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NL Central: Don't Forget The Kid
In case you haven't noticed, there's another megastar inching toward a magic home run number -- one that you can root for. Quietly, Ken Griffey, Jr. -- remember him? -- is having a splendid season, and with 600 home runs on the horizon, the Kid last week moved ahead of Harmon Killebrew with his 574th career homer when he stroked his 11th of the year at the Great American Ball Park. Up next: Mark McGwire, ranked seventh on the all-time career home run list, at 583.
"He's 37 and not the same Junior, obviously," says a National League exec, "but he hasn't looked this good in a while. He's got pop and he gets on base [Griffey ranks in the NL top 10 in walks and OBP]. It's still an immense pleasure to watch him."
His Reds are playing dreadful baseball, but Junior could still emerge as one of baseball's most fascinating players in the next few weeks: some baseball execs I've spoken to recently say that the right fielder will likely be made available by Cincy's Wayne Krivsky. Griffey has a no-trade clause, yes, but he'd surely welcome a one-way ticket to a contending team. Let the speculation begin. The Red Sox, perhaps?
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I want so desperately to see Junior win a World Series.
A terrific player. One of the best ever. And while I don't know much about him personally I do know that I can't recall a single instance of his misbehaving (drugs, cops, selfish behavior, etc.). If he had played in a cleaner era he would have stood out even more (as he did through most of the 90s).
One can only wonder where he would rank in the all-time offensive categories if he didn't sustain all the injuries he has.
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