Grady Sizemore (Grady Sizemore III) was born on August 2, 1982 in Seattle, Washington. He made his Major League debut on July 21, 2004 for the Cleveland Indians. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .246 with 4 home runs and 24 RBI. Sizemore played for the Cleveland Indians for his entire 4 year career.
A noted high school star in football, basketball, and baseball, Sizemore signed a letter of intent to play football and baseball at the University of Washington. At the time of his high school graduation, Sizemore was Cascade's all-time leader in rushing yards with 3,081 yards and interceptions with 16.
The college year was not to be, however, as the Montreal Expos selected Sizemore in the third round of the 2000 draft.
Sizemore's parents figured out the amount of signing bonus money that would result in Grady not losing money by not attending college: $2 million. The Expos, shockingly, agreed to pay the signing bonus.
In the 2001 season, the infamous trade between the Expos and the Cleveland Indians occurred, sending Lee Stevens and minor leaguers Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips to the Indians for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.
Sizemore made his debut with the Indians in 2004, and, due to injuries, joined the Indians very early in 2005 and quickly became their everyday center fielder.
In 2006, Sizemore was named a member of the All-Star team by American League manager Ozzie Guillen, who noted Sizemore as a superstar.
- All-Star Selections: 2 (2006, 2007)
- Gold Gloves: 1 (2007)
- Selected by the Montreal Expos in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft on June 5, 2000 - signed on June 16, 2000.
- Traded by the Montreal Expos with Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips and Cliff Lee to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Bartolo Colonand Tim Drew on June 27, 2002.