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Encyclopedia > Ken Griffey, Jr
Ken Griffey, Jr.

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Position Center Field
Team Cincinnati Reds
Years of Experience 16 years
Age 36
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Bats Left
Throws Left
College N/A
Nickname "Junior", "The Kid"
2005 Salary $10,365,692
Place of Birth Donora, Pennsylvania
Selection Amateur draft, 1987
Drafted by Seattle Mariners
Major League Debut April 3, 1989

George Kenneth Griffey, Jr. (born November 21, 1969 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Donora, Pennsylvania) is an American Major League Baseball player. Ken Griffey Jr. shares not only the same birthday, but also the same birth place as Hall of Famer Stan Musial. The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1940 1919 NL Pennants (9) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1972 1970 â€¢ 1961 â€¢ 1940 â€¢ 1939 1919 AA Pennants (1) 1882 Central Division titles... Donora is a borough located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) West Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (1) 2000 Best Finish: Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Donora is a borough located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Stanley Frank Musial (born November 21, 1920), nicknamed Stan the Man, is a Polish-American former player in Major League Baseball who played 22 seasons for the St. ...

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Youth and early career

Griffey was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father, Ken Griffey, Sr. played for the Cincinnati Reds. The younger Griffey played baseball at Moeller High School, a Catholic school in Cincinnati better known for its football program. When he was in high school, he drew raves from Major League scouts for his batting swing, widely regarded as the best of his generation, and effortless fielding prowess. Nickname: The Queen City Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus (largest metropolitan area is Cleveland) Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 355 km 355 km 8. ... George Kenneth Griffey, Sr. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1940 1919 NL Pennants (9) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1972 1970 â€¢ 1961 â€¢ 1940 â€¢ 1939 1919 AA Pennants (1) 1882 Central Division titles... Archbishop Moeller High School is a parochial high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. // History Archbishop Moeller High School had its beginning in the Fall of 1958 when Monsignor Edward A. McCarthy and Brother Paul Sibbing, S.M. were appointed by Archbishop Karl J. Alter to supervise the planning and construction... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


In 1987 Griffey was selected with the first overall pick of that year's amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners. As a Major League Baseball player, Griffey Jr. has often led the majors in major hitting statistics, and he was awarded Gold Gloves for his defensive excellence in 10 consecutive seasons, from 1990 to 1999, while playing center field for the Seattle Mariners. Griffey played on the same team as his father with the Seattle Mariners in 1990 and 1991. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) West Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (1) 2000 Best Finish: Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... This article is about the year. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) West Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (1) 2000 Best Finish: Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season. ... This article is about the year. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Griffey's career began with the Seattle Mariners in 1989. He won the American League Most Valuable Player award in 1997, hitting .304, with 56 home runs and 147 runs batted in. Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) West Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (1) 2000 Best Finish: Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ...


It was during Griffey's tenure with the Seattle Mariners that he established himself as one of baseball's premier players, and during his prime he was considered by the media to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He was a multi-dimensional player in an era when more and more players usually excelled at either hitting or fielding, but rarely both. Griffey could hit with high average, batting over .300 for seven of the ten years of the 1990s, and hit with power as well, slugging 422 home runs during the decade. Additionally, his defense in center field was arguably better than anyone else in the majors at the time: thanks to his impressive range, Griffey frequently made spectacular diving plays, and he often dazzled fans by making over-the-shoulder basket catches (a la Willie Mays' "the Catch" in the 1954 World Series) and by robbing would-be home runs at the wall, leaping up and pulling them back into the field of play. For all of these reasons, Ken Griffey, Jr. was one of baseball's most respected and well-liked players during the 1990s, as one could routinely see his picture on cereal boxes and television commercials, and he was a mainstay of the All-Star Game during the decade. Willie Howard Mays Jr. ... The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertzs drive at the warning track in the 1954 World Series THE CATCH - in more recent times refers to the GREATEST catch in football history made by The University of Alabamas Tyrone Prothro in their September 10, 2005 game against Southern... The 1954 World Series matched the National League champion New York Giants against the American League champion Cleveland Indians. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual exhibition baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ...


