Ken Griffey, Jr.’s recent induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame (next up, the Reds Hall of Fame and then most certainly Cooperstown) gave us the opportunity to reflect on one of the finest professional baseball careers of our generation. During his prime, “The Kid” was the most natural and prolific outfielder in the league. He won Gold Gloves, Home Run Derbies and captivated the nation with a golden smile.
After the rash of injuries that plagued his later years in Cincinnati, it’s often too easy to forget just how great a player Griffey was. Even in high school, his talent and potential was obvious, and he is one of the few players who truly lived up to his early billing.
Speaking of which, several sites have shared a couple of those early scouting reports, and I wanted to post them here in case you missed them.
My favorite observation: “Solid thighs and buttocks.” I wonder how much that tidbit factored into Junior being selected first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1987…