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Report: Ken Griffey Jr. opts for retirement

Jun 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for ken griffey jr.jpgMariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Wednesday that Ken Griffey Jr. has opted to retire, effective immediately.
Griffey, the 1997 AL MVP, was hitting just .184/.250/.204 and was homerless in 98 at-bats this season. He lost playing time to Mike Sweeney last month and saw his role decrease even further with Milton Bradley back from the restricted list.
A surefire Hall of Famer, Griffey finishes his career wth a .284/.370/.538 line, 630 homers and 1,836 RBI in 22 seasons. He ranks fifth all-time in homers, 14th in RBI and 12th in total bases. He went to 13 All-Star Games and won 10 Gold Glove awards.

  1. Boycott BP - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Griffey could not be reached for comment as he was napping.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    You could waste a lot of time daydreaming about what might have been if not for those legs, pretty much what you could also do in the case of The Mick. But let’s face it: what was was pretty great. I only wish Griffey had admitted to himself that he couldn’t do it anymore and saved himself the embarrassment of this season. See you in Cooperstown in five years anyway, Junior.

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