How do the career stats for Ken Griffey Sr., Ken Griffey Jr. compare? Here's a look.

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Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Sr. (right) embraces his son, Ken Jr., during his son's Reds Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Sr. (right) embraces his son, Ken Jr., during his son's Reds Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. are Cincinnati icons.

The former, a key piece of the Big Red Machine, earned three All-Star selections and won two World Series with our beloved Cincinnati Reds. Junior, on the other hand, starred at Moeller High School before becoming, arguably, the best player in baseball for the Seattle Mariners. He later earned three All-Star selections in eight-plus seasons with his hometown Reds.

But how do their career stats compare? Here’s a look at both of their MLB numbers.

Ken Griffey Sr.’s stats

The Reds drafted Griffey Sr. in 1969, and he made his major league debut on Aug. 25, 1973. He played his first nine MLB seasons with the Reds before suiting up for the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves between 1982 and 1988. The elder Griffey returned to Cincinnati in 1988 and played until 1990. He then finished his career with the Mariners, playing with his son in 1990 and 1991.

Here are his career stats and accolades.

  • Three-time All-Star

  • Two-time World Series champion

  • 1980 All-Star Game MVP

  • .296 career batting average

  • 2,143 hits

  • 152 home runs

  • 1,129 runs scored

  • 859 RBIs

  • 200 stolen bases

Ken Griffey Jr.’s stats

After going to the Mariners No. 1 overall in 1987, Griffey Jr. took the league by storm in 1989, making his MLB debut on April 3 of that year. The Kid spent his first 11 seasons in Seattle but returned to Cincinnati in 2000 and stayed in the Queen City until 2008.

The Reds traded Griffey Jr. to the Chicago White Sox in July 2008, and he spent the latter part of that season in Chicago. But he returned to Seattle and spent his final two seasons with the Mariners in 2009 and 2010.

Here are his career stats and accolades.

  • National Baseball Hall of Famer

  • 1992 All-Star Game MVP

  • 1997 American League MVP

  • 13-time All-Star

  • Three-time Home Run Derby champion

  • 10-time Gold Glove winner

  • Seven-time Silver Slugger

  • .284 career batting average

  • 630 home runs (seventh all-time)

  • 2,781 hits

  • 1,662 runs scored

  • 1,836 RBIs

  • 184 stolen bases

Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference

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