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Ken Griffey Jr. to be inducted into Mariners Hall of Fame

Jan 22, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has the story:

It was only a matter of time, of course, but now it’s official: Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, it was announced today. The induction ceremony will take place at Safeco Field on Saturday, Aug. 10, prior to a game with the Brewers. Junior will join former teammates Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, along with late announcer Dave Niehaus, with whom Griffey had a close relationship.

Griffey was selected first overall by the Mariners in the 1987 MLB Amateur Draft then went on to bat .292/.374/.553 with 1,843 hits, 417 home runs, 1,216 RBI and 167 stolen bases in his 13 years with the club.

“It means a lot,” Griffey told reporters Tuesday during a conference call. “It’s something you dream about. It’s the organization you get drafted by, the celebration of your career. It means a whole lot they’d think that highly of me and what I’ve done to be able to have my name up there with the rest of the guys.”

The M’s are sure to retire Griffey’s number (24) once he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  1. dondada10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Is Jr. Griffey gonna be subjected to the same bullshit assumptions of guilt that his peers are getting from the real Hall of Fame?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Nope.

      Griffey is above reproach.

      Amazing too, considering how marginal he was after turning 31…..

      Which actually makes it that much sadder he never “did everything he could to come back from injuries” quicker.

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      *Disclaimer, I am satirically accusing Griffey of steroid use below merely to point out how you can do this shit with everybody*

      I don’t see why he shouldn’t. It pretty obvious he did steroids. We know steroid users have are often accused for three reasons: 1. A sudden, dramatic spike in home runs, 2. getting larger and 3. Paling around with other steroid users.

      1. Griffey home runs jumped by *18*. Here was a guy who never hit 30…then he starts hitting 45 and then 50…nearly reaching Maris? The only players no named Ryan Howard to top Griffey in home runs in a season were Rodriguez (steroids), McGwire (steroids), Sosa (steroids) and Bonds (steroids).

      2. Go look at a picture of Griffey from 1990 and then one from 2004. He got waaay bigger

      3. A teammate of Rodriguez, Glenallen Hill, David Bell…should I go on?

      I mean, just as much “proof” on Griffey as their is on a Bagwell or Piazza.

  2. husky2score - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Finally. One solid player gets inducted into a Hall of Fame of some sort.

  3. cackalackyank - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    It doesn’t seem there is going to be any such thing as a sure thing for Cooperstown anymore. It is good Griffey Jr. gets some recognition now because you never know how long some guy that never played a game of baseball in his life may decide he needs to wait before he gets in.

  4. ken49ers - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Sweetest swing ever.

  5. fearthehoody - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Congrats Jr! Coopers Town soon

  6. jm91rs - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I’m a huge Reds fan, but seeing Jr in that Seattle Uniform just looks so much better. And to say junior got bigger over his career is true, except unlike bonds, Jr was just getting fatter and slower.

  7. bolweevils2 - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    What? Griffey before Leroy Stanton gets inducted? Stanton was the Mariners all time leader in homers at one time you know.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I will never forget the moment KG Jr became the coolest player ever: Sept. 14, 1990, when he watched from the on-deck circle as his dad homered. Junior then stepped up and said, yeah, I can do that too. Boom. We will probably see Pat Robertson officiate a gay wedding before we see a dad and son homer back to back again in MLB.

  9. soxfan1966 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Griffey deserves to be in more than just the Mariners’ Hall of Fame. One of my favorite players adn always a class act. Sounds cliche to say “think what he could have done if he wasn’t always injured” but so true in his case.

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