It was probably past time for Ken Griffey, Jr. to retire from baseball, but I am glad he did. He was not contributing to the ballclub this year when it came to what he is most known for... hitting. Watching Junior flail at the plate was as sad for me as it was seeing another of my favorite players, Willie Mays, fumbling flyballs and batting about .210 in his final days with the New York Mets.
The Mariners are historically a sad major league baseball franchise, but Ken Griffey, Jr. gave the franchise a face, a sense of respectability.
Now the Mariners can look to find a player who can contribute THIS season, but it is hard to measure how much Griffey contributed to the team in earlier times.
Good bye Junior, we will miss you!