Ken Griffey Jr. is a first-ballot Hall of Famer who did a lot of incredible things during his career. Like with many players, his production tailed off in the last couple years of his career and he wasn’t as good as he was in his prime, partially because of injuries.
That means he wasn’t always a regular starter as he was for much of his career and was often called on to pinch-hit. There was one time, a decade ago, when his manager wanted Griffey to pinch-hit, but he wasn’t available. And the reason why he couldn’t do it is shocking.
A legendary baseball career
Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the top prospects of his generation when the Mariners drafted him with the first overall pick in 1987. He quickly made it to the majors, debuting at the start of the 1989 season, the beginning of a 22-year career.
In his more than two decades in the majors, Griffey hit .284 with 630 home runs and 1,836 RBI. His homers are the seventh most in Major League Baseball history, while his RBI total…