Ken Griffey, Jr. officially joins the Baseball Hall of Fame

Mariners' great Ken Griffey, Jr. officially entered the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday and paid tribute to his first organization in a stirring speech.

The Seattle Mariners All-Time greatest player, Ken Griffey Jr., was officially enshrined as a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.

No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 MLD Draft, 13x All-Star, 10x Gold Glove, 1997 AL MVP, .284 AVG, .370 OBP, .538 SLG, 2,781 hits, 1,662 runs, 630 HR (6th), 1,836 RBI (15th), 1,192 extra base hits (7th), 5,271 total bases (13th).

"The Kid" gave an emotional speech about his love for the game, the hard work that goes into succeeding at a high level, and his relationship with his big league dad, Ken Griffey, Sr., and his entire family

For those of us who watched him grow up in Seattle and then fade off in Seattle, yesterday's ceremony was a foregone conclusion. It still is an amazing feeling to see one of the hometown team's players -- their greatest player -- be recognized with the game's highest honor.

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