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Ken Griffey Jr. was born George Kenneth Jr. on 21 November 1969 in Donora, Pennsylvania USA. He is a former professional baseball player, best known for his stunning outfielder ability when he was playing for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners. He retired having set a record as one of the most prolific hitters of home runs, ranking sixth in MLB history, achieving a total of 630 home runs. He was a 13-time All-Star too.
Do you want to know how rich Ken Griffey is, as of early 2016? Ken is estimated to have a net worth approaching $85 million. He earned his fortune through his career as a baseball player, especially during his time with the Seattle Marines and Cincinnati Reds. Reports indicated that he was paid a significant $2.3 million. He has also starred in a number of video games and appeared in various TV shows, all which have made him extremely rich.
Ken Griffey Jr. Net Worth $85 Million
Ken Griffey Jr. started playing baseball at a very young age, growing-up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his family moved to when he was just six as his father, Ken Griffey Sr. was a baseball player too, playing for Cincinnati Reds, and who devoted much of his time teaching his son the sport. He joined Archbishop Moeller High School, where he also started playing football, but was still chosen as the US High School Baseball Player of the Year. Griffey did not attend college and instead chose to chase after his dream as a professional baseball player.
Seattle Mariners chose Ken Griffey Jr. in 1987 in their armature draft, which provided him with an opportunity to prove his talent. In the 11 seasons that he played for the Mariners, he managed to rack up 167 stolen bases, 1,152 RBIs, 398 home runs and a total of 1,752 hits. In 1990 through to 1991, Griffey Jr. and his father became the first father and son to play for a team at the same time. In 1999, he expressed a desire to move closer to his hometown, which meant that he would depart from Seattle. He was traded for Bret Tomko, Antonio Perez and Mike Cameron, joining the Cincinnati Reds, where he signed a nine-year deal amounting to $112.5 million, which saw him increase his net worth significantly.
Griffey Jr. played with the Reds from 2000 to 2008, helping the team to many victories. On 31 July 2008, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, in exchange with Danny Richar, an infielder, and Nick Masset, a pitcher. On 30 October that same year, the team declined the $16 million deal that Griffey requested, so for the first time, he became a free agent. The Atlanta Braves and the Mariners took this to their advantage and courted him, but he decided to go with the Mariners, signing a deal on 18 February 2009. In May 2010, Don Wakamatsu, the manager of the Seattle Mariners, decided to limit his playing because he had recorded poor performances. On 2 June 2010, he left the team, announcing his immediate retirement from baseball.
On 17 February 2011, the Seattle Marines hired Griffey Jr. as a consultant. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on 22 July 2013. On 10 August 2014, the Cincinnati Reds also inducted him into the team’s Hall of Fame. On 6 January 2016, he was elected with 99.32% of votes to the Baseball Hall of Fame, breaking the record of 98.84% of votes held by Tom Seaver in 1992.
In his personal life, Ken Griffey Jr. married Melissa Griffey, with whom he has three children, including an adopted son. In 2007, he was diagnosed with pleurisy, but fortunately this doesn’t hinder him too much. He has a private pilot’s licence, and is the AOPA Foundation’s chairman, overseeing the charity organization’s works in promoting aviation education and safety. He has had his share of controversy: in January 1988, he tried to commit suicide at the age of 18 by swallowing 277 aspirin pills.
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|Arli$$||1999||TV Series||Ken Griffrey Jr.|
|Little Big League||1994||Cameo appearance|
|The Simpsons||1992||TV Series||Ken Griffey Jr.|
|Mike & Mike||2016||TV Series||Himself - Baseball Hall of Famer|
|Prime 9||2010||TV Series||Himself|
|Sunday Night Baseball||1990-2008||TV Series||Himself - Seattle Mariners Center Fielder / Himself - Cincinnati Reds Center Fielder / Himself - Chicago White Sox Center Fielder / ...|
|Who Made You?||2008||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|2007 MLB All-Star Game||2007||TV Special||Himself - NL Starting Right Fielder, Cincinnati Reds|
|This Week in Baseball||2002-2005||TV Series||Himself|
|Tiger: The Authorised DVD Collection||2004||Video documentary||Himself|
|2004 MLB All-Star Game||2004||TV Special||Himself - NL Outfielder: Cincinnati Reds|
|SportsCenter||2004||TV Series||Himself - Sunday Conversation Guest|
|2000 MLB All-Star Game||2000||TV Special||Himself - NL Outfielder: Cincinnati Reds|
|Michael Jordan to the Max||2000||Documentary||Himself|
|1999 MLB All-Star Game||1999||TV Special||Himself|
|Race for the Record||1998||Video documentary||Himself|
|1998 MLB All-Star Game||1998||TV Special||Himself|
