Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

Fred McGriff, seen right here with the Braves in 1997. (Stephen Dunn/Allsport/Getty Pictures)

A particular committee unanimously elected Fred McGriff to the Baseball Corridor of Fame on Sunday whereas rejecting seven different nominees, a few of whom are tied to baseball’s steroids period.

McGriff was elected by way of the primary vote of the up to date baseball period committee, a bunch tasked with contemplating modern-day gamers (1980 to current) who weren’t enshrined by way of the standard vote taken by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America. McGriff will be a part of the remainder of the category of 2023 that is voted on by the BBWA. It will likely be introduced Jan. 24.

The committee rejected seven different nominees, together with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro, who’re all linked to baseball’s steroids period. Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro and Albert Belle all acquired fewer than 4 votes from the 16-member committee. Like with the BBWA, a participant wants 75% of the votes to be enshrined.

Don Mattingly (8 votes), Curt Schilling (7) and Dale Murphy (6 votes) likewise got here up wanting the 12-vote threshold. McGriff was voted in by all 16 members. He topped out throughout his remaining 12 months of BBWA eligibility with 39.8% of the vote in 2019.

McGriff, 59, performed 19 MLB seasons from 1986-2004 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Satan Rays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is finest recognized for his stint with the Braves, the place he made three of his 5 All-Star groups and gained a World Sequence in 1995. He anchored first base for the Braves from 1993-97, a five-year span that noticed them win 4 division titles and two NL pennants. The 1994 playoffs had been canceled amid a participant strike.

McGriff completed his profession slashing .284/.377/.509 with 493 dwelling runs, 1,550 RBI and 72 steals. He was a two-time dwelling run champion the place he led the AL in 1989 with the Blue Jays (36) and the NL in 1992 with the Padres (35). He gained two Silver Slugger awards.

The committee is comprised of Corridor of Fame gamers Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell alongside MLB executives and media members. It debuted this 12 months and can reconvene each three years to think about gamers who do not make the Corridor on the BBWA poll. A BBWA committee nominates candidates for consideration.

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