Hall of Fame, class of 2016
After Junior was picked first overall in the 1987 draft, Seattle sent him north along Puget Sound to spend his first pro summer with the Bellingham Mariners of the Northwest League. He started 1988 with the California League’s San Bernardino Spirit, then ended the season with the Double-A Vermont Mariners. The Kid was in the Kingdome to start the 1989 season, and the rest is history.
Minor league teams that Ken Griffey, Jr. played for en route to the majors:
- Bellingham Mariners (Northwest League)
- San Bernardino Spirit (California League)
- Vermont Mariners (Eastern League)