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Fred McGriff

Fred McGriff

Some times trades work. Many times they don’t. This one worked out very well.

On July 18, 1993, the Atlanta Braves traded Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore and Donnie Elliott to the Padres to acquire Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff, who will help spark the team to a 51-19 record en route NL East Division title.

None of the prospects sent to San Diego will prove to have a significant impact for their new organization.

McGriff’s nickname, “Crime Dog”, is a play on McGruff, a cartoon dog created for American police to raise children’s awareness on crime prevention. 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.