Curtis Granderson Signs Four-Year Deal with the New York Mets

Granderson chose to wear #3 because he was born in the month of March.
Granderson chose to wear #3 because he was born in the month of March.

Dec. 11, 2013

CHICAGO – UIC alum and Hall of Famer Curtis Granderson recently signed a four-year deal to continue his professional baseball career with the New York Mets.  Granderson spent the previous four seasons with the New York Yankees after spending six years with the Detroit Tigers organization.  He will wear No. 3 for the Mets, signifying the month he was born – March.

The Tigers drafted Granderson in the third round of the 2002 MLB draft after his junior season at UIC.  During his 2002 campaign with the Flames, Granderson was named an All-American and finished the year with a .483 batting average, which ranked second in the nation. 

Granderson has developed into one of Major League Baseball’s top players after he became just the fifth Yankee all-time to record back-to-back 40 home run seasons, hitting 41 in the 2011 and 43 in 2012.  The Lynwood, Ill., native was also awarded the American League’s Silver Slugger Award on Nov. 2011, which is presented annually to the best player at each position, and finished fourth in the MVP voting race.

Granderson was inducted into the UIC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 and in Feb. of 2013 had his No. 28 Flames jersey retired.  At the jersey retirement ceremony, Granderson announced his pledge for a new baseball stadium on the campus of UIC.  The aptly named Curtis Granderson Stadium will not only be home for UIC baseball, but also for thousands of youth throughout the city of Chicago.  Partnerships between UIC, MLB, Chicago Public Schools and numerous youth league organizations have been forged to create a dynamic, large-scale youth initiative that will directly benefit the Chicago children athletically and educationally.