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Atlanta makes more sense than Seattle for Griffey

Posted on: February 16, 2009 10:12 pm

TAMPA, Fla. -- As Ken Griffey Jr. sleeps one more night while rasslin' with what probably will be the last big decision of his career, the parameters are pretty simple.

Atlanta by far offers him the best situation, personally.

Seattle clearly is where he should go, professionally, from strictly a save-the-legs, extend-his-career point of view.

Assuming the money is roughly equal -- a year, somewhere between $1 and $2 million -- this doesn't make the decision any easier. But the parameters are very clear.

Remember when Junior asked the Mariners to trade him to Cincinnati so he could go home?

Turns out, he rarely felt at home.

Atlanta offers a far better home situation than Cincinnati ever did. He lives in Orlando, 15-20 minutes from the Braves' complex. He literally can live in his own house an extra six or seven weeks this year during spring training (as opposed to having to pack up and spend February and March in Peoria, Ariz.).

Atlanta, the city, is geographically closer to his Orlando home than Cincinnati is. At an hour away by air, Griffey could head home to Florida on off days if he wanted.

If he signs with Seattle, of course, he can't. But he may be able to acquire several more at-bats as a DH than he would as a platoon left fielder in Atlanta.

Meantime, while the Braves aren't necessarily favored in the NL East, they probably can hang with Philadelphia and the New York Mets longer than a Seattle team that lost 101 games last year can stay afloat in the AL West.

So, to recap. ...

Atlanta = home, family, playing meaningful games, possibly getting one more chance to play in October if all sorts of things fall into place.

Seattle = easier on the legs thanks to the DH slot and ... um ... well, far less humidity than Atlanta during the peak of the summer.

It's difficult to view a Griffey return to Seattle as anything more than a chance for the Mariners to help sell more tickets. At 39, he's certainly past his prime and isn't in position to significantly help them improve. He's a role player now.

Bottom line is, it's pretty clear.

Atlanta makes the most sense.

Likes: Mets manager Jerry Manuel's plan to shake up the lineup, and maybe give shortstop Jose Reyes more defensive responsibility in terms of helping to position guys. Terrific idea. Reyes has shown a lack of focus and a need to mature. Giving him more responsibility may be exactly what he needs to lock in and stay focused. ... Love Boston's David Ortiz and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen saying anybody who tests positive for steroids should be suspended for an entire season. Somebody start that petition. ... Sean Penn has to win the Oscar for Best Actor over Mickey Rourke, doesn't he? Rourke's performance was powerful, but -- and not to diminish it -- he was largely playing Mickey Rourke. Penn was pure acting. ... B.B. King's latest disc, One Kind Favor, is really good. ... So is The Hold Steady's latest, Stay Positive. Vastly underrated group. ... Absolutely love the Blackberry "If Delivery People Ran the World" ad where the kid Callahan is missing from school and the delivery folks track him, grab him and deposit him before he knows what's hit him.

Dislikes: I will see you on Tuesday live from the Alex Rodriguez press conference in Yankee camp. I don't think anybody wants to be there -- A-Rod, the Yankees, the media, anybody. But we've all got to play our parts before we can move on with the spring, know what I mean? I'll be happy to get past it and get back to writing baseball.

Sunblock day? Warm sun, cool air. Probably around 70 which, for you Northerners eating your hearts out, is still pretty darn good down here.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I think she drove a new Mustang
"I guess it might be a rental
"I remember she had satellite radio
"I guess she seemed a bit nervous
"Do you think I’m that stupid?
"Well look, what the hell, I’ll tell my story again …"

-- The Hold Steady, Sequestered in Memphis


Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 2:13 pm

Atlanta makes more sense than Seattle for Griffey

GRIFFEY!!!!!  Back, back, back.....GONE!

Go Braves!

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:01 pm


GRIFFEY!!! That what i'm talking about.  I can't wait to watch his sweet stroke in Turner Field.  Even if he only has 140 productive games he can still go 25/100.  We are as competitive in the NL east as any team.  News in is Tommy's gonna sign today too!

Rotation: Lowe, Vasquez,Jurjens, Japanese guy, Glavine, Hudson (in August), Tommy Hanson??

Bullpen- If soriano and gonzo are healthy the 8th and 9th are locked....I'm getting excited!









Probably Schaefer or even Blanco or Anderson?

This is pretty solid.  Braves Fans get Excited.  GET SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:15 am

Griffey Makes Sense for Seattle and MLB

Atlanta may make more sense for Griffey, but Griffey makes more sense for both Seattle and MLB.  Baseball once again finds itself in need of a feel-good story, and if Griffey returns to Seattle, where it all started, and is able to hit 25 out for two years, he's run down Willie Mays and behind only Aaron and Ruth (forget the Bond's numbers, they are not real).  At the same time, Seattle has been decimated by a series of bad front office moves over the last 7 years, and to have Griffey come back and help refresh Seattle baseball (again) would be its own great story.  SafeCo Field in Seattle is still known as "The House that Griffey Built", and he hardly got to play in a stadium built specifically to his strengths.  If Griffey jilts the Seattle fans on this one, I'm afraid the love affair is over, sadly. 

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 10:27 am

Atlanta makes more sense than Seattle for Griffey

i'd love to junior in the atl. i'm not so sure about the idea of platooning with diaz. why can't he just play center like he did in cincy? (this is why i'm just a fan) we need diaz's bat just as much as we would need junior's. his bat is still decent and would complement diaz, chipper and b-mac if it was put in the 5 or 6 slot. speaking of tickets, he would sell just as many at the ted and it would be the smartest thing (other than d-lowe) that frank wren has done all winter. go braves!

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 8:45 am

Atlanta makes more sense than Seattle for Griffey

I don't know. Bonds was past 39 and he started playing better. What is the difference? Sure is a mystery.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 6:05 am

Atlanta makes more sense than Seattle for Griffey

As a long time Braves fan, I'd love to see a player of Griffey's caliber in a Braves uniform. His dad played for the Braves and it would add to the family roll like the Niekros, the Mahlers, the Joneses (including Mack too).

However, due to his age and list if injuries, he'd be better off as a DH in the AL.

It doesn't have to be Seattle. and as long as it's not the Stankees.

Have always like Griffey Jr. as a player and if he ends up with the Braves, no problem.

His veteran presence and ability to knock a homer, may add some excitement into what may be another long season for the boys in Hotlanta.

Go Braves 09!!





Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:48 am

Atlanta makes more sense than Seattle for Griffey

Atlanta does make a lot of sense for Griffey.  The Red Sox would make even more sense if he really wants a shot at a WS ring in 2009.  He would fit in well with that line up, but wouldn't necessarily get 500 AB's, maybe 300.  If the Sox want him, that's the place to go for Ken if he wants a championship.  By the way, I am a Royals fan, not a Boston fan, so this is an impartial opinion.

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