Monday, April 6, 2020

HOF Ken Griffey Jr.

When I think of George Kenneth "Ken" Griffey, Jr., I think about a baseball player---one of the few---who lives up to expectations from the start to the end of his career. He was injury plagued for a few seasons which undoubtedly took some stats away from him. But... Just imagine! 

Normally you say "Just imagine" about players like Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden who had different demons than injury... but just imagine if Griffey was healthier in those five or so shortened seasons! He started and ended his storied career in Seattle, playing also for the Reds and kind of, just like Johm Kruk, the White Sox. 

This card is his 2010 Topps card. He played in 33 games in 2010 but was not issued with a 2011 Topps base card. Griffey Jr. was an MVP of the league and of an All-Star Game, a 13-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves, a 7-time Silver Slugger. He was a class act. 


Looking at the card back, he was a league leader in very few things and even then, for just a small set of years, from 1994 to 1999. But overall his 22 years were very productive. 

Sadly, Griffey only appeared in four postseasons series in three years. This is practically Mike Trout postseason drought territory.

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3 comments:

  1. I feared that dude more than anyone in the 90s. But I like looking back on his career and appreciating it.

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  2. Griffey Jr was a generational talent. He transcended the game.

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  3. Even though I was more of a Frank Thomas guy... I'd put Griffey up there with Michael Jordan as being the face of the hobby during the 90's.

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