‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #25
Fred McGriff – 1986 Donruss
7 home runs separates Fred McGriff from making it to the next level on this list. Still spot #25 is not too shabby when there is a ton of All-star caliber talent lower down on the rankings…
Fred McGriff rarely got the media attention that other sluggers with similar stats received. Maybe it was due to the teams he played for during his 19-season career or maybe it was due to his quiet approach to the game. Whatever it was, there is no doubt about it – Fred McGriff was a monster at the plate!!!
McGriff had an immediate impact during his rookie season and continued on that pace for the next 18 years. An incredibly strong power hitter, McGriff hit 19 or more home runs in 17 seasons. With annual counts of 34, 35, 36, 37, 34, 27, 28, and so on, McGriff was as consistent of a power hitting threat as there was in baseball. And he did this when it counted most – with runners on base. ‘The Crime Dog’ had 90 or more RBI in 12 seasons, and eclipsed the 100-RBI mark 8 times. McGriff was a pretty good contact hitter too. He hit .300 or better 4 times during his career which is very admirable for someone who batted in the clean-up position for most of his playing days.
Fred McGriff finsihed in the Top 20 for the MVP award 8 times. He was a 5-time All-star and a 3-time Silver Sligger winner. Upon retirement, McGriff finished his career with a .284 batting average while collecting 493 home runs, 1,550 RBI, and 2,490 hits.
Fred McGriff’s greatest team accomplishments came during the 1995 season while he was playing for the Atlanta Braves. In the National League Championship series, Fred hit .438 in 4 games and earned the MVP award for that series. In that same year, his Braves won the World Series which is McGriff’s lone title.