BY SPNW Staff 12:00PM 08/09/2013

Timeline: Career highlights of Ken Griffey Jr.

Junior, who hit 630 home runs in his 22-year major league career, including 417 in a Seattle uniform, enters the Mariners Hall of Fame Saturday evening.

The Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr. first overall in the 1987 amateur draft and he went on to become the greatest player in franchise history. The Mariners will inducted him into their Hall of Fame Saturday. / David Eskenazi Collection

In a  ceremony at Safeco Field starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the first pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers, Ken Griffey Jr. will become the seventh inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame. Griffey will join prior inductees Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004), Edgar Martinez (2007), Randy Johnson (2012) and Dan Wilson (2012).

Griffey joined the Mariners organization in 1987 when the club selected him No. 1 overall in that year’s June amateur draft. He rose swiftly through the club’s minor league system and reached the major leagues in 1989, when he began the first of two stints with the Mariners, and by far the greatest.

Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners 2010 HS

Griffey Jr. played for the Mariners from 1989-99, and again from 2009-10.

Griffey departed for Cincinnati in a multi-player trade in 2000 and returned to Seattle in 2009 for his last full season with the club. Seventeen years old when he began his professional career, Griffey retired early in 2010 at 40. Griffey’s career highlights:

  • BORN: Nov. 21, 1969, Donora, PA
  • SPORT: Baseball
  • POSITION: Center Field, Designated Hitter
  • AFFILIATION: Seattle Mariners
  • ACQUIRED: Selected by the Mariners in the first round (No. 1 overall pick) of the 1987 amateur draft.
  • EXIT: Traded by the Mariners to the Cincinnati Reds Feb. 10, 2000, for Mike Cameron, Antonio Perez, Brett Tomko and Jake Meyer.
  • RE-ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent Feb. 18, 2009.
  • RETIRED: Retired June 2, 2010 after playing in 1,685 games for Seattle and hitting 417 home runs.

A 10-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 unanimous AL Most Valuable Player with the Mariners, Griffey is the most significant player in Seattle baseball history. During his first 10 years with the Mariners, Griffey became the club’s first major gate attraction, its first superstar, its first annual All-Star starter, its most forceful personality and the main reason the franchise escaped its dubious history and become a Northwest summer-entertainment fixture.

In late August 1995, Griffey hit the home run that launched the Mariners on their remarkable comeback, scored the run that beat the Yankees in the 1995 ALDS and, in 1999, was named one of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century and the Player of the Decade for the 1990s.

Following a long stint with the Cincinnati Reds and a brief run with the Chicago White Sox, a 39-year-old Griffey, after a 10-year absence from Seattle, returned to the Mariners for the 2009 season.

Griffey was instrumental in the Mariners defeating the Yankees in the 1995 ALDS.

Although only a shadow of his former self – he hit just .214 in 117 appearances while dividing time at designated hitter with Mike Sweeney – Griffey managed 19 home runs and was cheered constantly by an appreciative Mariner faithful for his career achievements.

“The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists” selected Griffey the No. 1 athlete in Washington state sports history in 2009. But by 2010, Griffey had nothing left in his tank. Batting .184 with no home runs and just seven RBIs, Griffey abruptly left the team June 2, 2010.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Named to 10 consecutive American League All-Star teams during his first tenure with the Mariners (1990-99).
  • Winner of 10 Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger awards during his first stint with the Mariners (1989-99).
  • One of six players in history to hit 600 or more home runs.
  • One of seven players in history with 40 home runs in six different seasons.
  • Four-time American League home run champion, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999.
  • Had back-to-back seasons of 50 or more home runs in 1997 and 1998 (56 both seasons).
  • 1997 American League RBI leader (147).
  • 1993 and 1997 American League total bases leader.
  • Mariners’ all-time leader in home runs, multi-home run games, slugging percentage and intentional walks.
  • Hit three home runs against the Yankees May 24, 1996.
  • Hit three home runs against the Toronto Blue Jays April 25, 1997.
  • Mariners’ franchise leader in grand slams with 12.
  • Had six RBIs in a game four times – June 13, 1994 against Texas; May 24, 1996 against New York; Sept. 7, 1998 against Baltimore; April 29, 1999 against Detroit.
  • Homered in eight consecutive games July 20-28, 1993, to tie the major league record.
  • Had five hits in a game twice, July 18, 1991, against Milwaukee, and July 2, 1994, against New York.
  • Won All-Star Game Home Run Derby three times, 1994, 1998, 1999.

