In a perfect world, Ken Griffey, Jr. would be hitting home run number 700, not 600. The entire controversy of baseball's home run king, Barry Bonds, would be avoided to an extent. The fans of the game would be much more excited for Griffey, and the game of baseball would be better off.
All in all, "The Kid” would be in the thick of attempting to catch Bonds and claim the title of home run king.
Fans would have a man on top of the game who's never been mentioned in any of the steroid reports, a man who's done it the hard way. Naturally.
Griffey's long career has been marred by injuries. Let's look in-depth at his injury history and see what could have been. Injuries forced Junior to miss 260 out of 486 games from 2002 through 2004.
260 games. That's over a season and a half. If you consider that Griffey hit 41 home runs between 2002 and 2004 and 35 the very next season in 2005, if he had stayed injury free, one could add anywhere from 25-45 home runs to his total. He experienced season ending injuries in 2002, 2003, and 2003.
Below are the statistics in what could be the best season of Griffey’s career. If Griffey could have kept pace with his MVP season in 1997, who knows what could have been possible.
Yr 1997 Ag 27 Tm SEA Lg AL G157 AB 608 HR 56 RBI 147 AVG .304
This is Griffey's 20th season in the big leagues and he has 599 career home runs as of today. If he had not been injured as much (from everything from running into outfield walls to breaking bones while playing with his child) Griffey and his swing (described as "majestic" and even "perfect") would eventually have a shot to be at the top of the home run list.
That's something that all baseball fans would welcome with open arms.