Jack O’Connell might have the coolest job in the world. As secretary/treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, I’m sure he’s got to do some boring clerical stuff. But once a year, he gets to call up the greatest baseball players who ever lived. And he’s always the bearer of good news.
The greatest hitter and pitcher of their generation were once again shut out of Cooperstown, thanks to the petty, sanctimonious, grudge-holding members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. did make it in, though, and they were pretty great ballplayers.
MLB.com baseball writer Marty Noble has turned in his Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and from the deep pool of eligible candidates, he has selected just Ken Griffey Jr. and Jeff Kent. The ballot is ridiculous on its face. Besides the obvious shoo-in Griffey, Noble includes only Kent (and not any of the many other…
Ken Griffey Jr. did a spot on SportsCenter today to talk about a partnership with Upper Deck trading cards or something, and he acted like a guy who would rather have been anywhere else. Griffey's eyes are the cold, dead eyes of a man who is on his 14th PR hit of the week.
So many hairstyles.
So this is awesome. On Saturday, the Seattle Mariners inducted legendary center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. into the team's hall of fame. During the hour-long ceremony (you can watch the whole thing here), all of the current Mariners stood at the top step of the dugout, and honored Griffey Jr. by wearing their hats…
"You're not going to eat it, are you?" the eBay seller asked, after we had completed our purchase. "People have been asking me if they can eat it, and that's probably not a good idea."
The discovery of a rare Griffey card helped Albany police bust some burglars. The man's a national treasure. [WNYT]
The Mariners have finally informed Ken Griffey Jr. that he retired from baseball nine months ago. Your lamentations of lost youth just excused themselves to send a wistful email to your yearnings for childlike wonder. [ESPN]
As keeper of Sports Illustrated's indispensable Vault, Andy Gray spends a lot of his time sifting through the sports photography of another time, when athletes wore short shorts and facial hair, and everyone looked vaguely uncomfortable. Here is one such photo.
Guess whose fault it was that published reports said Ken Griffey Jr. was asleep in the clubhouse during a game? Well, if you ask the Mariners, it was anyone's fault but Griffey's.
Both the Mariners DH and the Mets announcer (on camera!) took unscheduled naps during recent games. One is going to be out of a job very soon. The other, well, "he's Keith Hernandez."
You see them at every baseball game. The obsessive geeks who stake out batting practice and clamor over beautiful girls just to get random fly balls from third-string catchers. But now they're refining their tactics and upping their demands.
Today, the Tacoma News Tribune takes a long look at the blossoming friendship between Ichiro and Ken Griffey Jr. Among the many touching revelations: Griffey will tickle Ichiro until he calls out what one might describe as a safe word.
There's something very "I Love The 90's" about this deal: "The 39-year-old has been favoring the Braves for family reasons, as his permanent home is located in Orlando, Fla." [SI's Fan Nation]
And what a derby it is: "That Ken Griffey Jr.-to-Seattle reunion isn't a foregone conclusion just yet. Two baseball sources told ESPN.com early Saturday that the Atlanta Braves are making a late play for Griffey and have begun discussing money with his agent. 'We have interest in several available outfielders,…