Perhaps the single most memorable moment of Griffey's career with the Mariners came during the 1995 ALDS against the New York Yankees. After falling behind in the series 0-2, they came back to take the next two games and create a must-win game 5. In the bottom of the eleventh inning, Griffey scored from first base on an Edgar Martinez double, to capture the series. Although the Mariners lost the ALCS to now-manager Mike Hargrove's Indians, the moment is one of the most pivotal in Mariners history, and the series has been credited with "saving baseball in Seattle." A video game for Super NES, "Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run" commemorates the moment. Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927 â€¢ 1923 AL Pennants (39) 2003 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 2000... Edgar Martinez warming up. ... Dudley Michael Hargrove (born October 26, 1949 in Perryton, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. ... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... Ken Griffey Jr. ...


In 1999, he ranked Number 93 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players. This list was compiled during the 1998 season, counting only statistics through 1997. Had the voting been done after 1998, he almost certainly would have ranked higher: at age 29 (going on 30), he was easily the youngest player on the list. That same year, Griffey was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In 1999 Mastercard sponsored the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. ...

Ken Griffey Jr. painted on a wall in downtown Seattle, 1994. The tick marks indicate how many home runs he had hit up to that point.
Ken Griffey Jr. painted on a wall in downtown Seattle, 1994. The tick marks indicate how many home runs he had hit up to that point.

Artwork of Ken Griffey Jr. ... Artwork of Ken Griffey Jr. ...

Departure from Seattle

Despite Griffey's elite performances and seemingly bright future in Seattle, he nonetheless became disenchanted with playing for the Mariners. Publicly, he expressed frustration over what he believed was a lack of commitment to winning on the part of Seattle management.


Also, there was speculation that Griffey was very unhappy with Seattle's new park, Safeco Field, a stadium in which it was much harder for hitters to produce runs than in the Kingdome. It has been reported that Griffey -- along with other Seattle players -- requested that the architects of Safeco Field bring the fences closer to home plate, but that, much to the players' chagrin, the designers built a park with deeper-than-average dimensions (especially in center field). This, combined with Safeco being at sea level and Seattle's typically dense, moisture-laden atmosphere, helped create a "pitcher-friendly" ballpark where power hitters like Griffey would see their batting statistics suffer. In the summer of 1999, it was reported that Griffey hit a ball that would likely have been a home run in the Kingdome, but turned into a long fly-out to center in Safeco. Griffey then stormed angrily to the Mariner dugout telephone, called the Mariners' general manager, and demanded to be traded that day. Although Griffey has always denied his concern with baseball records, that year it appeared that he had his ambitions set towards eventually breaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run record. Safeco (an acronym for Selective Auto and Fire InsurancE COmpany) Field, sometimes simply referred to as “Safeco” for short or even “The Safe,” is the home of the Seattle Mariners baseball club. ... The Kingdome, officially known as the King County Domed Stadium, and often referred to as simply The Dome, was owned and operated by King County, Washington. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama, United States), is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ...


Griffey ultimately got his wish, and following the 1999 season, he was traded to father's former team, the Cincinnati Reds, for Mike Cameron, Brett Tomko, and Antonio Pérez. Initially, the future looked extremely bright for him in Cincinnati. It was the city in which he had grown up, and Griffey was reportedly very pleased to be playing on his father's former team -- on the open market, Griffey could have made several million dollars more than the contract offered by the small-market (and notoriously penurious) Reds. However, his contract apparently includes backloaded payments which will be paid until 2024 [1]. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1940 1919 NL Pennants (9) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1972 1970 â€¢ 1961 â€¢ 1940 â€¢ 1939 1919 AA Pennants (1) 1882 Central Division titles... Michael Terrance (Mike) Cameron (born January 8, 1973 in Lagrange, Georgia) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres. ... Brett Tomko is a major league baseball player, who has played with the Reds, Padres, Mariners, Cardinals, Giants and currently with the Dodgers. ... Born on Jan 26, 1980 in Bani, Dominican Republic, Antonio Perez plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... 2024 (MMXXIV) will be a leap year starting on Monday. ...


