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The Mariners Remember A Special Griffey Family Moment

Former baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. (L) and his father Ken Griffey Sr. take the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds at Field of Dreams on August 11, 2022 in Dyersville, Iowa.
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In the history of the game, there have been a few father and son combos to play at the biggest stage, in MLB.

Just a handful of them played around the same time or season, and even fewer shared the same field at one point.

You can be sure about one thing, though: Seattle MarinersKen Griffey and his son, Ken Griffey Jr., are the only father and son duo ever to hit back-to-back home runs in MLB.

The Mariners reminded its huge fan base about that on Wednesday because it happened today, 32 years ago.

“We may never see this kind of moment again. #OTD in 1990, the Griffeys went back-to-back,” they tweeted.

Griffey Sr. was nearing the end of a very good career that started in 1973 and lasted until 1990; while his son, one of the best prospects in the game around those days, was a second-year player for the Mariners.

 

An Incredible Moment In Baseball History

The father was the first one to go yard, and was followed by his son’s huge blast to the opposite field.

It was a moment that Mariners fans will never forget.

Griffey the father hit 152 home runs with 200 stolen bases and a 119 wRC+ (100 is considered average, so he was comfortably above that level), so he had an excellent career.

It’s safe to say, however, that junior was much, much better.

He finished his long MLB tenure with 630 homers, 184 steals, and a 131 wRC+.

He also accumulated 77.1 Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, more than double than the total of his father.

Griffey Sr. couldn’t be more proud of how Jr.’s career turned out.

Hardcore MLB fans will have that game on their minds forever.




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