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“The Kid,” Ken Griffey, Jr. retires after 22 seasons and age 40

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Ken Griffey, Jr. unexpectedly retired on Wednesday from baseball on his own terms but still held in the highest regard by teammates, umpires, fans and opposing players.

At age 40, he was relegated to part-time duty and had little pop in his bat and he hadn’t played in a week.

Junior never went to Safeco Field on Wednesday. He simply released a statement through the Seattle Mariners media relations department, that he was done playing. The Mariners were getting ready to play the Minnesota Twins.

Ken Griffey Jr. (mlb)

So after 22 seasons, 13 All-Star appearances, 630 homers (fifth all-time) and 1,836 RBI’s. He is a certain Hall of Famer.

Griffey was a star player when he was Seattle’s number 1 pick in the 1987 draft. Junior also played for his hometown Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. This was his second tour of duty with the Mariners.

Griffey played in 1,685 games with the Mariners and hit .292 with 417 homers, most coming in the homer-friendly Kingdome, and 1,216 RBI’s. He won the AL MVP in 1997 and basically saved the franchise that was very much in danger of relocating when he first came to the majors.

The Seattle Mariners organization put Griffey’s uniform number 24 in the dirt behind second base and showed a 5-minute video tribute to a standing ovation before the game. The players said that winning the game on Wednesday for Griffey was a must, which they did 2-1 in 10 innings over Minnesota.

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