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ohiobronco2
06-02-2010, 07:06 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5244661

SEATTLE -- Ken Griffey Jr. retired Wednesday night, ending one of the great careers in baseball history.

The 40-year-old Griffey told Seattle team president Chuck Armstrong that he was done playing. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu called his players together before the start of batting practice to inform them of Griffey's decision.

Griffey was not in the clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against Minnesota. The team said he would not be at Safeco Field.


Living Legend
Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. retired on Wednesday at the age of 40. He finishes his career with 630 homers, fifth on the all-time list. Here's a look:

Player Homers
Barry Bonds 762
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey Jr. 630
Sammy Sosa 609

"While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back that I will never allow myself to become a distraction," Griffey said in a statement.

"I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be," he said.

Griffey was hitting only .184 with no homers and seven RBIs this year and recently went a week without playing. There was a report earlier this season -- which Griffey denied -- that he'd fallen asleep in the clubhouse during a game.

Griffey was a 13-time All-Star outfielder and ranks fifth on the career home run list with 630. He won an MVP award and was an 11-time Gold Glover. The only thing missing on his resume was a trip to the World Series.

"It's a sad day for the Mariners, our fans, for all the people in the community that have loved Ken, admired him as a tremendous baseball player and a great human being," Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said. "It's always tough for great superstars like Ken or anyone else to make a decision to retire. This has been his life for so many years, but he has made his decision and will support it. We will honor him in every way possible."

A star from the time he was the overall No. 1 pick in the 1987 draft, Griffey played 22 years in the majors with Seattle, his hometown Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. He hit .284 lifetime with 1,836 RBIs.

A year after making his big league debut, Griffey enjoyed one of his greatest highlights. Playing with his All-Star dad, Ken Griffey Jr., they hit back-to-back home runs in a game for the Mariners.

For a time in the 1990s, he was considered the best player in baseball. And during the Steroids Era, his name was never linked to performance-enhancing drugs, a rarity among his contemporaries such as Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.

Griffey also is regarded as the player who helped keep the Mariners in Seattle, a point Armstrong noted during an impromptu gathering just a few steps from the batter's box at Safeco Field.

Griffey played in 1,685 games with Seattle and hit .292 with 417 of his homers, most coming in the homer-friendly Kingdome, and 1,216 RBIs.

Once he left Seattle, injuries began to take their toll and his production started to decline.

Colorado manager Jim Tracy and others were surprised as the news of Griffey's decision began to make its way around baseball.

"Did he really? Wow," Tracy said before facing the San Francisco Giants.

Doggcow
06-02-2010, 07:13 PM
Just posted on my fbook :(

It's the end of an era. I've been a Mariners fan all my life, and he is a legend to this city, and this franchise.

He will be dearly missed.

One of the great ones, passes on to Cooperstown.

missingnumber7
06-02-2010, 07:20 PM
Wow, I am not a huge baseball fan, never really ever been. But this is one guy I always enjoyed seeing on the field. He was never mentioned with cheaters, I don't ever recall seeing his name in the news for legal issues, and he always seemed to enjoy himself on the field.

Archer81
06-02-2010, 07:23 PM
So?


:Broncos:

ColoradoDarin
06-02-2010, 07:26 PM
Met him in 1995 spring training (after the strike ended). Not my favorite person.

ohiobronco2
06-02-2010, 07:44 PM
Just posted on my fbook :(

It's the end of an era. I've been a Mariners fan all my life, and he is a legend to this city, and this franchise.

He will be dearly missed.

One of the great ones, passes on to Cooperstown.

If not for injuries he would be considered the GOAT as far as I'm concerned. Definitely the best I've seen in my lifetime.

Marshall Dumervil
06-02-2010, 08:25 PM
Griffey is fourth for all time home runs. Hank Aaron is still the home run king.

For me, Barry doesn't count.

SouthStndJunkie
06-02-2010, 08:27 PM
I wonder if he slept on the decision?

broncocalijohn
06-02-2010, 08:39 PM
So?


