Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday morning. Granderson, 38, spent 16 years in the major leagues, including six with the Tigers (his longest stint with any club). He played in more than 2,000 MLB games, and hit .249/.337/.465 with 344 home runs and 153 stolen bases.
Granderson produced an .828 OPS in nearly 3,000 plate appearances with the Tigers, and made the American League All-Star team in 2009. He made two more All-Star appearances in his years with the New York Yankees, and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2011. He received MVP votes in three different seasons, including his 2007 campaign with the Tigers in which he hit 23 home runs, 23 triples, 38 doubles, and stole 26 bases; it was one of four “20-20-20-20” seasons in MLB history.
In all, Granderson produced 47.3 rWAR, nearly half of which came with the Tigers. He played for seven different teams, but unfortunately came up short in his three World Series appearances. He was one of the faces of the Tigers’ resurgence in 2006, and had a long, productive, and healthy career.
Congratulations on your retirement, Curtis. And thank you for all of the great memories.