Griffey rejoins Mariners as consultant

Thirteen-time MLB All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. will rejoin the Seattle Mariners as a special consultant, the team announced Tuesday.

Griffey, who abruptly retired last June after 22 seasons, will work with the Mariners at various times throughout spring training and the regular season, according to a statement released by the team.

The 1997 American League MVP will also visit many of Seattle’s minor-league affiliates as part of his new role, which includes assisting with player development, broadcasting and community relations.

"I’m looking forward to staying very involved with the Mariners, working with the players throughout the organization, staying involved with the community and assisting in other areas of the organization," Griffey said in the statement. "It’s an exciting time and I’m appreciative of the opportunity."

Griffey, 41, played 13 seasons in Seattle and is considered by many to be the greatest player in franchise history.

"Ken has been steadfast in his desire to continue his relationship with the Mariners since his return to Seattle in 2009," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said in the statement. "We have designed a position that will allow Ken to continue to help the franchise succeed on and off the field by consulting with a variety of departments here at the Mariners."

The shoo-in Hall of Famer finished in the top five in MVP voting five times during his career. The left-handed slugger hit 630 home runs, ranking him fifth all-time.

Griffey earned seven Silver Slugger Awards and 10 Gold Gloves despite being hampered with numerous injuries during his brilliant career.