|1997 MLB All-Star Game||1997||TV Special||Himself - AL Starting Center Fielder: Seattle Mariners|
|My Oh My!||1996||Documentary||Himself|
|1996 MLB All-Star Game||1996||TV Special||Himself|
|Sports Greats: One on One with David Hartman||1995||TV Movie||Himself|
|1995 American League Championship Series||1995||TV Series||Himself - Seattle Mariners Center Fielder|
|Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream||1995||Documentary||Himself (interviews)|
|MTV Spring Break: Lake Havasu||1995||TV Movie||Himself|
|Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball||1994||Video Game||Himself|
|Super Dooper Bloopers 2||1994||Video||Himself|
|The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||1994||TV Series||Himself|
|1994 MLB All-Star Game||1994||TV Special||Himself - AL Center Fielder|
|Baseball's Hottest Stars||1993||Video||Himself|
|1993 MLB All-Star Game||1993||TV Special||Himself - AL Center Fielder|
|Baseball 1992: A Video Chronicle||1992||Video||Himself|
|1992 MLB All-Star Game||1992||TV Special||Himself - AL Center Fielder|
|1991 MLB All-Star Game||1991||TV Special||Himself - AL Center Fielder|
|Harry and the Hendersons||1991||TV Series||Himself|
|1990 MLB All-Star Game||1990||TV Special||Himself - AL Center Fielder|
|Prime 9||2009-2011||TV Series||Himself|
|30 for 30||2010||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes||2006||TV Mini-Series documentary||Himself|
|The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History||1992||Video documentary||Himself|
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|1||The Seattle Mariners announced that he will return to the team, and will sign a 1 year contract worth $2 million, plus incentives. [February 2009]|
|2||(July 31) Traded to the Chicago White Sox.|
|3||Center fielder with the Seattle Mariners (1989-1999; 2009-2010), Cincinnati Reds (2000-2008[start]) and Chicago White Sox (2008[end]).|
|4||Shares first and last names with another "Ken Griffey". Dealer of used cars in the Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee areas, no relation.|
|5||Made his professional baseball debut with the Bellingham (Washington) "Baby" Mariners of the Northwest League in 1987.|
|6||Pacific Trading Cards manufactured a milk chocolate candy bar in honor of Jr's rookie debut in 1989, called the Ken Griffey Jr. bar.|
|7||On September 14, 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr., playing for the Seattle Mariners, hit back-to-back home runs, becoming the only father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs and home runs in the same game.|
|8||Named to Baseball Digest magazine's 1989 Rookie All-Star Team.|
|9||Made major league debut on 3 April 1989.|
|10||Seattle Mariners All-Time Home Run Leader (398).|
|11||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for Slugging Percentage (.674 in 1994).|
|12||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for most Total Bases (393 in 1997).|
|13||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for most RBI (147 in 1997).|
|14||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for most Extra-Base Hits (93 in 1997).|
|15||Seattle Mariners All-Time Home Run Leader by a lefthander (398).|
|16||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for home runs by lefthander (56 in 1997 and 1998).|
|17||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for home runs at home field (30 in 1998).|
|18||Holds Seattle Mariners single season record for home runs on road (29 in 1997).|
|19||Holds Seattle Mariners record for home runs in a month (15 in May 1994).|
|20||Seattle Mariners All-Time Leader in Grand Slams (12).|
|21||Father, Ken Griffey Sr., was a pivotal player for Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" during the 1970s.|
|22||1997 American League MVP. Led league in Slugging Percentage (.646), Runs (125), Total Bases (393), Home Runs (56), RBI (147) and Extra-Base Hits (93).|
|23||1992 All Star Game MVP.|
|24||Member of 1995 and 1997 American League Western Division Champion Seattle Mariners team.|
|25||Seattle Mariners All-Time Leader in Slugging Percentage(.569).|
|26||Seattle Mariners All-Time Homerun Leader (398) and All-Time Leader in Slugging Percentage (.569).|
|27||He and his father are the only father-son duo to hit home runs in the same game.|
|28||Son George Kenneth III "Trey" (19 January 1994), daughter Taryn Kennedy (21 October 1995), adopted son Tevin Kendall (5 May 2002). When Trey was born, then-Mariners' G.M. Woody Woodward sent him a player's contract dated 2012.|
|29||Recorded "The Way I Swing" with Kid Sensation.|
|30||His paternal grandfather was a high school teammate of Stan Musial.|
|31||#1 overall pick in the June 1987 draft out of Moeller H.S. (Cincinnati, Ohio) by the Seattle Mariners.|
|32||Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. are one of two father-son duos to play on the same team in the same game. The other is Tim Raines Sr. and Tim Raines Jr.|
|33||Traded on 10 February 2000 to the Cincinnati Reds for OF Mike Cameron, Brett Tomko, and two minor league players.|
|34||Two children: daughter Taryn and son Trey|
|35||Professional baseball player|
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