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September 30, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Talkin’ Baseball coming up this morning

Don’t forget my weekly Talkin’ Baseball segment, coming up at roughly 8:40 a.m. on KJR AM 950’s Mitch in the Morning show. We’ll no doubt discuss the Mariners being one win away from becoming one of only 13 teams to go from a 100-loss season to a winning season in one year. Last night’s 6-4 win over Oakland clinched a .500 record.
Also, there’s 18-game-winner Felix Hernandez to talk about, not to mention Ken Griffey Jr., who went deep last night in what could be his final week as a player.
For all those of you wanting to cite Griffey’s 17th home run as “proof” he should return next year, I’d suggest taking a look at his slugging percentage. That home run just nudged his slugging barely over the .400 mark. It had been .395 prior. And that’s for a DH. In DH terms, a .500 slugging percentage is usually what you look for at minimum.
In the second half, Griffey is hitting .200 with a .289 OBP and a .668 OPS.
On the road, where the majority of his ABs have come, he’s hitting .174 with a .584 OPS.
Those are not the numbers of a full-time player. At this point, Griffey has to ask himself whether he’s ready to come back as a 25th man and part-time pinch-hitter next season. Remember, this is a surefire Hall of Famer we’re talking about. Because the Mariners, desperate as they are for offense, can’t be using up any full-time spots on such limited production.
But yes, the home run was great to see as was the reception Griffey got from fans.

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