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Taking a bite out of the Crime Dog

When someone hits 500 homers, they're in the Hall, right? Page 2's Tim Keown thinks Fred McGriff could challenge that rule.

Updated: May 24, 2003, 9:49 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2 columnist

For all of you who threatened to burst major arteries arguing the validity of Rafael Palmeiro's Hall of Fame credentials, here's a little stat to ponder: Fred McGriff, 484 homers.

Which raises a question: How many guys have made it to the Hall of Fame after never being the best player on their own team?

Bill Mazeroski is one. Maybe even Willie McCovey.

But how about a player who once played for the Devil Rays?

One number -- 500 homers -- is considered ...

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When someone hits 500 homers, they're in the Hall, right? Page 2's Tim Keown thinks Fred McGriff could challenge that rule.