As you may have heard, Ken Griffey, Jr. (is the “junior” still necessary? Not sure the rule there anymore.) signed a one-year deal with Mariners this week. Which means he’ll be with Seattle as a 40-year-old — he is officially over the hill in eight days. Naturally, this got the big brains at Inhistoric thinking …â†µ
When he plays in a game for the M’s, he will become just the fourth baseball player ever to play with the same team — at least once — in his teens, 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. The three previous men to do that are Eddie Collins (a member of the A’s “$100,000 Infield”), Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles, and Tim Raines with the Montreal Expos. Of those four, only Raines is not a first-ballot Hall of Famer — though he may one day get in himself.â†µ
Our apologies for making you feel so old. But yes: Junior really is turning 40 this month and you really are no longer a junior in college.