Injury-plagued tenure in Cincinnati

The 2000 season began what has generally been seen by the media as a decline in Griffey's superstar status. Although his statistics during this season were respectable, they were far below his previous level of play: in 145 games, Griffey hit .271 with 40 home runs, but his .942 On-base plus slugging was his lowest mark in five years. Additionally, from 2001 through 2004, Griffey was plagued by a seemingly endless string of injuries, including season-ending injuries in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Worse yet for Griffey, the cumulative effects of the injuries lowered his bat speed, resulting in less power and fewer home runs (he slugged only .426 before succumbing to injury in 2002, his lowest output in 7 years). Some speculate that Griffey's myriad injuries are a result of a decade of playing on the Kingdome's artificial turf, which players claim is essentially like playing the game on asphalt. Others suggest that Griffey's lack of commitment to physical fitness while he was in his twenties (relative to other Major Leaguers like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both of whom played effectively well into their forties) opened him up to injury problems as he got older. Whatever the causes, though, injuries forced Griffey to miss 260 out of 486 games from 2002 through 2004, diminishing both his skills and his star reputation. Consequently, he is not nearly the ubiquitous presence he once was on cereal boxes, television commercials, and the All-Star Game. This article is about the year 2000. ... In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) incorporates on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ... This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 16 - Outfielders Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot. ... The following are the events of the year 2004 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 2004 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (often abbreviated SLG or SA) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... Barry Lamar Bonds was born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket, is among the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ...



In 2004, Griffey avoided major injury during the first half of the season, and on June 20 became the 20th player to hit 500 career home runs. His 500th home run came, fittingly, on Father's Day in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, with his father Ken Sr. in the stands; the homer also tied Ken Jr. with his father for career hits with 2,143. However, the injury bug bit again just before the All-Star break, when Griffey, Jr. suffered a partial hamstring tear, knocking him out of the All-Star Game and putting him on the disabled list yet again. He did get his 500th home run ball from a fan who was also there for Father's Day with his dad. The fan received many rewards from Griffey Jr. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... Fathers Day is a holiday to celebrate fatherhood and parenting by males, just as Mothers Day celebrates motherhood. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Eastern Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1891) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934... Busch Stadium was the home of the St. ... Hamstring refers to the common tendon of the muscles making up the ham in animals, primarily the semitendinosus and biceps femoris. ...


Griffey finished the 2004 season on the disabled list after suffering a complete rupture of his right hamstring in San Francisco on August 11. The play in question occurred at SBC Park in a game against the San Francisco Giants. Griffey was starting in right field for the first time in his 16-year Major League career when he raced toward the gap to try to cut off a ball before it got to the wall. He slid as he got to the ball, but in the process hyperextended his right leg. He later came out of the game, complaining of "tightness" in the hamstring exacerbated by chilly conditions in San Francisco. But there was far more to it than anyone realized at the time. August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... AT&T Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park) is an open-air baseball stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants of the National League. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888 West Division titles (6...


Shortly after this injury, the Reds' team physician, Timothy Kremchek, devised an experimental surgery dubbed "The Junior Operation" that would use three titanium screws to reattach Griffey's hamstring. For several weeks, Griffey's right leg was in a sling that kept the leg at a 90-degree angle, and he was not able to move the leg until late October. After an intense rehabilitation period, he returned for the 2005 season. In April, he hit only .244 with only one homer (on April 30) and nine RBI. [2] 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Starting May 1, the 2005 season saw the resurgence of a healthy Griffey. The fluid swing, which depends heavily on excellent lower body strength, returned to its original form, now that Griffey's hamstring and calf problems appear behind him. Junior's 35 home runs were his highest since his first year with the Reds as Griffey slowly moved up the career home run list. He ended the season tied with Mickey Mantle, after having passed Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, and Mel Ott in 2005. May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... Mickey Mantle on a 1953 cover of Time Magazine Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Jimmie Foxx on the cover of Time in 1929 James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who was, up until Mark McGwires glory days in the late 1990s, the most prolific right-handed power hitter to ever play... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the Boston Red Sox. ... Willie Lee McCovey (born January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Big Mac and Stretch, is a former slugger and first baseman who played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics between 1959 and 1980. ... Ernest Ernie Banks (born January 31, 1931) is an American former Major League baseball player who played from 1953 to 1971. ... Edwin Lee Mathews (October 13, 1931 - February 18, 2001) was a Major League Baseball star player born in Texarkana, Texas. ... Melvin Thomas (Mel) Ott (March 2, 1909 – November 21, 1958), nicknamed Master Melvin, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career in the National League for the New York Giants (1926-1947). ...


