Ken Griffey Jr. named Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500

Ken Griffey Jr. played for 13 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, nine with the Cincinnati Reds and less than one with the Chicago White Sox.
 

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Newly elected Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as Honorary Starter of the 58th annual Daytona 500, which takes place Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway (FOX, noon ET).

A veteran of 22 seasons, Griffey received a record 99.32 percent of the vote (437 of 440) by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in results announced in January. 

Griffey played 13 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, nine with the Cincinnati Reds and less than one season with the Chicago White Sox. 

He was a 13-time All Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 American League MVP. Griffey is also sixth on the MLB career home run list (630).

MLB’s 2016 Hall of Fame Weekend will be July 22-25, with the annual Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place on July 24. 

Griffey will be the first player to represent the Seattle Mariners organization in the Baseball Hall of Fame.