The Ballad Of Grady Sizemore

UntitledWe all want Grady Sizemore to succeed.

We just don’t think he can.

It’s been two years since Sizemore played a baseball game in the Major Leagues, four years since he played a 100 games in a season, and five years since Sizemore was an elite player.

And he was an elite player. From 2005-2008, Sizemore averaged 160 games a season as one of the game’s most durable players (ironic, isn’t it?), made three all-star teams, won two gold gloves, and never failed to score less than 100 runs, hit 22 home runs or steal 22 bases. From 2006-2008, Sizemore never posted an OBP of under .374 as arguably the game’s premier leadoff hitter.

Then at age 27, Sizemore’s body began to fail him. In 2009, Sizemore elected to have surgery on his ailing left elbow. One week after the elbow surgery, he also elected to have hernia surgery on his lower abdomen.

In 2010, after just 33 games, Sizemore elected to have micro fracture surgery on his left knee that ended his 2010 season.

After coming back in 2011, Sizemore returned to the disabled list shortly after sliding into a base with a right knee contusion. Following another injury to his right knee, Sizemore elected to have another sports hernia surgery that ended his 2011 season.

Sizemore resigned with Cleveland before the 2012 season on a one-year deal, but underwent back surgery during spring training and started the season on the 60-day DL. A series of setbacks with his back and knee prevented him from playing a single game in 2012 and he refused to sign with a team in 2013 until he could come back healthy. It’s a far cry from relevancy for a guy who once played 382 straight games.

Now 31, Sizemore is coming off back surgery, micro fracture surgery to both knees, and multiple sports hernia surgeries, but is currently drawing interest from the Cincinnati Reds. According to Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, Sizemore “appears to be healthy,” but I’ll believe in when I see it.

There’s a reason when you google “Grady Sizemore,” “Grady Sizemore injury” quickly follows. The guy just can’t stay healthy. It’s a shame because of what could have been. I wish him the best of luck.

It’s just been proven he doesn’t have a whole lot of it.

Shawn Ferris is a NFL, MLB, and Fantasy Sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @RealShawnFerris, like him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google+