Fred McGriff was once again not voted into the Hall of Fame. The “Crime Dog” only got 23.9 percent of vote, but the stats show that McGriff should already be in Cooperstown.
Jeff Bagwell was the 23rd first baseman voted into the Hall of Fame with 86.2 percent of the vote. “Bags” had a great career that justified his induction. However, another power-hitting first baseman has once again been overlooked by the national writers. This begs the question of whether or not Fred McGriff himself has been the victim of a Hall of Fame induction theft.
The “Crime Dog” posted a career stat line of .284/.377/.509 (134 OPS+). He added 493 home runs, 1,550 RBI, 1,349 runs scored and 2,490 hits over the course of his career. He was a five-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, All-Star Game MVP and World Series champion.
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McGriff may have been the biggest victim of the 1994 strike-shortened season in regards to the impact that it had on his career numbers. That season he had already collected 34 home runs and 94 RBI in 113 games played before the strike stopped work in August of that year. The strike likely cost McGriff two very noteworthy offensive milestones in 500 homers and 2,500 hits.
When comparing McGriff to some of the more recent first basemen inducted, it simply makes no logical or statistical sense for him to not be in Cooperstown.
A model of consistency, McGriff also performed when in counted for his teams in the postseason. McGriff raked during the playoffs with a .303/.385/.532 line and contributed 10 home runs, 37 RBI and a .917 OPS over the course of 50 games played.
In 2019 McGriff will likely appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the last time. He will have hit the 10-year maximum allowance for nomination. The biggest disappointment is the fact that this man has never gained more than 23.9 percent of the vote from writers. A man who played in the steroid era and was never associated with them at any point, McGriff appears to be running out of chances. The “Crime Dog” will go down as one of the greatest snubs in the history of Hall of Fame voting.