Griffey joins ownership group for MLS' Sounders

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Seattle Sounders FC announced Tuesday that Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Seattle Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. and his family have been added to the Major League Soccer club’s ownership group.

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Griffey’s baseball career spanned 22 years, 13 of which were spent with the Mariners. He was a 13-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Glove Awards and was the 1997 American League MVP.

The Griffey family’s ownership stake was finalized this year before the coronavirus pandemic.

“Ken Griffey Jr. is a name that requires no introduction, whether in Seattle or across the sports world, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome Ken and his family into our club,” said Sounders FC majority owner Adrian Hanauer. “As a lifelong resident of this great city, bringing someone like Ken into Sounders FC holds a special significance to me, as he is truly a part of Seattle sports’ heart and soul. We value the contributions that he will add as a partner in our club and welcome him and his family

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