The Seattle Mariners recently announced that they will be signing back past Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. to a one-year $2 million dollar deal plus incentives. Seattle fans are anxious to see Griffey back in a Mariners uniform, as he is one of the most talented players to ever be apart of the franchise. He is the Mariners career leader in home runs (398), slugging percentage (.569), and is second to Edgar Martinez for total games played. He is currently in fifth on baseball’s career home run list with 611.
The 2009 Mariners will plan to keep the DH position open for Jr. If he is able to stay healthy left field will also serve as an option. Griffey first came into the league as a Mariner in 1989 and eventually was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. After agreeing to a contract with the Chicago White Sox in 2008 he is already back on the move but this time to where his career started. He has struggled with injuries lately and is just healing from an arthroscopic knee surgery following the 2008 season.
Griffey is thrilled to be back in Seattle and has always stated that he would like to finish his career as a Mariner. If he can stay injury free the recent acquisition will show as very promising for the Mariners.
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Arthur Rhodes woke up with a sore arm. Brandon Morrow pitched four out of the last five days. Carlos Silva threw a side session on Sunday. R.A. Dickey threw over 100 pitches in his last start. With no one left in the bullpen, who would the Mariners pitch in the 15th inning of a 1-1 game?
Third-string catcher Jamie Burke.
Burke was not a complete stranger to the mound. He had thrown 4 innings in the minors, and had the ability to keep the ball over the plate. Unforunately for the Mariners, he did not have that much velocity. Miguel Cabrera hit a double and was replaced on the basepaths by Michael Hollimon. Marcus Thames’ sac fly in the next at bat sealed the win for Detroit. Burke was able to retire Ivan Rodriguez and Edgar Renteria, leaving to a standing ovation from the tired home crowd.
Ichiro Suzuki, Willie Bloomquist, and Adrian Beltre also offered to pitch if the game went past 15 innings.
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