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Frederick Stanley McGriff
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[edit] Biographical Information

Fred McGriff played 19 seasons in the majors, finishing with 493 home runs, exactly the same as Lou Gehrig. Although Fred never won an MVP award, he finished first in the American League in Adjusted OPS in 1989.

The Hall of Fame Monitor test scores him at exactly 100.0; scoring more than 100 on the test is a likely Hall of Famer, indicating that McGriff is just on the line. In 2010, he received 21.5% of the vote for his first year on the ballot. In 2012, he was still at 23.9%, having failed to show any momentum, then in 2013, he fell to 20.7% and in 2014 to 11.7%.

From 1992 to 2008, McGriff held the unusual distinction of being the last player in both the American and National Leagues to lead the league in home runs while hitting less than 40. (McGriff hit 36 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, then 35 in 1992 as a member of the San Diego Padres.) Miguel Cabrera led the AL with 37 in 2008. However, McGriff is still the last person in the NL to do so.

Fred was signed as a 9th round pick in the 1981 amateur draft by the New York Yankees and scout Gus Poulos.

The most similar players, according to the similarity scores method, are Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell.

In 2008, McGriff is a Special Advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 5-time All-Star (1992, 1994-1996 & 2000)
  • 1994 All-Star Game MVP
  • 3-time Silver Slugger Award Winner (1989/AL, 1992/NL & 1993/NL)
  • AL OPS Leader (1989)
  • 2-time League Home Runs Leader (1989/AL & 1992/NL)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 15 (1987-1997 & 1999-2002)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 10 (1988-1994, 1999, 2001 & 2002)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 8 (1991-1993, 1996 & 1999-2002)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1988 & 1993)
  • Won a World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995

[edit] Further Reading

  • Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: First Baseman Fred McGriff", Baseball Digest, March 1993, p. 51. [1]
  • Matt Yallof: "A View from Studio 3: McGriff worthy of Hall of Fame: Slugger hasn't received nearly enough support from BBWAA voters",, January 3, 2015. [2]

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