Ken Griffey Jr.
Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2016, with a then-record 99.3% of the vote.
Five highlights of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career:
The first two tables below present Ken Griffey Jr.'s career as measured by Player won-lost records, in and out of context.
- Ken Griffey Jr. was named to thirteen All-Star teams. He won ten Gold Gloves and received MVP votes ten times.
- On August 31, 1990, Ken Griffey Jr. (CF) and Ken Griffey Sr. (LF) became the first father and son to play as teammates in a major-league game. Batting second and third in the lineup, the Griffeys hit back-to-back singles their first time up in the bottom of the first inning. Both Griffeys eventually came around to score as the Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a game in which they eventually beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2.
- Ken Griffey Jr. hit 40 or more home runs in a season seven times. He led the American League in home runs four times. His 630 career home runs are currently the seventh-most in major-league history.
- In 1997, Ken Griffey Jr. was unanimously selected as the American League MVP. That season, he batted .304/.382/.646 and led the American League in total bases (393), home runs (56), runs scored (125), RBI (147), and slugging percentage (.646).
- Ken Griffey Jr. was the first player chosen in the 1987 MLB draft. In 2016, he became the first number one overall draft pick to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the greatest center fielders in major-league history: 10-time Gold Glove winner, 7th-most home runs in major-league history (630), 15th in total bases (5,271), 16th in RBI (1,836). The next table ranks the top center fielders for whom I have calculated Baseball Player won-lost records. Players are ranked by (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) player wins over positional average earned as a center fielder.
Through age 30, Ken Griffey Jr. was not merely one of the greatest center fielders in major-league history; he was one of the greatest players in major-league history at any position.
The final table below shows the top 25 players through age 30 in eWins over replacement level for whom I have calculated Baseball Player won-lost records.
Pretty damn impressive!
Article last updated: September 27, 2019
All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.
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