24 Stories – The MVP
Ken Griffey Jr. turned in a season for the ages in 1997. Junior hit .304 with 34 doubles, 56 home runs and 147 RBI while leading the American League in homers and RBI. In addition to earning unanimous Most Valuable Player honors, Griffey picked up a Silver Slugger award, a Gold Glove Award and was Major League Baseball’s leading vote-getter in the 1997 All-Star Game.
#9 – The MVP
“It was such an unbelievably powerful team with A-Rod and Edgar and Buhner, but above that all was Ken Griffey Jr. in his absolute prime. Every aspect of his game was at peak level. He just put everything together that year. You look at those numbers now in retrospect, and they’re absolutely amazing. [He was the] unanimous MVP. I don’t think there was any question that he was going to win. All-Star, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove – just about every award you can win that year.” – Larry Stone
“1997 was Junior’s year…He was mesmerizing. He was so much fun to watch. He was going to hit a home run, or he was going to make a great catch. One of the greatest seasons in the history of the Mariners franchise, and really one of the best years in the history of the game of baseball.” – Rick Rizzs
“I remember coming to the plate with nobody on base a lot.” – Edgar Martinez
“Junior was always a part of the highlights during that time. It was always, ‘I’ve got a couple minutes before work. Let me see what Junior did.'” – Dave Sims
Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.