Griffey Could Be Released Soon

TUESDAY, 8:51am: SI's Jon Heyman tweets that the Mariners "aren't about to release" Griffey.  To be clear, here's what LaRue wrote yesterday:

All of them [Don Wakamatsu, Jack Zduriencik, and Chuck Armstrong] are going to ask Junior to retire gracefully. If he doesn’t, the end of Griffey’s career will come, anyway – by way of a release from the Seattle Mariners.  All that is going to happen, probably this month.

MONDAY, 5:14pm: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times that he "wouldn't read into or speculate on anything" as far as an upcoming release. Zduriencik didn't comment on any of the goings on in the team's clubhouse, though he did note that several Mariners are now struggling at the plate.

1:06pm: Ken Griffey Jr. could be released this month, reports Larry LaRue of The Tacoma News Tribune.  The Mariners would prefer retirement, but at any rate, LaRue believes "the end is near" for Junior.

LaRue's story details Griffey's problems beyond his lack of offensive production.  Apparently he is not proving valuable as a teammate either.  For instance, LaRue says Griffey was unavailable to pinch-hit recently because he was asleep in the clubhouse during a game. 

Meanwhile, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle writes that Griffey has always napped because he has a "sleep issue." It doesn't change the fact that Griffey isn't hitting, but as Drayer notes, Griffey naps constantly.


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58 Comments on "Griffey Could Be Released Soon"


flumesalot
5 years 3 months ago

just…. WOW.

Mariners releasing The Kid would be like kicking your Mom out on Mother’s day.

5 years 3 months ago

How about retiring with an immediate coaching position, sort of like what the Dodgers wanted to do with Mientkiewicz.

5 years 3 months ago

You do realize that hitting coaches have to stay awake during the game, right?

Triteon
5 years 3 months ago

Oh, Kid! What’s happened to you? Terrible way to end a HOF career…

coolstorybro222
5 years 3 months ago

….yeah The Griffey I knew as a kid is now no longer here.

brittainyjean
5 years 3 months ago

Noooooo! I still love him either way!

5 years 3 months ago

Given his age, he probably just needed a nap. No biggie.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

No biggie!? If he was truly sleeping during a game, that makes Milton Bradley sound like a clubhouse leader!

5 years 3 months ago

Old people take naps.

5 years 3 months ago

Watch your mouth. This is Griffey you’re talking about, regardless of reporting.

5 years 3 months ago

The Mariners did just fire their hitting coach, so perhaps there was a method to this madness? I agree that Griffey is done, but he IS the Mariner franchise; Ichiro as well. I love Griffey, he was my baseball hero growing up, and I will always continue to appreciate everything he’s accomplished and done. With that said, it’s not fair to Bradley to have to be the cleanup hitter in a line up in which he has absolutly zero protection. No wonder he asked the team for help! This could turn into a snowball effect of sorts, potentially leading to a DH aquisition, or it could be simply what it is.

coachofall
5 years 3 months ago

He must have had the Mariner game on in the clubhouse. If you ever tried to watch that team play you would fall asleep as well.

bjsguess
5 years 3 months ago

That is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever read.

Questions I have …

— They couldn’t wake Jr from his slumber? Did they try the old “hot foot”? That should wake up anybody.
— Do they provide a cot in the dugout or was he chillin’ in the clubhouse?
— Was it a day game (thus interfering with his nap schedule) or a night game (maybe it went past his bedtime).
— Must have been a home game. The M’s are getting like 15,000 people a game. The fans probably make some pretty decent background noise. Almost like falling asleep to the ocean sounds. That wouldn’t work in most stadiums because the occasional roar of the crowd might wake you. But in Seattle … they haven’t had anything to cheer about over the past 8 games (until last night).

5 years 3 months ago

They can let go of Griffey they should look into working around his nap schedule. If a game is conflicting with his nap schedule they should postpone the game until Griffey wakes up. On second thought just retire Griff as a HOF and become the M’s hitting coach. Just don’t fall asleep during batting practice…

Alldaybaseball
5 years 3 months ago

He fell asleep?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that made my day.

jdb3
5 years 3 months ago

I have been praying he retires because I think everyone knows the M’s want his spot. It would be awful to see him released after his once amazing career. Now days though he looks like he is sleeping at the plate.

livingpaint
5 years 3 months ago

fire the moose, give his job to griff… keeps him on the field, in the clubhouse, fans get to cheer for him and i believe if the M’s do something HUGE and win the WS, he might be able to get a ring too.

gocrazy
5 years 3 months ago

Yikes, hope they don’t release him but then I’m not a Mariner fan.

skoorbo
5 years 3 months ago

I am and I do.

Triteon
5 years 3 months ago

Do you remember the old joke (yet it’s not a joke) “Somebody go wake up Lee”? Lee Smith was so uninterested in the games themselves — also a problem among
Cards fans at the time — that he would sit on a chair in the tunnel waiting for someone to come get him to finish the game…generally he was napping.

studio179
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, Smitty had a rutine. He would sleep in the clubhouse until the 5th inning, get up and have a pizza, then slowly work his way out to the bull pen area by the 7th inning. It was common and most everyone knew it.

m4r1n3r
5 years 3 months ago

Not gonna happen. LaRue is speculating. Sweeney will go before Griffey does.

monroe_says
monroe_says
5 years 3 months ago

I’m sure the Mariner Moose takes a nap every once in a while, too.

livingpaint
5 years 3 months ago

the next griffey bobble head night is going to be interesting if he leaves soon… maybe they can salvage the ones made by painting them to look like franklin gutierrez or change the number so he looks more like figgins. i love griffey but we definitely need him in the clubhouse as a mentor not as a player; he’s taking up a spot we should have filled with Vlad while he was still shopping around for a new home last winter.

deere5800
5 years 3 months ago

Just leave it as Griffey but instead of it bobbing just make it droop down slowly and then snap back up as we tries to stay awake

GOwhitesoxNgiants
5 years 3 months ago

I wonder if Ichiro is as enthusiastic as before in having him in the clubhouse.

crunchy1
5 years 3 months ago

First Eric Byrnes takes off on a bicycle, then Milton Bradley for, well…a lot of things, and now Griffey falls asleep on the bench. What’s next? This is a pretty dysfunctional unit. I think Jack Z has a great baseball mind, but he’s going to have to tweak his methodology a bit.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

What advanced stats did the Great Z look at?