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Griffey Returns to Mariners

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik tonight announced that the Mariners have signed outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. to a 2009 contract. It is not yet known when he will report to Peoria, but he took a team physical on March 15.

"This is a great day for the Mariners", 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).

For more information, please contact the Seattle Mariners baseball information department in Peoria at (623) 776-4800.

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GRIFFEY's PLAYING RECORD

YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
1987 Bellingham .313 54 182 43 57 110 9 1 14 40 1 1 0 44 42 13 6 .604 .445
1988 San Bernadino .338 58 219 50 74 126 13 3 11 42 1 0 2 34 39 32 9 .575 .431
 Vermont .279 17 61 10 17 30 5 1 2 10 0 0 2 5 12 4 2 .492 .353
1989 SEATTLE .264 127 455 61 120 191 23 0 16 61 1 4 2 44 83 16 7 .420 .329
1990 SEATTLE .300 155 597 91 179 287 28 7 22 80 0 4 2 63 81 16 11 .481 .366
1991 SEATTLE .327 154 548 76 179 289 42 1 22 100 4 9 1 71 82 18 6 .527 .399
1992 SEATTLE .308 142 565 83 174 302 39 4 27 103 0 3 5 44 67 10 5 .535 .361
1993 SEATTLE .309 156 582 113 180 *359 38 3 45 109 0 7 6 96 91 17 9 .617 .408
1994 SEATTLE .323 111 433 94 140 292 24 4 *40 90 0 2 2 56 73 11 3 .674 .402
1995 SEATTLE .258 72 260 52 67 125 7 0 17 42 0 2 0 52 53 4 2 .481 .379
 Tacoma# .000 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000
1996 SEATTLE .303 140 545 125 165 342 26 2 49 140 1 7 7 78 104 16 1 .628 .392
1997 SEATTLE .304 157 608 *125 185 *393 34 3 *56 *147 0 12 8 76 121 15 4 *.646 .382
1998 SEATTLE .284 161 633 120 180 387 33 3 *56 146 0 4 7 76 121 20 5 .611 .365
1999 SEATTLE .285 160 606 123 173 349 26 3 *48 134 0 2 7 91 108 24 7 .576 .384
2000 CINCINNATI .271 145 520 100 141 289 22 3 40 118 0 8 9 94 117 6 4 .556 .387
2001 CINCINNATI .286 111 364 57 104 194 20 2 22 65 1 4 4 44 72 2 0 .533 .365
2002 CINCINNATI .264 70 197 17 52 84 8 0 8 23 0 4 3 28 39 1 2 .426 .358
2003 CINCINNATI .247 53 166 34 41 94 12 1 13 26 1 1 6 27 44 1 0 .566 .370
2004 CINCINNATI .253 83 300 49 76 154 18 0 20 60 0 2 2 44 67 1 0 .513 .351
2005 CINCINNATI .301 128 491 85 148 283 30 0 35 92 0 7 3 54 93 0 1 .576 .369
2006 CINCINNATI .252 109 428 62 108 208 19 0 27 72 0 3 2 39 78 0 0 .486 .316
2007 CINCINNATI .277 144 528 78 146 262 24 1 30 93 0 9 1 85 99 6 1 .496 .372
2008 CINCINNATI .245 102 359 51 88 155 20 1 15 53 0 3 2 61 64 0 1 .432 .355
 CHICAGO (AL) .260 41 131 16 34 53 10 0 3 18 0 1 1 17 25 0 0 .405 .347
Minor Lg Totals .318 130 465 103 148 266 27 5 27 92 2 1 4 83 94 49 17 .572 .425
Mariners Totals .299 1535 5832 1063 1742 3316 320 30 398 1152 6 56 47 747 984 167 60 .569 .380
AL Totals .298 1576 5963 1079 1776 3369 330 30 401 1170 6 57 48 764 1009 167 60 .565 .379
NL Totals .270 945 3353 533 904 1723 173 8 210 602 2 41 32 476 673 17 9 .514 .362
ML Totals .288 2521 9316 1612 2680 5092 503 38 611 1772 8 98 80 1240 1682 184 69 .547 .373

* Led League
DIVISION SERIES

YEAR CLUB, OPP AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
1995 SEA vs. NYY .391 5 23 9 9 24 0 0 5 7 0 1 1 2 4 1 0 1.043 .444
1997 SEA vs. BAL .133 4 15 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 .133 .188
2008 CWS vs. TB .200 3 10 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 .200 .273
DS Totals .271 12 48 10 13 28 0 0 5 9 0 1 1 4 13 3 0 .583 .333

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

YEAR CLUB, OPP AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
1995 SEA vs. CLE .333 6 21 2 7 12 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 4 2 1 .571 .440

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
2006 USA .524 6 21 4 11 22 2 0 3 10 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 1.048 .583

ALL-STAR GAME

YEAR CLUB, SITE AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
1990 AL, Chicago (NL) .000 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .333
1991 AL, Toronto .667 1 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667
1992 AL, San Diego 1.000 1 3 2 3 7 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.333 1.000
1993 AL, Baltimore .333 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333
1994 AL, Pittsburgh .667 1 3 0 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 .667
1995 AL, Texas        DID NOT PLAY          
1996 AL, Philadelphia        DID NOT PLAY          
1997 AL, Cleveland .000 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000
1998 AL, Colorado .667 1 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .667 .750
1999 AL, Boston .000 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000
2000 NL, Atlanta        DID NOT PLAY          
2004 NL, Houston        DID NOT PLAY          
2007 NL, San Francisco .500 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .333
ASG Totals .440 9 25 4 11 16 2 0 1 7 0 1 0 2 5 1 0 .640 .464

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