29 Facts About Curtis Granderson

1. Curtis Granderson wears his socks high to honor players from the Negro leagues.

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2. In 2011, Curtis Granderson was voted one of the friendliest players in the Major Leagues, according to a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated of 290 players.

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3. Curtis Granderson was chosen as the 2009 Marvin Miller Man of the Year by the MLBPA for his off-field work.

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4. Curtis Granderson has taken part in negotiations of the labor contract.

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5. Curtis Granderson donated $5 million to help UIC build a new baseball stadium in 2013.

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6. Curtis Granderson is an avid fan of college basketball and of the Kansas Jayhawks.

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7. On January 23, 2018, Curtis Granderson signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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8. Curtis Granderson was 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and the Dodgers left him off the World Series roster.

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9. On June 14, 2017, Curtis Granderson hit his 300th career home run in a Mets win over the Chicago Cubs.

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10. Curtis Granderson was the first batter up in the bottom of the 9th inning.

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11. On May 27, 2016, Curtis Granderson hit a walk off home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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12. Curtis Granderson started 148 games with 130 in right field.

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13. Curtis Granderson was limited to only 61 games in 2013 batting.

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14. Curtis Granderson was again placed on the 15-day disabled list.

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15. On May 18, 2013, Curtis Granderson made his first start at right field.

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16. Curtis Granderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list to begin the 2013 season.

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17. On May 6, 2012, Curtis Granderson achieved his 1,000th hit against the Kansas City Royals.

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18. Curtis Granderson was named American League Player of the Month for August 2011, in which he batted.

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19. Curtis Granderson hit a home run in his first Yankee at bat on April 4, 2010, becoming the twelfth player to do so.

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20. Curtis Granderson improved his plate discipline, as he finished seventh in the AL in strikeouts with 141.

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21. Curtis Granderson became the Tigers starting center fielder for the 2006 season after beating out Nook Logan for the position during spring training.

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22. Curtis Granderson received his second promotion to the majors in July 2005, and he appeared in six games.

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23. On February 6, 2013 Curtis Granderson had his number 28 retired by UIC.

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24. Curtis Granderson graduated from UIC with a double major in business administration and business marketing.

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25. Curtis Granderson won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award twice and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 in recognition of his contributions in the community.

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26. Curtis Granderson has served as an ambassador for MLB abroad.

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27. Curtis Granderson signed with the Blue Jays for the 2018 season.

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28. Curtis Granderson made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2004, and signed a contract extension with Detroit in 2008.

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29. Curtis Granderson played college baseball at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was selected by the Tigers in the 2002 MLB draft.

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