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When all is said and done, baseball is a business. There are some unenviable tasks that are necessary in order to keep the product, in this case the Detroit Tigers, moving forward. The general manager, Dave Dombrowski, stated that trading Curtis Granderson was one of the more difficult moves he has had to make because of Granderson’s contributions off the field. While he was in Detroit, Granderson established the Grand Kids Foundation to help the education of the children of Detroit. The foundation will probably continue, but will become more difficult with the complications of Granderson now playing in New York. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091209&content_id=7790584&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Curtis Granderson, CF of the Detroit Tigers, was recently awarded the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award by the MLB Players Association for his work on and off the field. This was due as a combination of all Granderson’s charitable efforts and the MLBPA donated $50,000 to a charity of his choice. He also becomes the first Tiger since Al Kaline in 1973 to win a national charitable award: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091030&content_id=7582518&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Curtis Granderson, 27-year old outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, represents Major League Baseball as an ambassador for MLB International. He has travelled to places like China, Italy, and South Africa, representing the face of America’s pastime. Commissioner Bud Selig wrote a letter to Granderson, thanking him for his personal convictions in his own life, and for what he has done for the sport:
“There are so many fine young men playing Major League baseball today, but I can think of no one who is better suited to represent our national pastime than you,” Selig told Granderson in his letter.
The Chicago-area native is a great leader for the Tigers’ organization on and off the field. In addition to a career high .302 batting average in 2007, Granderson also led the league in triples that season (23) and finished 10th in AL MVP voting. In 2008, Granderson started his own foundation, which focuses on education.
The Grand Kids Foundation, holds a variety of events, sponsorship fundraisers, and donation drives each year. The foundation’s mission is to enforce educational initiatives to youth, and to help bring the sport of baseball back to the nation’s inner cities. Granderson, who also served as a studio analyst for TBS when the Tigers missed the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, focused his foundation initially on the urban areas of Detroit and Flint, Michigan. These are inner-city districts that have been troublesome for youth and education for quite some time.
If anything, the American League All-Star does too much outside of the baseball diamond. However, his active involvement in the community doesn’t seem to have slowed his play, as he is scheduled to represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.
In actuality—Sam Abrams, the team’s manager of player relations, once said, “The more Curtis does in the community, the better he plays.”
Please click here for the article on Granderson entitled “Tigers Outfielder a Grand Ambassador,” written by John Paul Morosi, sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press: