Ken Griffey, Jr. abruptly ended his 22-year MLB career by announcing his retirement effective immediately.
"The Kid" struggled with the Seattle Mariners in 2010 hitting a paltry .184 with no home runs and 7 RBI.
Usually a player will retire after the end of a season or announce he'll play one last season before hanging it up. It is rare for a player to retire during the season. Philadelphia Phillies legend Mike Schmidt comes to mind. Only Griffey shed no tears.
And why should he?
With 630 home runs, 1836 RBI and a lifetime .284 batting average, Griffey, Jr. will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Sure had he stayed healthy he could have been the all-time home runs leader instead of Barry Bonds. Sure a World Series ring would have been nice. But just because you don't achieve everything doen't mean doesn't mean you haven't achieved something.