Ken Griffey, Jr. is a first ballot Hall Of Famer. That is obvious. Those Hall Of Fame skills are long gone, though. He was bad enough last year. Here are Griffey's 2009 stats: .214/.324/.411. That isn't good. In his final year in the big leagues, he flat out stunk. Check out his 2010 line: .184/.250/.204. Ouch! This wasn't new, either. Ken Griffey has been a below average player for years.
With all of that said, in the end, he was still very popular in Seattle. Griffey would get a big cheer when the lineup was called out over the PA system before the game. When he came to the plate, people got off their butts to cheer for him.
Perhaps Griffey waited too long to bow out gracefully. Here is why he did the right thing.