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Ken Griffey Jr. will be honored at the World Series

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Oct. 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm with 6 Comments »
October 23, 2011 1:16 pm
Ken Griffey Jr.

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. What a great person and player. He’s well loved in the Mariner world.

  2. Kevindot1 says:

    I kind of wish I had known about this ahead of time. I missed it…

    Nevertheless, congratulations Junior! Very well deserved! You’ll always be a Mariner!

  3. thewestside says:

    People, he wasn’t the greatest! Ask any sportscaster what they thought of him.
    Ask anybody who worked with him.

    http://deadspin.com/5157278/seattle-radio-station-wondering-if-griffeys-fellatio-offer-still-stands

  4. kurtisballard says:

    No one cares, thewestside. He was a baseball player (one of the greatest), not a politician.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Will Wakamatsu be presenting the award whenever Griffey wakes up?

  6. Ted Williams didn’t get along well with sportswriters either; he referred to them as the “knights of the keyboard”. The top guy always catches the grief, gets fastballs thrown up a notch, etc. It comes with the territory. Granted, Jr. didn’t always handle the journalism side well; but he was a superb baseball player in his prime. Like Mays, he’ll be remembered for the player he was on the field, and he won’t be remembered for the last couple of years of his career by the vast majority of fans and writers.

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