McGriff, Huff among Rays not voted into HOF

'Crime Dog' was making ninth appearance on the ballot

January 24th, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG -- Fred McGriff and Aubrey Huff highlighed a group of former Rays players who did not get into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Also on this year's ballot were former Rays Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Jason Isringhausen and Hideki Matsui.

McGriff made his ninth appearance on the ballot. Huff was on the ballot for the first time. Candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots in order to be elected.

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McGriff received 23.2 percent, Ramirez 22.0 percent, Damon 1.9 percent and Matsui 0.9 percent. Isringhausen and Huff did not receive votes.

McGriff was an original Devil Ray, starting at first base in the team's first game against the Tigers at Tropicana Field on March 31, 1998. During parts of five seasons with the Rays, the "Crime Dog" hit .291 with 99 home runs and 359 RBIs.

McGriff's best season with the Rays came in 1999, when he hit .310 with 32 home runs and 104 RBIs. In 19 Major League seasons, McGriff hit .284 with 493 home runs and 1,550 RBIs.

In addition, he won three Silver Slugger Awards, made the All-Star team five times and has the distinction of leading both leagues in home runs (American League, 1989; National League, '92).

During a career spent with six teams, McGriff was a model of consistency, hitting 30 home runs in seven consecutive seasons and 10 times overall. His career high came in 1993, when he hit 37 while splitting time with the Padres and Braves.

Huff came up through the Rays' farm system after the organization selected him out of the University of Miami in the fifth round of the 1998 Draft.

He made the Major Leagues in 2000, and in seven years with the organization, he hit .287 with 128 home runs and 449 RBIs while playing third base, first base, DH and the outfield.

The Rays sent Huff to the Astros in a 2006 trade that brought back right-hander Mitch Talbot and shortstop .

In 13 Major League seasons with the Rays, Giants, Orioles, Tigers and Astros, Huff hit .278 with 242 home runs and 904 RBIs.