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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Ken Griffey Jr - Announced Retirement

Seattle Mariners - DH Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement, effective at the end of his sentence describing said retirement.

While the Y2K bug didn’t turn out to be a big deal, the imagery dancing through the mind of Griffey haunted him in the 21st Century, the grim visions of the death and decay of humanity, doomed on a probabilistic path to not duck all upcoming apocalyptic events, and caused him to be depressed, resulting in constant injuries due to his existential crisis and the decline of his self-worth.  As a result, Griffey only managed 192 homers in the last decade of his career.  I think that’s what happened - I’m not terribly bright.

Even as a mild disappointment, Griffey’s an easy 1st-ballot Hall of Famer.  If a particular sportswriter doesn’t vote for him for the Hall, I feel Griffey is within his rights to punch that fellow in the mouth, collect the teeth, and wear them as a necklace.

If asked 20 years ago who the last remaining player from the 1980s would be, wouldn’t you have thought the answer would be Griffey?  I certainly did.  There’s a really good chance now that the last player remaining from the 80s will now be Jamie Moyer.  There’s no words to describe how insane that would sound in 1989 - it’s the equivalent of someone arriving in a time machine and telling you that the Chocolate Rain guy ended up becoming the Best President in US History.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 03, 2010 at 03:25 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: June 03, 2010 at 04:56 AM (#3549034)
The only players who played in the 1980's and are marked as active by bb-ref are old Mariners- Griffey, Moyer, and Vizquel. One more year, and Randy Johnson would have made it four Mariners.
   2. Willie Mayspedes Posted: June 03, 2010 at 06:54 AM (#3549081)
Dan have you done a what if he didn't get injured career projection? Seems appropriate even though it's obviously not reality.
   3. flournoy Posted: June 03, 2010 at 01:04 PM (#3549160)
(Griffey steps away from the mic to take a nap)
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 03, 2010 at 01:28 PM (#3549182)
While the Y2K bug didn't turn out to be a big deal
Actually it was a big deal. I don't know what the final accounting was but an enormous amount of energy and money was spent on remediation to fix the problem before it hit. It's not a bad example on how forces can be mobilized against a known, common threat.

It's a shame we can't mobilize something about that oil spill but I guess it's a little harder to f*** with Mother Nature than to make sure your year fields are 4 characters and not two.
   5. Repoz Posted: June 03, 2010 at 01:28 PM (#3549186)
27 HR in 1992
45 HR in 1993

Wonder how data happened...
   6. Guapo Posted: June 03, 2010 at 01:29 PM (#3549188)
As I've noted previously in these parts, Griffey and Vizquel both had their major league debut in the same game.
   7. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 03, 2010 at 01:37 PM (#3549204)
Actually it was a big deal. I don't know what the final accounting was but an enormous amount of energy and money was spent on remediation to fix the problem before it hit. It's not a bad example on how forces can be mobilized against a known, common threat.

The knowledge that it could and would be fixed is part and parcel. After all, that's why we don't fear strep throat anymore.
   8. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: June 03, 2010 at 02:03 PM (#3549242)
Good. Let's oil-treadjack this.

Why don't we drill wells around well zero, then detonate explosives and cave in the problem well? Like sapping an underground tunnel. I presume there's a reason this isn't happening, and perhaps that reason is that it would take a long time to drill those countervailing wells, but this seems eminently sensible to me.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2010 at 02:13 PM (#3549261)
I don't know that anyone would have guessed back in December 1988 that the trade involving Mitch Williams to the Cubs would involve a 250 game winner and a member of the 500 home run club.

Griffey was the most enjoyable player I ever watched. I will miss watching him in his prime.
   10. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: June 03, 2010 at 02:23 PM (#3549270)
They are drilling a relief well. The problem is that it's going to take several months to complete AFAIK. The sad truth is that there's probably no way to stop this in the next few weeks.
   11. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: June 03, 2010 at 04:33 PM (#3549472)
Vizquel debuted on April 3, 1989. There are four players in the majors this season who were born after that date.

As for Moyer... it has to be 30 players or so born after his debut at this point?
   12. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: June 03, 2010 at 04:46 PM (#3549489)
I think there are 73 MLB players born after Moyer's debut, but not all of them have played this year.

born in 1986 (after 6/16): 31
1987: 26
1988: 11
1989: 4
1990: 1 (Starlin Castro)
   13. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: June 04, 2010 at 11:00 PM (#3550768)
so according to peter gammons' twitter feed Griffey was pushed out by the mariners staff.

Anyone else heard of this? or is it just Gammons being his normal petty, ########-spreading self?
   14. Baldrick Posted: June 05, 2010 at 12:39 AM (#3550838)
As I've noted previously in these parts, Griffey and Vizquel both had their major league debut in the same game.

I was at that game!

McGwire hit a homerun and drove in all of the A's runs, IIRC. I was 8 so I can't really be held accountable for the details.

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