Skip to content

Red Sox make it official, name Grady Sizemore the Opening Day center fielder

Mar 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Grady Sizemore Red Sox AP

UPDATE: And now it’s official, as manager John Farrell announced today that Grady Sizemore will be the Opening Day center fielder for the Red Sox. It’ll be his first regular season game since September 22, 2011.

==========

Grady Sizemore’s comeback has gone exceptionally well in Red Sox camp. He’s hit .333 with an .842 OPS and more walks than strikeouts, and perhaps most importantly he was able to play in three consecutive games for the first time since … well, a long time and many injuries ago.

Here’s what Sizemore told Alex Speier of WEEI.com about his status:

You definitely want to push it and test it and see how things feel. You’re definitely going to have some bumps and bruises like you would in any season or any week of baseball, but it’s all been mild stuff. Everything has been great. I’ve held up well. It’s good to get the reps. It’s nice to play consecutive days and get a better feel for timing, moving around. Everything is as good as I could have hoped for.

Sizemore was one of the best all-around players in baseball before injuries derailed his career at age 26. He hasn’t played a full, healthy season since 2008 and hasn’t played in the majors at all since 2011. And right now it looks like he’ll be the Red Sox’s starting center fielder on Opening Day. Helluva story.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I get it, he’s on the Red Sox now, but that attempt at a beard is horrific. It’s OK to be your own man, Grady.

  2. kozy21 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Good. Now trade Mike Carp to the Pirates so they have competent 1st baseman.

  3. renaado - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Well at least he has evidence to prove his statement is valid. Sizemore will have a productive season in 2014 if he stays healthy.

    • carpi2 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I hope he stays healthy, and has a productive season. He used to be a terrific player. With that said, he is a high risk player for the Sox to be hedging their bets on. I suspect Jackie Bradley Jr. will be the full-time starting CF, by season’s end. I just don’t think Grady will be able to stay healthy.

      • renaado - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        I hope that happens too, I just wish Jackie Bradley won’t slump half way throughout season’s end if he’s the starting CF during that time. Kid’s got an amazing potential.

  4. icanspeel - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Got to hand it to him, he never gave up and if he plays this whole year would be the definition of Comeback Player of the Year.

    • renaado - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      If that were to happen it might even be the best comeback ever than Ryan Vogelsong on what he did for the Giants.

  5. drewsylvania - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    He looks good, but if they keep Sizemore they’ll probably need to carry five outfielders (Carp doesn’t count). Grady won’t stay healthy, and Nava in CF terrifies me.

    • jacflash - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      If Sizemore hits the DL, they call up JBJ. If he needs a day off here or there, maybe Victorino gets a spot-start in CF. They’ll make it work.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        They could always stick Ortiz out in LF. They made it work with Manny all those years…

      • gmfw7 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        i think people forget shane was one of the better defensive CF in baseball just two years ago. he went to the dodgers (matt kemp) and then sox (ellsbury) so he just wasn’t needed in CF, but i doubt he would be a liability if they needed to move him there at some point

  6. proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Grady Mania all over again!

  7. theurnhelm - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    That photo – how in the world did he manage to get the ball where it is?

    All I can think of is a well timed photo of a foul tip that bounced up off the ground.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Did they also name the guy who will start week 2 when Sizemore throws out his back carrying his luggage or something?

  9. moogro - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Judging from that photo, he has nails driven through his bat.

  10. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    This makes me happy. Its been like an over wrought day time drama with Grady getting hurt. “The Struggles of Sizemore”. I expected him to be kidnapped by aliens in due course. I’m glad he made the team. Now I hope he has a great season.

  11. eastcoastgambler - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    After watching the path he has taken, he should be wearing the Tony C. jersey, not the Mendoza line-in-waiting JBJ.

  12. ez4u2sa - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    This has been coming for a while so it is no surprise, The Sox used this game plan last year and rode it to a World Championship. If they get 130 games out of Sizemore they won’t miss Ellsbury as much.

  13. stephenolszewski - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Would love to see Sizemore get back on track, he was one of my favorite Indians to watch. That curveball is his weakness though last time he played for the Indians his strikeout rate was ridiculous.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Do the Angels have any weaknesses?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (3795)
  2. A. Rizzo (2621)
  3. B. Belt (2460)
  4. R. Castillo (2409)
  5. J. Hamilton (2272)
  1. A. Pujols (2169)
  2. C. Young (2133)
  3. B. Gardner (2058)
  4. H. Ryu (2043)
  5. E. Gattis (1919)