History not on McGriff's side
Tampa's Fred McGriff remained optimistic about his chances to eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame after his disappointing showing in his first year on the ballot, getting just 21.5 percent of the vote. "You've just got to keep going,'' he said. "And keep campaigning.''
But history is not on McGriff's side.
Based on a couple hours of research on baseball-reference.com, there have been only two players elected by the writers (under the current system adopted in 1967) after getting a lower percentage than McGriff in their first year of eligibility - Duke Snider, who started with 17 percent in 1970 and was elected in 1980, and Don Drysdale, who got 21 percent in 1975 and was elected in 1984.