(Cooperstown, NY) — Seattle’s own Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza of the Yankees are the latest players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The pair were inducted into Cooperstown on Sunday. Griffey received 99.3-percent of the vote, while Piazza got 83-percent of the required 75 for election.

“Junior” spent 13 of his 22 big league seasons in a Seattle Mariners uniform. He was a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 American League MVP. Griffey ranks sixth on the all-time list with 630 career home runs. He also played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox.

Griffey spoke much of his family — notably his father, Ken Sr. — Griffey reminisced about his career in Seattle, which he called “a big part of my life.”

He also acknowledged the special place that Seattle held throughout his career: “Out of my 22 years, I learned that only one team will treat you the best, and that’s your first team,” Griffey said near the end of his speech. “I’m damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner.”

Read the full story and see more video at the Mariners’ website.


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