Eyes on Granderson, or Granderson on eyes

Plenty has been speculated about why Curtis Granderson had certain struggles so much against lefties and got a late read on some fly balls. Some questioned his commitment to baseball, of all things. Others have questioned the coaching.

What hadn’t popped up was his eyessight, at least until recently. But Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News has the story: Granderson is wearing contacts after being diagnosed with 20/30 vision.

When the trade was awaiting review of medical records, it was reported that one holdup was an eye exam the Yankees requested for Granderson, though he didn’t undergo one leading up to the trade. Once the trade was completed, though, the Yankees had him take another eye exam.

Granderson isn’t blaming eyesight for anything. It isn’t that 20/30 is necessarily bad eyesight. For a professional baseball player trying to recognize pitches coming out of a pitcher’s hand, or immediately read how well or how poorly a ball was hit off the bat, as Granderson struggled to do at times, it’s easy to see how even a little problem makes a huge difference.

For what it’s worth, the Tigers have players undergo eye exams each season around the start along with their physicals.

UPDATE: Leyland was asked about this on Friday morning. His answer was similar to the paragraph above.

“We had him all checked out, like we do all our guys,” Leyland said. He had a thorough eye examination and everything. I mean, he hit 30 home runs.”

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Well, it’s interesting, but he’s a Yankee now.

Okay, I’ll admit my memory isn’t what it used to be, but did we not discuss Granderson’s eyesight on this very blog last summer? Anyone remember that, or am I more full of it than usual?
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–Rich

Rich – I think you are right. But the real question is that if his vision was 20/30 last summer which you can’t assume it was why didn’t the Tiger organization make him do something about getting some correction for those eyes?? Interesting.
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GK

With corrective lenses, I still don’t have 20/20 vision. Very few people do.

I believe it was Rogers Hornsby (lifetime .358) who wouldn’t even go to a movie for fear of damaging his eyes. While I think that’s overdoing it, I have to wonder what’s the effect of staring into those tiny handheld screens all the time. Eyes change, depending on how they’re used. And Grandy ain’t as young as he used to be.
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–Rich

Did you see Lamont ran over Leyland’s foot & broke a tow with a golf cart yesterday on the course? We need video footage of this!

toe. Now I am the idiot!

the yankees hitting coach is going to identify the problem, they’re already working on it, just like they did with paul o’neil, and they’re going to fix it, you watch

lots of great off season moves by the tigers this off season and i think this team might really do some damage, but we needed a new hitting coach

besides the granderson problem, general plate discipline has been a problem for this team for quite some time

the yankees hitting coach is going to identify the problem, they’re already working on it, just like they did with paul o’neil, and they’re going to fix it, you watch

lots of great off season moves by the tigers and i think this team might really do some damage, but we needed a new hitting coach

besides the granderson problem, general plate discipline has been a problem for this team for quite some time

Hey guys, well I am finally back. Dont know how many newbies are here or if the regulars even remember me. Its been about 9 months since I have been on. First computer issue, then due to financial problems, I CHOSE to live without internet!!! Its been awful!!! But I am back, and all I have to say is that unlike alot of my friends and family, I am very excited about this season!!! Lets hope I am right. Lots of good deals made, lets just hope these guys perform like they are capable of doing. Well, glad to be back! Cant wait for the season to start! GO TIGERS 2010!!!! -Stacy

Welcome back, Stacy! Congrats on getting the internet restored. I’ve been down that road, also. We’re all excited, well, at least most of us. Good reports are coming out every day about the good comaradarie (sp?) in this camp. So far, everyone’s healthy. Can’t hardly wait. It’s freezing here in Michigan.

I said after last season seeing Grandy breaking the wrong way on balls off the bat that he needed glasses. I know, i wear contacts and i had a hard time judging the ball off the bat in the outfield…thankfully i had a good glove and was able to play 3rd base. That also contributed to some of his strikeouts, im sure.

It is hard not to quietly feel confident about the coming season – nice to see all the players seemingly over long term injuries and afflictions. The options available in the outfield and pitching is unreal.
Probably the only team shortcoming is the depth and offensive capability of the infield. A lot rides on Inge and Sizemore producing and staying healthy.
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The 2010 team has natural leaders with JV joined by Valverde and Damon. Damon’s ability to play loose will be invaluable both in the field and more importantly at the plate where tightness in clutch hits has cost big time the few seasons.
Miggs was not comfortable trying to carry the team last year with his big brothers woes and he should definitely benefit as much as the rookies on the team with Damon’s experience and demeanour.
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I think the best quote of the week came from Willis commenting on his phone call with Damon. Courtesy of the Tom Gage blog,
“Just being honest with him about what it’s like with this team. It’s not as if I’m recruiting him for Tennessee or anything like that.”

Does anybody know why the Phillies are making Polanco play 3rd instead of Utley?
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Seems to me you might want to take advantage of someone who can play a season without making an error and turn DPs in your sleep.
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Utley is just not as good over there and 3rd for him in this scenario seems sensible to me.
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Be interesting to see what develops with Clete Thomas and Don Kelly this year. I would suspect Clete will win out, though Kelly has a lot of very interesting attributes. One of them being the fact his bb/K ratio is very good. And he can run. If he could pull it off he could project as a leadoff hitter.
It’s a long shot and not one I am either rooting for or thinking could happen—-just sayin’
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I hope AJ works out but my gut tells me not this year. If this happens they really need an impact player to step in and produce. Thomas, Kelly or even Wells seem better equipped to handle the challenges out there than backup plan of throwing Raburn to the wolves in CF.
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It is a key area of concern for JL this year to be sure.

An interesting question (about Utley), Dan. I don’t think the Phillies would want to take any chance of upsetting a player like that. I doubt they would even say it out loud, at the risk of someone repeating it and the media catching wind of it. It might make sense, but I think he’s too good to risk ruffling his feathers.
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Jason, thanks for the many tweets and blog updates. It’s great to catch all of the bits and pieces during these long days of late winter.
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So, other than Bobby Seay’s bursitis, we’ve had an unrelentingly positive week. Everybody has awesome stuff, the prospects look fantastic, etc. I’m nowhere near the most cynical person on this blog (probably not even in the top 50%). Anybody else waiting for the other shoe to drop? ;-)
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I’m really looking forward to seeing how this pitching staff shapes up. There are several possible #2/#3 starters (for most teams) on our list of #4/#5 candidates. I think we’ll see a lot of good match-ups over the course of the season and hopefully they’ll pay dividends.
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matt

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