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GoGoCrede
06-02-2010, 07:44 PM
Per Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

edit - and MLB.com's official Twitter. All over the place now.

GoGoCrede
06-02-2010, 07:50 PM
Here's part of what Griffey said today, per Heyman:

"Without enough occasional starts to be sharper... my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to teammates..."

getonbckthr
06-02-2010, 07:50 PM
As per my recent facebook update:

Today is a sad day for baseball. One of the best, if not thee best is retiring. thanks for the memories #24. The homers, the video games, the backward hat, the sweetest swing of all time, the 3 months in 08 on the SouthSide, Thank You Ken Griffey Junior!

Baron
06-02-2010, 07:50 PM
It was a honor to have a player of his caliber and character on this team.My favorite player of all time.Good luck to whatever he does after baseball.:D:

GoGoCrede
06-02-2010, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the Blackout game, Griffey. I'll be able to tell my kids one day that I saw one of the all-time greats play in person.

Brian26
06-02-2010, 08:00 PM
Perhaps Frank and Griffey go into the Hall in the same year? That would be fitting.

sox1970
06-02-2010, 08:04 PM
Perhaps Frank and Griffey go into the Hall in the same year? That would be fitting.

Could be, but I hope Frank gets in on the first ballot.

all*star quentin
06-02-2010, 08:08 PM
Just heard on CSN, I'm glad I got to see him play for the White Sox.

GoGoCrede
06-02-2010, 08:09 PM
Official press release. (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20100602&content_id=10726234&vkey=pr_sea&fext=.jsp&c_id=sea)

LongLiveFisk
06-02-2010, 08:10 PM
I also just heard. Thanks for the memories, Jr...

It was nice to see you in a Sox uniform, if only for a short time. :thumbsup:

SephClone89
06-02-2010, 08:11 PM
I didn't get to see him, and was hoping he'd hang around with the Ms long enough for me to see him this year on July 26th! :(:

Ah well, this guy had a huge influence on me as a kid and I salute him.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=3577847

thomas35forever
06-02-2010, 08:39 PM
And the greatest power hitter of my generation walks into the sunset. A shame he never got to a World Series.

Thanks for the memories, Junior. Your time with the Sox was brief, but your throw in the Blackout Game will live forever in team lore. See you in Cooperstown.

Medford Bobby
06-02-2010, 08:47 PM
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2008/writers/jon_heyman/10/28/scoop.sabathia/ken-griffey-ap2.jpghttp://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2008/08/20/2008128133.jpg:D::gulp:

chisox616
06-02-2010, 09:47 PM
I didn't get to see him, and was hoping he'd hang around with the Ms long enough for me to see him this year on July 26th! :(:

Same here, I was hoping I'd get to see him as the M's visted the Cards June 14th. (somehow, maybe a pinch hit late?)

Both Junior and Thome got us to the playoffs in game 163, it was a huge privilege to see both play on the same team. I still remember playing Slugfest and wearing Junior's Mariners shirt a bunch as a kid, wish I still had it. What a player.

Daver
06-02-2010, 10:07 PM
Jr. is a class act, and was his entire career, I would have loved to see him and Frank on the same team, the two best natural power hitters of their era.

WhiteSox5187
06-02-2010, 10:17 PM
Jr. is a class act, and was his entire career, I would have loved to see him and Frank on the same team, the two best natural power hitters of their era.

Agreed. Also Junior was a great CFer for a long time with good speed. He really was a five tool player.

Brian26
06-02-2010, 10:27 PM
Jr. is a class act, and was his entire career, I would have loved to see him and Frank on the same team, the two best natural power hitters of their era.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/ted_keith/02/11/mailbag.arod/thomas-griffey-cover.jpg
(http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/ted_keith/02/11/mailbag.arod/thomas-griffey-cover.jpg)

slavko
06-02-2010, 11:42 PM
Here's part of what Griffey said today, per Heyman:

"Without enough occasional starts to be sharper... my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to teammates..."

(http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/ted_keith/02/11/mailbag.arod/thomas-griffey-cover.jpg)You don't detect a bit of selfishness there? At least he can take a hint. That they didn't have the guts to tell him he couldn't play anymore shows the respect he earned through his somewhat too long career.

