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No Redemption for Ken Griffey Jr.

Posted on 04. Jun, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, MLB

No Redemption for Ken Griffey Jr.

MLB slugger Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement earlier this month. The announcement was somewhat of a shock to baseball fans out there but few can deny that his career was on life support. Perhaps the hardest thing to stomach for true fans of the game is that he did not have a hero’s exit. There was no miraculous walk-off homerun or RBI. Ken Griffey Jr. did not save the day one last time. Instead, his departure was preceded by a stretch of extremely poor play, a benching, and the infamous “Nap-Gate” controversy.

Ken Griffey’s career includes 630 homeruns, 10 Golden Gloves, 13 All-Star selections, 1,836 RBIs, and a unanimous MVP award. He was also involved in the great homerun chase with Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire but eventually fell out of contention (geez I wonder why?). A great, productive career is ending with a whimper and it is painful to watch. The same type of painful that came from watching Michael Jordan’s final game in Washington.

Ken Griffey Jr. spent his best years playing for the Seattle Mariners, the club that drafted him in 1987. After playing for the Cincinnati Reds for nine seasons, Griffey returned to Seattle in 2009. His presence immediately helped changed the negative vibe of the team and for a 39 year-old often injured veteran he was putting up respectable numbers as a designated hitter (batting average of .214 with 19 homers). The Mariners decided they would try their luck one more time and Jr. signed on for the 2010 campaign. The magic wasn’t quite there this time around.

Griffey Jr. was batting a dismal .184 and had yet to hit one over the fence this season. He eventually found his way on to the bench and then in to the clubhouse where he was caught snoozing during an actual Mariners game. It was becoming clear that this was his last season. The Seattle Mariners had enough class to let him finish the year in uniform and Ken Griffey Jr. definitely earned that right. Griffey though said he did not want to become a distraction to his beloved team and made his decision.

When word of Nap-Gate broke, it was an opportunity that Ken Griffey Jr. should have taken advantage of. It should have been a galvanizing incident with the final result being a respectable (not necessarily spectacular) end to the 2010 season and his hall of fame career. Broken and betrayed, Ken Griffey Jr. chose to walk away instead.

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4 Responses to “No Redemption for Ken Griffey Jr.”

  1. Randy Pena 4 June 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work :)

  2. Jim Beam 15 June 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Ken Griffey is the bomb!

  3. sawyer 18 August 2010 at 6:42 am #

    ken griffey will never be as good as chipper jones

  4. Karen 21 December 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Ah, the good old snap plastic aujtsdable little league cap. There was always the kid who had to adjust it so small that the plastic tabs overlapped and it bunched in the back.


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