Destined for greatness

Ken Griffey Jr. retires as one of the finest center fielders of all time

Updated: June 3, 2010, 2:53 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Soon after signing his first professional baseball contract, a first-round draft choice sometimes is given the opportunity to take batting practice in his new team's major league ballpark to give him an idea of where he will play someday. "I've seen it before; the kid is nervous," said Scott Bradley, the baseball coach at Princeton and a former major leaguer. "He gets in the cage, pops up a bunch of balls, swings and misses at a couple because he's trying to hit it so high and so far because he ...

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