Bye-bye Grady?

October 29, 2011

I started writing a post about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. Now that the World Series is over, the Indians have three days to decide whether or not to pick up the options on their contracts.  I just saw something posted about 5 minutes ago from the Lake County Sentinel saying that the Indians had declined Sizemore’s option. Apparently the team is hedging its bets by trying for a one-year contract with incentives based on the number of games played and productivity.

I honestly think this is the right decision. When the Indians brought Sizemore up at the end of the 2004 (he only played 43 games), I was excited. He was fast, he played hard, he hit well–it was the whole package. I always felt bad that he didn’t make his debut until the end of the season, because he could have been a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate.  He was a workhorse from 2005 through 2008, winning two Gold Gloves (2007 and 2008) and appearing in three All-Star Games. For a couple of years, he was the real deal. Since then he’s had injury after injury: a groin injury during 2009 Spring Training followed by elbow surgery and hernia surgery in August 2009. In 2010 came the microfracture surgery on his left knee, which kept him out of the 2011 season until April 17. Stephanie and I (and the rally cows) were at that game. It was like the conquering hero had come home. He went 2-4 with a  home run. For a few hours, it seemed like old times, but it didn’t last. You know the rest, Sizemore was in and out of the lineup this season and had surgery on his right knee on October 4. I think the Tribe is making the right call here. Give Grady another chance to show he has some baseball in him and show a little loyalty to a guy who has given them his all. Well, I hope it’s not his all. I’d like to think Sizemore has a few more strong, productive seasons in him, but I’m not holding my breath.



  • Drew says:

    I agree, this is the right move. He got hurt playing his butt off and giving it everything he had. As Jerry Seinfeld says, “Figure out what will kill me and then back it off a little bit.” My only criticism of Grady is that he must not have watched this stand-up. (beginning at 5:00)

  • Susan Petrone says:

    Thanks for the link, Drew. I feel bad saying this is the right move because I believe in things like loyalty. At the same time, Sizemore’s body doesn’t seem to be able to withstand the level of abuse he subjected it to. It doesn’t mean he’s weak–he’s not. Bodies are weird things. You can be Steve Strasburg and hurt your arm your rookie season, or you can be Cal Ripkin and play 2,632 games in a row. Biology? Luck of the draw? Who knows?

  • SeattleStu says:

    Absolutely right move….we can still keep him but pay less….he just isnt worth that money in his current state….FYI, local paper here (Seattle Times) touting grady as a potential offseason FA pickup for M’s given his local roots (Everett, WA)….little factoid for you – grady was recruited to play RB at Univ of Washington….now that would have put some stress on his body!

  • Cadfael says:

    Any thoughts on the trade for Derek Lowe? I know we’re not giving up anything, but I can’t help feeling that we’re not really getting anything either.

  • MikeJake says:

    Never a big Sizemore fan. I always felt he was more of a #3 hitter than a leadoff hitter, kinda like Alfonso Soriano.

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