October 30th, 2009

Granderson wins Marvin Miller Man of the Year award

For those who missed it this morning, Curtis Granderson was selected by MLB players as this year’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year for excellence on and off the field. The story is on the site if you want to read more, but from what I’ve looked up, it’s the first time a Tiger has won a national baseball award for community service since Al Kaline.

Here’s Granderson’s reaction to the award:

“I am honored to not only be receiving such an award, but also humbled that this
was voted on by other Major League Baseball players. I am in a position to use
my status as a professional baseball player to help others in need to rally
others to help those in need.

“Working with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the Detroit Action Team and the
various other programs along with my own Grand Kids Foundation, I have seen
first-hand impacts being made in Detroit and other inner cities throughout
Michigan. I am excited at being able to continue to help enhance the educational
experience for many of Michigan’s students.
“I want to help others realize that they do not have to be rich and famous
to make a positive impact in their community. Volunteering just one hour a week
at any community organization or school can make a difference.”

Granderson also was on the Mike and Mike show this morning talking about it. There’s a sound clip available on the show’s home page on the ESPN Radio site.

Whatever your reactions on Granderson’s season at the plate, and I know there’s a range of reax, this is a nice award to get. The way the postseason awards are shaping up, it’s probably going to be the only individual award the Tigers get this year.