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The Retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.

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Breaking News on MLB Network (and Twitter as well) - Ken Griffey Jr announced his retirement just moments ago.

Obviously, what might have been is the question with Griffey, as he clearly appeared to be well on his way to nearly every record in the book early on in his career. He is also one of the best players for fantasy purposes. Let's look at some of his better seasons:

1993: .309, 113 R, 45 HR, 109 RBI, 17 SB
1994: .323, 94 R, 40 HR, 90 RBI, 11 SB (111 games only)
1996: .303, 125 R, 49 HR, 140 RBI, 16 SB
1997: .304, 125 R, 56 HR, 147 RBI, 15 SB
1998: .284, 120 R, 56 HR, 146 RBI, 20 SB
1999: .285, 123 R, 48 HR, 134 RBI, 24 SB
2000: .271, 100 R, 40 HR, 118 RBI, 6 SB

Unfortunately, once he arrived in Cincinnati, he had an extremely difficult time staying healthy from then on, but did rebound to some version of himself. Clearly though, Griffey was one of the top (if not the top) fantasy players for the better part of a decade. I was not playing fantasy at the time, but I have to imagine that he was one of those players that could cover up the other faults of many a fantasy team.

At this point, it is good to see that Griffey has determined to go out at least somewhat on his own terms. Truly going to miss seeing him play, as he always looked like he was having more fun out there than anyone else.