Ken Griffey Jr calls it a career after 22 years
After a lucrative and successful career Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to walk away. He announced his retirement from baseball prior to the Mariners game last night. In his 22 years of playing, he played for the Seattle Mariners twice, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Soxs. He finished 5th all time on the Home run list with 630 and some believe he could have broken Hank Aaron's Home run record of 755.
According to ESPN.com, In a statement sent out by the team from Griffey, he said "While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back that I will never allow myself to become a distraction, I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be."
Milton Bradley, one of Grifferys teammates for a short period of time had this to say about the soon to be Hall of Famer, "on a day like this, it should rain in Seattle." He also stated that "I hit left-handed because of Griffey. I wanted to play baseball, be an outfielder, make diving catches, style on a home run because of Griffey," "Guys like him don't come around every day. He's just as magical off the field as on it"
Yesterday was surely a sad day for all of baseball and for sports fan everywhere. Thank you for the memories Griffery!