15. Fred McGriff
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 31, 1963 in Tampa, FL USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: May 17, 1986
  • Final Game: July 15, 2004
  • Silver Slugger - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
  • Silver Slugger - 1992
  • TSN All-Star - 1992
  • Silver Slugger - 1993
  • TSN All-Star - 1993
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1994
 
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After having been named an All-Star four times in his career, Fred McGriff was left available in the 1998 Expansion Draft, and the Tampa Bay Rays were able to have the hometown star as an inaugural Ray.

The First Baseman brought star power, and for that matter, power, to the expansion team.  McGriff had 19 Home Runs in 1998, and he would increase that to 32 with 104 Runs Batted In in 1999.  He would also bat .310 with a Slugging Percentage of .552.  In his third year with the Rays, McGriff's power game remained strong with 27 dingers and 106 RBIs and would be his fifth (and final) All-Star Game appearance.  The Rays would trade him to the Chicago Cubs before the trading deadline, but he still had another 19 Home Runs before the deal.

As a Ray, the “Crime Dog” blasted 99 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .291/.380/.484.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base, Designated Hitter
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Atlanta Braves 11/18/97.
  • Departed: Traded to the Chicago Cubs for Manny Aybar and a Player to be Named Later 7/27/01.
  • Games Played: 577
  • Notable Statistics: 277 Runs, 603 Hits, 102 Doubles, 1 Triple, 99 Home Runs, 359 Runs Batted In, 11 Stolen Bases, .291/.380/.454 Slash Line, 9.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2000)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (1998)
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