We are the city of champions so it about time the rest of the United States started respecting that title. Well, they are a little as a Tampa Native has been Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 493 Home Runs with 13 seasons having over 27 or more baseball legend Fred McGriff will now be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Fred who is a Tampa Native finally obtained the votes required to be inducted. It wasn’t like he didn’t have the reputation to earn the title. He survived 19 seasons with six different teams, 2 of which include the Tampa Bay Rays, without any controversy. McGriff was the only new inductee this year. It takes a majority vote and McGriff got 12 of 16 votes required to be inducted. Don Mattingly got eight, Curt Schilling seven and Dale Murphy six and therefore were not able to make it this year.
Some other honorable mentions were Albert Belle, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro, who some are contributing rumors of performance-enhancing drugs to their success.
Fred McGriff was a ninth-round pick by the Yankees in 81, however he was traded to the minors but climbed back to the majors in 1986. By the next year, quickly working at being the game’s top hitting first basemen. He averaged 35 home-runs over a seven-year stretch. He became the first to hit 30 with five different teams. He was with the Braves when they went to the 95 World Series championship but was sold to the Devil Rays during their first official season. He was traded around from the Cubs to the Dodgers but would return the the Rays in 2004 for one last run. He tried to beat the 500 Home Run Plateau but was unable to do so before he retired. [Source Tampa Bay Times]