Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ken Griffey Jr.


Career statistics

Batting average



Home runs

Runs batted in

Seattle Mariners (1989–1999)
Cincinnati Reds (2000–2008)
Chicago White Sox (2008)
Seattle Mariners (2009–2010)

Career highlights and awards

13× All-Star (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007)
10× Gold Glove Award (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
7× Silver Slugger Award (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
1997 AL MVP
1992 MLB All-Star Game MVP
2005 NL Comeback Player of the Year
3× Home Run Derby winner (1994, 1998, 1999)
4× AL home run champion (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999)
AL RBI champion (1997)
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

In light of the fact that Ken Griffey Jr  is up for election into MLB’s Hall of Fame, Smallthoughts : Old School Tuesday is going to re post an entry published two years ago.

There are few and I mean few athletes that in their prime they are breath taking to watch…Ken Griffey Jr. was at the top of my list or very near the top(Muhummad Ali would be on that list with Dr.J too) Ken Griffey Jr. was worth the price of admission alone. He did play in the steroid era and posted his stats without the benefit of the juice, his was one of the few stars who’s name did not come up when the talk was about steroids. He had speed, power and he played outstanding defense. he was one of those stars that played his whole career in a small market (Seattle and Cincinnati) and it did not hinder him from being recognized as the best player in sport. Even as a Met fan I would watch Griffey play when given the opportunity yes he was that good!!! If injuries had not robbed him of his playing time he would have hit 750 homeruns. He is a first ballot hall of famer that is a no brainer. Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday is happy to highlight one of the most breathtaking players on a baseball field…Ken Griffey Jr.

Published by bklynboy59

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5 thoughts on “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ken Griffey Jr.

    1. He is the on Player from that era as well as Jeter who wasn’t mentioned about PEDs ….I loved watching him play pure joy to watch …at one point in his career both he and Bonds were the best players in the sport and I had him better than Bonds

  1. Outstanding video! I can ‘t imagine how many more home runs he would have hit if he didn’t play for Mariners in that Grand Canyon of a ballpark SafeCo Field. They finally brought the fences in last year but Seattle’s run total hardly budged from the before.

    Also doesn’t seem fair that most of his games at SafeCo were in front of very small crowds.

    1. Yet think about the team he played for ….a young ARod, Randy johnson hall of famer…Edgar martinez one of the best hitters in the game , Jay Burhner one of the best prospect to ever get away from the Yankees. They couldn’t sell the team ownership was bad…But Junior was the best!

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