Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster

Fred McGriff’s reaction if he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame

2 years agoStaff Report

Former Cubs first baseman Fred McGriff joined Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster to discuss what it would mean for McGriff if he got the call to Cooperstown. 

Throughout Fred McGriff’s 19-year career in the majors, McGriff hit 493 HRs, 2,490 hits and a career batting average of .284 during the regular season. In the postseason, McGriff had a career .303 batting average, 10 home runs and 57 hits. 

It’s those numbers that make Dempster believes that McGriff belongs into the Baseball Hall of Fame. McGriff, however, said he isn’t too concerned with whether he ever gets the call from Cooperstown. 

“I’ve been very blessed,” McGriff said. “I was cut from my high school team. For me, to overcome all of that and be blessed to play [19] years in the big leagues … to just get one day in the big leagues, it was just awesome.”

McGriff added that it would be awesome if he got the call to Cooperstown; however, he said you have to keep rolling on and see what happens moving forward. 

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