Monday, May 31, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #11 For all that he gave us

Many people have contributed to the game of baseball in a variety of ways, but no one more so then Ken Griffey Jr. who has done so much for the game and its fans. For all he has given the game of baseball a great reason to vote for Junior is to give him something back. Here is a list of a few things that Junior has given us.

• He gave us Jackie Robinson Day! He was the first to ask Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner, if he could wear the then retired #42 to honor Jackie Robinson. "It was just my way of saying thank you," Ken Griffey Jr. committing on Jackie Robinson Day.

• A candy bar in his rookie season, unfortunately he never tried it as he is allergic to chocolate
• One of the best ball video games ever- Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run on SNES

Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest & Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. were also great video games

• A signature sneaker line with Nike, which led to the second most recognizable iconic Nike logo

• He has worked with and provided for a variety of charities (Boys & Girls Club of America-a board of governor, Make-A-Wish Foundation, etc.). He is well-known around baseball and in communities for his work with charitable organizations.

• Contributed to regular season home run races, including the "The Race of 1998" (PED free)

• An athlete that plays the game for fun, not money or fame. He plays the game like a kid!

• A presidential campaign in 1996, complete with TV spots

• He gave us Safeco Field- "The House That Griffey Built"

• He was on the cover of Sport Illustrated (8 times) and Wheaties box (7 times)

• He was featured on The Simpsons TV series in "Homer at the Bat" episode

Junior drinking Mr. Burns brain and nerve toxic to then suffer from "Gigantism"

• He gave us a career full of quality baseball, not off field antics and tabloid material.

Even though some of these are not a strong basis to reasonably vote Junior into the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, there are some that show you what he really has given the game of baseball and its fans (Safeco Field, Jackie Robinson Day, etc.). Please help in giving baseball fans one more thing to remember about Junior's exciting baseball career, a spot on the American League roster for the 2010 ASG.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Reason to vote for Junior- #10 Because he would be in the Home Run Derby

"I'm not a home run hitter. I've just got good pop."
When we think of Ken Griffey, Jr., few things come to our minds before his impact and performances in the Home Run Derby over the years. In fact, when we think of the Home Run Derby, few people no one comes to mind before Junior.

 

So the basis here is simple: the tenth reason for you to vote for Junior is to put Griffey in the Home Run Derby. Why? Four reasons.

1. Make the Derby more fun.
While it will always be one of our favorite parts of All-Star Weekend, the Derby has recently lost a little of its luster. Every now and then, we get a Derby moment worth remembering (see: Hamilton, Josh), but we think that the average baseball fan would have a tough time listing off recent winners or performances. Also, after the first round, it's not uncommon to get bored of the Derby and just switch to a rerun of Seinfeld. If Griffey were in the Derby, there's no question that he would attract great fan interest and, for as long as he lasts, make the competition significantly more interesting.

2. Protect his place in Derby history.
Griffey is the only guy to win the Derby more than once--and he did it three times (1994, '98, '99). Here's a list of total HRD home runs. Not sure we have much to worry about from several of these guys, but Ryan Howard (41) and Josh Hamilton (35) are definitely threats (and don't forget the immortal Bryce Harper!).

1. Ken Griffey, Jr. - 70
2. Jason Giambi - 67
3. Sammy Sosa - 65
4. Mark McGwire - 56
5. David Ortiz - 54
6. Albert Pujols - 50
7. Barry Bonds - 47
8. Bobby Abreu - 41
9. Ryan Howard - 41
10. Lance Berkman - 39


We realize that it's unlikely Griffey would smash 30+ bombs in the 2010 Derby. But we do think that, however many he hits, it will make his total significantly more out of reach from his competition.

3. Because no one else wants to be in it.
Well, sort of.  It is no well-kept secret that many players are weary of competing in the Derby. Whether it is because of the extra fatigue, the effect of the Derby on their swings, or their hesitancy to risk embarrassing themselves--competing in the Home Run Derby is not something that all players seem to yearn for. This was perhaps best displayed in the 2009 Derby when it seemed as if almost every All-Star Game participant was given an open invitation to join the Derby (Mark Teixeira, Torii Hunter, and Justin Morneau were all known to have rejected invitations to join the competition).

4. Because he'd have a chance!
Obviously, Griffey is not having a stellar season at the plate. While he certainly has other problems, chief among them may be his reduced bat speed. With a batting-practice pitcher out there, Junior would be able to regain his form and again, hit the long ball.  We think Grif has a good of a chance of any of the participants to win the Derby. We're tellin' you there's a chance!


