Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Mariners' Griffey calls it a career.
After 22 seasons, 630 home runs and a highlight-reel of catches, Seattle sports icon Ken Griffey Jr. has announced his retirement today.
The 40-year-old Griffey told Seattle team president Chuck Armstrong that he was done playing. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu called his players together before the start of batting practice to inform them of Griffey's decision. Griffey was hitting only 184 with no homers and seven RBIs this year and recently went a week without playing. There was a report earlier this season -- which Griffey denied -- that he'd fallen asleep in the clubhouse during a game. Griffey was a 13-time All-Star outfielder and ranks fifth on the career home run list with 630. He won an MVP award and was an 11-time Gold Glover. The only thing missing on his resume was a trip to the World Series.
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