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Wakamatsu benched Griffey last month

Updated: June 4, 2010, 9:20 AM ET
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SEATTLE -- The Kid's farewell tour did not go according to plan.

In the final months before his abrupt retirement Wednesday, Ken Griffey Jr. struggled so mightily manager Don Wakamatsu met with the Seattle icon last month and told him he was benching him.

Still, the Mariners weren't going to release the man who is going to be their first player inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Then last month, two teammates told The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune that they saw Griffey ...

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