AWARDS (MARINERS)

  • 1992 Major League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.
  • 1997 American League Most Valuable Player (unanimous).
  • 1997 Major League Player of the Year (The Sporting News).
  • Named one of the top 100 of players of all time by The Sporting News (1999).
  • Named the Major League Player of the Decade (1990s) by The Sporting News.
  • Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award by Baseball America (1996).
  • Named the No. 1 athlete in Washington state history by The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists (2009).
  • 1989 AL Player Of Week (April 29).
  • 1990 American League All-Star.
  • 1990 American League Gold Glove.
  • 1990 American League Player of the Month (June).
  • 1990 American League Player Of Week (April 16)
  • 1990 American League Player Of Week (Sept. 3)
  • 1990 Mariners Most Valuable Player
  • 1991 American League All-Star
  • 1991 American League Player of the Week (Aug. 12)
  • 1991 American League Gold Glove
  • 1991 American League Silver Slugger
  • 1991 Mariners Most Valuable Player
  • 1992 American League All-Star
  • 1992 American League Gold Glove
  • 1993 American League All-Star
  • 1993 American League Player of the Week (July 25)
  • 1993 American League Gold Glove
  • 1993 Mariners Most Valuable Player
  • 1994 American League All-Star
  • 1994 American League Gold Glove
  • 1994 American League Silver Slugger
  • 1995 American League All-Star
  • 1995 American League Gold Glove
  • 1996 American League All-Star.
  • 1996 American League Player of the Week (May 26)
  • 1996 American League Gold Glove
  • 1996 American League Silver Slugger
  • 1997 American League All-Star
  • 1997 American League Player of the Week (April 7)
  • 1997 American League Player of the Month (April)
  • 1997 American League Gold Glove
  • 1997 American League Silver Slugger
  • 1997 Mariners Most Valuable Player
  • 1998 American League All-Star
  • 1998 American League Player of the Week (May 10)
  • 1998 American League Player of the Week (July 5)
  • 1998 American League Gold Glove
  • 1998 American League Silver Slugger.
  • 1998 Mariners Most Valuable Player
  • 1999 American League All-Star
  • 1999 American League Gold Glove
  • 1999 American League Silver Slugger
  • 1999 Mariners Most Valuable Player

AWARDS (POST-MARINERS)

  • 2000 National League All-Star
  • 2004 National League All-Star
  • 2005 National League Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2007 National League Player of the Week (May 7)
  • Named to Rawlings Gold Glove All-Time Team (2007)

TOP MOMENTS

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April 3, 1989 / First At-Bat: Facing Oakland ace Dave Stewart in the Coliseum, Griffey swung at the second pitch and drove the ball off the wall in left-center for a double. Said manager Jim Lefebvre: “Griffey is going to make the manager look very good.”

