Former Reds Friday: Ken Griffey Sr. Atlanta Braves 1988 Score
After four-and-a half years in pinstripes Ken Griffey Sr. escaped the Bronx Zoo in favor of the Atlanta’s Launching Pad.
Griffey was shipped by the New York Yankees midway through the 1986 season to the Atlanta Braves along with infielder Andre Robertson in exchange for outfielder Claudell Washington and infielder Paul Zuvella.
The elder Griffey was unfortunately mired in a hopeless situation in Atlanta that found the Braves battling the National League West’s cellar during his tenure.
Throughout his stay with the Braves’, the club finished in fifth place twice and was en route to a sixth and last place finish before the club cut him loose in 1988.
Following the trade Griffey was inserted as Atlanta’s everyday left fielder and took advantage of Atlanta-Fulton
County Stadium’s high altitude. He hit 12 homers with the Braves and ended the season with career high 21 home runs. Griffey continued to be Atlanta’s primary left fielder in 1987 during his only full season with the club and slugged 14 homers that season, the second highest total for his career. His previous best was 13 in 1980 for the Reds.
By 1988 with the Braves starting to form the young nucleus of the club that would dominate the National League for much of the 1990s and Griffey was relegated to the bench in favor of Dion James in left fielder.
Griffey appeared in 69 games for the Braves as an outfielder and first baseman before being being released in late July. He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds four days after being released.