Griffey Sr. retires after 19 years Yankees must decide on Howe

Baseball Notes

November 05, 1991

Three-time All-Star Ken Griffey Sr., 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.

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.

Griffey missed most of 1991 with a herniated disk in his neck. He 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. He played for the world-champion Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976.

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, and Twins catcher Brian Harper were among the top players to file yesterday.

Fisk said he doesn't understand why the team will not pick up his option for 1992.

"Instead of sending an old horse out to the stud farm, they're shooting him," Fisk said. "You can still get a lot of good things out of an old horse."

The option would have guaranteed him the same salary, including incentives, that he made in 1991. Fisk's base contract this season was for $1.25 million, but bonuses reportedly pushed that figure to $2.28 million.

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