On This Day In Baseball History: June 2, 2010

Ken Griffey

 

Ken Griffey, 22-years after making his major league debut as a 19-year old rookie, announces that he has decided to retire. Injuries seem to have cost Griffey a shot at Hank Aaron but he still compiled some impressive career totals. He made 11 consecutive All-Star teams (1990-2000) and 13 overall, won 10 Gold Gloves, seven Silver Sluggers, was the AL MVP in 1997, and had four top five finishes in the MVP voting. He clubbed 630 career homers putting him sixth on the all-time list behind Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds. He also drove in 1836, 15th best all-time. He led the league in homers 4 times, 3 years in a row (1997-1999), hitting 56 in both 1996 & 1997. He will most likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility, 2016.

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