Early in September, he strained a tendon in his left foot (an injury unrelated to his past hamstring and calf problems), and was listed as day-to-day for several weeks. On September 22, with the Reds out of playoff contention, the team decided to bench him for the rest of the season so he could immediately have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and a separate operation to repair scars from his 2004 hamstring operation. Still, his 128 games in 2005 were the most he has played since 2000. Griffey's resurgence was recognized when he was named National League Comeback Player of the Year. The MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award is the newest annual award officially sponsored by Major League Baseball. ...


If his health remains intact, Junior could reach 600 home runs sometime in the 2007 season, at age 37. Had the chronic injuries of 2001-2004 not limited his astronomical progress, the discussion could currently be when, not if, Griffey would surpass Hank Aaron's record of 755 career home runs. 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Griffey also played in the Inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic (WBC) for America, where he was one of the team's biggest contributors, notching 3 home runs during the event. The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ...


During the second game of the 2006 season, Griffey hit home run #537 to pass Mickey Mantle and took over 11th all time on the list. Mickey Mantle on a 1953 cover of Time Magazine Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ...


Griffey and his wife Melissa have 3 children: George Kenneth III ("Trey"), daughter Taryn Kennedy, and adopted son Tevin Kendall. When Trey was born, then-Mariners' G.M. Woody Woodward sent him a player's contract dated 2012. William Frederick Woody Woodward (born September 23, 1942, in Miami, Florida) is an American former player and general manager in Major League Baseball. ...


Griffey's hate for the Yankees

While his father played for the Yankees, Junior was invited in the Yankees' tumultuous clubhouse. The one person who hated the younger Griffey was Yankees' manager Billy Martin, who considered him loud and obnoxious. The real "nail in the coffin" was when he played catch with Yankees' 3rd baseman Graig Nettles. Owner George Steinbrenner kicked Junior out of the field. Griffey promised that he will never play for any New York team again. Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos... George Steinbrenner, The Boss George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as The Boss, is the principal owner of the New York Yankees. ...


Another chapter in Griffey's hate was the fifth game of the 1995 ALDS when Edgar Martinez drove him in as the winning run. Four years later, Griffey wanted to be traded due to the bad dimensions of SAFECO Field. So a trade was proposed involving Griffey going to the Mets in exchange for the speedy Roger Cedeno and pitchers Octavio Dotel and Armando Benitez. But Griffey placed his no-trade clause in the way. However, he did accept a trade to Cincinnati for Mike Cameron and others. Edgar Martinez warming up. ... Safeco (an acronym for Selective Auto and Fire InsurancE COmpany) Field, sometimes simply referred to as “Safeco” for short or even “The Safe,” is the home of the Seattle Mariners baseball club. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... Michael Terrance (Mike) Cameron (born January 8, 1973 in Lagrange, Georgia) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres. ...


Famous Quotes

"And when he comes to Cincinnati, I'll take [Barry Bonds] out. I fly my mom in because Barry loves the way she cooks macaroni and cheese and fried chicken. That's the kind of relationship we have. It's not just about baseball."


Griffey in other media

Griffey has starred in four Nintendo videogames: 1993's Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball and 1996's Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as the Nintendo 64 games Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1998, and Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest in 1999. Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂, ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 ) is an international company originally founded in Japan on November 6, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Ken Griffey Jr. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Ken Griffey Jr. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... The Nintendo 64, commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console. ... A game in progress Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffy, Jr. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Griffey also had a memorable guest turn on The Simpsons, in the third-season episode Homer at the Bat, along with fellow stars José Canseco, Wade Boggs, Darryl Strawberry, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, and Mike Scioscia. The Simpson family first seen on The Tracey Ullman Show. ... Homer at the Bat is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Cansecos 40-40 season helped take the As to the World Series José Canseco Capas, Jr. ... Wade Boggs Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, whose hitting in the 1980s and 1990s dominated the American League in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. ... Darryl Strawberry on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1986. ... Don Mattingly Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) was a star left-handed baseball player (first baseman) for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket, is among the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... Stephen Louis Sax (born January 29, 1960 in Sacramento, California) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Osborne Earl Smith, known as Ozzie Smith (born December 26, 1954), is a former Major League baseball player born in Mobile, Alabama. ... Mike Scioscia, left, argues with the umpire about a call. ...


See also

  • MLB players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break

Listed below are the Major League Baseball players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break (multiple occurrences denoted into parentheses). ...

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Preceded by:
Juan González
American League Most Valuable Player
1997
Succeeded by:
Juan González

 
 

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