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Former Dodger Elected to Hall of Fame

On the first night of the 2022 Winter Meetings located in San Diego, California, the Hall of Famers were named. Out of the eight nominated, Fred McGriff was the only one to receive the 12 votes needed by the Contemporary Era committee.


McGriff’s time as a major league baseball player was affected by both the steroid era and the 1994 player’s strike. Had that not happened he would have most definitely broken into the 500-home run club before he retired in 2004, 7 home runs short.

Across his 19 seasons spent in the major leagues, he played for the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, Cubs, and for Dodgers. Although he only spent the 2003 season in Los Angeles, you know what they say…once a Dodger, always a Dodger.

Playing professional baseball for nearly two decades is impressive in itself, but during that time, he accomplished quite a lot: Three-time Silver Slugger, the MVP of the 1994 All-Star Game, and was a part of the 1995 World Series winning Braves team in which he slammed two homers during the annual Fall Classic.

He also appeared in 10 postseason series in five seasons, slashing a combined .303/.385/.532 with 10 homers.

Overall, the five-time All-Star homered 493 times, collected 2,493 hits, and 1,550 RBIs.  He was a .284 hitter for his career, he hit 30 or more homers 10 times, and he received MVP votes eight times including every season from 1989 to 1993.

McGriff, who is now 59, came up empty in 10 attempts on the BBWAA ballot, maxing out at 39.8% support in his final year in 2019. This was his first appearance on a small-committee ballot.

It also helped that this specific committee included one of McGriff’s former teammates, Greg Maddux, and his former Blue Jays boss, Paul Beeston, who were particularly helpful in recognizing and appreciating his impact and importance during the late 1980s through 1990s.

So congratulations, Crime Dog. You can finally call yourself a Hall of Famer nearly two decades after you played your last game as a major leaguer.

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Kristilyn Hetherington

Kristilyn is a student at Azusa Pacific University pursuing a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration on sports. She worked for her high school newspaper as Editor in Chief for three years and has been working here since July 2022. She also works for the Sports Information Office at her college and has served as a Student-Athlete Representative for the Student Government at APU. She was recently inducted into the National Journalism Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha, and has written a few pieces for the school newspaper and magazine. She's an avid sports lover and is excited to continue growing and learning in this field.

One Comment

  1. Interesting that 3 of the big names on the steroid list didn’t get in. Also, IIRC, especially Bonds, but weren’t the other 2 less than friendly with the press? That alone could make a difference if it’s close, don’t pi** off someone you want to vote for you later. Doesn’t break my heart that they didn’t make it either.

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