Ken Griffey Jr. Returns to Seattle Mariners

Matt BakerContributor IFebruary 18, 2009

"The Kid" will return to Seattle.

According to a report posted on the Seattle Mariners website at 5:41 PM Wednesday evening, Ken Griffey Jr. has made his decision to return to the city where his career began. The report states that Griffey has agreed to a one-year contract for $2 million, that may increase based on at-bats and fan attendance.

Fans across the Pacific Northwest are no doubt celebrating the choice of the beloved slugger, and there is no greater joy for me to hear that Junior is indeed coming back.

Griffey will bring the poise and leadership of a veteran that the Mariners clubhouse has needed, and the recent goal of the Mariners staff has been to improve team chemistry. Mission accomplished.

According to many, Griffey is the bat the Mariners need. He has the experience and leadership to help this team get to the playoffs. Hopefully, this will be the case.

Playoffs or not, Griffey's return will bring an estimated 200,000 fans to attend Seattle games this season, and the Hall-of-Famer will not disappoint. Hopefully, Griffey will don No. 24. 

Go get 'em Junior!