According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, Ken Griffey Jr. is pushing back his Hall of Fame induction speech for one more season and re-signing (again) with the Seattle Mariners.
Sitting at 630 career home runs, Junior (and when exactly can we stop calling him “Junior”?) is 30 longballs from overtaking Willie Mays on the all-time list. This past season, he hit .214 with 19 home runs.
In April, Griffey (who turns 40 later this month) became the only player in baseball history to notch more than 400 home runs with one team and 200 with another. Even more interesting…he has hit home runs off of 407 different pitchers (second only to Sammy Sosa’s 449), in 44 different ballparks and against every team except Cincinnati.