McGriff, 40, stuck at 493 home runs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Fred McGriff was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday, ending his bid to reach 500 career home runs with his hometown team.

The 40-year-old first baseman was designated for assignment on
July 17 after batting .181 with two homers and seven RBI in 27

McGriff has 493 career home runs. He signed a minor league
contract in February, hoping to show enough during spring training
that a major league team would give him an opportunity to continue
his quest for 500.

He didn't begin the season with the Devil Rays, but joined them
on May 28 for his second stint with the team. He also played in
Tampa Bay from 1998 to 2001, and he is the club's all-time leader in home
runs (99), RBI (359), runs scored (277), hits (603) and games
played (577).