A look back at Ken Griffey Jr.'s career, from 1987 to 2010.
Created by seatimes on Jun 2, 2010
Last updated: 06/07/10 at 12:56 PM
Twenty-two years later, to the day, The Kid announces his retirement from baseball.
Ken Griffey Jr. ropes a 2-1 pitch down the right-field line for the game-winning single. His teammates mob him after the win. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
His nineteenth home run of the season is now his final homer of his career. (MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES)
Griffey turned back the clock with a vintage power display as the Mariners staved off a playoff-clinching celebration by the Yankees with a 7-1 victory at Safeco Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ken Griffey Jr. tips his hat to the crowd for the 2009 home-opener at Safeco Field. (KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)
Amid rumors of signing with the Atlanta Braves, Griffey decides to return to the team that gave him his start. (KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)
Ken Griffey Jr. joins the ranks of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa with his 600th career homer. (Joe Rimkus Jr./McClatchy Newspapers)
Griffey returns to Seattle when the Mariners face the Reds. The crowd gave him a four-minute standing ovation. Former Mariners Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez greet Griffey at Safeco Field. (ROD MAR / THE SEATTLE TIMES)
Griffey becomes the 20th player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Wishing to be closer to his family, Ken Griffey Jr. requests a trade to the Cincinnati Reds. He ends up spending 10 years of his career there. (ROD MAR / THE SEATTLE TIMES)
Ken Griffey Jr. is named the American League MVP after hitting .304 with 56 home runs and 147 RBIs. He hit 56 homers again in 1998. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In what is unanimously considered the defining moment in team history, Ken Griffey Jr. scores the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Mariners beat the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the American League Division Series. (Photo by Mark Harrison)
Ken Griffey Jr. leaps into the Kingdome's right-center wall to make a catch, shattering his wrist. He's out for three months but returns to help fuel the miracle playoff run in the American Division Series. (Photo by Gary Stewart)
Griffey hits a home run off Minnesota Twin's pitcher Willie Banks which gives him home runs in eight consecutive games, tying a major-league record with Don Mattingly in 1987 and Dale Long in 1956. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider)
Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. hit back-to-back home runs in Anaheim.
After Ken Griffey Sr. signs with the M's August 29, the two become the first father and son teammates in the Major League. (Photo by Craig Fujii)
First career homer is a game-tying hit off White Sox pitcher Eric King. Griffey ends up hitting .264 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI his first season with Seattle. (Photo by BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER)
The 19-year-old rookie makes his major-league debut with the Mariners. He gets his first hit, a double, off Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart in his first at-bat.
The Mariners made Griffey the No. 1 pick in the 1987 draft. (Harley Soltes / The Seattle Times)