Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore was a superstar in the making. The center fielder seemed destined for greatness in Major League Baseball, but injuries derailed his once promising career.
While Sizemore never quite managed to live up to the hype on the field, not all went wrong for the three-time MLB All-Star. Sizemore married a former Playboy model and the pair started a family together.
I guess he really was a ladies’ man. Or at least one lady’s man.
Grady Sizemore’s Wife Brittany Binger
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Grady Sizemore is married to his loving wife Brittany Binger. Binger gained notoriety because she is a former Playboy model and actress who was named June 2007’s Playboy Playmate of the Month. She was also in a few movies, according to her IMDB profile.
Sizemore proposed to Binger on Christmas Day in 2011. The pair have one child together, a son, whom Binger has frequently posted photos of to her social media accounts. The family reportedly resides in Arizona, though he put his Scottsdale home up for sale in 2019.
Back at the height of his career, the 23-year-old Sizemore spoke to ESPN about the prospect of marriage.
“If I got married, settled down, I’d approach my relationship the same way I do baseball,” he said. “I’d think, What do I have to give? If I find a woman I want to marry, I’ll give her everything, everything I have. I’d do whatever it took to keep her happy every day.”
It sounds like Brittany is a lucky woman.
Grady Sizemore MLB Career
Grady Sizemore grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended Cascade High School in Everett. He was a star baseball player in high school and ended up getting drafted by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 2000 MLB Draft. He’d spend most of the next five years in the Minor Leagues and was traded to the Indians (alongside Cliff Leff) in exchange for Bartolo Colon.
Sizemore didn’t make his MLB debut until 2004 with the Cleveland Indians. While healthy, Sizemore proved to be one of the best players and leadoff hitters in baseball. He played his first full season in 2005 and made three consecutive All-Star Games from 2006-2008 and won two Gold Glove awards and a Silver Slugger award during that span. Sizemore finished in the top 12 in American League MVP voting in each of those three prolific campaigns.
Injuries took their toll on Sizemore, who is practically Major League Baseball’s Brandon Roy. The Indians center fielder sustained multiple knee injuries from 2009-2011, which kept him sidelined for most of those seasons.
He joined the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in 2014 after missing two full seasons while recovering from another knee injury he suffered in a Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He played half a season in Boston before being dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies. Sizemore latched on with the Tampa Bay Rays on a one-year deal in 2015 before calling it a career at the age of 32.
Throughout his career, Sizemore hit .265 with 150 home runs, 518 RBIs and 143 stolen bases. At his peak, he showcased his versatility as a hitter and even had Hall of Fame potential. Unfortunately, injuries stripped him of his chance to be great, and he’ll forever be remembered by Tribe fans as a “what could have been” type of player.
But hey, he’s a family man now.