Updated Jan 22, 2013 - 4:23 pm
Ken Griffey Jr. to be inducted into Mariners Hall of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. is to be honored by the Mariners as they will induct him into their Hall of Fame in a ceremony Aug. 10.
Unquestionably one of the greatest Mariners to ever put on the uniform, Griffey will join Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, the six current members of the Mariners Hall of Fame.
"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. We are proud to welcome Ken to the Mariners Hall of Fame and look forward to the day in January 2016, when he gets the call from the National Baseball Hall of Fame," Mariners president and COO Chuck Armstrong said in the team's press release.
Griffey, who retired from baseball on June 2, 2010 after a 22-year MLB career, holds the franchise record for home runs (417) and is second in slugging percentage (.553) RBIs (1,216), doubles (341) and total bases (3,495).
In 2011, Griffey was named Special Consultant to the franchise assisting in numerous areas of the Mariners operations and has spent time working with Mariners outfielders and minor league players in spring training the last two years.
I will have more from Griffey himself later this afternoon.
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