Ken Griffey Jr. retiring at age 40

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SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu says Ken
Griffey Jr. is retiring.

Wakamatsu made the announcement before Wednesday night's game
against Minnesota. Griffey's retirement is effective immediately.

The 40-year-old Griffey was one of baseball's greatest players
before injuries began to take their toll. The perennial All-Star
outfielder ranks fifth on the career home run list with 630.

Griffey was hitting only .184 this season and recently went a
week without playing.

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