December 21, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Fred McGriff

FRED McGRIFF
Second Year on Ballot (2010 - 21.5%)

PLAYING CAREER:  Toronto Blue Jays (1986–1990), San Diego Padres (1991–1993), Atlanta Braves (1993–1997), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–2001), Chicago Cubs (2001–2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2003) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .284 with 2490 hits, 493 home runs and 1550 RBI.  Ranked 26th all-time in home runs and 41st in RBI.  Hit 30 or more home runs in seven straight seasons (1988-1994) and three more times in 1999, 2001 and 2002.  Five-time All-Star selection (1992, 1994-1996 and 2000).  World Series champion in 1995.  Was the first player to hit a home run at Toronto's Skydome...now known as the Rogers Centre.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ON TWITTER:

@sdsuaztec4: You know who the Padres should sign to play 1B? Fred McGriff.

@bluejaysbatboy: Fred McGriff career = under-rated. Bonus because he also brought Alomar to the Jays.

HOVG THOUGHTS:  The "Crime Dog" was the epitome of consistency for close to 20 years and there's no reason to think that he won't be on the ballot for a long, long time.  The problem with McGriff, however, is that he's going to be overshadowed on the ballow by some pretty big names and stands to never get his proper respect.  With 493 career bombs, he currently has the most home runs of any eligible player (not named Mark McGwire) not currently in the Hall of Fame.


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