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Tag: Ken Griffey Jr.


Baseball and black Americans disconnecting

In backgrounding my editorial today on Ken Griffey Jr.’s retirement, I came across an interesting article about the decline of black American players in major league baseball.

It’s written by J.C. Bradbury, an economics professor and author of “The Baseball Economist: The Real Game Exposed.” He discusses several possible reasons, ranging from lack of community support in the way of sports clubs and ballfields to the rising number of out-of-wedlock births among black Americans. Although he doesn’t come out strongly supporting one or another reason, he discounts the notion that black athletes who might otherwise play baseball are turning

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22 years of Junior: Thanks for the memories

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

It’s possible that someday there will be a Seattle Mariner whose career will eclipse that of Ken Griffey Jr. But there will never be another player like him.

He was the real deal, the whole enchilada: outstanding hitter with 630 home runs, 10-time Gold Glove-winning outfielder who made impossible catches look deceptively easy, 13-time All-Star and charismatic clubhouse leader.

Oh, and he was such a fan favorite that he can arguably take credit for saving Major League Baseball in the Northwest, inspiring construction of a ballpark that would keep the city’s team here. They loved him even after he left to play for another team, and they were ecstatic when he agreed to come back and end his career here. Read more »


It’s human nature to want our heroes to stay forever young

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Ken Griffey Jr.

The furor over what some are calling “Napgate” will run its course, as these things do. What won’t change, however, is the humanity at the heart of the issue.

Seattle Mariners players – and many fans – are upset with News Tribune sportswriter Larry LaRue. He quoted a player anonymously as saying that the team’s designated hitter, first-ballot Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., was napping late in Saturday’s game and that might have been why he wasn’t asked to pinch-hit. LaRue wrote that another unnamed player confirmed that Griffey was snoozing in the locker room.
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