So, as the MLB only allows for players in the All-Star Game to compete in the Home Run Derby, we think that you should vote for Junior to get him back home and into the Derby.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

2010 MLB All-Star Game AL voting update- #1

Today, the first voting results standings were released for the American League roster for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, CA. The standings showed Ken Griffey Jr. in third place among designated hitters for the American League, 14 players are listed as DH on the AL ballot and others received write-in votes. This position in the standings for Griffey is not ideal, but impressive none the less! Due to his lack of productivity at the plate and having to have dealt with some media issues (the "Sleepgate" fiasco), one would have to be impressed with Junior's current standings in the ASG voting.



Griffey got some love in MLB.com's video "Early AL All-Star voting results"! The Seattle Mariners are also excited that Junior is among top vote-getters at DH for the American League.

Keep up the voting, 25 times per email address online or paper ballots at MLB stadiums, and spread the word on the "Vote for Junior" campaign! Ken Griffey Jr. is among the greatest to ever play the game and deserves this one last all-star memory. Help make it happen by voting for Ken Griffey Jr. for American League DH in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. Please feel free to read all previous and future post on this website, they will provide you with some insight on this campaign and how great Griffey really was and is!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Griffey likes Interleague play!

Not every baseball player, fan or manager enjoys Interleague play, National vs. American League. There are many pros (increased attendance, unique match-ups, rekindle rivals, etc.) and cons (match-up advantages, strip uniqueness from WS and ASG, America League pitchers batting, etc.) for having Interleague play. However, there is one individual that is particularly happy Interleague play begins this weekend, his name is Ken Griffey Jr.

Interleague Play Leaders (1997-2008)

Lastly, Griffey has avereged 1 HR in 13.9 AB in the month of May for his career. We haven't seen the long ball yet this season, but we all should have the feeling that it is coming soon.

Let's make Griffey a part of another Interleague game, the 2010 MLB All-Star Game! Keep voting for Junior, spreading the word and enjoying the post.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Reason to vote for Junior- #9 He can still come through in the clutch


"[Kevin Greg] throws a big one here, he has a 2-1 to Griffey. Swung on, base hit! There's a run and here comes Milton Bradley. And that is your game winner! Ken Griffey Junior delivers!" -FSN Northwest play-by-play announcer



Late Inning Junior and David Ortiz "Mr. Clutch" Stats

Ken Griffey Jr.
10 walk-off hits
Late & Close- .267 AVG with 83 HR and 282 RBI

David Ortiz
17 walk-off hits
Late & Close-
.269 AVG with 45 HR and164 RBI

Late & Close-7th inning or later with team tied, ahead by one, or tying run on deck


Could this be a start of a red hot June and Summer for Junior at the plate? Who knows, but one thing that is for sure is that Junior provided us with another memorable moment last night and reminded us how great he was and can be. Please continue to place your votes for Junior for the 2010 All-Star Game and encourage others to do the same! Let's give Junior the opportunity to create a moment like this in the Midsummer Classic.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #8 He has the "Hand of God"

Most often than not when discussing Ken Griffey Jr.'s baseball career people tend to talk about his ability to hit and hit the long ball. However, his talent at the plate can be matched, if not surpassed, by his ability to field his position. He defensive achievements in the outfield provide us with another reason to vote him into the 2010 MLB All-Star Game.

Griffey has been included in numerous highlight reels and given us a countless number of sensational catches. Many say that there was no bigger catch then when he robbed Jesse Barfield of his 200th home run at Yankee Stadium in 1990, known by all of baseball as "The Catch" (video). This defensive moment is among Griffey's best career highlights and helped propel him to what he was set to accomplish in his career defensively.

A "Golden" Comparison
Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays

Ken Griffey Jr.
Innings played in the field- 20325
Career Fielding Percentage- .985
Career Errors- 89
Assist-154
10 American League Gold Gloves (AL record for outfielder)

Willie Mays
Innings played in the field- 23023
Career Fielding Percentage- .981
Career Errors- 141
Assist- 195
12 National League Gold Gloves (Tied for NL record for outfielder, (12) Roberto Clemente)

By no means are we trying to say Griffey is better or equal to Willie Mays, but provide you with a friendly comparison of their fielding abilities.

"My dad (Ken Griffey) taught me that there's three parts: There's hitting, there's defense, and there's base-running. And as long as you keep those three separated, you're going to be a good player. I mean, you can't take your defense on the bases, you can't take your hitting to the field, and you can't take your base-running at the plate. But defense, is number one." - Ken Griffey, Jr.

