Before Game 4 of the World Series tonight, the commissioner of baseball will be given MLB’s ‘Historic Achievement’ award for a superb career than began and ended with the Seattle Mariners.
“Ken Griffey Jr. was a gifted all-around player with a perfect swing, a brilliant glove and a childlike joy for the game,” Bud Selig said. “ From the time he was just 19, Ken represented Major League Baseball with excellence and grace, and he was one of our sport’s greatest ambassadors not only in Seattle and Cincinnati, but also around the world. I am most appreciative for all of Ken’s contributions to our national pastime.”
Over a 22-year playing career, Junior was a 13-time All-Star and the youngest member of MLB’s 1999 All-Century Team.
The American League MVP in 1997, Griffey finished his career with 630 home runs – fifth on baseball’s all-time list – and 10 Gold Glove awards for his play in center field.
Junior is now a special consultant with the Mariners.