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Ken Griffey Jr. hits 600th home run in 1st inning against Marlins

Ken Griffey Jr. hits 600th home run in 1st inning against Marlins

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th home run on Monday, completing his long ascent and becoming the sixth player in Major League Baseball history to reach that milestone.
The Cincinnati Reds outfielder homered off Florida Marlins lefty Mark Hendrickson in the first inning. Griffey joined Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa.
The 38-year-old homered with Jerry Hairston on third and one out. The left-handed swinger launched a 3-1 pitch 413 feet into the right-field seats.
Griffey received a standing ovation from the relatively sparse crowd and responded by coming out of the Reds dugout and tipping his helmet to the fans.
He hasn't enjoyed many golden moments since the Reds got him from Seattle in 2000. This will rank as one of his best with Cincinnati and, possibly, one of his last, given that he's in the final year of his contract.
It was a long time coming.
Griffey, one of MLB's most prolific sluggers before injuries began to take their toll, started the season with 593 home runs. His previous homer came on May 31.
Unlike Bonds and Sosa, Griffey has stayed clear of questions about whether he came by all of his homers legitimately. His name has never come up in MLB's steroids scandal. Unlike Sosa, he's never been caught using a doctored bat.
Although Junior is linked numerically with Hammerin' Hank and the Babe, he has never been defined by the home run.
His game is so well-rounded that he was voted an All-Century outfielder with Seattle before his 30th birthday. By then, his backward cap and light-up smile were the face of MLB.