Griffey Jr. hangs it up - KMOV.com

Griffey Jr. hangs it up

(KMOV) - Before Wednesday's game, Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu announced that 22-year veteran Ken Griffey Jr. is retiring.

Griffey ranks fifth on baseball's all-time home run list. His 630 career bombs trail only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays on the all-time list.

He also drove in over 1800 career runs. Griffey won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1997. During that season he hit .304 with 56 home runs and 147 RBI.

Griffey also won Gold Gloves every year in the 1990's, finishing his career with ten.

His first home run came against Eric King of the Chicago White Sox on April 10, 1989, with number 630 coming off of Tommy Hunter of the Texas Rangers more than two decades later on October 3, 2009.

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