Junior had historic numbers and talent at the plate, but knew it was nothing compared to what was necessary and what he was capable of on the field defensively. He was welling to do anything and everything to make a play in the field. This determination was seen many times throughout his career on the field. One particular play that comes to mind is when Griffey sacrificed his body to make a catch off the bat of Kevin Bass, Baltimore Orioles right fielder, that lead to a broken wrist for Junior. This infamous catch was soon to be known as "The Spider-Man" catch and one of the greatest catches in Mariners and baseball history.

In 2007, Griffey's defensive talent was truly illustrated when he was voted onto the All-time Rawlings Gold Glove team, which recognized the all-time best defensive players at each position. Other legendary fielders on the All-time Rawlings Gold Glove team included the likes of Brook Robinson "Vacuum Cleaner", Greg Maddux "The Professor", Ozzie Smith "The Wizard of Oz" and Willie Mays "Say Hey Kid". If you look at the names on this team you will see that Griffey slash the leather and gunned down base-runners with the greatest defensive players to ever have played the game of baseball.

Even though he might not be taking the field or making eye-boggling catches anymore, Griffey gave us much to remember when he was roaming the outfield. Junior won't be playing the field in Anaheim, CA for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, but just having him on the field is significant enough for this legend. Help put one of the best defensive players into the game that highlights the best at the plate, on the base-paths and playing the field!


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

A little laugh, then back to baseball

We have provided some defense and other supporting expert baseball opinions regarding this week's alleged incident involving Junior in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse, "The Nap" or Sleepgate 2010. Unfortunately, this whole ordeal will only ever be fully understood by a handful of individuals (Griffey, "the two young Mariners" and maybe others in the clubhouse). Lets stop the speculation and get back to the real news and subject matter, BASEBALL. In most likelihood this story was fabricated for news or a ill attempt by a reporter to push Griffey into retirement. Regardless, please understand that Griffey has not and would never disrespect the game intentionally. Here are some other good laughs Griffey has given us over the years and we hope they will help motivate you to vote for Junior!


Best of Griffey Commercials







Hope you enjoyed these comical TV spots for Junior, now lets get back to baseball. Please don't forget what he has done in his career and for the game of baseball (future blog post). We are not asking you to help vote Ken Griffey Jr. into presidency (see commercial above), but into the 2010 MLB All-Star Game as American League DH. Keep up your great support by voting for Junior often and pass it along to others!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #7 Because Joe Posnanski SAYS so.

Well, mostly.

Putting it more eloquently, as always, than anyone else in the business, Sports Illustrated's Posnanski details exactly what it is that we all love about Junior. 
In the meantime, I've been glad to see Griffey in uniform even though I know that he isn't the same. I'm glad because he brought me so much joy as a fan. I'm glad because, on the right day and the right pitch, he could recapture that moment.


A must read: A Celebration of Ken Griffey, Jr.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #6 He is a Griffey


Sometimes sports just come natural to a family and they are just born to play them and played them well. This is especially the case if your last name is Griffey. The Griffey family has given a lot to sports, particularly baseball. It is such a great thing to have seen the Griffey family be able to enjoy the game together, even on the field.

The Griffey family didn't always get to watch or participate with each other in sports. Though each of them did get the chance to become something great in their sport of choice. They each had the talent and drive to excel in their sport and excepted nothing but the best from themselves. Their love and contributions to the game were not only for themselves but for the Griffey family name.



The Griffey family in sports


Ken Griffey Jr.
Member of the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners

Rewrote many of the MLB batting records
13 All-Star Game selections
10 Gold Glove Awards
7 Silver Slugger Awards
1997 American League MVP Award
Member of MLB All-Century Team (Look at the names on this team!)

In 2,661 career MLB games he has a .284 AVG/630 HR/1834 RBI/184 SB


Ken Griffey Sr.
, f
ather
Member of the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees
3 All-Star Game selections
2 World Series championships
1980 MLB All-Star Game MVP
In 1,997 career MLB games he had a .296 AVG/152 HR/859 RBI/200 SB


Craig Griffey
, brother
Backup corner-back/running back as a freshman and sophomore for Ohio State football team

Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1991 in the 42 round

He hadn't played organized baseball since the 8th grade
Played 7 seasons with Seattle Mariners affiliate minor league clubs
In 618 career minor league games he had a .224 AVG/11 HR/174 RBI/101 SB

Robert "Buddy" Griffey,
grandfather

Played baseball alongside Stan Musial at Donora High School in Donora, PA
Attended
Kentucky State on a football scholarship as a halfback

Trey and Taryn Griffey,
son and daughter

Trey is a football player and Taryn is a basketball star
ESPN's Peter Gammons joking writes that Trey could become the No. 1 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft


The numbers weren't always amazing, for each member of the Griffey family in each of their sports careers, but getting to such respected levels of play were great accomplishments in themselves.
However, legendary numbers and athleticism was shown by Junior in his career in The Bigs.

