April 08, 2002

Is Junior cursed?: He slips during a rundown, and is now out for 3-6 weeks. Will he ever live up to his full potential? How long before he is traded to the AL to becme a DH? If he is out for the year, will he ever reach 500 home runs?

posted by silent4lie to baseball at 11:35 AM - 6 comments

I think we've seen the best of Junior. He's becoming Danny Manning.

posted by corpse at 11:39 AM on April 08

Griffey lived up to his full potential in Seattle. He has been a disappointment in Cincinnati for various reasons, but I wouldn't write the guy off yet. Not for this year or his career.

posted by rcade at 05:38 PM on April 08

Aieee! His full potential? 7 seasons with more than 40 HRs, 460 home runs overall, 8 seasons with more than 100 RBIs. I don't know if you've heard but he's also a pretty good centerfielder. If his career ended today, he'd be a Hall of Famer, no question about it. This isn't Danny Manning, this is Elgin Baylor. I hate to quote more stats but in the 1995 AL Divisional Series against the Yankees, Griffey hit 5 HRs in a 5 game series. Barry Bonds might have to play 40 years to hit 5 HR in his postseason career.

posted by pastepotpete at 06:17 PM on April 08

Paste, I think we would all agree that Junior is an outstanding player, a certain HoF'er and has the numbers to back it up... but his "full potential" goes beyond the Hall of Fame. Junior, could be the best player to ever step on a field. Period. Now, being held to that kind of standard is pretty unfair in my opinion, but perhaps that can shed some light on "full potential" question. And Rcade is right, he's not done yet...

posted by 86 at 08:08 AM on April 09

Well, I hope you're right but comparing him to Danny Manning makes me think we're not all on the same page. Darryl Strawberry, Derrick May, Todd VanPoppel, Carlos Baerga, Oil Can Boyd, Quilvio Veras, George Arias, Joey Hamilton, Ricky Ledee, Ruben Rivera, Homer Bush, Milt Cuyler, Mark Whiten, Pete Schourek, Bill Pulsipher, Scott Elarton. Griffey's better than his dad, he's going into the HoF, the only person hs career is a problem for is fantasy owners.

posted by pastepotpete at 12:14 PM on April 09

okay okay, the danny manning comparisome was a bit of a stretch. I'll compare him to grant hill.

posted by corpse at 12:24 PM on April 09

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