  • April 10, 1989 / First Homer: Smacked a liner over the fence in left off Eric King in Seattle’s 6–5 win over the White Sox. After completing his first home run trot, Griffey said, “I really didn’t think it was going out because I didn’t see it after I hit it.”
  • April 26, 1990 / Wall Climber: Griffey robbed Jessse Barfield of what would have been Barfield’s 200th career home run with an over-the-wall catch in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium that drew a standing ovation.
  • Aug. 31, 1990 / Father & Son: Ken Griffey Sr. and Griffey Jr. became the first father-son tandem in major league history to play as teammates. In the bottom of the first inning, they drilled back-to-back singles off Storm Davis in what became a 5-2 win over Kansas City. Said Griffey Jr.: “I was so happy, I wanted to cry.”
  • Sept. 14, 1990 / Father & Son: Griffeys Sr. and Jr. hit back-to-back home runs off the Angels’ Kirk McCaskill, becoming the first father and son in MLB history to homer in the same game. “It’s something we’ve talked about doing and it finally happened,” said Griffey Jr.
  • July 14, 1992 / All-Star Show: Griffey stroked a single and a double and homered off Greg Maddux in the American League’s 13-6 win over the National League, becoming the first Mariners player named MVP of the All-Star Game.
  • June 15, 1993 / 100th Homer: Griffey belted a 390-foot home run off Billy Brewer in a 6-1 victory over Kansas City, becoming the sixth-youngest (23 years, 6 months, 25 days) player to reach 100 career homers. Only Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Bench and Hank Aaron got to 100 homers faster.
  • July 13, 1993 / Camden Clout: Griffey became the first player to hit the B&O Warehouse beyond Camden Yards, reaching the facade during the All-Star Home Run Derby with a shot estimated at 460 feet.
  • July 28, 1993 / Eight In A Row: Griffey hit a home run in his eighth consecutive consecutive game to tie the major league record first set by Dale Long (1956) and later matched by Don Mattingly (1987). “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best thing that’s happened to the game in a long time,” said C Dave Valle.
  • April 24, 1994 / Long Shot: Griffey belted a game-winning, 438-foot home run that landed in front of the B&O Warehouse on Eutaw Street, the longest homer by a left hander in Camden Yards history. Griffey’s blast came at the expense of Brad Pennington, who had just taken over for Baltimore starter Jamie Moyer.
  • May 20, 1994 / 150th Homer: Griffey hit his 150th homer to become, at 24 years, 5 months, the third-youngest to reach that plateau, trailing Mel Ott (23 years, 6 months) and Eddie Matthews (23 years, 10 months).
  • June 17, 1994 / Joining Babe: Socked his 30th home run of the season to join Babe Ruth as the only players to hit 30 before June 30. “That was hit as hard as I’ve seen a ball hit in my life,” said manager Lou Piniella.
  • July 2, 1994 / Record Vote: Set an MLB record by receiving 6,079,688 All-Star votes, breaking the old mark of 4.2 million by Rod Carew (1977). “With friends stuffing ballot boxes,’’ quipped Griffey, “anything is possible.”
  • May 26, 1995 / Spiderman Act: Broke two bones in his left wrist making a Spiderman-like catch against the Kingdome’s right-field wall, an injury that forced him out for 73 games. “It didn’t hurt at all at first,’’ said Griffey. “Then I looked at it and knew it was broken.”
  • Aug. 24, 1995 / Yankee Killer: On the verge of losing a one-run decision to the Yankees and damaging their wild-card hopes, the Mariners pulled out a 9-7 win when Griffey, just off the DL, stroked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off John Wetteland.
  • Sept. 28, 1995 / Salami Time: Snapped an eighth-inning tie against Texas with a grand slam off Roger Pavlik that gave the Mariners a 6-2 win that kept Seattle two games ahead of the Angels in the AL West race.
  • Oct. 8, 1995 / Safe At Home: Steamed around the bases following Edgar Martinez’s double in the bottom of the 11th to give the Mariners a dramatic 6-5 win, and a 3-games-to-2 victory over the Yankees in the ALDS.
  • Jan. 31, 1996 / Highest Paid: Became baseball’s highest-paid player by signing a four-year, $34 million contract. Griffey agreed to defer $1.2 million per year so the Mariners could stay under their $35 million payroll.
  • April 12, 1996 / Hard Rocker: Not only took Toronto’s Giovanni Carrara deep, but took him ABOVE the SkyDome’s Hard Rock Cafe. The 451-foot shot marked just the fourth ball hit into the SkyDome’s fourth deck.
  • May 21, 1996 / 200th Homer: Homered off Vaughn Eshelman of Boston to become the seventh youngest – 26 years, 181 days – to reach that plateau, trailing Mel Ott (25-144), Eddie Matthews (25-242), Jimmie Foxx (25-266), Mickey Mantle (25-279), Frank Robinson (25-360) and Hank Aaron (26-148).
  • May 24, 1996 / Yankee Killer: Hit three homers, scored five times and drove in six as the Mariners defeated New York 10-4. “You sign a big contract,’’ said Griffey, “and if you don’t deliver from Day One, they jump all over you.”
  • April 25, 1997 / 250th Homer: Homered off Toronto’s Mike Timlin, becoming the fourth youngest, at 27 years, 155 days, to reach that plateau, trailing only Jimmie Foxx (26-269), Eddie Matthews (26-320) and Mel Ott (27-094).
  • June 18, 1997 / Lineups: During a Mariners-Giants game, became one of four sons of former players to play in the same contest: Ken Griffey Jr. (Ken Sr.), Jose Cruz Jr. (Jose Sr.), Barry Bonds (Bobby), and Stan Javier (Julian).
  • Nov. 14, 1997 / MVP: Became the 13th unanimous MVP in MLB history after hitting 56 home runs and driving in 147 runs. “This award means a lot,’’ Griffey said. “Kids always think about being the MVP.”
  • April 13, 1998 / 300th Homer: Belted two home runs, becoming the second-youngest to reach 300 homers at 28 years, 143 days. Jimmie Foxx hit his 300th at 27 years 328 days. “I think he’ll hit 600,” said Reggie Jackson. “You can see he wants it.”
  • July 1, 1998 / Extra-Bases: Lashed a home run and three doubles for 13 total bases – the most by a Mariner since Mickey Brantley had 14 total bases in 1987 – in a 9-5 victory over Colorado at the Kingdome.
  • Sept. 15, 1998 / 1,000th Run: Drove in the 1,000th run of his career in a 12–7 win over the Twins, becoming the fourth-youngest to reach the milestone. “There is only one word I can use to describe him — spectacular,’’ said Seattle batting coach Jesse Barfield. “To do what he has done and still be only 28 years old . . .”

