Curtis Granderson hit 102 home runs in six seasons with the Detroit Tigers before joining the defending world champion New York Yankees for 2010.
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Granderson's prowess at the plate is matched by his great skill in centerfield, where his range has helped him make astonishing plays. He has a .993 career fielding percentage, and 28 career outfield assists.
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In 2007, Granderson became just the third player in baseball history to finish with at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season, making his Tiger teammates very happy.
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For Granderson, a Chicago-area kid who played his college ball at University of Illinois-Chicago, meeting fellow Chicagoan and 44th President Barack Obama in 2009 was a thrill.
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In 2009, Granderson was selected to the United States' roster for the World Baseball Classic, where he shared the spotlight with other Major League stars, like Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Before Granderson was scoring runs for the big league's biggest team, he was a high school standout in suburban Chicago.
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After four consecutive seasons in which he played at least 140 games, Granderson injured his groin just 23 games into the 2010 season, sidelining him for almost a month.
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Known for his speed and nifty glove work in the field, Granderson has plenty of highlight reel material to his name.
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Now 29, Granderson's positive attitude and bright smile have helped him dismiss criticism throughout his career.
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It's no surprise Granderson is a favorite anywhere he goes -- his small-ball attitude and goofy personality make it easy for young fans to relate.
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Granderson's speed on the basepaths makes him a nightmare for opposing pitchers and catchers. The speedster has 71 career stolen bases.
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A renaissance man with universal appeal, Granderson has already parlayed his looks and charisma into appearances on TBS' playoff baseball coverage and a role as an ambassador for MLB International.
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