Former Brewers outfielder, Curtis Granderson, announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago after a successful MLB career. The past two weeks, I have seen multiple posts on social media about whether Curtis Granderson is or is not a future Hall of Famer. Once a Brewer, always a Brewer, and I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t make my opinion heard on a former Brewers’ Hall of Fame case.
Granderson only had a brief stint with the Brewers at the end of the 2018 season while the team was trying to make a World Series push. Granderson played well in the 19 games he was in for the Brewers. He hit 2 home runs, scored 12 runs, and had an OBP of .407. Every time Granderson came up to bat, it seemed as if he was getting on base one way or another. In the playoffs, he appeared in 7 games but only managed to get 1 hit in 7 plate appearances.
For his career, Granderson played in 2,057 career games for 7 different teams. He accumulated 1,800 career hits, 344 home runs, and 937 RBIs. He also had a career batting average of .249, and OBP of .337, and a very good OPS of .803. All of these numbers were good enough to give Granderson a career WAR of 47.5. When it comes to accolades, The Grandy Man made it to three All-Star games, won one Silver Slugger Award, and also won the 2015 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award. He even finished top ten in MVP voting twice.
From 2006 through 2017, Granderson was one of the top outfielders in the entire MLB. Over that span he hit .252 with an OPS of .812. Throughout those seasons he averaged about 26 home runs per year, 70 RBIs, 25 doubles, 7 triples, and 13 stolen bases. The best season of his career is a toss up between 2007 and 2011. In 2007, for the Detroit Tigers, Granderson hit .302 with 23 homers, 74 RBIs, 38 doubles, 26 stolen bases and 23 triples. His 23 triples is the most anybody has hit in a season since Kiki Cuyler had 26 triples in 1925. In 2011, with the Yankees, Granderson hit .262 with 43 home runs and a league leading 119 RBIs.
When it comes to Curtis Granderson’s Hall of Fame case, he’s a very tough player to judge. Granted, he had a great career and for over a decade was one of the best outfielders in the MLB. According to baseball-reference.com, Granderson has similarity scores comparable to other players like Bobby Bonds, Mike Cameron, and Jack Clark. All of these players, including Granderson, had very good MLB careers. However, even though Granderson will most likely make it to the Hall of Fame ballot, he won’t be immortalized in the Hall. Curtis Granderson is more fit to be in the “Hall of Very Good.”