    Griffey and Mark McGwire made the cover of Time magazine.

  • Sept. 25, 1998 / 350th Homer: At 28 years, 308 days, became the fastest player in major league history to reach 350 career home runs, reaching the plateau nearly a year faster than Jimmie Foxx (29 years, 216 days).
  • June 27, 1999 / Done At Dome: Hit the last home run in Kingdome history, a three-run shot off Aaron Sele, in Seattle’s 5-2 victory over the Rangers. “I’ve been here 11 years,’’ Griffey said. “It’s like if you move out of your home, you’re going to miss that. I know all the ins and outs of this ballpark.”
  • Sept. 22, 1999 / 398th Homer: Smacked a two-run home run off Jay Witasick of Kansas City for the 398th home run of his Seattle career – and what turned out to be his final home run before his trade to the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Feb. 10, 2000 / The Trade: Traded to the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Brett Tomko, OF Mike Cameron, IF Antonio Perez, and RHP Jake Meyer.
  • April 10, 2000 / 400th Homer: Belted his 400th career home run, a solo shot off Roland Arroyo in the fourth inning, and added a sacrifice fly in a 7-5 Cincinnati loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
  • June 18, 2002 / 2,000th Hit: Recorded his 2,000th career hit, an infield single off Seattle’s Joel Pineiro, in Cincinnati’s 8-1 loss to the Mariners at Cynergy Field.
  • June 20, 2004 / 500th Homer: Swatted his 500th career home run, a solo shot off Matt Morris in the sixth inning, and added a sacrifice fly in Cincinnati’s 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
  • June 24, 2007 / Back At Safeco: Made his first return to Seattle in eight years over a memorable weekend at Safeco Field during which he received numerous standing ovations, hit two homers off Miguel Batista in the final game of the series, and told a rapt Seattle audience that he wouldn’t mind finishing his career as a Mariner.
  • June 9, 2008 / 600th Homer: In a 9-4 Cincinnati victory over the Florida Marlins, joined Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays in the 600-home run club with a two-run shot off Mark Hendrickson.
  • Feb. 18, 2009 / Second Stint: Agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners worth $2 million, with incentives that could boost the total to $4.5 million.
  • April 6, 2009 / Back At It: Hit the first home run of his second stint with the Mariners, a solo shot off Francisco Liriano, in Seattle’s 6-1 season-opening victory over the Twins.
  • April 14, 2009 / Return Home: Playing his first home game as a Mariner since Sept. 26, 1999, went 1-for-3 with a walk and rocked the Safeco crowd of 45,958 when he was introduced. “When they called ‘Ken Griffey Jr.!’ I was still on the mound (in the bullpen), but I stopped to watch,” starter Carlos Silva said of the pregame scene. “It was amazing. I never saw anything like that, that crowd, that intensity.”
  • April 15, 2009 / 400th Homer: Drilled his 400th home run as a Mariner during an 11-3 win over the Angels at Safeco Field, becoming the first player in history to hit 400 home runs with one team and 200 with another (210 for Cincinnati between 2000-08).
  • Oct. 4, 2009 / Safeco Tribute: In what some thought might be his final game at Safeco Field, received standing ovations before each of his four at-bats, and another ovation after his final at-bat, an eighth-inning single. Following the game, Griffey was carted around the field on the shoulders of four teammates as Safeco fans lavished him with cheers.

