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The Seattle Mariners to retire Ken Griffey Jr.s number

By know you have noticed that we have finally begun are pieces on all-time 50 players for each major franchise.  Eventually we will take that to the next level where we will examine how they take care of their former players in terms of retired numbers and franchise Hall of Fames, and as such it is major news to us that the Seattle Mariners will be retiring the number of Ken Griffey Jr., who was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in what was the largest percentage ever.

The Seattle Mariners will be retiring the number 24 that Griffey Jr. wore.  This is no small honor as with the exception of the league wide mandatory retirement of Jackie Robinson’s #42 this is the first number retired by the organization.

Ken Griffey Jr. played for Seattle from 1989 to 1999 and finished his career there in 2009 to 2010.  In the 13 seasons he was a Mariner, he accumulated 417 Home Runs, 1,216 RBI, 167 Stolen Bases with a Slash Line of .284/.370/.538 and a bWAR of 63.5.  This included four Home Run Titles, ten All Star Games, seven Silver Sluggers, ten Gold Gloves and one Most Valuable Player Award. 

Griffey Jr. will also become the first to enter Cooprstown wearing a Seattle Mariners hat.

We would like to congratulate Ken Griffey Jr. for his latest and deserved accolade. 

The Seattle Mariners to retire Edgar Martinez' Number

As you know, we are slowly (or dare we say methodically?) working on the Top 50 for every major sports team in the big four of North American sports.  The plan after is to then look at how each team celebrates their former players/executives in terms of retired numbers/franchise halls of fame, etc.  This makes it news to us that the Seattle Mariners will retire the #11 of Edgar Martinez.

This is no small honor, as the Mariners have been stingy with their retired numbers.  To date, only the league mandate #42 of Jackie Robinson and that of recently elected Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Jr.  

While it remains to be seen whether or not Martinez will join Griffey Jr. in Cooperstown, his chances grew as he made it to 58.6% on the ballot, his highest ever, and by quite a substantial margin.  For years, it appeared that the former Designated Hitter was not going to be selected, but the man who played his entire career in Seattle seems to have a real shot at the ultimate individual trophy in all of Baseball.

Martinez career numbers include 2,247 Hits, 309 Home Runs, two Batting Titles, a career Slash Line of .312/.418/.515 and a bWAR of 66.4.  He went to seven All Star Games and won five Silver Slugger Awards. 

The ceremony will take place on August 12.

We here at would like congratulate Edgar Martinez on earning this huge honor.

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