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Griffey, Mariners Party Like It's 1999

Same player, same team but the game has very much changed in the last 10 years.

Despite a strong, late push by the Atlanta Braves, aging slugger Ken Griffey Jr. is heading back to Seattle, the Mariners announce Wednesday night. The deal is rumored to be for one year at $2 million.

Everyone thought Griffey was heading to Atlanta since he wanted to be closer to his home in Orlando but talks there fell apart and now Griffey appears to be looking to retire where it all began.

Griffey played 10 years with the Mariners before seeking and receiving a trade to Cincinnati - the city he grew up in - following the 1999 season. Unfortunately for Griffey, injuries and age have caught up with slugger who sits fifth on the all-time list with 611 home runs.

Griffey will likely serve as the designated hitter for the Mariners but could play some left field as well.

At present, Griffey is the franchise leader in home runs (398) and slugging percentage while ranking second behind Edgar Martinez in games played and runs.

By CJ Holley  |  February 18, 2009; 11:45 PM ET
Categories:  Mariners  
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