Junior Returns Home

February 18, 2009
Welcome back Mr. Griffey (terren/Flickr).

Welcome back Mr. Griffey (terren/Flickr).

Thankfully something finally makes sense in what has been a very confusing and disturbing winter for Major League Baseball. Ken Griffey Jr. has agreed to come back to Seattle where he started his miraculous career 20 years ago.

The deal is a reported one-year, $2 million deal with $2.5 million in incentives based on at-bats and the amount of attendance he draws (he is expected to bring in an additional 200,000 fans this season).

Not only is this great for baseball in general, but it’s great for Mariner fans who have had very little to cheer for the past couple of seasons. There’s been Ichiro and that’s about it. Bedard didn’t do anything, “King Felix” still hasn’t been as royal as expected and most of the roster is overpaid and under performs. Basically Seattle has gone in the wrong direction over the past few seasons and at least this will give fans something to cheer for.

I know I for one am happy to see him back where I have the fondest memories of him.

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist
diamondcutter@columnist.com

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