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Griffey will always be a Mariner

Updated: May 15, 2010, 1:42 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Somebody said Ken Griffey Jr. was taking a nap in the clubhouse; his teammates aren't happy about that; and day after day this week, the drama has absorbed the baseball world.

But really, only two things matter:

1. Can he help the Mariners? There is a lot of evidence that he cannot, given his production and his inability to play a position, but the Seattle front office has made the decision to keep him on the roster.

2. Will any of what happened this week affect his long-term relationship with the organization?

The answer to that, says Griffey's agent, is absolutely not.

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