Former Yankee Curtis Granderson Announces Retirement After 16 Seasons:
Granderson wore 7 different uniforms during his time in the big leagues, most notably with the Detroit Tigers (2004-2009), the New York Yankees (2010-2013), and the New York Mets (2014-2017), alongside spending some time with the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Marlins.
Granderson was a 3-Time All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012) and won 1 Silver Slugger at Center Field (2011) in a season where he was voted 4th in the AL MVP voting. He was also a 4-Time Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award winner (2009, 2016, 2018, 2019), and a 1-time Roberto Clemente Award winner (2016).
We wish Curtis Granderson all the best in retirement! He was a true ambassador for the game of baseball.
It’s been an incredible journey! Thanks for the ride of a lifetime, @MLB @MLB_PLAYERS pic.twitter.com/0AgOgSjWSC — Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) January 31, 2020
All hustle and heart for 16 years in The Show. Congrats on your retirement, Curtis! pic.twitter.com/i8BDAne9S8 — MLB (@MLB) January 31, 2020
How was Granderson as a Yankee?
In his 4-Year stint with the New York Yankees from 2010-2013, Granderson was a fantastic ballplayer as he manned Center Field for over 4,000 innings of work. During that time he only made 3 errors in Center Field, with a nearly perfect fielding percentage that hovers around 0.995.
While donning the Yankee pinstripes and away grays, Granderson hit to a triple-slash of .245/.335/.495 (.829 OPS) with a 120 OPS+ alongside 115 HR’s, 307 RBI’s, and a K:BB rate of 549:240 (2.28:1), all over 513 games. This came out to be 15 bWAR (or about 3.8 per full season)- perfectly in line with All-Star level play.
Many Yankees fans will remember his back-to-back 40+ Home Run seasons in 2011 (41) and 2012 (43), including John Sterling’s infamous “The Grandy Man Can/He’s something sort of Grandish” home run call that was echoed many times into the night.
Check out this piece on Sports Illustrated about the 3-Team Deal that sent Granderson to the Yankees.