I think it’s pretty easy to forget how truly great Grady Sizemore was before he got hurt. For one, it feels like it’s been so long since he’s been healthy: for nearly all of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Grady was either on the DL or should have been. It’s pretty clear that his health cost him major parts of the last two seasons. On top of that, he had a really nice year in 2008, but the team imploded around him as Hafner fell off a cliff and CC was traded away. So in some ways, we haven’t really seen Grady since 2007.
But even more than that, a good deal of Sizemore’s greatness always flew under the radar anyway. His value was so evenly distributed among his defense, his bat, and his baserunning that people often overlooked how much he was contributing. [Read more...]