Why did Ken Griffey Jr. Abruptly Retire?
Last June as the baseball season was getting into full swing, future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. issued a statement trying that he retired…and that’s all that we heard about it. Fast forward nine months and we finally know why the player formerly known as “The Kid” simply walked away.Click the image to enlarge.
“I just felt that it was more important for me to retire and instead of being a distraction, it no longer became the Seattle Mariners, it became, ‘When is Ken doing this? When is Ken doing that?’ and that’s something I didn’t want to have my teammates, who I truly cared about, having to answer these types of questions day in and day out,” Griffey said at the Mariners Spring Training facility in Arizona. Griffey Jr. is now a special consultant for the Mariners.