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The Seattle Sounders have added Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the club’s ownership group.
On this date 30 years ago, 40-year-old baseball great Ken Griffey and his 20-year-old son, Ken Jr., took the field for the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome. It was the first time a father-son duo had played together in a major-league baseball game.
Picture a kid and his father throwing a ball around a nearly empty field. The kid’s younger brother and mother are standing nearby, with maybe two or three bystanders.
As a youngster in Tacoma, Washington, about 45 minutes south of the Kingdome, Cubs left-hander Jon Lester grew up rooting for Hall of Fame center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. even more than the Mariners teams Griffey played on. Griffey’s trade request and subsequent deal to the Reds before the 2000 season helped prepare Lester for the unsettling realities of the business of baseball – realities that Mariners fans continue to experience under current general manager Jerry Dipoto.
Mariano Rivera was picked by all 228 voters totaled through midafternoon Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker, about half the expected ballots. Roy Halladay also appeared headed to election in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, while Edgar Martinez seemed likely to join them in his 10th and final appearance.
Major League Baseball is opening October by blasting the game’s so-called “unwritten rules.”
Although jockeys slow their mounts to a gallop at the finish line, history’s still catching up with Albert Johnson, a Spokane County native once ranked with the nation’s best.
The Kid’s kid is getting a shot with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The AFC North champions have signed wide receiver Trey Griffey, son of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., to a reserve/futures contract.
A Seattle man says he chased down a suspected thief who ripped the bat off of the statue of baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.
The Ken Griffey Jr. statue outside Safeco Field looks a little different right now.
Steve Sax won two World Series rings, was a five-time All-Star and got nearly 2,000 hits in the big leagues.
Ken Griffey Jr. stood outside Safeco Field on Thursday afternoon in flesh and bronze. He was humbled by the Mariners’ gesture of erecting his statue, delighted with the pose and the likeness.
In conjunction with the team’s 40th anniversary season, the Seattle
Ken Griffey Jr., the former Seattle Mariners all-star and newly enshrined member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, will grace the cover of PlayStation 4 video game, “MLB The Show 17,” which will be released on March 28.
The Mariners have their mantra.
In front of a capacity crowd at Safeco Field, Ken Griffey Jr. took one more step into baseball immortality.
Just as much as the smile and the backward hat, the sweet swings and the 630 home runs, the No. 24 became synonymous with Ken Griffey Jr.
Two players who began their careers at opposite ends of the spectrum nearly three decades ago ended up in the same place on Sunday – with their names etched on plaques at the Baseball Hall of Fame. For Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the culmination of their long journeys was tinged with tears all around.
Ken Griffey Jr. had a private tour of the room that will immortalize his baseball legacy.
Finally, a pro ballplayer who made his mark playing for the Mariners (and whose bust will wear the Mariner cap) will be enshrined in the Hall at Cooperstown. It’s a big deal.