Cooperstown Chronicles – Fred McGriff

Mar 20, 2008

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Fred McGriff was suggested by 3rdStoneFromTheSun, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness. 

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The Numbers
2460 Games (57th All-time)
8757 At Bats (77th All-time)
.284 Batting Average 
1349 Runs (96th All-time)
2490 Hits (89th All-time)
441 Doubles (93rd All-time)
24 Triples
493 Home Runs (24th All-time)
1550 RBI (39th All-time)
4458 Total Bases (41st All-time)
1305 Walks (36th All-time)
171 Intentional Walks (22nd All-time)

Playoffs:  50 games, 57 Hits in 188 At Bats (.307), 36 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 10 HRs, 37 RBI

5 All Star Games
1994 All-Star MVP
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-Base % – Four times
Slugging % – 7 times
OPS – 7 times (Led league in 1989)
Games – Four times (Led league in 1995)
Runs – Five times
Hits – Once
Total Bases – Six times
Home Runs – Seven times (Led league in 1989 & 1992)
RBI – Five times
Walks – Five times
Intentional Walks – Eight times (Led league in 1991)

The Crime Dog is one of the best nicknames ever.  He got it because his name is close to the Crime Dog McGruff.  He He had seven straight 30 HR seasons (10 in his career).  He had eight 100 RBI seasons.  He was never one of the big time 4o+ HR hitters, but he was steady.  Had he hit seven more HRs he’d be a lock for the Hall of Fame.  Even without those seven HRs though, I’d still put him in when his time came up.  I wouldn’t say his a first ballot guy, but I feel he’s worthy.


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 20th, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    I agree..He was an outstanding player for alot of years..I believe he will get in considering the HGH era, there is no evidence of McGriff ever using and I do believe the voters will give serious consideration to McGriff among many others that you have reviewed.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 20th, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    Larry – Valid points.

  3. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    April 1st, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    Great points. I agree he deserves eventual induction, even if he was seemingly outshined by many others throughout his career. His quiet, buisness-like approach may get him over looked for a few ballots.

  4. Ryan Lester
    April 1st, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    3rd – I hope he gets in eventualy too.

  5. Francis Amar
    June 26th, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    i concur with all of the previous posts. when i think fred mcgriff, i think “consistent” or “steady”. if you compare his stats to some other players, as they do at baseball-reference ( you can clearly see that the crime dog is a hall of famer.

  6. LestersLegends
    June 26th, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    indeed sir.

  7. Paul Fisher
    January 16th, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    The Crime Dog will always be my favorite baseball player of all time. The way he went about his business every year was inspiring to me. He never used performance enhancing drugs like everyone else nowadays. Hopefully he will be in the HoF at some point.

  8. LestersLegends
    January 16th, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    We’ll see. Good guy factor could play it’s way here.

  9. erik
    August 6th, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    i dont know about this one

  10. LestersLegends
    August 7th, 2009 at 5:20 am #

    yeah he’s tough

  11. MIkey1
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    HES A CHEATER HE PLAYED WITH JOSE FOR 2 YEARS no WAY you hit those homers after 16 seasons just face it he cheated

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