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Griffey Name Still Highlight Worthy

By bullpenbrian - February 8, 2013 - 9:00 am Leave a comment.

Ken Griffey Jr
When Tyler Griffey made a wide-open layup with 0.9 seconds left to lift Illinois over top ranked Indian 74-72 in men’s college hoops Thursday night,
I thought ‘Wow, what a finish. What a game!

I also couldn’t help but think of one of my all-time favorite baseball players—Ken Griffey Jr.—and how it’s been nearly three years since his abrupt retirement from the Mariners in early June of 2010.

Griffey quietly walked away after 22 major league seasons having collected 2,781 hits, 1,836 RBI and 630 home runs, the fifth-most long balls in baseball history.

Junior was the total package. The sweet swing, the majestic home runs, the highlight reel catches, the swag, the ever present smile and the backwards cap; I loved it all. Who didn’t?

I even had those ugly Griffey Jr. shoes, several pairs to be exact, when teal was cool back in the day.

It’s hard to nail down my favorite Griffey Jr. moment. I could go on and on. But the time he flew around the bases from first to home scoring the decisive run to eliminate the Yankees in the 1995 ALDS I knew who my favorite player was.

Ken Griffey Jr

Of course he’s still one of my favorite players and always will be. And in two years it will be nice to hear his name again upon his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame.

Long live The Kid.

Ken Griffey Jr

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Map of U.S. Born Players In MLB

By bullpenbrian - November 20, 2012 - 5:00 am Leave a comment.

Bullpen Brian Map

The numbers on the map roughly indicate how many active major league players were born in each state.

California (218) easily leads the way producing nearly twice as many players as runner-up Texas (116).

However, the Southeast corner of the country remains a baseball hotbed, in particularly Florida (104) and Georgia (38).

The great state of Illinois (34) has churned out the most players in the Midwest, including a number from the Chicagoland area: Brian Bogusevic, Peter Bourjos, Tim Byrdak, Jason Frasor, Christian Friedrich, Tom Gorzelanny, Curtis Granderson, Luke Gregorson, Jason Kipnis, George Kontos and Adam Rosales.

Another recognizable name, Jim Thome, hales from Peoria, Illinois (as does current Yankee skipper Joe Girardi, although he’s not included in the count).

The Pacific Northwest also appears to be fertile grounds including current Cub Darwin Barney and former-Cub Kevin Gregg from Oregon (12). The state of Washington (19) gives us Tim Lincecum, Jon Lester, Travis Buck and Michael Brantley to name a few.

Hawaii (7) and Alaska also register on the map. Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino is one noticeable name while Daniel Schlereth is just one of two players from ‘The Last Frontier’.

What catches your eye on the map?

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