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Sizemore emerging as a legitimate star

After a phenomenal 2006 campaign, Grady Sizemore has quickly moved into the elite class of players in the game.

Originally Published: February 14, 2007
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider

In 2006, Grady Sizemore led the American League in runs scored (134), doubles (53) and extra-base hits (92). Granted, 92 extra-base hits isn't as impressive as it once was. In 1995, Albert Belle became the first American Leaguer since 1940 to top 90 extra-base hits, but since then it's been done nine times in 11 seasons.

What's really impressive is the sort of player Sizemore is: powerful enough to collect 92 extra-base hits and speedy enough to bat leadoff. In fact, according to the Elias ...

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