Ken Griffey Jr. Net Worth [The Kid In The Hall Of Fame]

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Net Worth:$95 million
Profession/Career:Professional Baseball Player, Outfielder
College:Did not attend
Full Name:George Kenneth Griffey Jr.
Date of Birth:November 21, 1969
Place of Birth:Donora, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 2 in

Frequently associated with

  • Ken Griffey Sr.
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Ichiro Suzuki
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Jamie Moyer
  • Jay Buhner
  • Dan Wilson

Net Worth of Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $95 million in 2022.

The majority of his net worth comes from his career in baseball. Between the years 1989 up until now, he has earned over $165 million dollars in total playing for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati Reds. Breaking it down by team, he’s earned the following:

  • Cincinnati Reds (8 seasons): $103 million
  • Seattle Mariners (13 seasons): $49 million
  • Chicago White Sox (2 seasons): $6 million

As you can see, over 60% of his overall net worth can be attributed to money he’s made while with the Cincinnati Reds, who he continues to play for to this day.

How much does Ken Griffey Jr. earn in a year?

Ken Griffey Jr. is estimated to have earned roughly $4.3 million a year throughout his career. However, post-retirement, he is continuing to earn $3.6 million a year up through 2024.

His average annual total compensation comes out to around $4.3 million a year for the 22 seasons he has played since 1989. His salary started off on the lower end during the beginning of his career at $68K and has gone as high as $9.1 million for a single year with the Seattle Mariners in 1997 and $9.6 million in 2009. 1997 was also the year he won the AL MVP award. Since 2009, his compensation has tapered off from the all-time high down to $5.9 million by his year of retirement in 2010.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s Total Compensation By Year:

1989: $68K

1990: $210K

1991: $700K

1992: $2 million

1993: $5.6 million

1994: $4.6 million

1995: $7.1 million

1996: $7.1 million

1997: $9.1 million

1998: $7.6 million

1999: $7.1 million

2000: $7 million

2001: $6 million

2002: $8 million

2003: $6 million

2004: $6 million

2005: $6 million

2006: $6 million

2007: $6 million

2008: $6 million

2009: $9.6 million

2010: $5.9 million (retired)

However, what’s interesting to note is that he made a deal with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000 that deferred his compensation to later years, in particular to 2009 all the way through 2024. As a result, even after retirement, he has been paid $3.6 million per year and will continue to be paid, from 2011 all the way to 2024. He is the 6th highest-paid person on the Cincinnati Reds payroll in 2022, despite not being on the active roster.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s Total Compensation By Year (post-retirement):

2011: $3.6 million

2012: $3.6 million

2013: $3.6 million

2014: $3.6 million

2015: $3.6 million

2016: $3.6 million

2017: $3.6 million

2018: $3.6 million

2019: $3.6 million

2020: $3.6 million

2021: $3.6 million

2022: $3.6 million

2023: $3.6 million

2024: $3.6 million

For reference, the average player in the MLB makes $4.41 million per season as of 2022, which is up from $4.17 million back in 2021. Still, Ken Griffey Jr.’s $3.6 million is nothing to sneeze at, especially given that he’s retired many years ago and is still raking it in without actively playing for the MLB.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s career stats

Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the most iconic baseball players in MLB history. Here’s a summary of his illustrious career stats:

  • Position: Centerfielder
  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Left
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 195lb
  • Born: November 21, 1969, in Donora, PA
  • Major League Debut: April 3, 1989
  • Last Game: May 31, 2010
  • Hall of Fame: Inducted as Player in 2016

Teams Played For: Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox

Career Statistics:

  • Games Played: 2,671
  • At Bats (AB): 9,801
  • Hits (H): 2,781
  • Home Runs (HR): 630
  • Batting Average (BA): .284
  • Runs (R): 1,662
  • Runs Batted In (RBI): 1,836
  • Stolen Bases (SB): 184
  • On-Base Percentage (OBP): .370
  • Slugging Percentage (SLG): .538
  • On-Base Plus Slugging (OPS): .907
  • OPS+: 136

Nicknamed “Junior,” “The Kid,” and “The Natural,” Griffey Jr. is remembered for his incredible talent, smooth swing, and charismatic presence on the field. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 with one of the highest voting percentages ever recorded. Over his 22-year career, Griffey Jr. played for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox, leaving an indelible mark on the game of baseball.

Did Ken Griffey Jr. grow up rich or poor?

Ken Griffey Jr. grew up quite rich in a very well-off family. You may know his father, Ken Griffey Sr., who also played in the MLB as an outfielder from 1973 all the way through 1991, and made good money doing so. Ken Griffey Sr. is estimated to have earned well over $2.3 million during his career by the year 1991, which is equivalent to over $5 million in today’s dollars. Ken Griffey Sr. himself is estimated to have an overall net worth of roughly $2 million.

How did Ken Griffey Jr. start his baseball career?

Ken Griffey Jr., one of the most celebrated baseball players of all time, embarked on his baseball career with a solid foundation in the sport. Born on November 21, 1969, in Donora, Pennsylvania, Griffey Jr. had a strong baseball lineage.

His father, Ken Griffey Sr., was an esteemed Major League Baseball (MLB) player, and his grandfather, Buddy Griffey, had also played in the Negro Leagues. Following in their footsteps, Griffey Jr. displayed remarkable talent and athleticism during his time at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His exceptional skills attracted widespread attention, leading to a first overall selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 1987 MLB draft when he was just 17 years old.

Griffey Jr. made his professional debut in 1989, quickly establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with due to his outstanding hitting, speed, and defensive abilities.

He became renowned for his smooth left-handed swing, impressive power, and spectacular outfield play. Throughout his illustrious career, Griffey Jr. garnered numerous accolades, including 13 All-Star selections, 10 Gold Glove Awards, and the American League MVP Award in 1997. His style of play, infectious smile, and iconic backward baseball cap made him a beloved figure in the baseball world.

In 2016, Griffey Jr.’s extraordinary contributions to the sport were recognized with his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, solidifying his status as one of the game’s greatest players.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s Wife and Children

Ken Griffey Jr. married his wife Melissa Griffey in 1992, and the couple has been together since then. Ken and Melissa have three children together, Ken Griffey III also called Trey Griffey, Tevin Griffey, Taryn Kennedy

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