    Griffey’s flawless swing resulted in 630 home runs, including 417 for the Seattle Mariners. / David Eskenazi Collection

2010

  • In his final season in the major leagues, played in 33 games, finishing with a .184 batting average, no home runs and seven RBIs.
  • Produced an eighth-inning double and drew a walk in a 5-3 win over the Athletics April 5 at the Oakland Coliseum.
  • Pinch hit for Chone Figgins April 10 and delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning as the Mariners scored three times in the frame for a 4-3 win over Texas at Rangers Ballpark.
  • Went 2-for-4 and scored a run in an 11-3 win over Detroit April 16 at Safeco Field.
  • According to a May 10 report in the Tacoma News Tribune, missed a chance to hit during an unspecified game because he was asleep in the clubhouse. The Tribune quoted one identified player as saying, “He was asleep in the clubhouse. He’d gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn’t come back. I went back in about the seventh inning — and he was in his chair, sound asleep.”
  • Went 0-for-4 May 16, including 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, in an 8-4 loss to the A’sat Oakland-Alameda Stadium; extended his streak of homerless at-bats to 88, second-longest such streak in his career (101 at-bats without a homer from May 22, 1990 to June 20, 1990).
  • Broke out of an 0-for-18 drought May 18 with an eighth-inning single in a6-5 loss to the Athletics at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum; extended homerless streak to 92 at-bats, second-longest such streak in his career (101 at-bats without a homer from May 22, 1990 to June 20, 1990).
  • Hit a ninth-inning, walk-off single off Kevin Gregg May 20, giving the Mariners a 4-3 win over Toronto at Safeco Field (10th walk-off hit of career).
  • Grounded into a forceout in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota May 31 at Safeco Field in what turned out to be the final at-bat of his major league career.
  • Batting .184 with no no home runs and seven RBIs, he left the club June 2 after a 22-year major-league career, which included two stints with the Mariners (1989-99, 2009-10).

2009

  • In first season with the Mariners since 1999, 39-year-old Griffey hit just .214, but belted 19 home runs, drove in 57 runs and scored 44 in 117 games, playing mostly at designated hitter.
  • Led the Mariners in walks with 63.
  • Finished the season with 417 home runs (No. 1 in club history) as a Mariner and 630 home runs for his career.
  • Belted his eighth career home run on Opening Day and his seventh career home run on Mother’s Day.
  • Hit a game-tying pinch home run June 19 off Tony Pena (sixth career pinch home run).
  • Eighth home run, June 23 against San Diego, was the 5,000th home run in Mariners history.
  • Hit his 515th career double July 10, surpassing former teammate Edgar Martinez for 39th place on the career list.
  • Belted a solo home run on Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead Night Aug. 7.
  • Had a game-winning walk-off single Aug. 12 against the Chicago White Sox (ninth career walk-off hit).
  • Had three hits in a game four times, last time Sept. 12.
  • Produced four RBIs Sept. 20 against the Yankees at Safeco Field.
  • Hit home runs in back-to-back games on Sept. 29-30.
  • Drew repeated standing ovations on Oct. 4 in final game at Safeco Field, and was carted off the field after delivering a single in his final at-bat.

    Griffey makes his famous Spiderman catch against the center-field wall at the Kingdome. / Seattle Mariners

1999

  • With 48, became the first player since Harmon Killebrew in 1962-64 to lead the American League in home runs for three consecutive seasons.
  • Batted .285 with 48 home runs and 124 RBIs in 160 games.
  • Finished among league leaders in RBIs (134, 3rd), runs (123, 5th) and extra base hits (77, 6th). Led the AL with 17 intentional walks.
  • Named to the AL Star team for the 10th consecutive season and earned a Gold Glove (10th) and a Silver Slugger award (seventh).
  • Had career-high 24 stolen bases and drove in 100 runs for the seventh consecutive season.
  • Named to the Associated Press All-Star team following the season.
  • Voted to The Sporting News All-Star team for the seventh time.

1998

  • Matched career high by hitting 56 home runs and drove in 146, becoming the third player to hit 50+ home runs in consecutive seasons and the third player in major league history to post three consecutive seasons with 140+ RBIs. Only Babe Ruth (1920-21, 1927-28)) and Mark McGwire (1996-98) had consecutive years with 50+ homers, and only Ruth (1926-31) and Lou Gehrig (1930-32) had consecutive seasons with 140+ RBIs.
  • Became youngest player in history to reach 350 career homers, and the fourth youngest to reach 1,000 RBIs.
  • Ranked first in the AL in homers, third in RBIs, third in runs (120), third in slugging percentage (.611) and third in extra-base hits (92).
  • Elected to his ninth consecutive All-Star team, and once again earned Gold Glove (ninth) and Silver Slugger awards (sixth).

