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Former San Bernardino Player, Ken Griffey Jr., Hits 600th Career Homer

June 10, 2008 - California League (CalL) - Inland Empire 66ers News Release

In the first inning of Monday's game against the Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th career home run. Griffey joined Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Sammy Sosa as the only players in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 or more career home runs. The 38-year-old Griffey is well known to San Bernardino baseball fans for his stint with the San Bernardino Spirit back in 1988. During his 58 games with the Spirit, Griffey hit 11 home runs, drove in 42 runs, had a .338 batting average and stole 32 bases. He collected a total of 74 hits in just 58 games while in Southern California. Griffey was promoted to AA Vermont for the final 17 games of the season before making the Opening Day roster for the Seattle Mariners the following year. Griffey was just 18-years-old when he played for the Spirit, and was the youngest player on an Opening Day roster in 1989 at age 19. His number 24 jersey has been retired by the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced "A" affiliate.

Griffey Jr.'s San Bernardino Statistics:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS 58 219 50 74 13 3 11 42 32 34 39 .338 .431 .575 1.006

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