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September 25, 2009
BASEBALL: Coming Home To Die

Very little good can be said of Ken Griffey Jr.'s reunion season in Seattle, but say this: he hasn't let down the paying crowds at Safeco. Griffey is batting .272/.385/.523 in 179 plate appearances at home, including 9 homers and 27 walks in 41 starts at home (a pace for 36 homers and 106 walks per 162 games). Not quite the Griffey of old, but still a very dangerous bat.

Unfortunately, he's had a lot more of his playing time on the road, where he's batting .173/.280/.308. Eccch.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:00 AM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

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Posted by: John DiFonso at September 25, 2009 1:04 PM

John DiFonso up there makes more sense than Berto on his best day.

Posted by: mikeski at September 25, 2009 2:02 PM

The best thing that can be said about Griffey's season thus far is... um... it's almost over.

Posted by: DubiousD at September 25, 2009 3:05 PM

Do we know if it is his last year?

Posted by: dch at September 26, 2009 11:47 AM

It will be if he doesn't want to go out like Willie Mays. He's at least managed a slight contribution this year, and the M's and their fans seem happy he's there. He should get out while the getting out is still good.

Posted by: Jerry at September 26, 2009 12:22 PM

No, he'll play another. Ego will get in the way. Plus, he'll say, I've missed too much time as it is.

Posted by: John Salmon at September 26, 2009 12:26 PM

As a Yankee fan, I never liked Griffey as he openly said he would never play for them and he always had his biggest games against them. But I certainly respect him for having a career that follows a natural path without any mysterious surges in power or hat size at age 35.

Posted by: wd at September 27, 2009 12:47 AM

As one of my favorite baseball players throughout my childhood, I'm ready to see him go. He has had successful career in which nobody ever questioned his ability. Retire while being considered one of the best to ever play the game.

Posted by: windycity at September 27, 2009 11:03 PM

Kind of a strange year. 16 home runs. 19 doubles. 50 RBIs. 60 walks. A secondary average of .343. That’s not too bad really. The problem is that batting average of .214. His BAPiP is .224. So, maybe he’s been unlucky.

Posted by: per14 at September 28, 2009 10:38 AM

Griffey's a lot like Mickey Mantle - he had enough healthy prime years that we don't really need to guess at what he might have been, but he never got to the career numbers he might have had due to breakdowns in his thirties. Still, he's had a career anyone ought to be happy with.

Posted by: Jerry at September 28, 2009 11:20 PM
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