Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Ken Griffey Jr. calls it a career
After 22 seasons in the majors Ken Griffey Jr. calls it a career. He finished his career with fifth all-time in homeruns with 630. He came in the league in a huge bang in 1989 and lead the rising of Seattle Mariners franchise to the top of the AL West division. After 11 seasons with the Mariners he was traded to Cincinnati Reds spending 7 1/2 injury plagued seasons before spending half the season with Chicago White Sox in 2008. He signed back with Mariners last year to hit .214 with 19 homeruns and 59 RBIs in 117 games. Instead of retiring he went for another season. But its been a disappointing season hitting .184 with no homeruns and 7 RBIs. A report he took a nap in the clubhouse during a game made waves fueling critics from does he has passion of the game to should he retire. A month later KGJ decide to walk away from the diamond as a player. He is a sure first ballot Hall of Fame and if it wasn't for the injuries with the Reds he could have hit 700 career homeruns. He brought Mariners from the dead to contender in the mid and late 90s as well helping to jump start the rise of Upper Deck company with the most well-known popular rookie card in UD first baseball card set. His likeness was placed on several Nintendo video games on the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. Ken Griffey, Jr. will be missed on the field.