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Curtis Granderson: How Playing Multiple Sports Shaped His Career

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Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) is a Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board member. He played college baseball for University of Illinois-Chicago and is a former MLB outfielder. He played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and Miami Marlins. He made the MLB All-Star game 3 times, and is highly recognized for his charitable work with inner-city children. Curtis also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award in 2009 for his outstanding performances on and off the field.

In this clip, Curtis explains the importance of youth athletes playing multiple sports and resisting any temptation or pressure to specialize too early. He outlines how basketball helped him develop agility, how track and field built explosiveness, and how baseball improved his hand-eye coordination and discipline.

One of the deciding factors that led him to baseball, rather than his earlier dream of playing pro basketball, was his limited height. Limits on physical growth can be difficult to predict, so it is important for athletes to keep their options open.

Thank you to The BMP Film Co. for producing this clip.