BREAKING NEWS: Ken Griffey Jr. Signing for One More Season

Scott OttersenCorrespondent INovember 11, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 20:  Ken Griffey Jr #24 of the Seattle Mariners makes a hit during the game against the New York Yankees on September 20, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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"The Kid" will be back for one more season in 2010.

Reports are coming out of Seattle (and Chicago) that George Kenneth Griffey Jr. will be signing with the Seattle Mariners for the 2010 season.

I know that he is not the same player that he once was, and that he doesn't add much to the roster at this point, but for the class act that he is, he deserves to go out when he wants to.

He is my favorite player of all time. And, over all major sports, he is my second favorite athlete of all time behind the great Michael Jordan.

In all my years seeing Chicago sports games, I only got to see him play once, and he graced my visit with a home run against my hometown Cubs, when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

His deal is for one season, with a base salary of $2 million. It can be raised up to $3.15 million with incentives.

I am hoping for a bounce-back season from Griffey, because I can't have him going out with a .214 average. At least bump it up to .270, Griff. Maybe knock out 31 HRs to pass the Say Hey Kid, and move into fourth all time on the home run hitting list. 

If not, I won't be mad at you. Best of luck.