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Broken bat on Ken Griffey Jr. statue to be repaired this weekend

KOMO File: A man vandalized the Ken Griffey Jr. statue outside Safeco Field in Seattle by breaking off the bat on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: KOMO News){ }

SEATTLE - Ken Griffey Junior's statue outside Safeco Field will soon have its bat back.

The Mariners said the artist who created the bronze statue plans to return to Seattle on Friday to fix the broken bat on the statue.

A tent will be put up around the statue in the coming days to protect the work against any "rain delays."

The repairs should be finished by Sunday.

A man vandalized the statue in October by breaking off the bat. The 35-year-old suspect was captured by a bystander and faced charges of malicious mischief and theft.

The statue, which features Griffey's legendary swing, was unveiled last April as a tribute to the first Mariner in the MLB Hall of Fame.

Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just over two weeks on Feb. 14. The team opens the regular season at home on March 29 against the Cleveland Indians.


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