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Trey Griffey, Son of Ken Griffey Jr., Selected by Mariners on Day 3

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Associated Press | June 11, 2016

NEW YORK — The Seattle Mariners have themselves another Griffey who makes fantastic catches. This one, though, does it on the gridiron instead of the outfield.

Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., was selected Saturday in the Major League Baseball draft by the Mariners in the 24th round — fittingly, his father’s old team and jersey number.

It appears the pick on the draft’s final day was simply the Mariners paying homage to their former star. The younger Griffey is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona, but hasn’t played baseball competitively since before high school.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder certainly has the athleticism of his dad, though, catching 11 passes for 284 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown grab as a redshirt junior, last season. The Mariners listed him as a center fielder, just More >

Ken Griffery Jr., left, reverses his cap after donning it backward at a news conference about his and Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in New York. Both men will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NYKW116

Ken Griffey Jr. (99 percent of vote), Mike Piazza head to Cooperstown

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ESPN.com news services | Jan. 7, 2016

NEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza will join him in Cooperstown this summer.

A star slugger during the steroids era who was never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey appeared on 437 of 440 ballots in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. His 99.3 percentage topped the previous mark of 98.84, set when Tom Seaver appeared on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.

There had been speculation that Griffey could become the first unanimous selection.

“I can’t be upset. It’s just an honor to be elected, and to have the highest percentage is definitely a shock,” Griffey said on a conference call.

Shortly after learning of Griffey’s selection, Seattle raised a giant banner with his number More >

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