Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/25/12
Gettyimageproxy.ashx_requesturl_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f319350.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d17a4ad9fdb9cf193fac41a6bbf9596d575d250278606fdbe
Haunted Northwest House?

Yankee Stadium was often called the house that Ruth built due to the fact that his popularity generated enough cash flow to build a new field.

He is still regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and when the New York stadium was built it was tailored to his hitting style. (Of course now the Yankees are in the house that Steinbrenner built, but that is a different story completely).

Ken Griffey Jr. is also considered to be one of baseball’s finest players ever to play the game. This is especially true considering that he appears to have remained clean during baseball’s scandalous steroid era, and remained competitive in the midst of home run battles with Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.

 There is no doubt that the Seattle Mariners play in the house that Griffey built. 

If it wasn’t for the popularity of Griffey and the excitement of the 1995 play off run, there is a good chance there wouldn’t even be pro baseball in Seattle any more.

If it wasn’t for the popularity of Griffey there is a good chance there wouldn’t even be baseball in Seattle

Safeco field was obviously designed around Ken Griffey Jr, with the spacious outfield that could only really be covered by a gold glove caliber athlete and the shortest spot to hit a ball out of straight away right field.

Unfortunately Griffey only played one full season in Seattle after Safeco Field was built, and so the legacy that built the stadium has also haunted the Mariners in pigeonholing the team strategy.

The Mariners are living with the ghost of Ken Griffey Jr.

Here is why:

1. Left Handed Power

Due to the ghost of Ken Griffey Jr., the Mariners are forced to look for left handed power bats.  The Seattle management is so busy trying to find a new bat like “the kid’s” that they have struggled putting the best offensive team together.

2. Replacement Parts

Due to the ghost of Ken Griffey Jr., the Mariners are required to have elite level outfielders to cover the surface area of the park.  This eliminate athletes that could “get by” with other teams.

A prime example of this would be the switch hitting Milton Bradley who had an influential bat but far below average fielding ability.

And he was crazy, let’s not forget that.

The point is the team is so busy trying to replace Griffey’s glove that the offense continues to suffer as a result.

Ichiro didn’t fill the seats like the home run belting Junior did.

3. The next Jr. ?

Due to the ghost of Ken Griffey Jr., the Mariners struggle to find a true face of the organization.  To some extent Ichiro took on that role the past decade, but even Ichiro didn’t fill the seats like the backwards cap wearing, prank pulling, home run belting Junior did.

Even when Jr returned to the Mariners in 2009 he was more of a far favorite than Ichiro ever was (unless you count the international draw Ichiro brought to the Mariners… )

The Mariners have to shake off the past and become a new team with a new strategy, it isn’t about moving in the fences to hit more home runs, but it is about trying to find ways to become a new team and shake off the ghosts that prevent the team from doing just that.

I love Griffey… I still have a poster of him in my office, but there has to be a reason that the M’s stink st home and perhaps it isn’t just something that happens on the field.

The ghost of Griffey is haunting us…

Or it could be I ate to many rally fries.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEATTLE MARINERS CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!

© Danny Ferguson for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., M's Baseball Blog, Mariners, Mariners blog, Mariners News, NY Yankees, Safeco, Safeco Field, seattle, Seattle Mariners

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Rob Gronkowski’s younger brother, Glenn, trying to make NFL as fullback

Michael Bennett fined over $17K for nasty hit on Alex Smith

Cam Cameron battling prostate cancer

RG3 to be held out 1-2 weeks after doctor changes mind

LA Kings offer Peter Budaj a professional tryout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Carlos Boozer hoping roster spot opens on playoff team

Starting EJ Manuel not a bad idea for Bills’ third preseason game

Tim Beckman fired by Illinois amid mistreatment allegations

Chip Kelly reveals thought process behind Bradford trade

Charles Barkley on ex-agent: ‘I’d blow his damn brains out’

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

Jonathan Kraft: Patriots haven’t apologized to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

Ballmer declines $60M/yr TV deal, could start streaming

Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

Jay Gruden would like the media to stop calling him fat

Spieth: Could new irons be reason for missed cut at Barclays?

The Opening Drive: Where have all the great UM tailbacks gone?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Andy Reid perfect play: 'That’s like a good cheeseburger'

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Boston Red Sox

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Why NFL preseason games matter

August's winners and losers in sports

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker