With numbers like that in his early MLB days, Iwakuma looked to be on the fast track toward Mariner immortality. While he was spectacular yet again in 2014 and still quite good in 2015, the lingering effects of a long international career eventually took their toll. He had dealt with shoulder tenderness as early as 2005 when he was pitching for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Nippon Professional Baseball.
In this Oct. 13, 1995, file photo, Seattle Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. tosses his batting helmet after grounding out in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in an ALCS game in Cleveland. Griffey Jr. just joined the ownership group of the Seattle Sounders. AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) Griffey Jr. joins Seattle Sounders ownership group SEATTLE — The Seattle Sounders have added Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the club’s ownership group.
The Sounders said the Griffey family’s ownership stake was finalized earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic. Ken Griffey Jr. is a name that requires no introduction, whether in Seattle or across the sports world, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome Ken and his family into our club,” Sounders FC majority owner Adrian Hanauer said in a statement.