McGriff not Hall worthy

Fred McGriff is closing in on 500 career home runs, but unlike Ken Griffey Jr., Cooperstown won't be calling.

Originally Published: June 21, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

I find this entire exercise utterly depressing.

My assignment is to fall on the grenade and explain why Fred McGriff doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame. There have been harder rhetorical tasks, frankly. Proving why McGriff should buy his own ticket to Cooperstown is easier than keeping Franklin Pierce off Mount Rushmore.

But with McGriff teetering toward his 500th career home run -- the Tampa Bay local artifact has 493 -- talk has begun to stir that his following Ken Griffey ...

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