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Nicknamed “Junior” and “The Kid,” Ken Griffey Jr. is a 13-time All-Star and one of the most prolific home run hitters of all time. His 630 home runs rank as the sixth-most in Major League Baseball history. Griffey is also regarded as one of the game’s greatest outfield defenders, capturing 10-consecutive American League Gold Glove Awards from 1990-99. Further proof of his fielding prowess is evidenced by his 2007 selection as one of nine all-time Rawlings Gold Glove winners. Griffey was named to MLB’s All-Century team in 1999 and is expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee when eligible in 2016.
In 1990 and 1991, Griffey and his father, Ken Griffey Sr., became the first father-son duo to play on the same team at the same time; they also became the first to hit back-to-back home runs. Other iconic accolades include being named the 1992 All-Star Game MVP, 1997 American League MVP and 1998 ESPY co-winner for Male Athlete of the Year.