The Dodgers brought Curtis Granderson aboard at the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline in hopes that he would provide some much-needed veteran presence in addition to being a nice bat off the bench. While he wasn’t what they had hoped in October, he had an excellent career with the a number of other teams around Major League Baseball.
Granderson announced his retirement on Twitter this morning:
— Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) January 31, 2020
Granderson on Los Angeles
In Granderson’s message, he makes specific mention of the Los Angeles culture that he was allowed to be a part of:
“I’m eternally grateful to every team and every city that I’ve had the opportunity to call ‘home’: Detroit, New York (both the Bronx and Queens), Los Angeles, Toronto, Milwaukee, Miami, and of course, my hometown of Chicago. It is these communities that allowed me to take my Grand Kids Foundation to new heights and use my platform for positive change.”
Grandy Man’s Career
Granderson played just 36 games as a member of the Dodgers and posted a .161 batting average and .654 on-base plus slugging percentage. Granderson was a three-time All-Star and received MVP votes on three separate occasions before the downside of his career took effect. His best season was in 2011 when he posted a .916 OPS, hit 41 home runs, and stole 25 bases.
Best of luck to the Grandy Man in his next stage of life.