December 25, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Dale Murphy

DALE MURPHY
Thirteenth Year on Ballot (2010 - 11.7%)

PLAYING CAREER:  Atlanta Braves (1976–1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1990–1992) and Colorado Rockies (1993)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .265 with 2111 hits, 398 home runs and 1266 RBI.  Bacl-to-back National League MVP in 1982 and 1983.  Hit 20-plus home runs 12 times, 30-plus six times and 40 or more...once.  Knocked in 100 runs five times and scored 100 runs four times.  From 1982 to 1985...hit .293, averaging 36 home runs and 110 RBI.  Shares Major League record for most seasons leading the league in games played by an outfielder with six.  Five-time Gold Glove Award winner (1982-1986) and seven-time All-Star (1980 and 1982-1987).  Had his number retired by the Atlanta Braves in 1994. 

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ON TWITTER:

@msimonespn:  Dale Murphy is the opposite for me. My gut says YES, the compiled numbers say eh...But for 6 yrs, he was best in NL/MLB. Is 6 yrs enough?

@Strikeoutlookin:  No way in Hell Rains gets in the Hall of fame and Dale Murphy not.. Its a TRAVESTY the Murph is outside looking in.


@Ben_Duronio:  Love Dale Murphy, but can't agree that hes a HOF'er over Blyleven.

HOVG THOUGHTS:  It’s hard to remember how dominant Dale Murphy was when he hit his peak in the mid-80s. Consider this…when he retired, his 398 home runs ranked 19th all-time. Now…he sits at 50.  After winning his back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983, Murphy appeared to be on his way to Cooperstown.  Now…not so much.


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