His Place in Baseball: 10 Years After Ken Griffey Jr. Called It a Career

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This November, The Kid is 50. He’s been away from the game for ten years now, too. On one June, 2010 day he loaded up his car and headed cross-country to Orlando and his family, calling Mariners president Chuck Armstrong along the way to confirm what his agent had just told the club: Junior was out. Effective immediately. The end came swiftly. In the final at-bats of that final season of 2010, Griffey struggled mightily, hitting just .184 over the last 33 games of his career. Maybe worse, the power that had accounted for 630 career home runs, was gone….

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