Griffey to be inducted into Mariners Hall on Aug. 10
This one was inevitable, given Ken Griffey Jr. is considered by most to be the greatest player ever to don a Mariners uniform. But the club announced Tuesday that Junior will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Aug. 10 of the upcoming season.
Griffey, who retired from baseball on June 2, 2010, will become the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame.
He’ll join Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004), Edgar Martinez (2007), Randy Johnson (2012) and Dan Wilson (2012).
To be eligible for selection, a player must have been active in a Mariners uniform for at least five seasons and be retired as a player at least two years.
Griffey will be inducted during a pregame ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10, before a 6:10 p.m. game against the Brewers. More information about the ceremony and Hall of Fame induction festivities will be announced at a later date.
Griffey spent 13 of his 22 years in the Majors with the Mariners and currently is working with the team as a special consultant. He ranks near the top of every offensive category in franchise history, including first in home runs (417), second in RBIs (1,216), doubles (341) and slugging percentage (.553), third in hits (1,843), runs (1,113), games (1,685) and at-bats (6,317).
He still holds Mariners single-season records for home runs (56 in two different years), RBIs (147) and extra-base hits (93).
In his Major League career, which also included stints with the Reds and White Sox, Griffey earned 13 All-Star awards, 10 Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger Awards and four American League home run titles.
He stands sixth on MLB’s all-time home run list with 630 and was the 1997 AL 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,” said Mariners president Chuck Armstrong. “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.”