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Ken Griffey Jr. | Designated Hitter

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (44) / 11/21/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Ken Griffey Jr. has been named a special consultant for the Mariners.
The Mariners have been talking with Griffey about taking on a special position with the club since last summer, and it sounds like the now-retired outfielder is finally ready to accept. It's good to have "The Kid" back in baseball, no matter the job title. Tue, Feb 15, 2011 12:01:00 PM

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Ken Griffey Jr. will join the Mariners at a future date in a non-playing "long-term" position, according to the Associated Press.

First Griffey, who officially announced his retirement Wednesday, will take a few weeks (or months) off to relax and catch up with his family. It's not clear if he will serve as a coach or front-office member once he returns to Seattle, but it's nice to know that "The Kid" will be back in baseball soon.
Thu, Jun 3, 2010 08:17:00 PM

Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement Wednesday through a press release.

The future Hall of Famer didn't report to Safeco Field for Wednesday's game against the Twins. He's logged only seven at-bats since May 18 and no longer felt like a contributing member of the club. Junior finished with 630 homers, fifth all-time. He leaves the game as one of the best to never win a title, but also as one of the few sluggers of his era to dodge steroid speculation. There's little doubt that he will be a unanimous Hall of Famer on the first ballot.
Wed, Jun 2, 2010 07:51:00 PM

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a pinch-hit walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday to lift the Mariners over the Blue Jays 4-3.

Junior managed to stay awake throughout the afternoon and delivered in a big way off the bench as the M's rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against Toronto closer Kevin Gregg. The veteran is batting .191 this season with seven RBI in 94 at-bats. He's obviously not a fantasy option.
Thu, May 20, 2010 06:30:00 PM

After being out for four games, Ken Griffey Jr. returns to the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

It would be nice for Griffey to get it going on the field both for the Mariners' benefit and for a chance to move past Napgate. He'll have a tough row to hoe against Matt Garza and the Rays, but perhaps the time off did Griffey some good.
Sun, May 16, 2010 12:25:00 PM

Ken Griffey Jr. told Jim Street of MLB.com that he is not contemplating retirement.

"I haven't gotten to that point," Griffey said on Friday. "What would it take? I don't know. I haven't thought about anything but coming here and getting ready for a game." Griffey, 40, is batting just .200 with no home runs and six RBIs in 80 at-bats this season, which is bad enough on its own, but he has become a distraction on a team that currently sits in last place in the American League West. We all know Junior is a legend, especially in Seattle, but that doesn't make this situation any less awkward.
Fri, May 14, 2010 07:20:00 PM

Ken Griffey Jr.'s agent Brian Goldberg told KIRO Radio that Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune published the recent story about his client by "accident."

Goldberg insists that LaRue erroneously published the story on his blog before the story was finished, but Darrin Beene, the News Tribune's sports department leader, disagrees: "As far as the issue of the blog post being premature, the information contained in the post remains up. It was the basis of the story we printed in Tuesday's paper. The idea that this information was such that it needed to be changed or deleted is simply not true." LaRue has yet to comment on the matter.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, May 14, 2010 11:36:00 AM

Ken Griffey Jr., at the center of Napgate, pinch-hit for the Mariners in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday night.

Griffey was wide awake when he hit a sac fly to left with two men on base. The real problem here is that Griffey has zero home runs and two extra-base hits in 81 at-bats this season. We doubt this controversy will wake his bat up.
Wed, May 12, 2010 10:59:00 PM

The Mariners held a team meeting on Tuesday regarding recent accusations that Ken Griffey Jr. was unavailable for a Saturday pinch-hitting appearance because he was sleeping.

"We don't think there are two players who said that (about Griffey sleeping)," said Mike Sweeney, who spoke out in support of Griffey. "I challenged everyone in that room - if they said that to stand up and fight me. No one stood up." Basically, either there are two moles in the Mariners' clubhouse afraid to speak up, or Sweeney just called Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune a liar.
Tue, May 11, 2010 04:38:00 PM

Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Mariners "aren't about to release" veteran Ken Griffey Jr.

It's not surprising, given his status as a fan favorite in Seattle and what he's meant to the game of baseball over his 21 professional seasons. If the M's do truly feel that Griffey is hurting their team, retirement and a nice send-off would seem more appropriate. It's not like another team will claim him. The 40-year-old is batting .208/.265/.234 this season.
Tue, May 11, 2010 09:50:00 AM

Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that veteran Ken Griffey Jr. could be released this month by the Mariners.

Junior, now 40, is batting a miserable .205/.265/.234 in 77 at-bats this season with only two extra-base hits and zero home runs. He's not providing offense at the DH position and has shown a lack of interest in competing, at one point falling asleep in the M's clubhouse in the middle of a game. The fans of Safeco Field still dig him, for the most part, but it's time for a change in Seattle. Griffey is a .284/.370/.539 career hitter with 630 home runs over 21 seasons. Perhaps he will save them the trouble and simply retire.
Mon, May 10, 2010 02:39:00 PM

The Mariners have fired hitting coach Alan Cockrell in an effort to spark their slumping lineup.

The Mariners have scored the second lowest number of runs in baseball with just 94 going into Sunday's game. They're tied for the lowest batting average and have the second worst OPS, so it's hard to argue that all they needed was time to make things right. Alonzo Powell has been named the hitting coach in Cockrell's place.
Sun, May 9, 2010 01:33:00 PM

Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts Tuesday in the loss to the Rays.

The RBI was particularly worthless. Griffey came up against Rafael Soriano with runners on the corners and none out in a 5-1 game and grounded out to second, scoring the run but still moving the Rays a whole lot closer to a victory. Griffey is hitting .210 with just one extra-base hits -- a double -- five RBI and three runs scored in 62 at-bats. At least he had an exceptional walk rate last year; this year, he's worked only five walks to date. The Mariners need to move on.
Wed, May 5, 2010 01:21:00 AM

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a walkoff grand slam off Kip Wells as the Mariners edged the Reds 6-5 on Friday.

Off Kip Wells might be the key words here. While it was reason to celebrate, the homer was Griffey's first of the spring and he's currently hitting .179 in 28 at-bats.
Fri, Mar 26, 2010 07:02:00 PM

Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-2 with a walk before being removed from Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

This isn't 1995; the Mariners need to start getting Griffey more at-bats in an effort to find out whether he can help them this year. He's 3-for-16 with a double so far this spring, and he showed no sign of being able to get around on Dan Haren's fastball today.
Sat, Mar 20, 2010 06:09:00 PM

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LF1Dustin Ackley
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CF1James Jones
2Franklin Gutierrez
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