A Quick Thought About Ken Griffey Jr.

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The past weekend at Safeco Field was very special because of the return of Ken Griffey Jr. for his induction to the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.  With Ken, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Alvin Davis and Dan Wilson, the other members of the Mariners HOF, there was a lot of history on diamond.

Ken’s resume is filled with statistics, records, awards and accomplishments that are certainly Cooperstown-worthy, ranking among the best of all-time.  The many behind-the-scenes stories that were told were also highly entertaining.

There is one “baseball list” that may best capture the essence of Ken Griffey Jr. better than all the numbers and his place in the game’s history – that is the company that he keeps.  In 1999, Major League Baseball selected the All-Century Team, which included ten outfielders.  Take a few minutes to read and think about this list of players:

MLB All-Century Team – Outfielders

Hank Aaron

Ty Cobb

Joe DiMaggio

Mickey Mantle

Willie Mays

Stan Musial

Pete Rose

Babe Ruth

Ted Williams

And……………Ken Griffey Jr.

That pretty much says it all.

- Randy Adamack

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