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Hall of Fame: Who's "your" guy?

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Fred McGriff

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Jerry Crasnick: True, McGriff never hit 40 homers in a season, and he fell seven short of the 500 mark for his career. But he was a monument to middle-of-the-order consistency before the steroid age, when a 30-homer season actually meant something. McGriff finished in the top 10 in MVP balloting six times, and he has a higher career OPS (.886) than Eddie Mathews, Rafael Palmeiro, Harmon Killebrew and Sammy Sosa, to name a few. Borderline? Sure. But the Crime Dog makes the grade for me.