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ItÆs official.á Ken Griffey Jr. is returning to the Seattle Mariners in 2010.á This can only be good news for a team looking to carry over the momentum from 2009, when they rebounded from their first 100-loss season in 25 years and finished 85-77. GriffeyÆs statistics in 2009 may not look particularly impressive (.214 batting average, 19 home runs, and 57 RBIs), but thereÆs no doubting the impact the living legend had on the Mariners last season. He helped bring together a team, which had lacked spirit and chemistry the previous year, highlighted by successfully integrating Ichiro Suzuki into the clubhouse. And if anyone does want to question GriffeyÆs declining production, he led the Mariners with 63 walks (in 117 games), proving that pitchers still have the utmost respect for "The ...

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