630 career Home Runs
"The Kid" blasted a whopping 630 home runs throughout his historic 22 year career. While doing so, he became the youngest player in MLB history to hit 400 home runs (30 years, 141 days). Ken Griffey Jr. also was a 3 time Home Run Derby Champion as well as a 4 time AL home run leader. It was safe to say that Ken Griffey Jr. was a true power hitter!
"The Kid" Had the Hardware
Although "The Kid", never received a World Series Ring, his trophy case was all but scarce. The 13 time All-Star, proved to be a true 5-tool player by not only winning 10 Gold Gloves but also by winning the Silver Slugger award 7 times! Ken Griffey Jr. also took home the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 1997 and the All Star MVP Award in 1992.
"The Kid's" career wasn't all rainbows and butterflies, in fact he was forced to overcome adversity throughout his 22 years in the league. Many people don't know that his career actually almost ended before it began. At the age of 18 in 1988, Griffey attempted to commit suicide because he was depressed and his relationship with his father (Ken Griffey Sr.) was deteriorating (mainly because of baseball). Luckily, he was rushed to the hospital in time and was able to survive. From 2000-2004 Griffey was plagued with numerous injuries, the worst coming in 2004 when he tore his right hamstring completely off of the bone. A year later, "The Kid" did what he always does and bounced back! He posted a .301 batting average with 35 home runs and 92 RBI's which was enough for him to win the NL Comeback Player of The Year.
In an era that has been "tainted" because of the use of PED's, "The Kid" was never accused or suspected of using these drugs. This helps show what a historic 22 year career Griffey really had. He was also always known for playing the game the right way. Only Ken Griffey Jr. could break one last record as he arrives in Cooperstown. On January 6th, 2016, Griffey was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame while receiving 99.32% off the votes. This broke Tom Seaver's record of 98.84%.