Pro - McGriff's prime was during the late 1980s and early 1990s as he clubbed 30 home runs for seven straight seasons from 1988-1994.
He propelled the Atlanta Braves in their chase to win the National League West championship in 1993 - the last real pennant race.
He slugged 30 or more home runs in 10 of 19 seasons - he led the American League with 36 home runs in 1989 and the National League with 35 in 1992.
He finished with 493 home runs and 1,550 RBIs.
He finished with a .377 on-base percentage and a .509 slugging percentage.
Con - McGriff's numbers are easy to ignore, because as the power numbers exploded through the mid 1990s, there was no real 'jump' in The Crime Dog's home run totals.
While sluggers of comparable ability were slugging past his best home run totals on a perennial basis - McGriff wasn't hitting 40-50 home runs like everyone else through the mid to late 1990s.
Yes/No - I'd lean towards 'yes.'
McGriff's legacy will forever be linked for endorsing Tom Emanski's baseball instructional videos - McGriff was a great slugger and if he had starred from the 1970s and early 1980s, maybe the consistency in his power numbers would be seen with more relevance.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Considering the Hall candidates - Fred McGriff