Griffey Sr. retires after 19 years

Baseball Notes

November 05, 1991

Ken Griffey Sr., a three-time All-Star who made baseball history by playing in the same outfield with his son, said yesterday that he is retiring after a 19-year major-league career.

The Seattle Mariners said Griffey, 41, could be offered a job with their organization. He has said he would like to be a coach, a minor-league hitting instructor or a television commentator.

Griffey was a member of the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati that won the World Series in 1975 and 1976. He hit a home run against every major-league club except the Cleveland Indians.

Ken Griffey Jr., the Mariners' 21-year-old center fielder, is a two-time American League All-Star. The Griffeys are the only father-and-son combination to play in the major leagues at the same time.

"Playing with Junior over the last two seasons was definitely the highlight of my career," Griffey said in a statement.

Griffey missed most of 1991 with a herniated disk in his neck. He began the season on the disabled list after hurting the neck in a car accident during spring training.

He came off the disabled list April 16 and hit .282 in 30 games with nine home runs and nine RBI.

Griffey finished his big-league career with a .296 batting average. He had 2,143 hits, 152 homers, 859 RBI and 200 stolen bases.

Griffey's second son, 20-year-old Craig, played last summer for the Mariners' rookie-league team at Tempe, Ariz., and hit .253.

* While 13 more players filed for free agency, the Yankees made no decision about Steve Howe, the last potential free agent with an option year.

Howe, who came back from drug and alcohol problems to pitch 48 1/3 innings and save three games, has an option at a salary to be agreed to by Dec. 20 or determined by an arbitrator. The Yankees have until today to exercise the option.

The 13 players who filed raised the free-agent total to 80. Twenty-five more can file by Monday's deadline.

Carlton Fisk, who became eligible Saturday when the White Sox decided not to exercise their $2.28 million option.

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