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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mariners reveal bronze Ken Griffey Jr. statue; Lou Brock diagnosed with cancer

04.14.17 at 8:19 am ET

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NHL: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
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— The Mariners unveiled a statue in a ceremony on Thursday honoring Ken Griffey Jr. outside of Safeco Field. The bronze likeness of the Seattle legend captures his familiar home run swing.

“One of the things I’m known for is my swing and I think it was pretty much going to be a given (that would be the pose),” Griffey Jr. said during the ceremony. “They pretty much nailed it. It was overwhelming to see something like that.”

The statue is seven feet tall and includes a patch honoring the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. Griffey Jr. helped lead the campaign for all major leaguers to wear Robinson’s No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day once a year.

Last year, Griffey Jr. became the first Mariners player to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the team retired his No. 24 last season.

— The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Brock was scheduled to appear at Busch Stadium for an event on April 25, but it has now been canceled while Brock undergoes treatment for the cancer.

Brock has a history of health issues. In 2015, his left leg was amputated below the knee because of complications from his Type 2 diabetes. He wears a prothetic leg and sometimes even throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Cardinals games.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Ridiculous.” — Bill Belichick, on Deflategate, in word association with CNBC’s Suzy Welch.

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