It took nearly 40 years, but the Seattle Mariners baseball club can now claim its first Hall of Famer.
Ken Griffey, Jr., known as "The Kid" when he broke in to the big leagues with the Mariners franchise as a 19 year old in 1989, was voted in by 99.3% of the 440 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America surpassing the previous record of 98.84 percent held by pitcher Tom Seaver. Just three voters left Griffey off of their ballot.
Tonight's wrap-up of the three game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be highlighted by many dignitaries in attendance to pay tribute to former Dodger Jack "Jackie" Roosevelt Robinson on what Major League Baseball has deemed Jackie Robinson Day.
One of the few players who thrived during Major League Baseball's steroid era but always above suspicion, Ken Griffey Jr., dropped a bombshell on Mariners and baseball fans alike Wednesday when he tearfully copped to using performance-enhancing drugs in a video conference announcement.
He also spoke about why he thinks there are fewer African-Americans than ever playing at the Major League level since the color barrier was broken by Jackie Robinson and whether or not he thinks Pete Rose should be included in the Hall of Fame.
Ken Griffey, Sr. has been a part of more baseball history than almost anyone in the game. From winning two championships with the Big Red Machine to playing Billyball with the Yanks to patrolling the very same outfield with his own son, Ken Griffey Sr. has seen and done it all in professional baseball.
Yesterday, an old co-worker of mine treated me to a matinee` at Safeco Field. While the Mariners took another one on the chin at the hands of the Texas Rangers (12-4), my son Drew and I had a great time.
When the game ended, we went to the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame to go see the newest display and plaque featuring Ken Griffey, Jr. Junior was inducted into the M's Hall just a couple of weeks ago at another game I attended.
Easily the face of the Seattle Mariners franchise during their 35-plus year history and one of the greatest all-around players of his generation, "The Kid" is scheduled to be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall Of Fame.
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