1997

  • Delivering the greatest individual season in Mariners history, becoming the ninth player in American League history and the 13th overall to be named unanimous Most Valuable Player. All 28 voters, two from each AL city, made Griffey their No. 1 choice.
  • Led the Mariners to their second AL West title in three seasons by hitting .304 with a career and AL-high 56 home runs, eighth most in history.
  • Drove in 147 runs, best in the majors.

    Griffey “campaigned” for President in 1996.

  • Became the sixth player in history to exceed 100 home runs over two seasons.
  • Also led the majors with a .646 slugging percentage and 93 extra-base hits.
  • Won a Gold Glove for the eighth consecutive year and earned a Silver Slugger award for the fifth time in seven years.
  • Named Baseball Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

1996

  • Despite missing 20 games with a broken hamate bone in his right hand, produced another high-impact year.
  • Established the franchise record with 49 home runs (third in AL) and 140 RBIs (fifth).
  • Hit a club-record eight home runs in April.
  • Became the seventh American League player with 140 or more RBIs since 1963.
  • Ranked among AL leaders in runs (125), total bases (342), slugging (.628) and extra-base hits (77).
  • Named to the AL All-Star team and earned his seventh consecutive Gold Glove and fourth Silver Slugger award.

1995

  • Opened the season by drilling a game-winning, three-run homer on Opening Day (90th career home run in the Kingdome), and seemed on his way to another monster season when, on May 26, he crashed into the outfield wall while making an amazing catch of a Kevin Bass drive. Griffey suffered two broken bones in his left wrist during the crash, an injury which required surgery and forced him to the sidelines for 73 games.
  • Returned to the Mariners lineup on Aug. 15 and wound up playing 72 games, in which he hit .258 with 17 home runs.
  • Hit a ninth-inning, two-run homer off John Wetteland Aug. 24 to beat New York 9-7. It marked the first walk-off hit of Griffey’s career.
  • Belted four home runs and drove in 12 runs during a seven-game Mariners winning streak Sept. 18-26.
  • In a 6-2 win at Texas Sept. 28, belted eighth career grand slam, an eighth-inning shot off Roger Pavlik
  • Hit two home runs off David Cone during a 9-6 ALDS loss to New York at Yankee Stadium Oct. 3.
  • Scored the winning run from first base on an Edgar Martinez double to give the Mariners a 6-5 ALDS-clinching victory over the Yankees at the Kingdome Oct. 8.

1994

  • Became the first player in franchise history to lead the American League in home runs, belting 40 in the strike-shortened season.
  • En route to hitting 40, broke Mickey Mantle’s 1956 record for most home runs through May 31 with 22, and also broke Babe Ruth’s 1928 and 1930 records for most home runs through June 30 with 32.
  • Earned fifth consecutive All-Star appearance, won another Gold Glove and added a Silver Slugger award, and finished second in Most Valuable Player voting to Chicago’s Frank Thomas.
  • Following the season, the Associated Press named Griffey to its 1994 All-Star team.

1993

  • Established club marks in home runs (45), runs (113), total bases (359), intentional walks (25) and slugging percentage (.617).
  • 45 home runs broke the club record of 32 set by Gorman Thomas in 1985, and ranked second in the American League (Juan Gonzalez, 46).
  • Set a career high with 180 hits and drove in 109 runs, also a career high.
  • Earned fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. Following the season, was voted to the Sporting News American League All-Star team.

1992

  • Finished third in the AL in extra-base hits (70), fourth in slugging percentage (.535), fifth in doubles (39) and fifth in multi-hit games (52).
  • Became an All-Star for the third consecutive year and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, also for the third consecutive year.
  • Named to the Sporting News All-Star team.

1991

  • Posted one of the greatest individual seasons in club history, setting franchise marks for batting average (.327), doubles (42), slugging percentage (.527), intentional walks (21) and grand slams (3).
  • Named an All-Star for the second consecutive season, won a Gold Glove for the second consecutive year and Silver Slugger award for the first time.
  • Named the best outfielder in the American League in a poll of major league managers.