Great guy, great player in his prime. Might have loved the game too much to retire when he should have.

hi im skot
06-02-2010, 11:46 PM
http://www.mouthpiecesports.com/blogmedia/2009/02/griffey.jpg

Bobby Thigpen
06-02-2010, 11:59 PM
(http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/ted_keith/02/11/mailbag.arod/thomas-griffey-cover.jpg)You don't detect a bit of selfishness there? At least he can take a hint. That they didn't have the guts to tell him he couldn't play anymore shows the respect he earned through his somewhat too long career.

Great guy, great player in his prime. Might have loved the game too much to retire when he should have.
I think that comment is more a dig at the Mariners because they went public with the whole sleeping during the game thing.

I think the relationship had turned pretty sour.

I will always remember Jr. sadly enough for what could have been. He's one of those guys who had a great career, but you just gotta wonder what could've been if he hadn't got hurt.

TDog
06-03-2010, 01:15 AM
Jr. is a class act, and was his entire career, I would have loved to see him and Frank on the same team, the two best natural power hitters of their era.

I wonder how Joey Cora feels. In the 1990s, he batted second in the White Sox lineup that had Frank Thomas batting third before signing with the Mariners where he often hit in front of Ken Griffey Jr. It's amazing he ever walked -- or sacrificed. (He was in double digits in sacrifice bunts batting second for both teams and led the American League in sacrifice bunts one year with the Sox.)

I'm not sad that Griffey retired, though. I think he should have retired a couple of years ago. I think Thomas should have retired after the 2007 for that matter.

ewokpelts
06-03-2010, 08:27 AM
Perhaps Frank and Griffey go into the Hall in the same year? That would be fitting.frank played in 2008 last.

asindc
06-03-2010, 09:50 AM
I think that comment is more a dig at the Mariners because they went public with the whole sleeping during the game thing.

I think the relationship had turned pretty sour.

I will always remember Jr. sadly enough for what could have been. He's one of those guys who had a great career, but you just gotta wonder what could've been if he hadn't got hurt.

As much as I loved watching him play, this has been my overriding thought of him ever since he went to Cincy. Without the recurring injuries, he might have gotten close to 800 HRs. Thanks, Ken Griffey, Jr. for the Blackout Game.:gulp:

sox1970
06-03-2010, 09:55 AM
frank played in 2008 last.

Yeah, Frank should go in the Hall in 2014. Griffey in 2016.

tstrike2000
06-03-2010, 10:11 AM
To one of the best hitters I've seen during the last 20 years, among one of the best ever along with Frank, see you in the HOF.

DumpJerry
06-03-2010, 10:12 AM
So, he wears a Sox hat on his plaque?

Railsplitter
06-03-2010, 10:14 AM
Ken Griffey, Junior: Hall of Fame class of 2016.

salty99
06-03-2010, 11:16 AM
frank played in 2008 last.

Yeah but didn't he officially retire this year.

sox1970
06-03-2010, 11:20 AM
Yeah but didn't he officially retire this year.

It's retroactive. Frank is eligible in 2014.

goofymsfan
06-03-2010, 11:42 AM
It was bitter sweet hearing the news yesterday while at the gate waiting to get in.

Though it wasn't in his prime, I am honored to have been able to see him play and see the love and joy he has for the game and that he spreads throughout whatever team he is playing on.

It's sad to see it end, but it is not a time for tears, but a time to look back and smile at the memories that will be cherished forever.

soltrain21
06-03-2010, 11:51 AM
http://www.mouthpiecesports.com/blogmedia/2009/02/griffey.jpg

He really wants his helmet back.

Would have been the greatest of all time if he wouldn't have had so many injuries. Class act through and through.

WhiteSox5187
06-03-2010, 06:54 PM
I am having an argument with a "friend" of mine over whether Junior belongs in the discussion of one of the greatest of all time. Junior was THE BEST all around player for 12 seasons and just dominated the game, very few players can say they have done that. Plus, even after turning 35 he had three very good seasons (hitting around 30 HRs with 90 RBIs in 2005 and 2007 while playing a good RF). He was just an amazing player.