04/06/2010 10:54 AM ET
Grady Sizemore: Striving for success
Indians center fielder always looking to improve his game
It's nice to put Spring Training in the rearview mirror and focus on a new season.
Our expectations as a club are simple: We know we can compete, and we know can win. Anything other than that is unacceptable. We need to go out there with the thought process and mindset to win. The goal is the playoffs, and that's exactly what we are looking to do.
My personal expectations fall right in line with those of the team. I want to do the best I can, and I want to improve. That's very important to me. I want to get better every season. That effort will also help get your team into the postseason.
But, before you can get to the playoffs, you must have a successful regular season, and getting off to a strong start will be a big key for us this year. The right kind of start will help get momentum going those first few weeks. In the past we've put ourselves in a hole with some slow starts. We don't want to get into that position again.
We have a lot of games against AL Central opponents in April. It goes without saying that you want to play good baseball against teams in your division. Those are big games. When you're looking to win your division, you can't really rely on anybody else. You want to enter the season with the mindset to beat those clubs and that every game matters.
Spring Training seemed pretty fast for me. That isn't always the case. I worked a lot on timing at the plate, and I'll continue to do that. I also worked at getting into the kind of physical condition that will help keep me healthy for the full season.
Grady Sizemore is looking forward to a healthy 2010 after being limited to 106 games last season. If Sizemore can return to his form from 2005-08 when he played in at least 157 games, he will give a big lift to a Cleveland team that finished 21.5 games back in the American League Central in '09.