Mariners to induct Griffey into team Hall of Fame

Mariners to induct Griffey into team Hall of Fame

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28 Feb 1998: Ken Griffey Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners makes contact with a pitch the Mariners 13-2 loss to the San Diego Padres during Spring Training at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. /Allsport

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 4:16 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame as its seventh member.

The Mariners announced the induction Tuesday. Griffey's ceremony will take place Aug. 10 before the Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers.

Griffey spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors with the Mariners. He was drafted by Seattle in 1987, made his debut at the major league level two years later and went on to have one of the finest careers in baseball history. Griffey finished with 630 home runs -- sixth all-time -- and was a 13-time All-Star and the 1997 American League MVP.

"Like all Mariners fans, I consider it a privilege to have watched Ken Griffey Jr. grow up before us to become one of the greatest players in baseball and a true gentleman.  He was a naturally gifted athlete who played the game with pure joy," said Chuck Armstrong, Mariners President and COO.

After time in Cincinnati and Chicago, Griffey returned to Seattle in 2009-10, his final game coming on June, 2, 2010.

Griffey is near the top in every offensive category in the Mariners record book including:

  *Home Runs - 1st

  *Slugging Percentage - 2nd

  *RBIs - 2nd

  *Hits - 3rd

  *Doubles - 2nd

  *Total Bases - 2nd

  *Runs - 3rd

  *Games - 3rd

  *At-bats - 3rd

Griffey has spent the past two seasons as a special consultant to the franchise.

He will join the six current members of  the Mariners Hall of Fame: Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson.
 

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