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Ken Griffey Jr. Retires
« Reply #1: June 02, 2010, 08:03:30 PM »
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20100602&content_id=10726234&vkey=pr_sea&fext=.jsp&c_id=sea

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- After 22 seasons, 630 home runs and a highlight reel of catches, Seattle sports icon Ken Griffey Jr. has announced his retirement from professional baseball in a statement today.

He made his Major League debut with the Mariners as a 19-year-old teenager in 1989, and ends his career as one of the most decorated power hitters in baseball history.

Griffey ranks among baseball's all-time leaders in home runs (5th/630), multi-homer games (T7th/55), extra base hits (T6th/1,192), total bases (12th/5,271), runs scored (31st/1,662), doubles (36th/524), intentional walks (4th/246) and hits (46th/2,781). On the all-time home run list, he trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (660), and ranks 3rd among left-handed hitters.

Griffey, 40, spent the first 11 years of his Major League career (1989-1999) in Seattle, after being the first overall pick in the June 1987 Draft. He played the next eight and half seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before spending the second half of the 2008 season with the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the Mariners in 2009, contributing to baseball's most-improved team.

He ranks near the top of every offensive category in the Mariners record book, including home runs (1st/417), slugging percentage (2nd/.553), RBI (2nd/1,216), hits (3rd/1,843), doubles (2nd/341), total bases (2nd/3,495), runs (2nd/1,113), games (2nd/1,685) and at-bats (2nd/6,317).

Griffey has been a 10-time American League All-Star (1990-99), winning the All-Star Game MVP in 1992 and three Home Run Derby's (1994, 1998, 1999). He was voted the American League Most Valuable Player in 1997 and selected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. He was also a three-time National League All-Star (2000, 2004, 2007).

Ken also won 10 Gold Glove Awards (1990-99) and seven Silver Slugger Awards (1991, 1993-94, 1996-99).

President & COO Chuck Armstrong

"Ken is both the finest ballplayer I have ever known and one of the finest people I have ever known," Armstrong said. "I consider myself unbelievably fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch a first-ballot Hall of Famers' career unfold in front of me, and in front of the great fans in Seattle."

"Ken is truly the heart of soul of this franchise. Without his contributions there is little doubt that Safeco Field would not exist and, almost certainly, baseball would have left the Northwest."

"He always gave his all on the field, and quietly was a force for good in the community."

"On the personal side, over the years my family and I have developed a close relationship with Ken and his family that we cherish. Ken Griffey Jr. epitomizes all that is good and right about professional athletics. He is a role model for the youth of today. In the years to come I do not expect our personal relationship to diminish. On behalf of all of us in the Mariners Family, I wish all the very best of health and happiness to Ken Griffey Jr. and his family. "On a side note, just a few minutes ago I informed Commissioner Selig of Ken's decision and he asked me to express his personal thanks and admiration for all that Ken has meant to the game of Baseball."

CEO Howard Lincoln
"Ken Griffey Jr., one of baseball's true hero's, retired today. Ken's enduring legacy will be as the ballplayer most responsible for keeping Major League Baseball here in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. His achievements in baseball are well known and second to none. In the near future, I look forward to seeing Ken inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. For me, Ken Griffey is more than just a fabulous baseball player. He is a great man in every sense of the word. He is a wonderful family man; he is a man of deep compassion who has given generously to his fellow man; and he is a man who has played the game of life clean and with passion and conviction. Like all Mariners fans, I wish Ken the very best in the years to come and on behalf of our ownership group, our front office and our players, I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all that he has given to our community. "

Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik
"This is a sad day for the Mariners. It is rare in this game when you get an opportunity to reunite a player and a team. We feel honored that Ken was able to end his career where it began, here in Seattle. I'd like to wish Ken, Melissa and his family the very best."

:( Sad to see him go. He was amazing to watch. His swing is pure beauty.

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Re: Griffey Announces Retirement
« Reply #2: June 02, 2010, 08:06:45 PM »
I win :lol:

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Re: Griffey Announces Retirement
« Reply #3: June 02, 2010, 08:09:06 PM »
Why you little...  :judge: :rant: :rant:

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« Reply #4: June 02, 2010, 08:10:27 PM »
Hey, all I did was merge the threads.  Whoever posted first comes out on top.  And it was me :P

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« Reply #5: June 02, 2010, 08:11:27 PM »
Loved watching him play.

He's the only guy I would be crushed by if he was implicated in steroids.

Good bye Griffey, I'll miss you!