1990

  • Finished fourth in the AL in total bases (287), fifth in hits (179) and seventh in batting average (.300).
  • Hit 22 home runs and drove in 80, leading Seattle in both categories.
  • Led Mariners in base hits (179), slugging percentage (.481) and OPS (.847).
  • Earned first trip to the All-Star Game and won first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

1989

  • At age 19, became the youngest player in the major leagues.
  • Hit 16 home runs and drove in 61 runs while batting .264 in 127 games.
  • Spent nearly a month (July 25-Aug. 20) on the disabled list after breaking a bone in his right hand.
  • March 29: Survived the late rounds of spring training cuts by batting .359 with two home runs in 26 spring-training games. Contract purchased by the Mariners, which enabled Griffey, 19, to become the youngest player on an Opening Day roster.
  • Hit the first pitch he saw in the major leagues April 3 for a double to left center off Oakland’s Dave Stewart, but the Mariners lost 3-2 at Oakland Coliseum.
  • Griffey and Ken Griffey Sr. became the first father/son combination to play in the major leagues at the same time (Griffey Sr. on Cincinnati’s roster).

POST MARINERS

2000

  • Hit 40 home runs and drove in 118 in his first season in Cincinnati.
  • Hit 400th career home run on April 10 against the Cubs.
  • Voted to play in the All-Star Game for the 11th time in his career.
  • Failed to win a Gold Glove for the first time in his career.
  • Failed to win a Silver Slugger award for the first time in five years.

2001

  • Due to a hamstring injury, did not play on Opening Day for the first time in his career.
  • Went on to play in only 111 games and failed to make the All-Star team for the first time since his rookie year of 1989.
  • Hit a career-low 22 home runs and drove in 65, fewest since he knocked in 42 during an injury-interrupted 1995 season.

2002

  • Plagued by injuries all season, appeared in only 70 games, hitting career-low eight home runs with just 23 RBIs.
  • Had two stints on the disabled list, nursing a torn patella tendon in his right knee and a torn right hamstring.
  • Also missed time with a left hip flexor.

2003

  • Played in only 53 games while convalescing from shoulder and ankle injuries.
  • Hit 13 home runs and drove in 26 while batting a career-low .247 with a .370 on-base percentage.

2004

  • Made 83 appearances, including 78 starts, before he was shut down in mid-August after undergoing surgery on his right hamstring.
  • Hit 20 home runs and drove in 60.
  • Named to the All-Star Game for the 12th time in his career.

2005

  • Appeared in 128 games and enjoyed his best season since 2000 with 35 home runs, 30 doubles, 92 RBIs and a .301 batting average .
  • Selected National League Comeback Player of the Year.
  • Missed Cincinnati’s final 26 games after suffering a sprained right foot.

2006

  • Played in 109 games, hitting 27 home runs while driving in 72 runs.
  • Batted .252, nearly a 50-point drop from 2005.
  • Missed 26 games when he suffered a strained right knee and 22 other games after dislocating a toe on his right foot.

2007

  • Made 144 starts, including 131 in right field.
  • Hit 30 home runs and drove in 93 runs while batting .277.
  • Stole six bases, most since 2000.
  • Voted by fans and players to his 13th MBL All-Star Game.

2008

  • Hit 18 home runs, drove in 71 and batted .249 in 143 games split between Cincinnati (102 games) and the Chicago White Sox (41).
  • Following his trade to the Chicago White Sox, hit only three home runs in 41 games.

PERSONAL / MISCELLANEOUS

  • Shares a birthdate (Nov. 21) and a birthplace (Donora, Pa.) with Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
  • Attended Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Played baseball and football at Moeller.
  • Featured in four Nintendo video games.
  • First player to wear No. 42 on inaugural Jackie Robinson Day in 1997.

 


YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    Good times. Gonna be a long time before the M’s get a player of his caliber. Or if we even see one in MLB at this level. And more importantly, I’m confident that during his career Junior played CLEAN. He was injured too many times to have ever used PED’s IMO.

    • art thiel

      Junior with his shirt off told anyone familiar that he wasn’t a PED user. Hell, he didn’t even stretch.

  • Hammtime

    Being picky here but Griffey’s first hit against the Oakland A’s Dave Stewart didn’t occur in the Kingdom as stated above. It was in Oakland. I remember because I watched it on TV! Remember back then only “most” of the away games were televised – no home games.