Re: Hall of Fame Thoughts by Chris Welsh
Originally Posted by RedsBaron
Being the fifth best at a position did not keep out of the Hall of Fame Richie Ashburn and Larry Doby, two center fielders from the 1950s who clearly rank behind Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider as center fielders from that era.
That doesn't mean McGriff should be in the HOF but assuming for the sake of argument that he was merely the fifth best at his position in his era should not itself keep him out IMO. I also wonder if McGriff would rank behind McGwire and Palmiero absent chemical enhancements.
IMO Ashburn doesn't belong. Doby I think is in for his negro league achievents as well as his MLB achievements.
Again, IMO McGriff and his 497 HR's just aren't enough. If he had an MVP or a couple years where he was close in voting along with a reputation or some hardware showing he could play defense then yes he would be worthy of the HOF.
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