San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds and My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot
52.4 Career WAR, .284/.377/.509/.886, 2490 hits, 493 HR’s, 1550 RBI’s, 1305 BB’s
Fred McGriff was traded to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline in 1993 and his impact in the middle of the order led the Braves to their only championship in 1995. Despite 14 straight National League East championships, it wasn’t until the “Crime Dog” came to Atlanta that the offense could help the elite pitching. Whoever McGriff played for had a feared hitter in the middle of their order. His tomahawk swing fit perfectly in any lineup. Much like Ramirez should get credit for being a difference maker in Boston for finally helping win a championship, McGriff should receive credit for being the difference maker in Atlanta. He also finished his career just seven home runs shy of the 500 home run mark that had always been a guarantee for enshrinement. Much in the same way Jim Rice was feared and eventually entered the Hall of Fame, McGriff should finally be considered one of the elite power hitters by voters.