Fred McGriff enters Cooperstown

Fred McGriff enters Cooperstown


The Contemporary Era of Baseball Committee has decided: ex-Toronto Blue Jays slugger Fred McGriff will be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. < /p>

The 59-year-old Floridian received the unanimous support of the 16 committee members on Sunday, granting him access to Cooperstown.

A first baseman, McGriff spent 19 seasons in the major leagues. In addition to that of the Jays, he has worn the uniform of the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

In 2,460 major league baseball games, he drove in 1,550 runs and hit 493 homers, and had a .284 batting average.

McGriff was invited to the All-Star Game five times and won the World Series once, in 1995 with the Braves. He was also recognized as a model of humility and constancy.

However, he had never succeeded in entering the Temple during his first 10 years of eligibility, obtaining only 39.8% lanes in 2019 with the Baseball Writers Association of America.

For their part, controversial ex-athletes Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were once again ignored. Their candidature was examined for the first time by the committee of the contemporary era.