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Heroes of Baseball

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Heroes of Baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. retired from baseball on June 2, 2010 at the age of 40. He ended his career with the same team who drafted him number 1 in the 1987 draft, the Seattle Mariners. Ken Griffey Jr. played with the Mariners from 1989-1999, he went to Cincinnati to play with the Reds from 2000-2008, and he played with the White Sox in 1989, and returned to the Mariners for the 2009/2010 season. Griffey ended his career in the middle of the 2010 season because he did not want to be a distraction.

Ken Griffey Jr. played his career during and through the steroids era. There has never been any mention of him cheating.

This is significant because most of the big home run hitters during the steroid were cheaters. Ken Griffey Jr. was not a cheater and he is one of the all-time greatest home run hitters. Ken Griffey Jr. hit 630 home runs in his career. He was the player everybody thought would break Hank Aaron’s home run record. However, Ken Griffey Jr. had a period in his career when he was busy fighting injuries. Ken Griffey Jr. was bombarded with injuries between the years 2001-2004. These injuries held down his home run numbers and hurt the rest of his stats. Still, 630 home runs is an incredible number of home runs for any major league baseball player.

Ken Griffey Jr. ended his career with a .284 batting average. He had 2781 hits and drove in 1836 runs.

His best years were with the Seattle Mariners 1989-1999. This is when Ken Griffey hit .297 with 1752 hits, 398 home runs, 1152 RBI’s, and 167 stolen bases. Ken Griffey Jr. was selected to the All-Star game 13 times; he won 10 gold gloves and was named MVP in 1997. Ken Griffey Jr. was the 2005 come-back player of the year.

Ken Griffey Jr. will surely be a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famer. Ken Griffey Jr. had the most beautiful left-handed swing in baseball during the 1990’s and into the twenty-first century. He played the game the way it was meant to be. First, he was a happy-go-lucky teenager in 1989. Finally, he was an integrity-filled forty-year-old baseball player retiring from our National Pastime the correct way. Ken Griffey Jr. was and always will be a hero of baseball. Here’s to “the kid” who became a man right before our eyes.