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Ken Griffey Jr. is back

(AP Photo)

Sorry this is so slow to be posted. My laptop was apparently infected with spyware, malware, viruses and whooping cough.

Here is Larry's story from the website.

There will be conference call/meeting with Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik about now (7 p.mish) and Griffey will probably meet with the media tomorrow. More updates when I get them. (I'll try and get a full transcript of it for you guys).

From the official press release ...

"This is a great day for the Mariners", Mariners Jack Zduriencik said. "It is rare in this game when you get an opportunity to reunite a player and a team in a move that works for both. We spent a lot of time this winter doing our due-diligence on what the best baseball move for this franchise on-the-field was. By last week, we were confident the best fit for this club, on the field, was Ken Griffey Jr. After Don and I sat down with Ken and talked with him about our goals for the 2009 team and this franchise, it was even more clear that he would be a fit with us."

Griffey, 39, spent the first 11 years of his Major League career (1989-1999) in Seattle, after being the first overall pick in the June 1987 Draft. In 1,535 games in his Mariners career, he hit .299 with 320 doubles, 30 triples, 398 home runs and 1,152 RBI. He is either first or second in nearly every category in the Seattle Mariners record book, including home runs (1st), slugging percentage (.569/1st), RBI (2nd), hits (2nd), doubles (2nd), total bases (3,316/2nd), runs (1,063/2nd), games (2nd) and at-bats (5,832/2nd). Edgar Martinez, who played 18 seasons in Seattle, is first in the categories in which Griffey ranks second.

"Jack and I have talked a lot about adding a left-handed bat with some power to our lineup," Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Ken is a great fit for our ballclub."

During his 11 seasons in Seattle, Griffey was a 10-time All-Star (1990-99), winning the All-Star Game MVP in 1992 and three Home Run Derby's (1994, 1998, 1999). He was voted the American League Most Valuable Player in 1997 and voted to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

Griffey also won 10 Gold Gloves (1990-99), seven Silver Sluggers (1991, 1993-94, 1996-99) and was six times voted the Team MVP by the Seattle Chapter of the BBWAA during his playing days with the Mariners.

Griffey heads into the 2009 season listed among baseball's all-time leaders in home runs (5th, 611), intentional walks (4th, 244), multi-homer games (T7th, 55), extra base hits (10th, 1,152), total bases (15th, 5,092), runs scored (38th, 1,612), doubles (T45th, 503) and hits (60th, 2,680). He also ranks first among active players in hits, home runs, RBI, total bases and runs scored

Griffey split the 2008 season between Cincinnati and Chicago (AL). He combined to hit .249 with 30 doubles, 18 home runs and 71 RBI in 143 games while battling an injured left knee.

Griffey is a career .288 hitter with 503 doubles, 38 triples, 611 home runs and 1,772 RBI in 2,521 games in 20 big league seasons with Seattle, Cincinnati (2000-08) and Chicago (AL).