Legendary first baseman Fred McGriff was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
McGriff was one of eight former players listed on the Contemporary Baseball Era ballot, with a panel of 16 voters weighing in. The panel voted unanimously in his favor.
Albert Belle, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro and Curt Schilling all failed to meet the 75 percent threshold.
McGriff was a five-time All-Star and a three-time Silver Slugger during his 19-year MLB career. He finished with a .284/.377/.509 slash line and hit 493 home runs.
The homer total doesn't necessarily look impressive given McGriff played in the steroid era, but he led the National League in home runs twice (1989 and 1992).
Consistency was a hallmark of his game, too. Between 1987 and 2002, he never had an OPS+ below 106, per Baseball Reference. At 38 years old in 2002, he had 30 homers, 103 RBI and a .505 slugging percentage.
McGriff also delivered in the postseason, posting a .303/.385/.532 slash line in 50 playoff games.
As notable as McGriff's achievement is, some fans might focus instead on who didn't get elected by the committee.
Even when they're being judged by some of their peers, the specter of the Steroid Era was too much for Bonds, Clemens and Palmeiro to overcome.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz @OrtizKicks
In 2017, the late Joe Morgan wrote all of us <a href="https://twitter.com/baseballhall?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@baseballhall</a> of Fame voters a letter on behalf of the Hall of Famers urging us not to vote for steroids cheaters. <br>He was adamant that the Hall of Famers didn't want Bonds and Clemens in. <br>Today's results seem to back Morgan's stance.
Bonds is one of the greatest players in baseball history, and few pitchers can match what Clemens did on the mound. However, neither seems to have a path to Cooperstown, New York.
Mattingly didn't have any clear hurdle to a potential induction, and McGriff's nod might make his omission more difficult to square.
Ryan Reynolds @RyanReynolds
Mattingly, a 6-time all-star, 9-time Gold Glove winner and .307 career hitter whose debilitating back pain cut short a career that still saw him compile more than 2,100 hits over 13 seasons, one of them an MVP campaign. <br><br>I get McGriff being in. He deserves it. So does Mattingly.
The New York Yankees legend was a six-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner and the American League MVP in 1985. He doesn't have counting stats because lingering back problems sapped his power into his 30s. But he retired with a .471 slugging percentage and a 127 OPS+.
The MVP was a testament to how good Mattingly was in his prime.
After failing to get elected in his 15 years on the traditional ballot, the Hall of Fame remains a bridge too far.