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What if Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the Seattle Mariners? That'd be something

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griffey.jpgSweet swing and backward-hat-wearing enthusiast Ken Griffey Jr. may be headed back to the city where he distinguished himself as one of the game's best.

That is, if you believe a certain West Coast writer who managed to sneak a nude exercise joke into his hypothetical musings.

From SeattlePI:

"WOULD YOU, MARINERS fan, trade Raul Ibanez, 36, for an ambulatory Ken Griffey Jr., 39, and two high picks in the 2009 amateur draft?

That choice may be upon new Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, sorta.

Since both eventually will be free agents this winter, no trade is involved, but in terms of relative replacement, that's at least one way to look at it.

Despite the fact that there are several dozen variables at work this early in the offseason, not the least of which is Griffey's recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, I like it (also, a Griffey-to-Seattle column is a local tradition that goes back almost as far as Fremont's naked bicyclists, only is much more wholesome, and also postpones another woe-is-local-football topic).

That wildly distracting visual aside, it'd be great to see Griffey go back to the team that we all identify him with.

Wouldn't it?

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I would love to see Griffey back in Seattle, he would put people in the stands, especially kids and baseball would start to become exciting again in Seattle. But if it's like it usually is with the Mariners, it won't happen. At the DH role, he just might regain that nice swing again and that's something a fan like me would love to see, even if the days of 56 homerun seasons are long past, a 20 homerun season would be just fine. But hey, we just signed Russell Branyan, now there's someone who will ignite excitment in Seattle !

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