As I looked through his stats I learned that he was drafted by Montreal Expos in the 2000 amateur draft. At 17 years old he played 55 games for GCL Expos in the Gulf Coast League. He got 60 hits off of 205 at bats giving him a .293 batting average. in 2001 he played 123 games for Clinton Lumber Kings in the Midwest League where he got 121 hits in 451 at bats, .268 BA. In 2002 he played 75 games for Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League and 47 games for Kinston Indians in the Carolina League with a total of 125 hits in 428 at bats giving him a .292 batting average. 2003 he played AA ball for Akron Aeros in the Eastern League where he played 128 games getting 151 hits in 496 at bats, .304 BA. He then went on to play AAA ball with Buffalo Bisons in the International league in 2004 playing in 101 games getting a .287 batting average.
His Major League Baseball debut was on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Jacobs Field in front of 21,922 fans. Where the Indians took on Chicago White Sox. At that time the Indians were 46 – 48 while the White Sox were 49 – 42. It was the bottom of the 9th and the Indians were down 14 – 0 with two out when Grady Sizemore stepped up to bat against White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. (Another free agent this offseason) His first pitch was fouled off. The second pitch was a popfly to second base and the game was over. Not the kind of debut most young players dream about but he has done pretty good for himself ever since.
Sizemore has eight seasons with the Indians with 892 games played, he used to be a very dependable player with two straight seasons (2006 and 2007) getting 162 games played. He has a career batting average of .269 with a .357 OBP and a .473 SLG. He has scored 601 runs and got 948 hits with 190 being his season high which he got in 2006. Grady won the American League MVP from 2005 to 2008. He was in the All-Star Games from 2006 to 2008. He won Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2008 and a Silver Sluggers Award in 2008. The question many are asking this offseason is; will he ever be that good again?
In 2011 he played 71 games and got 60 hits giving him a .224 batting average. He also did some time in the minors playing for AA Akron Aeros and AAA Columbus Clippers getting a total of 8 games for both teams and a .357 batting average. Will 2012 be a better year for Sizemore if he re-signs with the Indians? No one knows but it sure will be interesting to find out.
It is a safe bet for the Indians to re-sign him for a one year contract to see if maybe he will bounce back and get the numbers he once did. I also think it is a good deal for Sizemore cause he will have another year to pick up his game so then he might be able to impress more teams before next offseason so he can get a bigger and better contract for the future. I think it is a win / win situation for both involved and hopefully he does well.