So last week the Seattle Mariners announced the amazing news that they had resigned the best player in their franchise’s history, and my favorite player…Ken Griffey Jr. Junior left the Mariners after the 1999 season in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The M’s got Mike Cameron and a pitcher or two in return for Griffey Jr, who had just come off his 10th straight Gold Glove Award and All-Star appearance. Don’t get me wrong, Mike Cameron was good swinging the stick and roaming centerfield in Seattle. But not seeing #24 in center and batting in the 3 spot in the lineup was hard to take as a Mariner fan, since it had been that way for a decade.
It was unfortunate that Griffey had injury plagued years in Cincinnati, because he was on his way to being the best player EVER in the history of baseball. He still will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but he seriously could have retired owning every record he wanted to. I mean in 10 years, and at the age of 29, he had 398 homeruns and 1152 RBIs. But with the injuries the last seven years or so, he has managed just 213 homeruns and 620 RBIs.
With Griffey back in Seattle for the end of his career, hopefully he bring back some of the excitement about Mariners baseball that left when he did back in 2000. The M’s made the playoffs in 2000 (Wild Card) and had the best record in baseball in 2001, but have no postseason hardware to show for it. 2009 is a new season and a new hope, and us Mariners fans hope the Mariners can get off the horrible list of teams never to play in a World Series. The list is made up of the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers..so lets do it Mariners!