Ken Griffey Jr. becomes newest owner of Seattle Sounders

Nov 17 2020, 1:49 pm

The Seattle Sounders have added former longtime Seattle Mariner and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and his wife Melissa to their list of owners, which already includes Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, his wife and singer, Ciara, and rapper Macklemore.

Griffey spent 13 years with the Mariners, from 1989-99 and then again from 2009-10. He finished his distinguished career with 630 home runs and 1,836 RBI, which is seventh and 16th all-time, respectively, in MLB history. He was also selected to 13 MLB All-Star Games, won 10 Gold Gloves and was the 1997 American League MVP.

“I don’t play games to be competitive, I play to win,” Griffey Jr. said to SoundersFC.com. “I want the Sounders to be compared to the Yankees. Twenty-seven, 28 championships. That’s what I root for, that’s what I want.”

Griffey’s wife Melissa is a “die-hard soccer fan” and former player who strongly led him to become team owner.

“I wanted to be a part of something, not only for myself, but for my kids to be proud of,” Griffey said. “This is it.”

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