Fred McGriff Speaker Profile
Fred McGriff Biography
Known as the Crime Dog, Fred McGriff was born October 31, 1963 in Tampa, Florida, who starred for several teams from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. A power-hitting first baseman with a tall, lanky build, the five-time All-Star became, in 1992, the first player since the dead-ball era to lead both leagues in home runs. Although he has never hit more than 37 homers in a single season, he finished his career only seven homers away from joining the exclusive 500 home run club. He won a World Series title as a first baseman with the Atlanta Braves in 1995. He currently works in the Rays' front office as an advisor. He also currently works for Catch 47 as a co-host for The Baysball Show.
McGriff's nickname Crime Dog was bestowed on him by ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, noted for his unusual and idiosyncratic player nicknames. The nickname is a play on McGruff, a cartoon dog created for American police to raise children's awareness on crime prevention. In addition, Berman would punctuate McGriff highlights by referring to them as Crime Time, again, a wordplay referencing Berman's NFL: Primetime newscast. Unlike most of Berman's nicknames, the Crime Dog nickname entered into standard usage. At first, McGriff stated he would prefer Fire Dog (a reference to a fire in the press-box of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium the day the Braves acquired him from the Padres; symbolically, the then-slumping Braves caught fire and ended up winning their division), but since has stated that he actually is fond of the Crime Dog nickname.
Frederick is also fond of extending and curling his right arm above his head after hitting a monster shot. He has inspired future MLB superstar David Ortiz to follow his lead in curling his right arm around and over his head after his moon shot home runs.
McGriff had 30 home runs during a strong 2002 campaign, which earned him a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2003 season. He was 22 homers shy of 500 for his career, but the forty-year-old McGriff could only muster 13 with a .249 batting average.
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