May 10, 2007

Cover Boy

Says Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro, "There is a superstar player on our team, but if you walked into our clubhouse, you'd have no idea who it is.

SizemoreR.jpg

But you could take a guess.

A few more excerpts from Tom Verducci's article SI.com - One Sizemore Fits All:

At 6'2" and 205 pounds Sizemore features a historic combination of extra-base power and speed. Last season, when he hit .290 with 28 homers, 53 doubles, 11 triples and 22 stolen bases, Sizemore became only the seventh player in history -- and the youngest ever -- with more than 90 extra-base hits and 20 steals in the same season.

---

At week's end he led the AL in pitches per plate appearance (4.50), was tied for third in stolen bases (nine), ranked fourth in runs (24) and walks (25), and was first in the hearts of baseball aficionados who marvel at his well-rounded skills and humility. The guy is a walking, running, diving, hustling clinic.

---

Says Shapiro, "Grady wants to be great, not just good. And what you're starting to see now is maybe that once-a-decade convergence of effort, energy, talent, athleticism and baseball ability. It's all coming together."

Even though Sizemore homered in the Indians' first three games this season, he's off to a bit of a slow start, batting just .254 through 31 games. But after stealing just 22 bases all last year, he has 12 already this season...in 12 attempts. That "slow start" also includes a couple of game winning hits, an inside-the-park homer, and several highlight reel catches.

The batting average will come...so nobody's worried. At least we weren't till this damn SI cover came out.

Posted by dan at May 10, 2007 12:10 AM