Ken Griffey Jr. will get his bat back soon.
The Mariners announced Thursday that a Tacoma-based sculptural design and art foundry will reattach the bat to the Griffey statue near the home-plate entrance to Safeco Field this weekend.
The end of the bronze bat was vandalized and stolen Oct. 17, leaving Griffey holding just the handle. Skyler Mamoru Kaizuka was charged with the crime later that week, with court documents stating that the $100,000 statue might require $50,000 in repairs.
The repairs are expected to be completed at some point over the weekend.
The Mariners unveiled the statue in April. It depicts Griffey’s home run follow-through, a sight seen 630 times in his 22-year Hall-of-Fame career.
Hill replaces Kremin
Gary Hill Jr. has been named executive producer/engineer for the Mariners’ radio broadcasts. The versatile Hill has hosted Mariners pre- and postgame shows since 2010 and has filled in with play-by-play duties.
He replaces Kevin Cremin, who retired following the 2017 season after 35 years as the Mariners’ radio producer and engineer.