SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu says Ken Griffey Jr. is retiring.
Wakamatsu made the announcement before Wednesday night's game against Minnesota. Griffey's retirement is effective immediately.
The 40-year-old Griffey was one of baseball's greatest players before injuries began to take their toll. The perennial All-Star outfielder ranks fifth on the career home run list with 630.
Griffey was hitting only .184 this season and recently went a week without playing.