Thursday, June 03, 2010
On Wednesday Ken Griffey Jr. annouced that he was retiring. Griffey, 40, debuted with the Mariners in 1989 as a 19-year-old. He played his first 11 seasons in Seattle before signing with the Cincinnati Reds. He spent the second half of the 2008 season with the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the Mariners before the 2009 season. He played 22 seasons in the major leagues and hit 630 home runs – fifth all-time behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Griffey is at or near the top of nearly every offensive category in Mariners history. He is first in home runs (417); second in slugging percentage (.553), RBIs (1,216), doubles (341), total bases (3,495), runs (1,113), games (1,685) and at-bats (6,317); and third in hits (1,843). He was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1997.
His swing is memorable along with his integrity to play the game the right way. He was an excellent outfielder and was liked by many people. His time was long past due to hang up his jersey and cleats. Now he can get all the rest he needs and spend his days on the golf course.