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    Griffey and the Rays

    A little blurb from CNNSI.

    It looks as if Junior may get a chance to end his career both with a winning team and close to his home in Florida if he signs with the D-Rays. A win/win for Griffey.

    http://www.fannation.com/si_blogs/ho...ey?eref=fromSI

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    Ideally it would be nice to see Junior end his career in Seattle; it's just too bad that possibility will be extinguished due to the ineptitude of the Seattle franchise and their poor ballclub.

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    I would like to see Griff go to Tampa and play ball w/the kids. I want to see him to somewhere that will compete. Even though Tampa may not repeat what they did last season I would guess they'll be better than Seattle.

    I wish Griff the best no matter where he goes. I'd like to see him put up one more solid season and then retire. I would like for him to go out on a high note!

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    I just hope, for TB's sake, that they're planning on DH'ing him in a platoon with a RH bat.
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    If it's true, good for him.

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    He could still do the whole "1 day contract" thing then call a presser with the M's logo in the backdrop "announce" his retirement. Chances are TB is throwing out a feeler for a 1 yr deal.
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    Re: Griffey and the Rays

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski View Post
    I just hope, for TB's sake, that they're planning on DH'ing him in a platoon with a RH bat.
    yes, that is the only role that the rays would be able to maximize griffey's value. He posted a .272/.379/.462/.841 line against righties in 388 PA last season, which is actually quite respectable. Jr's value has to be low right now, so if they can get Griff for cheap, it might not be that bad of an idea. Jr can't play defense anymore or hit lefties, so a DH spot is pretty much all he has left unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emin3mShady07 View Post
    yes, that is the only role that the rays would be able to maximize griffey's value. He posted a .272/.379/.462/.841 line against righties in 388 PA last season, which is actually quite respectable. Jr's value has to be low right now, so if they can get Griff for cheap, it might not be that bad of an idea. Jr can't play defense anymore or hit lefties, so a DH spot is pretty much all he has left unfortunately.
    He is definitely a perfect fit for the Rays. They need a lefty bat for the DH spot with Cliff Floyd's departure. His experience and guidance would be priceless to guys like Longoria and Upton.

    He's been classy throughout his career and I wish him the best. It just seems like he needs to return to Seattle for one last hurrah before closing out his playing career. It's the right way to go out.

    It's no different than watching Tony Perez and Pete Rose come back to the Reds to close out their careers.

    Even Willie Mays went back to NY as a Met to end his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb Tarlek View Post
    He is definitely a perfect fit for the Rays. They need a lefty bat for the DH spot with Cliff Floyd's departure. His experience and guidance would be priceless to guys like Longoria and Upton.
    Oh yeah. Like his experience and guidance helped foster the careers of Dunn, Kearns, etc. The guy is a cancer. Why would the Rays want such a thing in their young, vibrant clubhouse?
    Huh? Huh-uh. Oh yeah, uh-huh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUHUH View Post
    Oh yeah. Like his experience and guidance helped foster the careers of Dunn, Kearns, etc. The guy is a cancer. Why would the Rays want such a thing in their young, vibrant clubhouse?
    Give me a break. Where as anyone every stated in the media that he's a cancer to the clubhouse? Speculation and accusations like that only come from fans who only see the fact that he doesn't run as hard as he used to (Forget the fact that his hami was totally ripped off the bone).
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    Re: Griffey and the Rays

    That Is The Most Ridiculous Accusation I've Ever Heard About Griffey......I've Never Heard Anything About Griffey Ever Being A Cancer In The Clubhouse

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    That's funny you claim he is a cancer, did you watch any of the late season games with him on the white sox. He understood his role, took number 19 because he didnt want to stand out, and was always smiling and high five-ing with his teammates. He isn't really a leader, more of a follower, and when you have the lack of energy the reds had, a follower will have a lack of energy also. It also doesn't help that his manager in Cincy just let him be, and to play under Ozzie you know what he demands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffey012 View Post
    That's funny you claim he is a cancer, did you watch any of the late season games with him on the white sox. He understood his role, took number 19 because he didnt want to stand out, and was always smiling and high five-ing with his teammates. He isn't really a leader, more of a follower, and when you have the lack of energy the reds had, a follower will have a lack of energy also. It also doesn't help that his manager in Cincy just let him be, and to play under Ozzie you know what he demands.
    He actually took 17, but that really doesn't matter. Griffey has been a great guy throughout his career and it was a pleasure to see a great player like that play for the white sox, even if it was for only a short while. I personally felt terrible for griffey as he was forced into playing CF, and he certainly did not belong there. He looked tired every inning I saw him play in the field and running after baseballs he couldn't catch made him look even worse. He still managed to dive after balls and give up his body, even though it probably did more harm than help to his body. I don't see how anyone could question this guy's character. One of the few true class acts left in the game of baseball. It will be a sad day for MLB the day he retires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LetsGoReds11 View Post
    That Is The Most Ridiculous Accusation I've Ever Heard About Griffey......I've Never Heard Anything About Griffey Ever Being A Cancer In The Clubhouse
    You've never heard anything about this? I'm not gunna say he is but I've atleast heard of this talk before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUHUH View Post
    Oh yeah. Like his experience and guidance helped foster the careers of Dunn, Kearns, etc. The guy is a cancer. Why would the Rays want such a thing in their young, vibrant clubhouse?
    Wow...just wow.

    No offense, but that is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever seen written about Junior.

    I guess you forget that the fact that Junior took a below-market deal to come to Cincy in the first place and did so in order to allow the Reds financial flexibility to remain competitive.

    How selfish of him.


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