Sunday, December 8, 2013

Just how good was Ken Griffey Jr?

Ken Griffey Jr is a legend. We all know that but just how great was he? He was drafted 1st overall is the 1987 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners and made his MLB debut in 1989 for them. He is most well known for his breath-taking defensive abilities and his gigantic home runs.

In 1997 arguably his best MLB season he hit 56 homers and .304 in a pitchers park leading the Mariners to a divisional title. Junior was a lifetime .310 hitter at the Kingdome with 198 homers and a .268 hitter with 29 homers at Safeco.

He had a .287 BABIP for his career which means he was actually unlucky and should have had better stats than he had. He hit  .283 with 155 homers with runners in scoring position. His BB% was 11.6 which is higher than the average of around 8.5. His strikeout rate of 15.7 was below the MLB average of 16.5. He hit .284/.370/.538 with 630 home runs and 1836 RBIs while compiling 184 steals.

I think this proves that Ken Griffey was an absolute legend and deserves to have both his number retired by the Reds and the Mariners and to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

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