In SummaryThe Major League Baseball Hall of Famer is the first former player to hold a partnership stake in the franchise.
Ken Griffey Jr. is widely known as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Now, the Baseball Hall of Famer is taking his talents to the ownership side as he becomes the first former player to hold partnership interest in his former team, the Seattle Mariners, according to MLB.com.
It is big news for the franchise as it adds on to the legacy of its legendary star player and iconic figure.
“As I said in my Hall of Fame speech, I’m very proud to be a Seattle Mariner,” Griffey said in a statement. “I’m excited for this incredible opportunity to join John and the rest of the Mariners partnership group. This is a dream come true because of the relationship I’ve always had with the team, its fans, and the city of Seattle. I view this as another way to continue to give back to an organization and community that has always supported me, and my family. I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to this organization’s success in any way possible.”
Griffey Jr.’s career with the Mariners began in 1987 when he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He would make his debut in 1989 as it was the start of a Hall of Fame career, according to MLB.com.
Griffey Jr. played 22 seasons with the Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. During that time, he was a 13-time All-Star, American League MVP, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner and hit 630 home runs.
Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.