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On Sunday, Fred McGriff was officially enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown alongside Scott Rolen.
McGriff played 19 years in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Interestingly, his stats through the first 14 seasons of his career are strikingly similar to another Braves legend and current Dodgers star in first baseman Freddie Freeman.
On Twitter, MLB Network posted a graphic that shows each player’s stats through their first 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, and just how similar their numbers are to each other.
Will Freddie join Crime Dog in Cooperstown one day? pic.twitter.com/HyEoRVlzdb
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 25, 2023
Through his first 14 seasons, Freeman has played a total of 1,822 games and owns a batting average of exactly .300.
He has collected a total of 2,032 hits, hit 312 home runs, posted an OPS+ of 141, and a WAR of 53.9.
McGriff’s numbers are not too far off from Freeman’s.
He appeared in a total of 1,897 games through his first 14 seasons in the big leagues, posting an average of .287 and collecting a total of 1,946 hits.
The slugger had also hit a total of 390 home runs, posted an OPS+ of 139, and a WAR of 46.8.
As seen in the graphic, the numbers of both players are strikingly similar.
Freeman is making a very strong case to one day join the Crime Dog in the Hall of Fame.
He’s in the second year of a six-year deal he signed with the Dodgers in 2022.
The two have very similar numbers through their first 14 seasons, and Freeman is on track to potentially secure himself a spot in Cooperstown.
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