By the numbers: Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr’s Hall of Fame career
With Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, let’s take a look at The Kid’s storied career by the numbers.
1: The number draft pick overall the Mariners selected Griffey with out of high school in 1987.
2: Separate tenures Griffey had in Seattle, first from 1989 to 1999, then from 2009 to 2010.
3: The number of bases Griffey advanced to score the winning run of the 1995 ALDS on Edgar Martinez’s double.
4: How many times Griffey led the American League in home runs.
5: Consecutive seasons of 40 or more home runs by Griffey, tied for fourth all-time. Also the number of homers he hit in the five-game 1995 ALDS against the Yankees.
6: Griffey’s ranking on the all-time home run list with 630.
7: Seasons Griffey hit 40 or more home runs, which is the sixth most all-time.
8: Consecutive games in which Griffey hit a homer during a stretch in 1993. That’s a record, tied with the Yankees’ Don Mattingly (1987), that stands to this day.
9: The number of hits – as well as runs scored – Griffey had in the 1995 ALDS for the Mariners.
10: The total number of Gold Gloves won by Griffey. Each came while he was a member of the Mariners, as well as in consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1999.
11: Straight All-Star selections for Griffey from 1990-2000.
13: Griffey’s Total All-Star selections.
19: The age of Griffey when he debuted in the MLB in 1989.
20: How many seasons Griffey hit at least 10 home runs, which is tied for fifth on the all-time list.
22: How many seasons Griffey’s career lasted.
24: The number that Griffey wore for the entirety of both of his Mariners tenures, and also his career-high stolen base total for a single season. That occurred in 1999, the year Safeco Field opened (at midseason) and the final year of his initial 11-year stint with Seattle.
40: Griffey’s age when he retired in 2010, as well as how many home runs he hit in 111 games during the strike-shortened 1994 season. That put him on pace for 57 in a full 162-game season.
56: His career-high single-season home run total, which he hit in back-to-back years (1997-98). Along with Mark McGwire, who hit 58 homers in 1997, it was the most home runs hit in a single season since 1961 when Roger Maris hit 61 and Mickey Mantle hit 54.
99.3: Percentage of eligible voters who voted last winter to induct Griffey into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a record.