Ken Griffey, Jr., Welcome to the 600 Club!
Last night, Ken Griffey Jr. made history by being only the sixth player in the 600 home-run club. Along side names as Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds. Griffey is sixth on the all-time home run list, and at some point this season, he will surpass 609, which is currently held by Sosa.
It is quite an impressive milestone for Griffey Jr., who has had an incredible baseball career.
Coming into last night's game, Griffey's career numbers were 2,615 hits, 486 doubles, 1,730 RBI, and a .289 batting average. Now that is an impressive resume right there.
He is an obvious first-ballot Hall of Famer when he does decide to retire.
The man has had a ton of awards, a few to mention that are important are his MVP award back in 1997, seven-time Silver Slugger (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), 10-time Gold-Glove winner (1990 through 1999), 13-time All-Star selection (1990 through 2000, 2004, 2007).
He is arguably one of the best players to play the game.
The man is not only marvelous on the field, but off the field as well. He has his own charity called the "Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation", which supports a variety of causes like the Boys and Girls Club of America and several children's hospitals around the U.S.
He also is a father of three.
Once again, I congratulate Ken Griffey Jr. on his marvelous journey to home run number 600. It was well deserved. Hopefully Griffey Jr. can keep on hitting more home runs to move up on the charts, because he does deserve to be where he is now. To me, he was the best hitter of the '90s and he still is doing what he did when he was younger.
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