On the Retirement of Ken Griffey, Jr.

By Chris Good
An era is over: Junior Griffey has retired, abruptly, before reaching the halfway point of his 22nd season in the major leagues. The sports world received the news, issued by Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, as baseball games were being played around the country on Wednesday night.

I love Ken Griffey, Jr. He started out as promising as any player in the history of baseball, and he gave us some of the best baseball ever played. The rest of his career was a disappointment, after the fateful series of hamstring injuries that left him unable to play the kind of athletic, graceful center field he had in his early days and which he never seemed to want to give up as things started going downhill. (In case anyone needs reminders, here are some from before the Mariners even changed uniforms in 1993.)

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