Not sure what the selection process for the award is, but I’m always happy to see Junior Griffey honored. One of my all-time faves:

Ken Griffey Jr., whose superior performance and effervescent demeanor thrilled legions of fans throughout his 22-year career, will receive the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, which recognizes achievements and contributions of historical significance.

Griffey will be recognized at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington during a news conference Sunday preceding Game 4 of the World Series. He will become only the 12th recipient of the award, which was created in 1998, and the first since 2007, when Rachel Robinson was honored for sustaining the legacy of her late husband, Jackie Robinson, and for her service to Major League Baseball.

Commissioner Bud Selig said of Griffey in a statement, “Ken Griffey, Jr. was a gifted all-around player with a perfect swing, a brilliant glove and a childlike joy for the game. From the time he was just 19, Ken represented Major League Baseball with excellence and grace, and he was one of our sport’s greatest ambassadors not only in Seattle and Cincinnati, but also around the world. I am most appreciative for all of Ken’s contributions to our national pastime.”

Congrats, Junior.

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  1. Junior’s one of my all-time favorites also. The reaction from commenters at mlb.com, where generally there are a lot of negative idiots, is overwhelmingly positive.

    Part of my statement at mlb.com: Not sure if I understand this award exactly, but it seems to have to do with achievement and character, with someone that MLB wants to use as an ambassador of the game. Selig even states the ambassador thing. In that sense I agree with TheInsomniac below, that his never having been linked to steroids is a big part of this. Also he has quietly done a lot of charity work and donations, especially with children.
    He’s also done a number of nice gestures thru his career, such as with the family of the NYC firefighter (and Junior fan) who died on 9/11.

  2. Always liked Junior. It made me sad to see him struggle thru all the injuries as a Red, but his talent and presence in the game are undeniable. It will be a great day when he makes the Hall of Fame as well.

  3. Great news for my all time favorite player. Such an incredible player and a great ambassador for the game. I hate that he had all of those injuries, but he never played the game wrong. Congrats, Junior.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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