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One of the greatest careers in baseball has officially come to end as news in the world of sports floods our inboxes today. Why? Primarily because we’ve heard today that current Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. has announced his retirement. The 40-year-old star of the field announced his retirement after playing for 22 years an an all-star outfielder in the majors. Before then, Griffey was a star player for the Cincinnati Reds followed by the Chicago White Sox.

During the 1990s, Griffey was touted as the best player in the game, but soon after a series of injuries began to wear on him, his production on the fields began to decline. He’s a great example of what hard work and tenacity can actually do for your career and life’s accomplishments. We’re saluting Griffey today for being one of our most valuable players, a Gold Glove winner and now a major part of baseball history that stems from our own backyards right here in Cincinnati.

For additional details on the announcement, career highlights and interviews with Ken Griffey, Jr., visit NewsOne.com and share with us your thoughts on the story.

To all of you baseball and/or sports fans, have you read up on the latest with Griffey’s retirement? Let’s chat about his stats as a player. What does this mean for the future or up-and-coming baseball stars many of you see playing in neighborhood parks this summer? Who will they look up to? Share with us your thoughts on the subject by posting in the comments section below.

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