2015 Spring Training Begins

March has finally arrived and Spring Training for all 30 MLB teams is in full swing. The Phillies held their first full squad workout last week and their first non-exhibition spring game is tomorrow vs. NYY. Grady is in the lineup in LF, and it airs on MLB Network on a tape delay at 9pm EST.

With a new season comes new team photo days and media guides. In our Gallery you’ll find some of Grady’s shots from Phillies’ Photo Day, and his pages from the 2015 Phillies Media Guide. New action shots are also being added as they come in.

Whoops… so much for the updates

I lied when I said I’d do a news roundup last year. Got a bit busy and, near the end of the season, news and photos became sparse.

Since our last post, Grady was named the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox and started out the season well then inevitably slowed down as the time off started to show. The beginning of June saw his return to Cleveland with the Sox, but sadly the reception from Cleveland fans was pretty much nil. Not long after that series he was designated for assignment, then subsequently outright released, by Boston.

A week later, the Philadelphia Phillies took a chance and signed him to a minor league contract. After just a few weeks at AAA Lehigh Valley, the Phillies purchased his contract and he was back in the MLB, where he remained the rest of the season. Though his early playing time was bountiful, it soon dwindled. As the season neared its end, he was relegated to mostly PH duties due to Philly taking a look at their younger players. Despite this, Grady put up a respectable line of .253/.313/.389/.702 with Philadelphia in his first full season back from missing two from multiple injuries & surgeries. His full 2014 stat line (including Boston and Philly) was .233/.299/.354/.654.

Most importantly, however, Grady got through the entire season unscathed in the health department. Perhaps hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, on October 23rd the Phillies announced that they had signed Grady to a 1-year $2 million MLB contract for the 2015 season.

So, needless to say, 2014 was a busy one for Mr. Sizemore, and not just in the baseball world. Earlier in 2014, Grady wed his longtime girlfriend Brittany. Sorry ladies, there’s a real Mrs. Sizemore now. Congrats to the happy couple!

We’re still here…

Sorry for the lack of updates since March. I’ve tried to keep the photo gallery updated but work/vacation has made it tough for me to post all the articles & media.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll do a March/April/May news roundup.

Sizemore makes spring debut for Sox

Thursday marked the first game action of any kind for Grady Sizemore since September of 2011.  That’s nearly 900 days away from the game for the former Gold-Glove outfielder.  He went hitless in 2 at bats from the leadoff spot, playing 3 innings in left field for the defending champs against the Northeastern University Huskies.  It was a rather uneventful day, which is a good thing for the oft-injured Sizemore.

Check out photos from Thursdays action in our Galleries, and see what Grady had to say about getting back into action below.

 

Boston’s Sizemore back onto the field – Maureen Mullen, Boston.com

Game time for Grady Sizemore – Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe

Grady Sizemore returns to field in Red Sox’ victory over Northeastern – Scott Lauber, Boston Herald

For Sizemore, it seems like old times – Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal

Sizemore downplays Sox debut after two years out of MLB – Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet

Sizemore downplays significance of first game with Red Sox – Ricky Doyle, NESN

 

Sizemore feeling better than expected, prepares for first Spring game on Thursday

Despire originally thinking that he probably wouldn’t be ready for the first spring action on Thursday, on Monday manager John Farrell announced that Grady Sizemore would suit up for the Red Sox in one of two 7-inning split-squad games on Thursday against Boston College and Northeastern.

Sizemore’s body has reacted better than expected to an increased workload, causing the Red Sox medical staff and management to adjust up their timeline for the former All-Star.

“Definitely better than expected,” Sizemore said Tuesday when asked about his health. “I didn’t expect to come in here and have continuous days without any issues and be able to keep pushing it to keep up with the volume and keep going from there.”

 

Grady Sizemore will be in the Red Sox’s lineup for first spring training game on Thursday, swing ‘looks great’ – Jason Mastrodonato, MassLive.com

Grady Sizemore Feeling ‘Definitely Better Than Expected’ At Spring Training – Ricky Doyle, NESN

Sizemore eager to see first game action – Ian Browne, RedSox.com

Sizemore to play in one of two Thursday games – Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet

Grady Sizemore looks good, but can be contribute? – Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe