Well I’m glad that the Ken Griffey Jr. to the Atlanta Braves report fizzled out. When even career Brave John Smoltz bolts town it’s a signal that the Braves are going in a different direction. It will be much more self-fulfilling for Griffey to let his career fade in Seattle where it all began.
Griffey’s deal with the Mariners is reportedly worth $2 million and incentive-laden. He started his career with Seattle in 1989 as a 19 year-old phenom where he became a perennial all-star and MVP candidate. Upon continuing his career in Cincinnati in 2000 Griffey became a perennial injury addict and declining right fielder.
Nintendo’s 1994 masterpiece of a baseball game, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball, featured the Kid himself as the best player in the game and set a new standard for stadium detail in video games. It also featured accurate ratings and statistics for every Major League roster, but real names were replaced with modifiable fakes like “Muscles Magee” and a roster made up of late ’70’s punk icons.