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Ken Griffey, Jr. Has Spent Four Decades With Mariners (Sort Of)

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

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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.

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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.