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December 31, 2011

The Hall of Fame Case for Dale Murphy

by @ 4:57 pm. Filed under 2012 Braves

I’ve always been a Dale Murphy fan and his time is running short.  With him getting less then 20% on the Hall of Fame ballot, it doesn’t look like he’s getting in but let’s look at why Murphy might be considered.

The case for Murphy is that he was one of the best hitters in the 1980s.  He won two home run titles, two MVPs and he also had his own little iron man streak with four straight seasons of 162 games.  He just missed 400 home runs (he finished with 398) and he has a career OPS of .815.

Of course the counter argument for Murphy is he flamed out fast.  From 1998 to the end of his career, he was pretty bad and he never hit about .252.  Even his last year with the Braves was a rough one where he finished with just a .667 OPS.  So that hurts his case.  Still, he has more then 1,200 career RBIs and almost 1,200 career runs and he had the peak HOF votes like to see.

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