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Devil Rays hire McGriff as special adviser

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former major league star Fred
McGriff was hired Wednesday as a special adviser by the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays.

McGriff is from Tampa and played for the Devil Rays. The
five-time All-Star first baseman hit 493 career home runs.

The 43-year-old McGriff will serve as an instructor during
spring training and work during the season in other areas,
including community outreach efforts and occasionally on radio and
television broadcasts.

"Fred was one of the most popular players to wear a Rays
uniform. During his long and distinguished major league career, he
represented the game with dignity and respect," team president
Matt Silverman said.

McGriff also played with Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers during a 19-year career.

McGriff played three full seasons with the Devil Rays before
being traded to the Cubs in 2001. He returned to Tampa Bay in 2004
for what turned out to be the final two months of his career.