Curtis Granderson signed with the Mets on December 6, 2013 on a four-year, $60 million deal. Granderson may have not put up crazy numbers as he did with the Yankees or in Detroit but those were hitter-friendly parks at the time.
In 2015 he became the team’s primary leadoff hitter which at first bothered Mets fans because he was signed to bring in runs but he did show patience at the plate and produced in his new role. Not only that but during that season he led the Mets in games played, runs scored, hits, walks, stolen bases, on-base percentage, and total bases.
As I said one thing that stood out in Grandy’s game was his patience at the plate. He had on-base percentages over .320 every year which is what helped score some runs for the Mets. What led to this was the Mets bringing in his former hitting coach Kevin Long.
He also hit at least 20 home runs each season with the orange and blue. In his final season under contract, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with hopes of a playoff run. Before he departed from Flushing he went to every department of Citi Field and thanked each individual employee. Not only a class act on the field but he was the same off the field.
What made Granderson such a good signing also was his leadership. He came right in and was loved by all players. He brought a winning mindset into the locker room and was a reason to getting the Mets back to the postseason in 2015 and 2016.
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