There’s no question, that the Seattle Mariners first inducted Hall of Fame player was one of the best players in his era. Ken Griffey Jr. who has been a special consultant to the Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto in the past couple of years is now joining the Commissioners office.
This is a huge step forward for the MLB as Griffey was also the first person to suggest the idea of Jackie Robinson Day to the MLB.
The announcement came earlier this morning.
In the new role, Griffey will be focused on “baseball operations and youth baseball development.”
You can read about the announcement here.
“We are thrilled that Ken will represent Major League Baseball on some of our sport’s most important stages, alongside our current and future stars,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a prepared statement within today’s press release. “We welcome the perspective and insights that Ken gained as an historic player, as a parent, and as someone who has spent his life in and around our great game.”
Although, Ken Griffey Jr will no longer be a part of the Mariners organization. This is some big recognition for them. As they drafted and groomed a 19-year-old kid who is now 51. Griffey saved baseball in Seattle.
He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with a then-record 99.3% of ballots cat during his first year of eligibility in 2016.
The 10-time Gold Glove Award winner was drafted by the Mariners with the No. 1 overall pick in 1987 and spent 13 of his 22 big league seasons with Seattle. He also played for the Reds and the White Sox.
Referred to as ‘The Kid’ and popularly known for wearing his hat backwards. Could we see the backwards hat more around the MLB now?
I’m sure that he will also tell the Mariners again “Keep Fighting, cause we’re all rooting for you.”
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