Monday, June 9, 2008

Ken Griffey Jr. 600 Home Runs

Junior finally did it!

At one time Griffey was the face of baseball. At the time, he was the youngest ever to 400 home runs, Junior was a for sure bet to break Hank Aaron's all home run record.

Funny how Griffey decided to go home and play for the Cincinnati Reds was also the time the leg injuries became an annual occurrence and his Hall of Fame career seemed to fall apart.

Growing up in the middle of the steroid era, Junior was one of the few to say no.
Griffey is the first person in our generation reach the 600 home run plateau without any controversy. No performance enhancing drugs. No corked bat. Just raw talent and guts. And who could ever forget one of the sweetest swings in all of baseball.

Congratulations Junior! You truly deserve it.

Fastest players to hit 600 home runs in the major leagues with name and number of games:

Babe Ruth, 2,044
Sammy Sosa, 2,302
Barry Bonds, 2,394
Ken Griffey Jr., 2,439
Willie Mays, 2,557
Hank Aaron, 2,592

All-Time Home Run Leaders
Barry Bonds 762
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Sammy Sosa 609
Ken Griffey Jr. 600

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