Chicago Cubs: Former players hopeful for shot at HOF

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Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Fred McGriff hit 493 home runs during his career–that’s good enough for 28th on the all-time list, tied with Lou Gehrig (not bad company). The only players ahead of him on that list who aren’t in the Hall of Fame are either still active or are suspected performance-enhancing drug (PED) users. McGriff, AKA “Crime Dog”, has never been linked to PEDs. McGriff was a five-time All-Star and two-time home run champ (1989 and 1992).

Despite the numbers, McGriff appears a little under-loved by Hall of Fame voters, as he only gets votes on about 20% of the ballots each year. It seems unlikely that McGriff will get the necessary 75% from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA), but perhaps a committee could be in his future.

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