|Mike Cameron played center field at Safeco like he owned it. As matter of fact he did own it.|
Perhaps you've forgotten this play on Derek Jeter's home run shortly after Cammie joined the team in 2000. It shows why he took some of the sting out of Griffey's flight to Cincinnati for me. I even wrote a poem about Cameron's catch for my 5th and 6th graders to show that poetry didn't have to be a bore.
After M's didn't offer Cameron a contract for the 2004 season, he signed with the Mets. After an average year with the Metropolitans in 2004, Cameron suffered a terrible season-ending injury in a collision with Carlos Beltran. He went on to play with the Padres and Brewers, posting decent seasons with both teams.
Cameron had a good career. Baseball-Reference.com shows him as a slightly above average hitter for his career, with an OPS+ above 100 from 1999-2009. Not surprisingly, his best year was 2001, along with many others, with a .267/.353/.480 slash line, 126 OPS + and 16th place finish in MVP voting.
|A loyal player, a loyal teammate who got the most he could out of his talent. No, Cameron wasn't Ken Griffey, Jr., but in some ways he was better.|