Cincinnati's own has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Ken Griffey Jr. and former Mets catcher Mike Piazza were enshrined in the hall of fame Sunday.
In January, Griffey Jr. garnered over 99 percent of vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the highest percentage ever recorded. "The Kid" received 437 out of a possible 440 votes. He is the 51st player to be named a first ballot hall of famer.
Crowd cheers as Junior is introduced pic.twitter.com/c9edGzcVwh— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) July 24, 2016
"Ken Griffey Jr.’s swing, smile and immense talent in all facets of the game made him one of the most popular and respected players of all-time," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "His election to Cooperstown surely marks a great occasion not only in the Pacific Northwest and his hometown of Cincinnati, but also for an entire generation of fans. Major League Baseball is proud to congratulate Ken and his family on this well-deserved honor.”
Griffey Jr. was selected by the Seattle Mariners first overall in the 1987 amateur draft out of Moeller High School. He showcased his famous left-handed swing in the majors two years later at the age of 19.
First baseball people Junior thanked were former Moeller coaches Mike Cameron and Paul Smith. @bigmoebaseball— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) July 24, 2016
"He said, 'Coach, I was born to play baseball,’” said Griffey, Jr.’s high school coach at Moeller, Mike Cameron. “He knew where he was gifted. I think he really believed that he was going to be playing Major League Baseball."
After 11 seasons with the Mariners, Griffey Jr. was traded to his hometown team in between the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Griffey Jr. hit .270, with 210 home runs and 602 RBIs while he was with the Reds.
"We are very proud that Ken's accomplishments have been validated at the highest level by the Baseball Writers' Association of America," Reds' Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said. "Reds fans are thrilled to see our hometown son earn a permanent place in Cooperstown alongside the other 43 players, managers and executives who spent all or parts of their careers in Cincinnati."
Junior hit his 500th and 600th home runs in a Reds' uniform.
The 13-time All-Star is sixth all-time in home runs with 630. In his 22 seasons, the 10-time Gold-Glove winner hit .284 with 1,836 RBIs.
Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.
In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.
Griffey Jr. is enshrined in the Mariners and Reds hall of fames.
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