A Look Back At Ken Griffey Jr.’s Time As A Mariner
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Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013
Sam Evans ( Baseball Writer and Marlins, Mariners Correspondent): Follow @RJA206
Ken Griffey Jr. is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Seattle Mariners. From his breathtaking defense in center field, to the 417 home runs he hit with the franchise,
“The Kid” truly was a five-tool talent and one of the most electrifying players in the game. While his career might not have ended perfectly, Mariners fans will never forget what he did to help bring playoff baseball to Seattle.
In honor of Griffey being just the seventh player inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday, here’s a look back at Griffey’s thirteen seasons in Seattle.
Ken Griffey Jr.’s first season in the Majors came in 1989, when he was just 19 years old. After Junior’s promising rookie season, Ken Griffey Sr., age 40 at the time, was traded to the Mariners.
The father-son duo lasted only one more season after that, but it provided a look into their relationship and people were starting to gain interest in the young phenom from Seattle.
In 1991, Junior led the Mariners to their first season over .500 in franchise history. Not too long after that, Griffey had taken the main stage in all of baseball, starring in the 1995 ALCS.
Perhaps his most memorable moment was when he scored from first base in the ’95 ALCS in the 11th inning to beat the Yankees.
Before leaving for Cincinnati prior to the 2000 season, Griffey was the most exciting player in baseball. From 1989 to 1999, he was also nominated to ten All-Star games (three of which he won the Home Run Derby).
During that decade, he won ten Gold Gloves, one MVP award, eight Silver Sluggers, and led the AL in home runs four times, but most importantly, he made the Mariners relevant on a national scale.
The fact that Griffey has never been tied to any Steroid allegations just everything a little sweeter.
Ken Griffey Jr. continued playing in the Majors until midway through the 2010 season, making him the last player from the All-Century team.
The 43 Year Old From Denora, PA had a 3 Slash Line of .292/.374/.929 – with 417 HRs and 1216 RBI in 1685 Games Played with the Mariners. He averaged around 40 HRs and 115 RBI for every 162 GP.
While he also played with Cincinnati and Chicago, before returning to the Mariners and eventually retiring, the majority of his best play came in Seattle. Griffey is still in 6th place ALL – Time on the HR list with 630.
Currently, Ken Griffey Jr. is serving the job that the Mariners offered him in 2011, a special consultant.
However, with his son Trey Griffey playing football at the University of Arizona and his daughter Taryn Griffey playing basketball at the same school, Griffey’s role with the Mariners is of a minor position.
Ken Griffey Jr. will always be a Seattle icon and it’s fair to say he has become the most likable hitter from the Steroids Era.
The mand is destined for the Hall of Fame and I would be surprised if he didn’t elect to go in as a Mariner. Ken Griffey Jr. will always be a legend in the Seattle area and across the nation as he served as a role model to many – and a superhero to others.
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