Grady Sizemore Set to Retire
Grady Sizemore is walking away from baseball, for good.
The Red Sox centerfielder announced today that he would be retiring from Major League Baseball.
“He has done his part and did what he set out to do,” said a source close to Sizemore. “He wanted to come back and show everyone that he could still compete, he knows his time is up.”
The news comes just a day after Sizemore’s solid 2-for-4 Opening Day performance after going 922 days without playing in a game.
“He came to us and said that it just didn’t feel right taking the centerfield position away from Jackie [Bradley],” said a source within the Red Sox organization. “We didn’t know what to say, we were obviously shocked. But it’s his decision, he has to do what’s best for him.”
“Honestly, we’ve been talking about it all spring training,” said Sizemore’s close friend Sidd Finch. “He felt too healthy. He told me he knew he had to step away after the home run; it just wasn’t fair to J.B.”
Sizemore did not want to take away from the Red Sox World Series celebratory visit to the White House, but felt as though he could not wait any longer to make this announcement.
A three time MLB All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a winner of the Silver Slugger Award, Sizemore finishes his 8-year career with .357 OBP and a .831 OPS.
Sources from the Sizemore camp speculated that the 31-year-old will now seek a career in self photography.