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ILLUSTRATED MAY 7, 1990
SI writer E.M.
Swift profiled 20-year-old Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., who was off to a
blazing start, leading the AL with a .395 average.
HE makes running
catches with his back to the plate, which draws inescapable comparisons to
Mays. And, as long as we're mentioning Hall of Famers, he makes throws from the
outfield that are of the same caliber as the cannon shots of Roberto Clemente.
It's almost as if Griffey were born to do this kind of work. And he's still the
youngest player in the major leagues. Same as last year. That's the scary part.
"He's a big kid, a baby," says Gene Clines, the Mariners' hitting
coach. "When he finally buckles down, there's no telling what kind of
numbers he will put on the board."
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