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29. Fred McGriff

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29.  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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As Fred McGriff made an attempt to hit 500 career home runs, a debate began as to whether 500 was still a magic number for Hall of Fame entry.  Sadly the message was a clear one; if Fred McGriff can get there maybe the number just doesn’t hold the same meaning.

Fred McGriff did not reach 500 homers as he fell seven short, thus ending the aforementioned debate.   The man dubbed the “Crime Dog” may have been a two time Home Run champion but he was not always considered among the upper echelon of power hitters.  Perhaps it was because he played first base in a time of powerful first basemen (hence only five All Star appearances), or in the midst of the steroid era where he posted traditional Home Run figures at a time when freakish power numbers occurred.  Regardless, McGriff was a very capable power hitter who was an asset to any lineup he played on.

Would his chances improve had he reached 500?  It probably would.  Likely what holds his chances back even further is that he was perceived as being too one dimensional.  His fielding was average at best, and he was not going to win games with his speed.  Despite a long career, he never played longer than five seasons with any team and thus lacked the set identity with any franchise.   Statistically speaking, he does rank with other first basemen in the Hall, but he also does with a few left out.  If McGriff had just one more intangible voters wouldn’t be on the fence with him like they are now.

Should Fred McGriff be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 67.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 2010
  • Position: First Base
  • Played For: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-Star (5) (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 2000)
    All-Star Game MVP (1) (1994)
    Silver Slugger (3) (AL) (1) (1989) (NL (2) (1992 & 1993)
    Most Home Runs (2) (AL) (1) (1989) (NL) (1) (1992)
    Highest OPS (1) (AL) (1989)
    Highest OPS+ (1) (AL) (1989)
    Most Intentional Walks (1) (NL) (1992)
    World Series Rings (1) (Atlanta Braves, 1995)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1989, 6th), (NL: 1992 6th), (NL: 1993, 4th) & (NL: 1994, 8th)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Most Hits)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 28.   Home Runs: 493
    34.   Intemtional Walks: 171
    46.   Walks: 1,305
    47.   Runs Batted In: 1,550
    54.   Total Bases: 4,458
    60.   Win Probability Added: 43.2
    70.   Games Played: 2,460
    78.   Plate Appearances: 10,174
    83.   OPS: .886
    85.   Slugging Percentage: .509
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2010: 21.5
    2011: 17.9
    2012: 23.9
    2013: 20.7
    2014: 11.7
    2015: 12.9
    2016: 20.9
    2017: 21.7
    2018: 23.2
    2019: 39.8
  • Should be Inducted As A: Atlanta Brave

Should Fred McGriff be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 67.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.1%