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June 14, 2010 4:48 am

Contractual Matters: Griffey: A Financial Retrospective

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Jeff Euston

Junior earned more than $170 million in his 22-year career but was much more cost-effective for the Mariners than his hometown Reds.

When Ken Griffey Jr. called it a career earlier this month, the decision was not a surprise. Unfortunately, within hours of his announcement, the news was eclipsed by Armando Galarraga’s near-perfect game, turning the conversation from The Kid’s retirement to Jim Joyce and instant replay.

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Plus Ivy on the Tribe and way too much thought on three-catcher situations in the Bronx and Tampa Bay.

In moments of peril, our nation's history of turning to the Ivy Leagues has produced all sorts of historic results, not all of them regrettable. So with their bullpen desperately bad again, as they've fallen to employing the league's worst relief corps after consecutive 12th-place finishes the previous two seasons, the Tribe's called up Mr. Man, to translate his name from German.

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The JAWS take on Junior shows that he ranks as one of the top center fielders in baseball history.

Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement today, news that was almost instantly overshadowed by umpire Jim Joyce's blown call on what should have been the final out of Armando Galarraga's perfect game. Which isn't to say that Junior's retirement was poorly timed. The 40-year-old Griffey was hitting just .184/.250/.204, with two doubles and zero homers in 108 plate appearances, one season after a .214/.324/.411 showing supplied more than a subtle hint that his time had passed. The Mariners, with whom Griffey began his major league career back in 1989, re-signed him this past winter as much for his purported effect on the clubhouse atmosphere as for whatever was left in his bat, but with a 20-31 record and an offense that was averaging just 3.7 runs per game, there was little defense for carrying him on the roster, particularly after the recent Slumbergate controversy turned the Seattle locker room into a chest-thump-a-thon.

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February 5, 2009 2:10 pm

Prospectus Today: Last Call for an Icon

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Joe Sheehan

Ken Griffey Jr. may soon choose retirement, but there are still a few teams that could benefit from his skills.

Near the end of yesterday's ESPNews spot, Bram Weinstein asked me about Ken Griffey Jr.'s future. It wasn't a surprise-I usually get the segment topics in advance-but I was still caught off guard a bit. We'd been talking about guys like Manny Ramirez and Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu, productive hitters who are likely to be above-average players, even stars, in 2009, and whose expected performance warrants eight-figure salaries for multiple seasons.

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Manny is over being Manny, we have no diplomatic relationship with Cuban since the missile crisis, and other inanities from the week in baseball.

HE WHO MAKES A BEAST OF HIMSELF GETS RID OF THE PAIN OF BEING A GM

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August 1, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Wrap-Up

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Christina Kahrl

The moves that wuz, instead of lots of nonsense about the ones that wuzn't.

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With milestones, it's a case of the player and the context of his feat, not just one or the other.

Today, tomorrow, Sundaysometime soon, Manny Ramirez is going to turn on a pitch, yank it deep into the left-field seats, and set off a celebration. Over in the National League, Ken Griffey, Jr. will uncoil that long swing and do much the same. Each is on the brink of a round-number milestone-500 homers for Ramirez, 600 for Griffey Jr.-that set our base-ten-lovin' hearts pumpin'.

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March 23, 2008 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Cincinnati Reds

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Will Carroll

Despite taking risks on injury-prone players and often managing them well, the Reds need to be at full strength to make their best run at the NL Central.

The Facts
Head Trainer: Mark Mann
Player Days Lost: 1,267
Total Dollars Lost: $12.46 million
Three-Year Rank: 26





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February 14, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Wrapping it Up

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Dan Fox

Putting the finishing touches on the better (fielding) mousetrap.

"Baseball is Darwinian in its results but Newtonian in its processes. With rigorous empiricism fielders built up a solid foundation of knowledge through generations of trials and thousands of errors. Their peer-reviewed results quickly became standard operating procedures."
--Cait Murphy, describing the evolution of defensive play in Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History


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January 31, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Back to the Drawing Board

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Dan Fox

With a nod to the wisdom of crowds, Dan revisits Simple Fielding Runs and outfield defense.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
--Thomas A. Edison


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Notebook catches up with the latest news out of Baltimore, and takes a look at Ken Griffey Jr.'s resurgent--and historic--season in Cincy.

W-L ERA RA G GS IP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 22-20 4.44 4.90 163 68 501 8.5 1.6 3.8 7.8 The hurler, Bruce Chen, pitched those 163 games with eight different major-league squads. The implication of such frequent movement from team to team is that something is wrong with Chen, but there's really nothing too terrible in that career line. The results (ERA/RA) are average, most probably due to the combination of an above average strikeout rate and a below-average HR rate.

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September 1, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked Numbers: In Reverse

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James Click

Our view of the season would be very different if it had played out exactly in reverse to reality. James rewinds the year, and shows us how.

The length of the baseball season can easily obscure some important trends that are developing. Teams like the A's get noticed because their rise from the depths has been so dramatic that it breaks free of the mass of information built before its arrival. But there are may other trends that can easily escape our eyes because so much of the season has already passed.

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