Griffey Jr. ends career
SEATTLE — The Kid has called it quits.
Just the way Ken Griffey Jr. wanted, there will be no farewell tour for one of the greatest players in baseball history. Instead, Griffey simply informed the Seattle Mariners last night his career was over.
The 40-year-old Griffey unexpectedly announced his retirement before Seattle's game against Minnesota after 22 seasons, 13 all-star appearances and widespread acclaim as one of the greatest players of his generation.
"While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back that I will never allow myself to become a distraction," Griffey said in a statement.
A star from the time he was the overall No. 1 pick in the 1987 draft, Griffey played 22 years in the majors with Seattle, his hometown Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. He hit .284 with 1,836 RBIs and will end his career fifth on the all-time home run list with 630.
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