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Ken Griffey Jr retires


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SEATTLE -- Ken Griffey Jr. is retiring Wednesday, FanHouse has learned.

Sources said that Griffey, who didn't report to Safeco Field for the Mariners' game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, is saying "it's over.''

Griffey, the man who more than any other helped build the Mariners into a viable franchise as the premier center fielder of the the 1990s, played for Seattle from 1989-1999 and came back again in 2009 where he helped revitalized the franchise.

But he hasn't been able to duplicate that success in 2010 and he's gotten increasingly less playing time. He's only had seven at-bats since May 18 as Mike Sweeney has become increasingly more productive as the Mariners' designated hitter.

The formal announcement should come within the hour.

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I think rather it being a shame the way his career ended it can seen as admirable. He lost his ability as any 40 year old would but rather than juice up he allowed father time to intervene and now his time is done. It is sad to think about what his career could of been if healthy but also admirable how many times he cameback and never gave up ala Grant Hill. The most natural swing I believe always stayed all natural and he deserves serious respect.

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