Leyland: Granderson is “everything that’s good about baseball”

granderson.jpgHigh praise from Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who spent a lot of time today talking about a player who is no longer on his team. Here’s the transcript concerning the newest Yankee centerfielder:

Q. For people who don’t see Curtis Granderson every day, what does he bring to a team when he’s at his best?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I think in my opinion Curtis Granderson is one of the things that’s all good about baseball in today’s baseball world. He is one heck of a player. He has a great face. He’s very bright. He’s very articulate. He’s everything that’s good about baseball. Not to mention a guy that did something that nobody in the history of the game did a couple years ago. Nobody ever. And he hit 30 home runs last year. He’s the total package.

Q. His numbers dropped off a little last year, obviously. What was the difference last year?
JIM LEYLAND:
Well, his home runs did not drop off. But in fairness, I think one of the things that happened was if you look at the American League last year, there was some real good left-handed pitching that surfaced in the American League last year. And he got thrown to the wolves because there was a stretch there where that’s all we saw was left-handed pitching, and it was real good left-handed pitching. And that’s his last hurdle, and he will hurdle that.
To me he’s everything that’s good about the game.

Q. How do you describe him as a fielder?
JIM LEYLAND:
I think Comerica Park is probably one of the toughest center fields to play. I think that it’s sometimes confusing, balls right at or over your head. I think side to side is not an issue, but that park is — if you look at a lot of center fielders at Comerica Park, they had trouble with certain balls, and I think he’s a very good fielder, to answer your question. And he’s a good thrower. Not a great thrower, but a very good thrower. He’s the total package.

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Hey as a die hard Red Sox fan I come to congratulate the Yankees front office. Your front office was clearly superior to outs. Theo is a ditz and Cashman is pretty tough. I give you guys lots of credit on locking up CC and Burnett. Your GM has a brain unlike ours. But once again good job and let me congratulate you guys in advance for the butt whoopin you guys are going to deal to us this upcoming season! Yup! Theo is gonna let you guys get Halladay, Bay, and maybe even Holliday! And us…we are gonna go get David Cone for a 1 year deal! And Milton Broccoli for outfield! And hmm….well we already signed the oh so dangerous MArco Scutaro!!! Maybe we will go sign Marlon Anderson next! Ta ta!

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Hey as a die hard Red Sox fan I come to congratulate the Yankees front office. Your front office was clearly superior to outs. Theo is a ditz and Cashman is pretty tough. I give you guys lots of credit on locking up CC and Burnett. Your GM has a brain unlike ours. But once again good job and let me congratulate you guys in advance for the butt whoopin you guys are going to deal to us this upcoming season! Yup! Theo is gonna let you guys get Halladay, Bay, and maybe even Holliday! And us…we are gonna go get David Cone for a 1 year deal! And Milton Broccoli for outfield! And hmm….well we already signed the oh so dangerous MArco Scutaro!!! Maybe we will go sign Marlon Anderson next! Ta ta!

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Hey as a die hard Red Sox fan I come to congratulate the Yankees front office. Your front office was clearly superior to outs. Theo is a ditz and Cashman is pretty tough. I give you guys lots of credit on locking up CC and Burnett. Your GM has a brain unlike ours. But once again good job and let me congratulate you guys in advance for the butt whoopin you guys are going to deal to us this upcoming season! Yup! Theo is gonna let you guys get Halladay, Bay, and maybe even Holliday! And us…we are gonna go get David Cone for a 1 year deal! And Milton Broccoli for outfield! And hmm….well we already signed the oh so dangerous MArco Scutaro!!! Maybe we will go sign Marlon Anderson next! Ta ta!

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After years of watching guys like Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, Raul Mondesi, and Gary Sheffield – it is great having guys like Sabathia and Granderson to root for. It makes it so much easier to like these guys on the field when they are not a-holes off of it.

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