This has been yet another reason to vote for this elite athlete from a family of great athletes and sportsman. Help put another footnote on this family's historical sports career and vote for Junior for the American League DH in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game!


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Monday, May 10, 2010

Defending Griffey

One of our favorites, Shannon Drayer gives a nice defense (or at least, explanation) for our boy Junior, here.  Check it out and keep voting.

And remember: don't let these guys get to you.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Vote for Junior" Campaign and Voting Update

So far this campaign and website has received great support and interest from many baseball fans. From known segments on the local/national radio to newspaper articles to other blog post to social media updates there has been a good deal of discussion about this campaign. Here at Vote for Junior we hope we can count on you to help achieve our goal in voting Ken Griffey Jr. into the starting designated hitter spot for the American League in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, CA. For a quick update on this campaign and voting efforts please remember these few things:


1. Voters may vote
online or obtain paper ballots at any MLB team stadium to vote for Junior.

2. Voters may vote up to 25 times (per email address) when voting online.

3. Make sure to also visit
this link to write-in Junior for a spot in the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby.

4. Vote early and vote often to help Junior get a lead for the DH role.


5. Under NO circumstances are you to throw a pity vote towards anyone other then Junior for American League DH.

6. Spread the word about this campaign, with a strong following already we would like this campaign to be nation-wide and recognized in the baseball industry.


We hope everyone continues to enjoy our post, we have
many great post to come. Keep helping this great and just campaign and vote for Junior!

Good Voting Everyone!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #5 He is "The Natural"

From the day Junior first picked up a bat, everyone knew he was going to be something quite special. At such a young age everyone around baseball was talking about The Kid and anointing him as "The Natural". Junior was a common day Stephan Strasburg or Bryce Harper, but so much more.

Of course we all have heard the stories of the young Junior running around the Cincinnati Reds locker-room when his father was a member of the team. But tips on batting and fielding techniques from big stars like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez are not the reason Junior is where he is today.
It is Griffey's God given talent.

"He has the rare ability to do what he wants to do out there," said Ken Griffey Senior about Junior's talent on the baseball diamond. As a teenage Junior not only had great talent for baseball, but football as well, as he was offered a football scholarship to Oklahoma.


With Junior’s young talent came a passion for the game, Griffey wanted and used his skills on the field to the best of his ability. Even with his youthful antics and personality he showed the maturity of a veteran player with is devotion to the game. The Seattle Mariners saw this talent and Junior was selected as the No. 1 draft pick in 1987.

Junior’s Young Career Statistics:


1987
Archbishop Moeller High School
.478 AVG/7 HR/26 RBI/13 SB in his senior season
.422 career high school AVG

1987

Bellingham Mariners-Northwest League, low Class A
.313 AVG/14 HR/40 RBI in 182 AB
Named the league's top prospect, Baseball America magazine

1988
San Bernardino Spirit-California League, high Class A
.338 AVG/11 HR/42 RBI in 219 AB
Named the league's top prospect, Baseball America magazine

Vermont Mariners, Eastern League Class AA
.279 AVG/2 HR/10 RBI in 61 AB

1989
Spring Training
.359 AVG/2 HR/20 RBI in 89 AB
He set team spring training records for hits (32), total bases (49), consecutive games with a hit (15) and RBIs (20).

With a marvelous start to Junior’s baseball career (high school, minor leagues and 1989 spring training), there was great anticipation for Junior to start is stint as a big leaguer. On March 29, 1989, Ken Griffey Jr. was announced as the Seattle Mariners starting center fielder for the MLB regular season. From this day forward Junior used his natural abilities to rewritten the record books and become one of the
greatest to ever play the game.

Big and great things were not only expected of Junior at a young age but have been exceeded in his majestic 22 year career in the majors. So help put this true talent back into the game that highlights the best, the MLB All-Star Game, and vote for Junior as the designated hitter for the American League.

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