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Griffey takes job with Mariners

Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:48 pm

The Mariners announced Tuesday that Ken Griffey Jr. is rejoining the team as a special consultant, a welcome sign that the franchise's greatest player is willing to move past the unpleasant end to his playing career in Seattle.

Struggling through his second stint with the Mariners, embarrassed by a report he was seen sleeping in the clubhouse during a game, and feuding with manager Don Wakamatsu over playing time, Griffey left the team abruptly last June 2. He reportedly drove to his Cincinnati home and didn't even call anyone from the Mariners to tell them he'd left until he had reached Montana.

There was no final curtain call, no Ken Griffey Day, just his number scratched into the dirt the day his retirement was announced. Team officials hoped time would bring Junior back into the Mariners fold, but they were left to wait.

That wait is almost over, as Griffey will visit the club in spring training.

"Ken has been steadfast in his desire to continue his relationship with the Mariners since his return to Seattle in 2009," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said in a statement. "We have designed a position that will allow Ken to continue to helpl the franchise succeed on and off the field by consulting with a variety of departments here at the Mariners."

Griffey played 13 of his 22 seasons in Seattle. He's the franchise leader in home runs with 417.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:30 pm

Griffey takes job with Mariners

Griffey is the best modern day player to ever play the game and the great people of the pacific northwest recognized this everytime he came up to the plate or patrolled the outfield.  As far as i'm concerned no one comes close to his skills and i miss his prancin, dancin, and romancin during his great career....he should never have left seattle in the first place!

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:30 pm

Griffey takes job with Mariners

Good move by the M's. Griffey should always be part of their organization, even if it is as Goodwill Ambassador.  You can't hate the best player we have ever had and the great memories he provided.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:57 pm

Griffey takes job with Mariners

Yes, young prospect, I'll be over to help you work the kinks out of your soon as I finish my nap.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:39 pm

Griffey takes job with Mariners

This may be the first things the Mariners haven't screwed up in more than a decade. They did their best to alienate the greatest player in team history, but not even the M's could mess this up. I hope they got on their knees and begged him to come back. Now if they could assign him to a meaningful position, they might finally be heading in the right direction. I'm not holding my breath, considering the vegetables they have in the front office.   

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:31 pm

Griffey takes job with Mariners

As a fan who did not like the way Griffey left the team both times I welcome this move with open arms and glad to see the rift has healed. Junior is one of the top 5 players of all time, and will help build some tradition with the Mariners along with the great Edgar Martinez and the Bone Jay Buhner. For all of the Griffey haters, get over it. We know he is a diva but so are all of the superstars. Look at Reggie Jackson consulting with the Yankees the premier diva of all time. Heck, I would not be surprised knowing Griffey the prankster to see him turn up in one of the Snickers diva commercials....... Great move M's and if I rememeber right all the fans were saying they would love to have Junior back for that second year as a coach and not a player? Guess what it happened, let the Kid work with the kids on the farm and be that roving instructor. Caps off to both Junior and Mariner management for letting that ugly year pass last year and be men and move on for the best of the organization.  

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