Dodger Stadium, Granderson led off with an infield single, then he would score the first run of the game on Daniel Murphy's double. The Mets went on to a 3-2 win & advanced to the NLCS.
In the NLDS he batted .389 (7-18) with two doubles five RBIs & a .976 OPS.

20015 NLCS: In Game #1 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs Granderson singled off Jon Lester in the 5th inning, bringing in Juan Lagares with the go ahead run. He added an RBI sac fly in the 7th inning as the Mets went on to an easy 4-2 win.

In Game #2 Granderson contributed with two runs scored in the Mets 4-1 win behind Noah Syndergaard. He led off the Mets 1st inning with a base hit & then scored on David Wright's double.

In the 3rd he drew a leadoff walk & then did something the Mets didn't do much all year, he stole two bases reaching third base. Granderson then scored on Yoenis Cespedes RBI sac fly.

In the 2nd inning he also made an outstanding leaping catch in right field to rob Chris Coughlan of a HR.

After going hitless in Game #3 he went 1-4 with another stolen base & run scored in Game #4, scoring on Lucas Duda's 1st inning HR.

In the NLCS he batted .200 (3-15) with two RBIs, three runs scored, three steals & two walks.

2015 World Series: Granderson was one of the most potent bats for the Mets in the World Series as he would tie another Mets record by hitting three HRs in the World Series. 

In Game #1 at Kansas City, he hit a 5th inning solo HR off Edinson Volquez putting the Mets ahead 2-1. He would also draw two walks in the 5-4 Mets loss.

In Game #2 he was hitless with a walk in the 7-1 loss.

In Game #3 at the Series moved to Citi Field, he led off the Mets home 1st with a base hit & then scored on David Wright's HR. In the 3rd inning "the Grandy Man" blasted a two run HR off Yordano Ventura putting the Mets ahead 4-3. The Mets would win the game 5-3 behind Noah Syndergaard's six innings for their only series win.

In Game #4 following Michael Conforto's HR, his sac fly in the 3rd inning put the Mets up 2-0. He would also collect a 7th inning single in the 5-3 loss. 

In the final Game #5 Grandy hit a leadoff HR in the Mets 1st inning. In the 6th inning he led off with a walk, advanced & scored on Lucas Duda's sac fly putting the Mets up 2-0. They would lose the lead, the game & the Series.

In the World Series he hit .250 (5-20) with three HRs five RBIs four walks & six runs scored. 

Post Season Stats: Overall, he had a fine post season batting .280 with 15 hits (15-63) three HRs twelve RBIs nine walks ten runs scored & three stolen bases.

After the Pennant: In 2016, Granderson remained a steady in the Mets line up, as one of the few players who did not spend time on the DL. At age 35, he was the oldest position player on the club & was second to Bartolo Colon overall in age. 

Granderson led the team in games (150) at bats (545) runs scored (88) triples (5) & strike outs (130).

Grand Slam / Five RBI Game: On April 22nd, in a 6-3 win over the Braves in Atlanta, Granderson hit two HRs off Bud Norris, including a 2nd inning grand slam. It was his sixth career grand slam & first as a Met.

On May 17th, his HR off Max Scherzer helped Noah Syndergaard, who pitched seven shutout innings, to a 2-0 win over the Washington Nat's at Citi Field.

Walk Off HR: On May 27th, Curtis came to bat leading off the bottom of the 9th inning of a 5-5 tie with the Dodgers. He blasted a walk off HR to right field off Pedro Baez for a 6-5 
Mets win.

Trivia: On June 9th, he hit a leadoff HR off the Pirates Jimmy Nelson, it was his 17th lead off HR as a Mets player, the most in franchise history in that category.

Granderson struggled to stay above the .200 mark until mid-June. He did hit four HRs in the first half of June then wouldn't hit another until July 1st. 
He then homered in back-to-back games, helping the Mets to wins over the Cubs & Marlins.

After a July 17th HR in Philadelphia, he would not hit another unit August 3rd in the subway series. In that game he also drew three walks in the Mets loss.

In August he had his biggest slugging month where he blasted six HRs, but just like he did all season, did not drive in may runs only nine in the entire month. At one point he was on rate to hit thirty HRs & drive in the least amount of runs of anyone in MLB history.

On August 30th he had another multiple HR game, hitting two while driving in three runs in the Mets 7-4 win at Citi Field over the Miami Marlins. It was his 21st & 22nd HRs of the year.

Granderson had a big September, showing his classy veteran leadership, hitting eight HRs driving in twenty runs, while hitting safely in 19 of 28 games as the Mets chased a wild card playoff spot. 

From September 3rd to September 9th, he drove in ten runs over a span of five straight games. On September 4th in a 5-1 win over the Nat's, he started with a 1st inning sac fly bringing in the first run & then hit a two run HR for a three RBI game.

On September 9th in a 6-4 win over the Braves in Atlanta, he hit his 26th HR of the year, a two-run shot off Julio Tehren then added an RBI single in the 8th as well drawing two walks while scoring two runs.

Walk Off HR: On September 17th, he had his third multi-HR game of the year as well as his second walk off HR game. In the bottom of the 11th, he led off with a HR off the Twins Brandon Kintzler to tie the game back up. 

In the bottom of the 12th, Gandy Man then he connected off reliever Ryan O'Rourke for the game winning HR. 
The win put the Mets ten games over .500 keeping them atop the wild card heap.

