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Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

That’s right, the ‘Crime Dog’ turns 51 today!!!

Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

Fred McGriff is a 5-time All-Star and winner of 3 Silver Slugger Awards.  He is a lifetime .284 hitter with 2,490 career hits.  Over 19 seasons, McGriff connected for 441 doubles and 493 home runs.  He also scored 1,349 runs while driving in 1,550.

McGriff was a consistent MVP candidate for half of his years in the league.  And he was a fan favorite too.

Happy Birthday to the ‘Crime Dog’!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

That’s right, the ‘Crime Dog’ turns 50 today!!!

Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

For his 50th birthday, I would love to give him 7 more home runs – giving him an even 500 for his amazing career.  I wonder if that would positively affect his consideration for the Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday to the ‘Crime Dog’!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Fred McGriff

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Fred McGriff

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Fred McGriff card from the set:

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Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

Falling seven home runs shy of entry into the magical ‘500 Home Run Club’, I wonder how McGriff would be viewed today if he had reached  that milestone…

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Fred McGriff. YES or NO

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.

BUT…

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’??

Hmmmmm…

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’.

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Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

That’s right, the ‘Crime Dog’ turns 49 today!!!

Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

For his 49th birthday, I give him 7 more home runs – giving him an even 500 for his amazing career.

Happy Birthday to the ‘Crime Dog’!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

That’s right, the ‘Crime Dog’ turns 48 today!!!

Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

For his 48th birthday, I give him 7 more home runs – giving him an even 500 for his amazing career.

Happy Birthday to the ‘Crime Dog’!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

That’s right, the ‘Crime Dog’ turns 47 today!!!

Fred McGriff is possibly one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

For his 47th birthday, I give him 7 more home runs – giving him an even 500 for his amazing career.

Happy Birthday to the ‘Crime Dog’!!!

Did You Know…

Fred McGriff is the only player to have two 100-RBI seasons while splitting time between two big league clubs.  McGriff drove in 101 runs in 1993 while playing for San Diego(46 RBI) and Atlanta(55) and split his 102 RBI in 2001 between Tampa Bay(61) and the Chicago Cubs(41). 

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My Take – There is something to be said for a player that can adjust that quickly and remain at the top of his game in each new environment that he encounters.  McGriff was a true professional!!

Cooperstown : Looking Ahead To 2010

With thoughts of Cooperstown fresh on my brain, I thought it would be worth examining who is up for potential election into the Hall of Fame in 2010.  Per the HOF website, here is that list.

2010:Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Robin Ventura, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Ray Lankford, Pat Hentgen, Todd Zeile, Eric Karros, Mark McLemore, Andres Galarraga, Fernando Vina, Mike Jackson, Shane Reynolds, Dave Burba, David Segui, Andy Ashby

Of this group of guys there are 6 guys worthy of consideration, with 4 that should get some serious attention.  Those 6 players are: Alomar, Larkin, Ventura, Martinez, McGriff, and Galarraga.  And with no disrespect meant towards the outstanding careers of Robin Ventura and Edgar Martinez, their career achievements are not on par with players enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

So that leaves us with 4 guys.  4 guys that had remarkable careers.  4 guys that should get some major vote counts thrown their way.

Here is a Breakdown:

Roberto Alomar – 2,724 hits, 1,508 runs scored, 210 home runs, 1,134 RBI, 474 stolen bases, .300 batting average, 12 time all-star, 10 Gold Glove awards, 4 Silver Slugger trophies, 2 World Series championships

alomar

Barry Larkin – 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored, 198 home runs, 960 RBI, 379 stolen bases, .295 batting average, 12 time all-star, 3 Gold Glove awards, 9 Silver Slugger trophies, 1 MVP award, 1 World Series championship

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Fred McGriff – 2,490 hits, 1,349 runs scored, 493 home runs, 1,550 RBI, 72 stolen bases, .284 batting average, 5 time all-star, 3 Silver Slugger trophies, 1 World Series championship

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Andres Galarraga – 2,333 hits, 1,195 runs scored, 399 home runs, 1,425 RBI, 128 stolen bases, .288 batting average, 5 time all-star, 2 Gold Glove awards, 2 Silver Slugger trophies

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In summary, I think that 3 of these 4 guys will get in.  Sadly I don’t think that Galarraga will be in that group.  My guess is that Barry Larkin will get the most votes of this rookie class of 2010, but I don’t see him as a first ballot kind of player.  Alomar on the other hand is a first ballot kind of guy, but his on and off the field problems are what people remember first about his career so I think he may have to wait a few years before he gets in.  And McGriff is worthy of a spot too, I just don’t see him getting un until a few other key guys go before him, notably Andre Dawson, Barry Larkin, Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines, and Roberto Alomar.

Your thoughts???

‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #3 – ‘Class Of ’86’

This book is the 3rd book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Class of ’86’

Synopsis – Taking a in-depth look at the baseball rookie class of 1986. 

Jacket  Content – This book will look at the rookies that impacted the game during the 1986 baseball season.  We will dig in deep to review each player’s adjustment to the big leagues, their introduction to new managers and teammates, taking on life in a new city, their impact on the world of baseball card collecting, and will also provide a glimpse into their lives 23 years later.

‘The Class of ’86’ had some wild characters.  Here are their stories…

Chapters

1 – Fred McGriff – Toronto Blue Jays

2 – Andres Galarraga – Montreal Expos

3 – Paul O’Neil – Cincinnati Reds

4 – Jose Canseco – Oakland A’s

5 – Ozzie Guillen – Chicago White Sox

6 – Lenny Dykstra – New York Mets

7 – Harold Reynolds – Seattle Mariners

8 – Cecil Fielder – Toronto Blue Jays

9 – Barry Bonds – Pittsburgh Pirates

10 – Will Clark – San Francisco Giants

11 – Bo Jackson – Kansas City Royals

12 – John Kruk – San Diego Padres

13 – Ruben Sierra – Texas Rangers

14 – Benito Santiago – San Diego Padres

15 – Vince Coleman – St. Louis Cardinals

16 – Darren Daulton – Philadelphia Phillies

17 – Bobby Bonilla – Chicago White Sox

18 – Danny Tartabull – Seattle Mariners

Congratulations to ‘The Class Of 1986’!!!

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