This wouldn’t be entirely shocking, but it would be sad if the Seattle Mariners had to let go of their best player of all time (sorry, Jay Buhner). Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune speculates that Ken Griffey, Jr. will probably lose his DH spot in the lineup by the end of the week and his roster spot by the end of the month. He’s 41-years old, has no bat speed anymore and is hitting a paltry .205. Yeah, that’s bad.
It’s also that Griffey just doesn’t seem to care anymore. During games he’ll go into the clubhouse, text friends and watch the game on television.
Larue spoke to two young Mariners who both admire the heck out of Griffey.
“He was asleep in the clubhouse,” one player said. “He’d gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn’t come back. I went back in about the seventh inning – and he was in his chair, sound asleep.”
That’s leadership! The second player tried to explain whey that sometimes happens.
“He doesn’t sleep well at night, he’s away from his family, he’s comfortable in the clubhouse,” he said. “They could have awakened him …”
Yeah, well, either way. It just looks bad. And when you are sniffing the Mendoza Line with no home runs, the clock is ticking. The Mariners have no offense whatsoever and just fired their hitting coach because of it. Griffey seems to be next.