:Broncos:

Dont be a Mock! If you have nothing to contribute to a thread that involves one of the all time greatest who did it naturally instead of injecting whatever necessary to pass up Mays, Ruth and Aaron in Homeruns. I will always respect guys like Gwynn, Boggs and Griffey. He was a class act and deserves more than a smart ass comment. Chris, go to your room.

OBF1
06-02-2010, 08:58 PM
Griffey is fourth for all time home runs. Hank Aaron is still the home run king.

For me, Barry doesn't count.

I am glad you made it clear to everyone LOL Barry still is the best in my lifetime period.

Doggcow
06-02-2010, 09:11 PM
If not for injuries he would be considered the GOAT as far as I'm concerned. Definitely the best I've seen in my lifetime.

I always kind of felt like Griffey didn't manage to accomplish what he could have been, due to injuries etc., an undisputed king like Jordan.

hookemhess
06-02-2010, 09:26 PM
So?

One of the sweetest swings of all time. And probably the best hitter that didn't juice during the steroids era.

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hookemhess
06-02-2010, 09:31 PM
My favorite Griffey moment was Mariners @ Rangers in 98. My friend's old man had sweet seats that were 5 rows behind the visitor's ondeck circle. These drunk dudes were heckling Griffey while A-Rod was at bat. He just stood there staring these guys down with a half smile. Goes up to the plate and knocks a go-ahead 2 RBI triple. Ken Griffey Jr. was one of our idols.

Doggcow
06-02-2010, 09:34 PM
One of the sweetest swings of all time. And probably the best hitter that didn't juice during the steroids era.

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Griffey's swing was a thing of beauty. Much like Ray Allen's jay.

Perfect.

CoopDawg
06-02-2010, 09:47 PM
He will be missed, the most exciting baseball player I have ever seen. Smooth swing, hit for power, blazing speed, acrobatic catches and an amazing smile. Enjoy retirement Jr.

houghtam
06-02-2010, 09:50 PM
Best swing since Ted Williams.

worm
06-02-2010, 10:43 PM
I wonder if he would have swapped careers with his Dad, given the chance.

Baba Booey
06-02-2010, 10:49 PM
If he never got hurt he very well might have hit 800 HR's.

broncocalijohn
06-02-2010, 10:50 PM
I wonder if he would have swapped careers with his Dad, given the chance.

what the hell for?
he is a HOFer his dad isnt. He played with everything he had. No shame in that.

SouthStndJunkie
06-02-2010, 10:58 PM
I wonder if he would have swapped careers with his Dad, given the chance.

I doubt it....Ken Griffey Sr. probably made a few million bucks over his entire career.....Ken Griffey Jr. made that in about 20 games.

I know Griffey Sr. won a few World Series, but Griffey Jr. had an incredible career and made himself a millionaire a few hundred times over.

worm
06-03-2010, 12:02 AM
I doubt it....Ken Griffey Sr. probably made a few million bucks over his entire career.....Ken Griffey Jr. made that in about 20 games.

I know Griffey Sr. won a few World Series, but Griffey Jr. had an incredible career and made himself a millionaire a few hundred times over.

It you are a great player in any Sport (like junior is) it should always be about Championships. It is a team sport afterall.

It is how you should be evaluated (although baseball probably less than any other major team sport)

Junior might have the duckets and the Hall but his Dad played for one of the greatest teams in baseball history.

Would you trade the Hall for winning rings? I am not sure I would.

houghtam
06-03-2010, 12:14 AM
It you are a great player in any Sport (like junior is) it should always be about Championships. It is a team sport afterall.

It is how you should be evaluated (although baseball probably less than any other major team sport)

Junior might have the duckets and the Hall but his Dad played for one of the greatest teams in baseball history.

Would you trade the Hall for winning rings? I am not sure I would.

Can't argue too much with this. Big Red Machine was great. I guess it depends on what your values are.

worm
06-03-2010, 01:01 AM
Can't argue too much with this. Big Red Machine was great. I guess it depends on what your values are.

Winning teams are the only thing that count...the one metric that is the trump card.

The nuts.

Josh told me.