Ken Griffey Jr. joins ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe to help call Yankees-M’s tonight

Ken Griffey (left) with Rick Sutcliffe. (Courtesy Rick Sutcliffe)
Ken Griffey Jr. (left) and ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe are golfing buddies. Tonight at Safeco Field, they’re ESPN game analysts. (Photo courtesy of Rick Sutcliffe)

The Seattle Mariners host the New York Yankees tonight in their first home appearance on ESPN since 2011.

Hall of Famer and 13-time MLB All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. will be a guest analyst in the booth for the entire telecast. Griffey, who played more than a decade for the Mariners, will join play-by-play commentator Jon Sciambi and analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville.

Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe faced Griffey on multiple occasions.

This is an opportunity for Griffey to share with fans his knowledge and love for our game. He has a great personality . . . I hope we can bring that out tonight.
– Rick Sutcliffe talking about Ken Griffey Jr.

“He is most known for his home runs [630 in 22 years],” recalled Sutcliffe, “but what I remember more was his ability to beat teams with his great defensive play.”

Baseball continues to bring them together.

“We are the only two retired players that NIKE takes on their annual baseball trip for their top MLB players, so we’ve spent a lot of time together,” said Sutcliffe.

During tonight’s telecast, the two will be able to play off each other’s experiences.

“This is an opportunity for Griffey to share with fans his knowledge and love for our game,” Sutcliffe said. “He has a great personality. I know that from playing a lot of golf with him and I hope we can bring that out tonight.”

Tonight’s full national telecast presented by USAA begins on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET. following ESPN’s Little League World Series coverage from Williamsport, Pa.

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