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« Reply #6: June 02, 2010, 08:14:11 PM »
Junior is easily first-ballot, unanimous. one of the greatest players if not THE greatest player of my generation. or at least of my Youth.

if not for injuries, he'd probably have hit close to 800 hrs, easy. AND he played great defense. Barry who? Mark what?

funniest thing about Griffey though, is that whenever his name is mentioned, 40 thousand angry Reds fans pop up from a black hole somewhere and start ranting about how Griffey was the worst player in the history of baseball, because the Reds suck. like Griffey was the ONLY reason for any and everything that ever went wrong in Cincinnati. :rofl:

I'm sorry....Griffey and Dunn were the only reasons. Nothing else had anything to do with it. it was all Griffey and Dunn.

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« Reply #7: June 02, 2010, 08:35:43 PM »
that was a quick 22 years.  he'll be missed.

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« Reply #8: June 02, 2010, 08:47:33 PM »
My Griffey story - I went to the Labor day, 1993 M's - O's game at OPACY (I'm pretty sure that was the date).  I go to Boogs during Seattle batting practice and take a seat in the bleachers about half way up in center.  Griffey is up and hits a ball straight at my seat.  I've got  plate of barbecue, and my instinct is to not get beer and sauce all over me.  I stand up, slide to the aisle, and the ball hits my seat.  My friend reaches for the ball in the scramble, has his hands on it, then sees a kid reaching for it.  he eases up, and some other guy grabs it.

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« Reply #9: June 03, 2010, 05:59:06 AM »
Griffey was the 1st (and only?) person to hit the warehouse at Camden yards during an exhibition game.  I forget if it was the All-Star Game or not.

I would have liked for him to get 1 more ALL STAR GAME in.   :(

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« Reply #10: June 03, 2010, 08:15:59 AM »
Griffey was the 1st (and only?) person to hit the warehouse at Camden yards during an exhibition game.  I forget if it was the All-Star Game or not.

I would have liked for him to get 1 more ALL STAR GAME in.   :(
This is why the all star game should have some sort of Irving Thalburgh [sp] slot for lifetime achievement for over the hill greats.  You don't want a Willie Mays or Ken Griffey Jr. getting voted on or costing someone else a roster spot their last year, but you do want to honor their achievements sometime before their Cooperstown induction.

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« Reply #11: June 03, 2010, 08:19:17 AM »
Not to get off-topic but I'm pretty sure Dunn hit the warehouse last year, though it may have been on a bounce.

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« Reply #12: June 03, 2010, 08:24:20 AM »
This is why the all star game should have some sort of Irving Thalburgh [sp] slot for lifetime achievement for over the hill greats.  You don't want a Willie Mays or Ken Griffey Jr. getting voted on or costing someone else a roster spot their last year, but you do want to honor their achievements sometime before their Cooperstown induction.




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Re: Griffey Announces Retirement
« Reply #13: June 03, 2010, 10:40:48 AM »
Did he announce it by having a sleepwalking press conference?

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« Reply #14: June 03, 2010, 10:46:09 AM »
Makes me sad.  I was a kid just starting to really get into baseball and Griffey was the first superstar player I tracked from start to finish.  22 years is great, but imagine how awesome those would have been without the injuries.

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« Reply #15: June 03, 2010, 08:41:20 PM »
There's a mark commemorating it on the wearhouse wall!

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« Reply #16: June 05, 2010, 03:35:15 PM »
griffey is the only one i know of who hit the warehouse on the fly.

it was during the 93 home run derby i think.

anyway, i do know that, i was there when he did it. I remember the confusion that ensued when everyone was trying to figure out if he actually hit it.

also frank thomas hit one over the picnic tables behind the bleachers in left center that derby too.

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« Reply #17: June 06, 2010, 11:26:30 AM »
griffey is the only one i know of who hit the warehouse on the fly.

it was during the 93 home run derby i think.

anyway, i do know that, i was there when he did it. I remember the confusion that ensued when everyone was trying to figure out if he actually hit it.

also frank thomas hit one over the picnic tables behind the bleachers in left center that derby too.

according to Wikipedia you are correct, Griffey in 93 is the only one to hit it on a fly.

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« Reply #18: June 06, 2010, 11:50:56 AM »
yeah it was in 93. I was in camden yards when it happened. I just cant remember if it was in a game or during the HR derby.

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« Reply #19: June 06, 2010, 03:47:37 PM »
according to Wikipedia you are correct, Griffey in 93 is the only one to hit it on a fly.

I wouldn't give any credit to that sort of hit.  What's next, guys who hit it in batting practice?  And don't they even use smaller balls for the home run derby, since they fly further?   

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« Reply #20: June 07, 2010, 01:24:40 PM »
griffey is the only one i know of who hit the warehouse on the fly.

it was during the 93 home run derby i think.

anyway, i do know that, i was there when he did it. I remember the confusion that ensued when everyone was trying to figure out if he actually hit it.

also frank thomas hit one over the picnic tables behind the bleachers in left center that derby too.
That was also the night Juan Gon bouncced one off the upper deck in left. I think it measured longer than Griffey's shot - 473' or something like that.