Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Fred McGriff. YES or NO
We are just 30 hours removed from one of the biggest baseball announcements in recent history. And the ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ continues to march onward!!!
I will be the first person to admit that I am an opinionated guy. I don’t hide from that fact; it is simply part of my personality.
But, I am not so opinionated that I cannot be educated or even swayed with my opinion.
And when it comes to discussions about my favorite sport and hobby, I tend to be pretty passionate with my opinions.
That all leads up to this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’. Fred McGriff is a guy that I really don’t have a strong opinion about. Sure, I cheered for him as a player and I thought he was really, really good; even fantastic at times. I just don’t know if he is worthy of Hall of Fame enshrinement.
As a player, McGriff is probably best known for being a top-notch run producer. During his 19 seasons in the big leagues, McGriff drove in 1,550 runs including eight seasons of at least 100 or more RBI. He also had a knack for hitting home runs as he clubbed 493 dingers during his career, with 10 seasons of at least 30 or more home runs.
Those numbers are super-impressive. It also shows that McGriff knew his role – to get runs across the plate. And he did that very well!
But, is that enough for Hall of Fame entry? I’m not so sure.
McGriff is a lifetime .284 hitter and has 2,490 career hits. He is a five-time All-Star, and he won three Silver Slugger awards. He is also a member of the 1995 World Series Championship winning Atlanta Braves.
McGriff was never considered the best player at his position at any time during his career. He never really challenged for the league’s MVP Award, though he does have a few Top 10 finishes to his credit. And when ranked amongst the All-Time greatest hitters, Baseball Reference puts McGriff between Sherry McGee and Buddy Bell, two players that hardly make you think Cooperstown.
So, where would my vote lie if I had to cast a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for ‘The Crime Dog’??
This is a very tough one for me. But, I have to go with my gut. And sadly, my gut says ‘No’. There are just too many players from the same era of the sport that lasted just as long at McGriff that offered a more well-rounded game. McGriff had a fantastic career, and I really enjoyed watching him amass some pretty solid numbers, but I just don’t think that he is worthy of being mentioned with the likes of the elite.
What do you think? If you had a vote would Fred McGriff get it? Has he accomplished enough as a big leaguer to earn his way into the Hall of Fame? Make your case, you may just sway my vote….
But, until that time, I have to say ‘No’.