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One of the few highlights for Ken Griffey Jr. this season was this game-winning, RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays May 20 in Seattle. (Associated Press)

Griffey retires after 22 seasons


SEATTLE (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. retired Wednesday night, ending one of the great careers in baseball history.

The 40-year-old Griffey told Seattle team president Chuck Armstrong that he was done playing. Mar-iners manager Don Wakamatsu called his players together before the start of batting practice to inform them of Griffey's decision.

Griffey was not in the clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against Minnesota. The team said he would not be at Safeco Field.

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