Griffey regaining sparkling form

After two fallow years, it's heartening to see Ken Griffey Jr. pop up on "SportsCenter'' again for the right reasons.

Originally Published: June 6, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
When Ken Griffey Jr. was chosen by fans as one of nine outfielders on Major League Baseball's All-Century Team -- beating out Roberto Clemente, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson, Rickey Henderson and Barry Bonds, among others -- an intriguing sentiment made the rounds on the talk shows and chat boards.

With another good decade of baseball in front of him, did Griffey have a legitimate chance to appear on the next All-Century team, as well?

Griffey was 29 years old and a Silver Slugger-hoarding, Gold Glove-collecting machine of unparalleled skill and versatility when he joined Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and the other greats in the first All-Century outfield. He had averaged 52 homers and 141 RBI over the previous four seasons with Seattle, and it seemed likely he'd maintain that level of production given how tough it was to get him out of the lineup.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer