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Griffey Jr Decides To Join The Permanent DL

Ken Griffey Jr one of the greatest baseball players of the past two decades (if not the era) has decided to pull the chord on his MLB career. Many of you may not care, but I can remember playing Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball for Sega (not saturn) as the Seattle Mariners. I mean their lineup was stacked: Griffey Jr, Tino and Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, and A-rod. Griffey always came through in the clutch for me.

Anyways, Griffey has announced his retirement at the young age of 40. He was having a horrific season; batting 0.184 with 7RBI and 0HR in 98AB. And being convicted of sleeping while on the job. But let’s take a look at what he has accomplished:

  • 10 Gold Gloves: Only one other 500+HR player has more and that’s Willie Mays
  • 1997 AL MVP
  • 13 All-Star Games: Winning 3 HR Derbys and the 1992 All-star MVP
  • 7 Silver Slugger Awards
  • 630 career HR

Let’s talk about that last stat. That makes Griffey 5th all-time (only behind Bonds, Hank, Babe, and Mays). BUT Griffey has been plagued by numerous injury bugs.

Let’s play a bit of a hypothetical game:

  • If Griffey had as many AB as Hank Aaron (Griffey had 2500 less), Griffey would have hit about 795 HR, more than Bonds’ record
  • If Griffey had as many AB as Barry Bonds and Griffey’s HR pace this year kept up, Griffey would have hit about 630 HR. Griffey only had 46 less AB than Bonds. But he also has not been convicted with the asterisk

Let’s face it, Griffey Jr was great… but if he had been healthy, he would have been the greatest. So let’s say “So Long” to the greatest HR stroke. Now we have to watch Kevin Youkilis’ beautiful swing.

Another Perfect Game…. Kind Of

Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game only 4 days after Roy Halladay… sort of. He pitched a legitimate perfect game tonight on June 2; but with 2 outs in the top of the 9th, the Tigers pitcher got Jason Donald to ground out to first.

Check out what happened here.

Unbelievable, an obvious blown call on the last out of a perfect game. This was after Austin Jackson made a remarkable running, over the shoulder catch to save the perfect game in the top of the 9th.

So here is the question, and it has come up before during Dallas Braden’s perfect game when Longoria tried a bunt single to break up the no-no, if this was the 3rd inning, would anyone care as much? What if he pitched a shutout from that point forward in the 3rd, would anyone care? I can tell you this… Detroit is rioting right now. They haven’t had a good reason to riot since 1967.

This was an obvious blown call that could have capped off the most remarkable start to the MLB season in history. It would/should have been three perfect games, one no hitter, and the fourth perfect game in 10 months if you include Mark Buehrle’s late last season.

Alas, we will have to settle on watching one of the most dominating pitcher starts in history in Ubaldo Jimenez.