Griffey back to Seattle?

The Dayton Daily News reported that the Mariners sent their president to scout Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds about a possible return to Seattle. In the 90s, Griffey was arguably the biggest name in baseball. Both teams are in last place right now, so this is actually a pointless move. Neither team is going anywhere, but Griffey is a legend. He was everyone my age’s (19) favorite player and I still have that “Kid Dynamite” poster that I got in a box of cereal laying around somewhere.

It would make sense for Griffey to finish his career in Seattle where he was on track to be the best hitter in the history of baseball. But he went to Cincinnati and his body betrayed him. Had he stayed healthy, we could have seen Bonds vs. Griffey for Hank Aaron’s home run record. Griffey is still a serviceable player in the bigs though. He is batting .250 this year which is nothing special, but he is only 3 homers away from the 600 homer club. And with the prettiest swing in baseball, he is still a threat at the plate. He could still hit 25 home runs and while he is not a 3rd or cleanup hitter anymore, he could still be a good addition to any lineup in the 5th to 7th slot.

Griffey has to accept or reject any trade so that could complicate things. Griffey is aging (38 years old) and becoming a DH would undoubtedly extend a career plagued by nagging injuries. Regardless, this trade won’t make a difference in the standings, but Griffey should retire where he made his greatest mark, which was in Seattle. Keep an eye peeled for a potential move from one loser to another.

Mariners send exec to check out Griffey (Dayton Daily News)

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