Yankees' Curtis Granderson to See Eye Doctor

Curtis Granderson had a rough American League Championship Series.  He went 0 for 11.  He went 3 for 19 in the Division Series.  The New York Yankees were swept by the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS.  Of course, Granderson was not the only reason for New York's woes, but they would have loved to see his bat come alive.  Now, the Yankees are concerned that it wasn't a slump necessarily.  They are concerned about Granderson's vision.

The Yankees will send their 31-year old outfielder to an eye specialist to check his vision says Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.  Granderson was diagnosed with 20/30 vision shortly before the season began.  A source within the organization says Granderson's eyes have not been checked since last offseason when the team conducts their normal physicals.

If the problems are a simple fix such as contact lenses, the Yankees and Granderson will surely be relieved.  Most chalked his struggles at the plate up to a collective slump the team experienced when Derek Jeter went down with his ankle injury.  However, Granderson has never been one to hit for average and he strikes out a lot.  Perhaps this is correctable, and the guy who hit 43 home runs this season can also hit for a higher average.

Granderson had a career-low .232 batting average this season.  He also struck out a career-high 195 times.  Almost half of his hits were extra-base hits, but if he could cut down on the strikeouts, his batting average and on-base percentage could rise.

Granderson has a $15 million team option for next season.  All signs point to the Yankees picking up the option, but if they choose not to, they will have to pay Granderson a $2 million buy-out.  The base option was $13 million, but Granderson met the contract requirements of making the All-Star team in 2011 and 2012 to bump the option to $15 million.

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2 Responses to Yankees' Curtis Granderson to See Eye Doctor

  1. he should take the whole team for eye exams

    1. When most of the team is hitting under .200, I tend to agree!


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