Jeff D'Alessio, Sporting News
Thirteen All-Star Game appearances, 10 Gold Gloves, 630 home runs ... and zero steroid accusations.
If ever there was a candidate to be baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame pick, admirers say, it's Ken Griffey.
With the 40-year-old Seattle icon announcing his retirement Wednesday, Sporting News surveyed 35 pitchers who gave up at least one Griffey long ball.
Ken Griffey Jr. spent his prime years in an M's uniform.
Who has the sweetest swing you ever saw?
Will Clark 8
Tony Gwynn 1 1/2
John Olerud 1 1/2
George Brett 1 1/4
Also receiving votes: Albert Belle, Lance Berkman, Wade Boggs, Barry Bonds, Rod Carew, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Joe Mauer, Rafael Palmeiro, Kirby Puckett, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Chase Utley, Robin Ventura, Larry Walker, Ted Williams.
THEY SAID IT
Pat Hentgen: "Griffey is the only American League player of my era that I made sure I was out on the field to watch when he took batting practice."
Erik Hanson: "A tie between Griffey and Ben Hogan."
Bob Tewksbury: "Will Clark's was pretty good, too."
Michael Wuertz: "Watching Griffey while growing up, that is who you wanted to be -- hat on backwards, white tape job on the bat and the waggle."
Which current player reminds you of Griffey in some way?
Torii Hunter 12 1/2
No one 11
Derek Jeter 3
Adam Jones 2
Albert Pujols 2
Also receiving votes: Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Hamilton, Ryan Howard, Matt Kemp.
THEY SAID IT
Scott Bailes: "No current player really has the flair that Junior played with."
Heath Murray: "Torii Hunter always has that smile on his face and has fun. Josh Hamilton's natural t...
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