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Ken Griffey Jr: Back Where He Started

Heather HackerCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2009

Ken Griffey Jr chose to honor the city that gave him his start rather than playing for a team closer to his family.

Griffey Jr. selected the Seattle Mariners over the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night, agreeing to a one-year contract with the team that made him a star.

The deal is for at least $2 million, worth up to an additional $1 million with incentives.

After many conflicting reports about where Griffey Jr. would end up, he ultimately chose to follow through on his proclamation two years ago and decided he wanted to finish his career as a Mariner.

The Mariners have a job as designated hitter, and perhaps a spot left field waiting for him.

He made his first opening day start with the Mariners when he was 19-years-old. He stayed there for 11 seasons and through 10 All-Star games before he decided he wanted to be traded somewhere closer to home.

Griffey Jr., is the Mariners' career leader in home runs (398,) slugging percentage (.569), and trails only Edgar Martinez in games played with 1,535.

He is also second to Martinez in Seattle history in hits, RBI, extra-base hits, at-bats, doubles, runs, and total bases.

With all of his fame and legendary numbers, he will again be great with the Mariners.

I am sure the Mariners are thrilled to have him back on their side. He started his career as a Mariner, and he will end it as a Mariner.

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