Re: “TNT trying to push Griffey off the team” (online letter, 5-13).
Though I no longer live in Washington, I’m still a big fan Seattle baseball and enjoy reading The News Tribune online every day. When I read the letter that accuses TNT sports writers of being disingenuous and trying to push Ken Griffey Jr. off the team, I almost spewed coffee all over my computer.
Sure, sportswriters do have some influence on the game. After all, they’re the ones who vote for the Hall of Fame candidates. But to think they have the clout to have Griffey “pushed off the team” is laughable. I’ve never read anywhere that any team discusses their decision-making with sportswriters first.
I loved watching Junior play as a Mariner before he went to Cincinnati and last year, too. This year his age is really showing though, and he is taking up a valuable spot on the roster. He should bow out before embarrassing himself or the team any further or be hired as a hitting coach. If he could teach that beautiful swing of his to even one young player, it would be well worth the money he’s being paid.