From the Louisville Courier Journal:

Rick Sweet’s career as a manager launched the same time Ken Griffey Jr. made his minor league debut.

Sweet managed Griffey at the Seattle Mariners’ Single-A affiliate in Bellingham, Wash. Griffey was fresh out of high school in 1987 and didn’t turn 18 until after Bellingham completed its season.


“The only young player at 18-19 that I’ve seen that I would consider maybe a better player than Jay Bruce is Ken Griffey Jr.,” Sweet said. “I had Junior also at the same age. Jay Bruce is close to that category, if not at that category. Time will tell.”

High praise. Let’s hope that Jay can live up to it.

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I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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7 Responses

  1. preach

    Wow, that’s encouraging…and if he’s not a baseball guy who really knows how to play the game he might be good trade bait for a fouth catcher, or maybe for an injured reliever or two.

  2. Justin

    I like the label but that is an over the top. But I hope h is the next JR

  3. Y-City Jim

    If Bruce can bring the same excitement to the game that Griffey has then the Reds and the baseball world are blessed.

  4. Sultan of Swaff

    Bruce is no where near the athlete as Jr. Scouts compare him more to Larry Walker, who when healthy, was no slouch either.

  5. Matt McWax

    Bruce is a top prospect but Griffey was like a Lebron or Oden in terms of expectations (best of decade type prospect). I’d be happy to see Bruce do 22-80-.300-16sb in a couple years. Griffey did that at 20.

  6. Andy

    if he’s really that good, does that mean that reds fans already want him traded?