Griffey: No Decision Made

Written by Colin on February 17, 2009 – 11:56 am

Griffey has apparently mentioned to some friends that he’s leaning towards the Braves, but no official word has come out yet. The AJC’s Dave O’Brien says that Griffey’s camp promised the Mariners they’d speak with the team before announcing their deal and are saying what they need to until the ink is dry and Griffey can officially announce he’s chosen the Braves. He has no doubt that Jr. will end up in Atlanta.

Previous update: Griffey is now saying that he hasn’t chosen the Braves, according to a story on the Mariners website. Hopefully this doesn’t mean the M’s get him. Check back for updates…

Earlier today our Rue Grant got a text indicating that Griffey had picked the Braves over the Seattle Mariners. This was corroborated independently by Dave O’Brien over at the AJC – but as the day wore on, Griffey and his agent have come out and said that a decision has not been reached yet. We’re supposed to hear this afternoon or this evening about Griffey’s final decision. Word has it that Griffey is almost certain to sign in Atlanta, though.

If Griffey comes to Atlanta to likely platoon in left field with Matt Diaz. Griffey hits right handers very well still and Diaz absolutely hates on lefties, so they’ll make a great platoon in left field. Griffey will being some experience, leadership, and probably a bit of fun to the clubhouse – he may not be young anymore, but he’s still The Kid at heart.

In 2007, both Diaz and Griffey’s last fully healthy seasons, the stats look like this: Griffey hit .300 off righthanders with 21 homers and 65 RBIs. Diaz hit .356 off lefties with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs. Diaz was sharing left field duties some that year, though. That’s not half bad to have in left field – we have something to look forward to in 2009. I’d expect to see Griffey bat in the 3 hole (his customary place) or maybe 6th – not sure where Cox would put Diaz, but knowing Cox it’ll change multiple times during the season.

Are you excited about the possibility of Griffey in the Braves’ lineup this year? We sure are – Griffey is and always has been a class act and we think he’d fit right in with the team. Can’t wait to see a fan group pop up, though. Naming that one will be creative – I can’t think of much that rhymes with Junior or Griffey. Take your best shot.

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19 Responses to “Griffey: No Decision Made”

  1. By Larry on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Welcome back October Baseball!!

  2. By dave on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the information Rue Grant. For this old Braves fan that is wonderful, wonderful news.

  3. By Jeff on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    This is fantastic, I have been refreshing ESPN constantly to try and get this news. One of my favorite players growing up like most people and is still a great clubhouse guy and can still do some damage in the lineup. Plus I think the platoon idea is great from a strategy point of view and to give Griffey some time off. Opening Day can not come soon enough!

  4. By Colin Ake on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    I hope! He and Diaz will put up good numbers if they stay healthy.

  5. By josh on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Im excited. I have a smile from ear to ear. Come on OPENING DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Larry on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    I may be a little ahead of myself. But we've had a good offseason after all the turmoil. The attitudes seem to be great and promising. And a big plus is we will be the underdogs this year. All the pressure weighs on the Phils and Mets. Could play in our favor.

  7. By Sheryl on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Griffey and Glavine…that's G-R-E-A-T!!!!

  8. By TheRopolitans on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply


    Now, I must hate him.

  9. By Junior Mint on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    How easy.

    The Junior Mints

  10. By Colin Ake on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Good luck with that. We're nothing to sneee at this year, I hope.

  11. By Colin Ake on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Good luck with that. We're nothing to sneeze at this year, I hope.

  12. By Larry on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Great! Do we have Furcal #2 all over again? I hope not!

  13. By josh on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply


  14. By Brent on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Don't count on Griffey until it is officially done.

  15. By Rue on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Sorry about jumping the gun here. My text came in, I forwarded it to Colin, and the rest was history. But as we all know, rumors don't start for no reason at all, so I have a strong suspicion that this will all come to fruition. I'll keep watching my text inbox.

  16. By josh on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    Dave O' Brian story in Ajc: He just put this on his AJc Blog:David O'Brien

    February 17th, 2009
    3:32 pm
    Folks, I can understand why the Furcal situation has you concerned about Griffey, but all I can tell you is, you need not be concerned. Dude is going to be a Brave. Just saying what he needs to say right now because they probably felt bad about Mariners hearing the news second-hand instead of directly from Griffey and his agent.

  17. By RueGrant on Feb 17, 2009 | Reply

    drama drama drama! i haven't heard anything new, unfortunately.

  18. By josh on Feb 18, 2009 | Reply

    DOB from ajc on the radio this morning( 680 the fan ) says he is still sticking with jr. coming to Atlanta.

  19. By Brent on Feb 18, 2009 | Reply

    Like I said… don't count on it until it happens. is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Atlanta Braves organization. Views expressed on this site do not reflect the views of the Atlanta Braves organization.