Sunday, August 15, 2004

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The Enquirer

Ken Griffey Jr. showed fans glimpses of his great talent the first half of this season. Unfortunately, this season ended just as the last - with a serious injury.

Just so we don't forget what a great player Junior has been, here's a look at his career, which began when he was 19:

Year Team G HR RBI Avg.
1989 SEA 127 16 61 .264
1990 SEA 155 22 80 .300
1991 SEA 154 22 100 .327
1992 SEA 142 27 103 .308
1993 SEA 156 45 109 .309
1994 SEA 111 40 90 .323
1995 SEA 72 17 42 .258
1996 SEA 140 49 140 .303
1997 SEA 157 56 147 .304
1998 SEA 161 56 146 .284
1999 SEA 160 48 134 .285
2000 CIN 145 40 118 .271
2001 CIN 111 22 65 .286
2002 CIN 70 8 23 .264
2003 CIN 53 13 26 .247
2004 CIN 83 20 60 .253

Trivia question

Who were the players traded to the Mariners on Feb. 10, 2000, for Griffey?

photo gallery
Photos of Saturday's game
Who's hot: Barry Larkin

Friday was the 18th anniversary of his major-league debut, when he got a pinch-hit RBI. He entered Saturday with 10 hits in his past 18 at-bats. Overall, in 75 games since April 20, he's batting .327. Batting .308 entering Saturday, he could hit .300 for the first time since 2000 (.313).

Who's not: Tim Hummel

The third baseman entered Saturday hitless in in his last 11 at-bats and had only three hits in his previous 42 at-bats (.071).

By the numbers

(Entering Saturday)

9: Sellouts at Great American Ball Park this season.
27: Multi-hit games by Larkin.
166: Home runs allowed by Reds pitchers, most in the majors.
3: Save opportunities for the bullpen in the past 24 games.
2.08: ERA by reliever Phil Norton since June 29, covering 21 2/3 innings.
53-35: Reds' record when scoring at least three runs.
2-25: Their record in games when they've scored fewer than three runs.
.383: Felipe Lopez's batting average in 15 games since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Trivia answer

Right-handed pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron, minor-league right-hander Jake Meyer and minor-league infielder Antonio Perez were traded for Griffey.

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The Reds hit the road for six games, three at St. Louis and three at Arizona. The Cardinals have dominated the Reds, winning 11 of 13 games. It's the Reds' first and only meeting with the Diamondbacks.

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