Trivia: He became just the eighth player in MLB history to hit multiple HRs in an extra inning game. 

On September 27th he drove in three runs in Miami as the Mets went on to a 12-1 win. 

On October 1st as the Mets clinched the top Wild Card spot & second straight appearance in the post season in back-to-back season, Granderson contributed with three hits & two runs scored.

He finished the year with 30 HRs, the most in his three-year Mets career.  It was the fourth time in his career he topped the 30 HR mark. His 30 HRs were second to Yoenis Cespedes on the team. 

He batted .237 with 129 hits, 24 doubles 5 triples just 59 RBIs. Once again, he led the team in runs scored (88). He walked 74 times with a .335 on base % & .799 OPS.

In right field he posted a perfect fielding % (.100%) best in the NL. He played 140 outfield games, 110 in right field making 8 overall assists.

2016 NL Wild Card Game: Granderson went 0-4 in the NL Wild Card Game loss, against the San Francisco Giants. He made an outstanding late inning catch saving two runs from scoring & keeping the game a shutout.

Honors: In 2016 he was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award

2017: the Mets would send away most of their veteran players whose contracts were to expire. The club had a disastrous year & they had to cut payroll, as well as start to rebuild.

Granderson struggled as well, he di not get above the .200 level until the start of June. By that time, he had just four HRs as well. On May 5th, he helped the Mets come back from a 7-1 deficit to the Miami Marlins, hitting a two run HR at Citi Field.

300th Career HR: On June 14th, he hit his 300th career HR, it came off the Cubs Carl Edwars in a 9-4 win over Chicago at Citi Field.

In June he hit eight HRs as his bat livened up, he hit HRs in back-to-back games at Los Angeles, collecting five hits in those two games, but the Dodgers swept the Mets in the four-game series.

Just three days later as the Mets moved to San Francisco, Granderson homered in two of those games, back-to-back then hit another in his third straight game, as the road trip moved to South Florida. From June 21st to June 30th, he hit 5 HRs & drove in 11 runs with 14 hits, bringing his average up to .237.

He began July with a HR against the Washington Nat's but then did not hit another long ball for an entire month. He got another hot streak hitting six HRs from August 2nd through August 17th. Two of those HRs came against the Phillies & two came against the A.L. New York team in the subway series. 

Grand Slam: On August 17th, he hit his second career Mets grand slam. It came off Brian Mitchell in a subway series game at Citi Field. It was his seventh career grand slam.

It was also his last game as a New York Met, as that night he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.

Mets Career Stats: Granderson had a solid Mets career, he will be remembered for giving it his all, being a good guy & a member of winning teams. 

He made a Mets World Series appearance & two post season appearances. In four years with the
Mets, he played in 573 games with 484 hits 95 HRs 106 doubles 12 triples & 247 RBIs. He batted .239 with 512 strike outs & 297 walks, a .341 on base % & .784 OPS.

Post Mets Career: In Los Angeles in just his third game with the Dodgers, he hit another grand slam HR, becoming the first player to hit two grand slams in the same week with different teams. The next day he stole his 150th career base.

Overall, in L.A. he was mostly a reserve player in 36 games he still hit 7 HRs with 12 RBIs although he only batted .161.

2017 Post Season: He went 0-7 in the post season for the NL Champion Dodgers. 

In the off season he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for 2018. He hit 11 HRs in 104 games before being traded to the first place Milwaukee Brewers on August 31st, 2018. Four games in Milwaukee he hit his first HR & then another a week later. In 19 games he hit 2 HRs with 3 RBIs batting .220.

2018 Post Season: With the Brewers he reached his eighth post season. He went 0-2 in the NLDS win over the Colorado Rockies. In the NLCS he drove in a run with a double, in the 5-2 loss at Dodger Stadium to the LA Dodgers.

In 2019 he signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. He made the team out of Spring Training, playing as the team's main left fielder. He batted just .183 with 12 HRs & 34 RBIs. He announced his retirement in January 2020.

Career Stats: In a 16-year career, Granderson batted .249 with 1800 hits 346 doubles 95 triples 344 HRs (100th most all time) & 937 RBIs. He had 153 stolen bases with 924 walks, a .337 on base % & a .828 OPS. He had 1916 strike outs (12th most all time) in 7236 at bats in 2057 games. 

He played 1254 games in centerfield (55th most all time) & 1897 games overall in the outfield (67th most all time).

Post Season Career: In eight post seasons he has played in 16 post season series batting .224 with 9 HRs 9 doubles 3 triples 30 RBIs & a .317 on base %.

The Grandy man 
is known to do a lot of charity work for the community, his foundation -Grand Kids Foundation has raised money for inner city kids across the country. 
He was once voted one baseball's friendliest players by Sports Illustrated.

He also served as an ambassador for MLB International, having gone to Italy, England, Holland, New Zealand, Japan & Africa. 

In 2013 it was announced that Granderson would put up $5 million of the $7 million cost for a
new stadium at his alma mater, the University of Illinois-Chicago. The stadium will be named after him.

Starting in 2021 he served as president of the Players Alliance to increase opportunities for black athletes.

Trivia: Granderson wore his socks high in honor of the players from the old Negro Leagues. Curtis has been known to wear the slogan "Don't Think. Have fun" under the bill of his cap. 

He is a big fan of WWE Wrestling as well. Granderson resided on East 72nd St, in a luxury high rise off the East River.

Analyst: Curtis serves as a host for MLB on the TBS network.


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