(Photo by Associated Press)
I had a hunch that once Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Dan Wilson arrived in Peoria to serve as guest instructors, Ken Griffey Jr.’s arrival would not be far behind. (Mike Blowers, another member of the 1995 ballclub, is also here to broadcast tonight’s game, so it’s practically a “Refuse To Lose” reunion. Heck, Randy Johnson lives in the Phoenix valley, too).
Sure enough, Griffey showed up this afternoon at the Mariner complex to commence his new position as special consultant. It is the first time he has been with the club — at least that anyone knows about — since he walked away on June 2.
I expect that at some point today, Griffey will talk to the media. Right now, the clubhouse is closed because there’s going to be the annual meeting with the Major League Baseball Players Association. The M’s play a night game at home tonight against Milwaukee.
It’s going to be interesting to see exactly what Griffey is going to do as “special consultant” and what he might have to say about how his career ended, and what lies ahead.