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Ken Griffey Jr.

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Whether climbing the wall to rob a home run or knocking the ball clear over it, Sports Speaker Ken Griffey Jr. was electrifying. His 630 towering home runs earned him 6th place on the all-time home runs list in MLB history. As a lanky centerfielder, Ken’s incredible speed and agility around the wall made it almost impossible for opposing batters to get the ball past him. He was a marketer’s dream, boasting lucrative endorsements such as his signature sneaker and apparel line with Nike and partnering with Nintendo for promotional campaigns. Sports Speaker Ken Griffey Jr. will always be remembered as one of the most talented and athletic centerfielders in the game.

Ken was already showing flashes of brilliance when he was drafted with the #1 overall pick in the 1987 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He quickly became a fan favorite in Seattle. He spent 11 seasons with the team and won a Gold Glove Award 10 straight seasons from 1990-1999. His handiwork in the field was supplemented by an impressive showing in the batter’s box. He led the American League in home runs 4 separate years and won the home run derby 3 times. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2000 after expressing a want to be closer to his extended family in his hometown of Cincinnati. He played 9 seasons with the Reds and after a brief stint with the Chicago White Sox in 2008 he spent the last two years of his career back where it all started in Seattle.

Ken worked as a special consultant with the Mariners following his retirement in 2010. He has since been inducted into both the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He is also actively involved with his charity The Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation which supports charitable initiatives for children.

Sports Speaker Ken Griffey Jr. gave the game everything he had and now he is able to use his experiences in the MLB as an encouragement to help others reach their goals.