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Griffey’s Goodbye?

By bullpenbrian - September 2, 2009 - 1:37 am 5 comments.

Say so long to The Kid.

This is it for Ken Griffey Jr., one more month of baseball is all that’s left.

Yet we haven’t heard a peep from MLB about Griffey’s departure, although you’d think baseball would do a better job of sending off one its best players of all time.

Where’s the celebration, where’s the coverage, where’s the awareness that this is the end for one of the game’s best all-around talents to ever play?

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Seattle Right Move For Junior

By bullpenbrian - February 19, 2009 - 12:45 am Leave a comment.

Seattle just makes sense for Ken Griffey Jr., always has and always will.

The sacrafice of one more year (maybe two?) away from sunny Orlando saves a lifetime of work by Ken.

Had Junior signed with Atlanta it merely becomes a footnote to the season, perhaps, not even news-worthy enough for ESPN’s Bottom Line.

Instead, his signing with Seattle ignites a celebration that begins this weekend with his arrival at Spring Training and will last through September – whether Griffey is healthy or not.

Of course, being away from family comes at a price, but watching Dear Ol’ Dad get his praise should make life away from Florida worth while for the Griffey clan.

Besides, there’s no question Griffey’s return will rejuvenate his career, as it did for a brief time two years ago when he resurfaced at Safeco for the first time since being traded to the Reds.

Better still; the Mariners have an open spot at DH providing Griffey’s tattered legs a fighting chance to stay healthy for a full season.

Who knows, maybe, just maybe, he captivates the baseball world one final time with his towering home runs…giving baseball fans weary of PEDs, steroids and HGH headlines some much needed relief.

Forget about World Championships. Forget about his time on the training table in Cincinnati. This is the way Griffey’s career is suppose to end, and thankfully, Junior sees it that way too.

Jr batting during his return to Safeco in 2007

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Griffey Heading to Tampa?

By bullpenbrian - November 5, 2008 - 2:09 am Leave a comment.

For selfish reasons I hate to see Griffey’s $16 million option declined by the White Sox.

And unless Griffey accepts a deal with Chicago that would pay him slightly above the league minimum, I’ve seen the last of my favorite ball player as a regular on Comcast Sports broadcasts.

Of course, I’m not surprised by the move, Sox’s GM Kenny Williams is far to savvy to keep a player who’s closer to the finish line than we might think.

So, my hope now is for Junior to return to Seattle, where he belongs, and where he’ll be appreciated by the hometown fans.

That being said, it’s no secret that Griffey is a father first and a ballplayer second.

And while playing for Seattle appears to be the happy ending fans want for Junior’s career, it also means he’ll once again be thousands of miles away from his family home in Orlando.

Thus, Seattle just doesn’t seem like a move Griffey is willing to make.

The way I see it, Junior ends up with Tampa Bay in 2009.

The Rays can utilize Griffey two fold: first, by Tampa declining its option on the left-handed hitting Cliff Floyd, Junior not only replaces Floyd’s veteran leadership role, he also moves into the vacated DH spot in the lineup.

Most importantly, however, Griffey appears to have a much greater chance at a World Series ring with Tampa than he would playing for the Mariners.

A two for one deal will be hard for the Rays and Griff to pass up.


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