Junior’s Climb

Ken Griffey Jr. knocked career homer 587 yesterday, moving him past Frank Robinson and into sole possession of 6th place on the all-time list. Above him: Aaron, Bonds, Ruth, Mays, Sosa. Junior has never been associated with any kind of rumor of PED abuse—deduct those who have from that list and he shoots up to 4th. It would be nice to see him catch and pass Sosa, who’s at 602. If you project the numbers they’ve put up this season forward, Junior will pass him by the end of the year. We’ll be rooting for him. Given Griffey’s injury history, Willie Mays, up at 660, is probably safe. But you never know….

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  • Well I guess baseball through the years has been filled with “What Ifs” but in my opinion Junior is the biggest of those. It’s truly a shame that Bonds will finish with more HR’s then Junior. Junior before all the injuries was as good of a player as I have ever seen. His defense was outstanding, his arm precise, he had speed and boy could he hit. Even with his dislike for the Yankee franchise I still have a tremendous amount of resepect and admiration for Junior.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 17, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • I respect the fact that Griffey wanted to play closer to home, near his dad, etc., but the “what if” for me is “what if Griffey had stayed on a contending team”. It’s a total shame that he hasn’t sniffed even the possibility of the postseason in his time since leaving Seattle. He’s the type of player you just want to see running, leaping over walls, swinging sweetly, come October. He’s buried in Cincy, sadly, for most fans around the country.

    SF July 17, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • > swinging sweetly
    It is a thing of beauty. It’s the textbook. Jerry West is the NBA logo. If MLB needed a swing for its own, I’d choose Junior’s. It’s a shame we haven’t seen more of it over the years–which makes that staggering 587 all the more impressive.

    YF July 17, 2007, 6:06 pm
  • I got a chance to see Junior play in person, when the Mariners had their AA team based in Burlington, VT. There was a ton of hype of course, but he lived up to it.
    That beautiful, pure swing was present then; that’s something a person can only be born with, I think.
    Who knows what kind of statistics he would have put up if he had been injury free.

    Anonymous July 17, 2007, 7:18 pm

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