Nov. 17 (Meslop) — Seattle Mariners legend and Baseball Corridor of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. has joined the Seattle Sounders’ ownership group, the Main League Soccer membership introduced Tuesday.

Griffey joins an ownership group that has undergone important modifications over the previous two years. Amongst different individuals who type a part of the group are Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, his spouse and singer Ciara and rapper Macklemore.

The Griffey household’s ownership stake was finalized earlier this yr, earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.

“Ken Griffey Jr. is a reputation that requires no introduction, whether or not in Seattle or throughout the sports activities world, and we could not be extra proud to welcome Ken and his household into our membership,” Sounders FC majority proprietor Adrian Hanauer stated in a press release Tuesday.

“As a lifelong resident of this nice metropolis, bringing somebody like Ken into Sounders FC holds a particular significance to me, as he’s really part of Seattle sports activities’ coronary heart and soul. We worth the contributions that he’ll add as a companion in our membership and welcome him and his household with open arms.”

Griffey’s MLB profession spanned 22 years, with 13 of these seasons coming with the Mariners. The 13-time All-Star choice gained 10 Gold Glove Awards and was the 1997 American League MVP.

Griffey completed his profession with 2,781 hits, 1,836 RBIs and 630 house runs — the seventh-most in main league historical past. He was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2016.

“This can be a significant day for our whole household,” Griffey stated in a press release. “My spouse Melissa and I stated that we needed to be part of one thing particular, not just for ourselves, however for our children to be pleased with, and that is it.

“We all know how a lot this membership means to Sounders followers, and for us, this comes again to the town the place it began for our household. We’re becoming a member of a first-class group, and we’re so proud to provide again to the town we love.”