Trey Griffey is not a baseball player, but that didn’t stop the Seattle Mariners from drafting him in the 24th round of the MLB draft on Saturday.
If that rings some bells, you were probably a baseball fan in the 1990s, when Ken Griffey, Jr., Trey’s father, wore No. 24 for the Seattle Mariners and was the coolest baseball player of all time before everything went to hell.
The Mariners do not, apparently, intend to bring Trey Griffey into their farm system, despite identifying him as a center fielder, same as his dad. Trey, however, is a wide receiver at Arizona who hasn’t played baseball since middle school. He caught 11 passes as a fourth-year junior last season.
The Mariners say they’ve seen Trey Griffey swing a bat, and think he has a future in baseball if he wants it, but Tom McNamara, Mariners director of amateur scouting, admitted to the Seattle Times
there was a good bit of symbolism at play here.
“We’re getting real creative in our old age. We knew we are going to do it. One of our baseball ops guys, Wes Battle, came over and said it wouldn’t be a bad idea if you took him in the 24th round.”
The Mariners went so far as to ask Ken if he was cool with it. Obviously he was.
So while McNamara said Trey Griffey has a job waiting for him in the Mariners organization, they seem to have used the pick as a tribute to the most important player in franchise history, and no 90s kid will complain about that