Through 954 career games, Grady Sizemore—now of the Philadelphia Phillies—finds himself just one hit short of collecting 1,000 total base knocks on his career.
The 31-year-old outfielder began his comeback effort in 2014 with the Boston Red Sox, with whom he went 40-for-185 (.216) at the dish before being designated for assignment in mid-June. He then caught on with the Phillies on a minor league deal, and after a two-week stint at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Sizemore arrived in Philadelphia on July 11, hitting safely in his first seven games.
Prior to this season, Sizemore hadn't played at any level since 2011 after suffering multiple serious knee and back injuries.
Sizemore began his career at the age of 21 with the Cleveland Indians, spending eight major league seasons with the organization. His best single year came in 2006, when he collected career highs in hits (190), runs (134) and doubles (53).
The highly touted prospect strung together four consecutive 20-home run, 20-stolen base seasons from 2005 to 2008, including a 30-30 effort in the latter campaign. He earned a Gold Glove Award in center field during the final two years of that stretch, while earning All-Star bids from 2006 to 2008.
Once boasted as an elite five-tool player, Sizemore will attempt to recapture some of that magic in his age-32 season. Over his first 10 games (nine starts) as a Philly, he's shown signs of a bounce back, batting .306 with two doubles and three multi-hit performances.
Considering he'll be afforded four to five starts per week, the workload is available to improve upon his career totals of 473 RBI, 228 doubles and 141 home runs, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. Additionally, if Sizemore remains an everyday starter, he could conceivably reach the 1,000-games-played milestone before the season ends, as he currently sits at 954 on his career.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise specified.
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