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No 600 for Griffey, but at least he got 2,610

Posted on: June 1, 2008 4:55 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2008 5:03 pm
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I came to Cincinnati hoping to see Ken Griffey Jr. make history, and sure enough he did. Yeah, sure did.

With  a single and a double (but no home runs) Sunday, Griffey tied Omar Vizquel for 68th place on baseball's all-time hits list, with 2,610. Bet you didn't know that before Sunday, Vizquel had more career hits than Griffey. Vizquel might be ahead again as you read this, because as I write it he's playing for San Francisco against San Diego.

The Vizquel/Griffey stat comes courtesy of Hal McCoy, the Hall of Fame Reds beat man for the Dayton Daily News. But it's more than just a curiosity, because it should remind you exactly how many at-bats Griffey lost to injury. Griffey and Vizquel debuted in the major leagues on the very same day, April 3, 1989, when they were both playing for Seattle. Entering play Sunday, Vizquel had 513 more career at-bats -- nearly one full season more than Griffey.

As Braves manager Bobby Cox said Sunday: "I'd have thought at this time in his career, (Griffey) would be going for 700 (home runs). If he hadn't had the injuries, he might have passed up (Barry) Bonds."

Griffey can actually catch Bonds this week -- in career singles. His one Sunday was his 1,490th. Bonds has 1,495.

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:06 am
 

No 600 for Griffey, but at least he got 2,610




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:33 pm
 

No 600 for Griffey, but at least he got 2,610




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Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:47 pm
 

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 8:25 pm
 

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:05 pm
 

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:09 pm
 

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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 11:29 am
 

No 600 for Griffey, but at least he got 2,610

Vizquel having that many hits????  It's hard to believe, when he is known for his defense far more that his offense (a la the Wiz)...however, its not too too surprising since he's been playing 20 years and he is an everyday player, so what that tells me is that he has been a very consistent and durable player, averaging roughly 130 hits per year.

Either way, both Griffey and Vizquel are class acts.



Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2008 6:39 pm
 

No 600 for Griffey, but at least he got 2,610

Interesting, Griffey is a very talented player, and he didnt get hurt so much because he was playing so hard, he would probably goin for 700 homeruns right now.  He is one of the best baseball players in the game, and if he played for a team other than the Reds, he would have more RBI's too.  Good luck on #600, and climbing up the hits lists.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2008 8:31 pm
 

No 600 for Griffey, but at least he got 2,610

I didnt know that. I'm rooting for Junior to end up ahead of Vizquel, and Bonds.

Thanks for the interesting read.



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