For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

KEN GRIFFEY JR. ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME ON FIRST BALLOT
Received 99.3% of the votes, the most in baseball history
Former teammate Edgar Martinez received 43.4% of votes.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET today, National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson
announced that former Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. was among two players elected into the National
Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016.
Griffey becomes the 51st first ballot Hall of Fame member, and joins Mike Piazza in this year’s class. Ken’s
former Mariners teammate Edgar Martinez received 43.4% of the vote, the highest percentage in his seven
years on the ballot. Candidates need at least 75% of the vote for election. Hall of Fame voters consist of
members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. This year's induction ceremony will take place on
Sunday, July 24 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and
Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
STATEMENT FROM HOWARD LINCOLN

In his 22 Major League seasons (1989-2010), Ken belted 630
home runs, sixth on the all-time list. Only two left-handed hitters in
baseball history have hit more home runs (Barry Bonds and Babe
Ruth). The definition of a five-tool player, he was one of 30 players
named to MLB’s All-Century team in 1999

Seattle Mariners Chairman & CEO

On behalf of everyone associated with
the Seattle Mariners, congratulations to Ken
Griffey Jr. on his election today to the National
Baseball Hall of Fame. This is a great day for
Mariners fans and really all baseball fans to
celebrate his outstanding career and love of
the game.
We are excited to join Ken and his
family in Cooperstown on Induction Weekend
in July, when he will take his place with the alltime greats of baseball.
In addition to his accomplishments on
the field, Ken should be applauded, along with
his teammates, for solidifying Major League
Baseball in Seattle and the Northwest, and for
being a wonderful family man who has given
generously to local and national charitable
causes, in particular helping young people.

“Junior” was the first player selected in the June 1987 draft,
selected by the Mariners out of Moeller High School in his
hometown Cincinnati. He is the first member of the Hall of Fame
to be selected first overall. Less than two years later at the age of
19, he broke into the big leagues on Opening Night in 1989. From
1990-1999, he was a member of 10 American League All-Star
teams, received 10 Gold Glove Awards for his play in center field,
and earned seven Silver Slugger Awards. He was the A.L. home
run champion four times, and was the unanimous American
League Most Valuable Player in 1997, when he batted .304 and
led the league with 123 runs scored, 393 total bases, 56 home runs and 147 RBIs.

Even more significant than the many numbers and statistics and awards (see attachments), Griffey Jr. led the
Mariners to the club’s first-ever postseason appearances in 1995 and 1997, solidifying the franchise in Seattle.
The late Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus called Safeco Field “the house that Griffey built.” In addition to
being the “Face of the Franchise,” he was arguably the “Face of the Game of Baseball” for much of his career.

Ken Griffey Jr. elected to Hall of Fame
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In his nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2000-2008), Junior was on three National League All-Star teams
and was named N.L. Comeback Player of the Year in 2005. He finished the 2008 season with the White Sox
before returning to the Mariners in 2009. He retired on June 2, 2010 and is still first on the Mariners all-time
home run list (417) and is among the club’s all-time leaders in every major offensive category.
Ken and his father Ken Sr. made history as the first father-son teammates in the big leagues. They were in the
Mariners starting lineup for the first time on August 31, 1990, at the Kingdome with father in left field and son in
center. In the bottom of the first inning, father and son singled back-to-back. Two weeks later (Sept. 14) in
Anaheim, they hit back-to-back homers.
It was Ken Griffey Jr.'s original idea to honor the legendary Jackie Robinson by wearing number 42 for the
Mariners game on April 15, 1997. His idea evolved to the point where Commissioner Bud Selig ruled that all
Major League players now wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, each year.
Ken has always been active in his community. The Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation supports local, regional
and national causes, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Children’s Hospital in Seattle,
Orlando, Cincinnati and elsewhere. He’s on the National Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of
America, and has been honored by a variety of causes for his personal support, including the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT). As part of his induction into the Seattle Mariners Hall of
Fame in 2013, the Ken Griffey Jr. Family Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research was established at Seattle
Children’s.
Griffey resides in Orlando, FL, with his wife Melissa and their three children: Trey, Taryn and Tevin. Trey is a
wide receiver for the University of Arizona football team while Taryn plays for the U of A women’s basketball
team.
For more information, please contact the Seattle Mariners baseball information department at (206) 346-4000.
More information on Seattle’s roster is also available online at www.mariners.com. All Mariners news
releases, game notes, statistics and multimedia files are also available by visiting the Mariners Virtual Press
Box at www.MarinersMedia.com.

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