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Good Night and Good Luck? For Sleepy Ken Griffey Jr., the End Is Near

SEATTLE - APRIL 14:  Ken Griffey Jr. #24 (L) of the Seattle Mariners talks with Ichiro Suzuki #51 during batting practice prior to the game against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on April 14, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Keith BennettCorrespondent IJune 9, 2016

Ken Griffey, Jr.'s baseball career is about to come to an end, probably within the next month, according to this column in the Tacoma News Tribune . According to the column, Griffey, 40, who is hitting .208, with no home runs and five RBI in 23 games this season as the left-handed-hitting DH for the Seattle Mariners, will be asked to retire or will be released after he apparently could not be used as a pinch hitter in a game last week because he was sleeping in the clubhouse.

"He was asleep in the clubhouse," one player said. "He'd gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn't come back. I went back in about the seventh inning—and he was in his chair, sound asleep."

The other player, who knows Griffey a little better, tried to rationalize. "He doesn't sleep well at night, he's away from his family, he's comfortable in the clubhouse," he said. They could have awakened him..."

It's hardly a capital offense, but it's a telling piece of anecdotal evidence. This isn't the Griffey of 2009.

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