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.