June 2, 2010

Ken Griffey Jr. retires

I saw on KOMO 4 news moments ago that Ken Griffey Jr. has retired.

SEATTLE – The Kid is hanging them up.

Seattle sports icon Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement Wednesday, bringing a close to an incredible career that spanned 22 seasons and included 630 home runs and a highlight-reel of catches. Griffey's retirement is effective immediately.

Griffey made his debut with the Mariners in 1989 as a 19-year-old, earning the nickname, "The Kid." He spent the next 11 years as the cornerstone of the Mariners' franchise.

He was traded to Cincinnati in 2000 but returned to Seattle in 2009 to finish his illustrious career.

Griffey's 630 career home runs rank him fifth in the major leagues, and has been a 10-time All-Star, winning the AL MVP in 1997.

Griffey hit 630 home runs in a 22-year career but this season was batting just .184.

Tip of the hat to you Junior. You were THE Seattle athlete while I was growing up. Thanks for the memories.

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