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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 >
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The rows of plantings sway in the prevailing wind here, not far from where Roberto Clemente was born and raised by his parents, and helped his father harvest in the fields.
Clemente’s spirit hovers over the island here, and over Pittsburgh and other distant places, with his name attached to parks and schools. The island of Puerto Rico has produced other Hall of Famers, like Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Alomar, and many other distinguished players, including Carlos Beltran, Benito Santiago, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Joey Cora and Alex Cora. But Clemente will always be regarded as pre-eminent among players of his era and of Latin America, because of how well he played, collecting 3,000 hits in his career, but also because of the standard of bravery and grace he established.
Clemente died Dec. 31, More >