The best player in franchise history, Ken Griffey Jr., rejoined the Seattle Mariners today as a special consultant to the team
Junior will be involved in working with major and minor-league players, marketing, broadcasting and community relations, the team said.
"Ken has been steadfast in his desire to continue his relationship with the Mariners since his return to Seattle in 2009," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said. "We have designed a position for him that will allow Ken to continue to help the franchise succeed on, and off, the field ..."
Griffey, who retired last June, will join the Mariners in spring training at some point, and is expected to make visits to Seattle from his Florida home throughout the year.
Once the face of the franchise - and a man voted Player of the Decade in the '90s by his peers - Griffey played 22 seasons and batted .284 with 630 home runs and 1,836 RBI. He spent most of that career in Seattle, with stretches in Cincinnati and Chicago.
Rejoining the Mariners gives Griffey the chance to reunite with a team he left unhappily last year, when he telephoned in his retirement from the road as he drove home, denying players and fans the chance to celebrate his career.
"I look forward to staying very involved with the Mariners, working with the players throughout the organization, staying involved in the community and assisting in other areas of the organization," Junior said. "It's an exciting time and I'm appreciative of the opportunity."