Fred McGriff played 19 season in Major League Baseball with four different teams. While Atlanta Braves’ fans are most fond of his impactful time in Atlanta, it’s easy to see why the Crime Dog made this call.
Fifteen of my 19 major league seasons were split, playing half a decade with the blue Jays, Braves and Devil Rays. At each stop, I was lucky to be a part of memorable teams and to play in front of some of the best fans in baseball. In discussing my career with the Hall of Fame, we decided that with no logo on my plaque, I can equally represent these cities and the incredible fans in Toronto, where I got my start, Atlanta, where we won the World Series, and my hometown of Tampa Bayt, as well as my time in San Diego. I can’t wait to see my plaque when it’s unveiled this July in Cooperstown. “Fred McGriff via The Washington Post
McGriff helped lead the Braves to the 1995 World Series title. In his five years in Atlanta he posted a .293/.369/.516 triple slash line. He smashed 130 homers and drove in 446 runs while stealing 23 bases. He was an All-Star for the Braves in 1994, 1995, and 1996. The Crime Dog posted a 128 OPS+ during his time with the Braves.
Atlanta Braves fans may always remember him for his time with the Braves but we wish the Crime Dog many congratulations on his well-deserved and overdue induction into the Hall of Fame!