After spending eight years as a fan-favorite for the Indians, Grady Sizemore has decided to return to Cleveland as an advisor to player development.
The Tribe officially announced the hiring on Monday morning in light of Sizemore's work with the big league staff over the last few days. He will continue to help at the MLB level throughout February before assisting with minor league camp in March.
To say Sizemore is a familiar face to the Cleveland faithful would be an understatement. The speedy outfielder utilized his base-running prowess and slugging abilities at the plate to notch four consecutive 20 HR/20 SB seasons from 2005-08. The Seattle, WA native has three All-Star Game appearances (2006-08), two Rawlings Gold Gloves (2007-08) and a Silver Slugger Award (2008).
Sizemore's regular season role is designed to be a special assistant with duties in other on-field and off-field baseball operations functions.
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