Players across baseball honor Ken Griffey Jr. with special cleats

Sunday July 24th, 2016

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If you noticed an unusual amount of white cleats during play on Sunday, that’s because players everywhere are honoring Ken Griffey Jr. as he’s inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The shoes—white, with a gold accent—are made by Nike, and have the Griffey “Swingman” logo. Angels star Mike Trout, along with teammate Albert Pujols, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira are among the players wearing them. 

“It’s going to be fun,” Trout said, according to’s Alden Gonzalez, before the Angels played the Astros. “I’m looking forward to it. I knew they were going to give us a shoe, but when they came out looking like that, it looks good.”

Griffey was inducted along with Mike Piazza on Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown. He was a 13-time All-Star and the 1997 MVP, finishing with 2,781 hits and 630 home runs with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox. The lefty led the American League in Home Runs four times and won 10 Gold Gloves.

– Kenny Ducey

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