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Hank Aaron and Andre Dawson feel Fred McGriff is Hall of Fame worthy

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Though former Tampa Bay first baseman Fred McGriff didn't get voted into into the Hall of Fame this year - his first on the ballot - he's receiving some support from current and future Hall of Famers.

Recently-elected Andre Dawson, at Tropicana Field for the annual Governor's Dinner, said McGriff has the credentials to get into the Hall. McGriff finished with 493 home runs, and was a model of consistency, averaging 30 homers, 97 RBIs and a .380 on-base percentage from 1988-2002. All the while, McGriff played well defensively at first (.992 fielding percentage).

"He played on both sides of the field, he wasn't just a DH," Dawson said. "And he put numbers up, did it on a consistent basis You're talking about one of the premier power hitters of his area."

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, the former Home Run King, said McGriff "has the numbers to go into the Hall."

"Everybody can't go in there with a .300 batting average and 700 home runs," said Aaron. "If it was, you'd only have four or five guys (in)."

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com
 

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