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30. Dale Murphy

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30.  Dale Murphy
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 12, 1956 in Portland, OR USA
  • Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 13, 1976
  • Final Game: May 21, 1993
  • Gold Glove - 1982
  • Most Valuable Player - 1982
  • Silver Slugger - 1982
  • TSN All-Star - 1982
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1982
  • Gold Glove - 1983
  • Most Valuable Player - 1983
  • Silver Slugger - 1983
  • TSN All-Star - 1983
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1983
  • Gold Glove - 1984
  • Silver Slugger - 1984
  • TSN All-Star - 1984
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1985
  • Silver Slugger - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • Roberto Clemente Award - 1988
 
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Right now it is hard to imagine a time when the Atlanta Braves were not relevant in the world of Professional Baseball but in the 1980’s frankly Ted Turner’s team wasn’t a spectacular one.  The exception to that rule was Dale Murphy who in his prime drew comparisons to legends such as Mays and DiMaggio.  No really, he did.

For a five year stretch, Dale Murphy was amongst the most feared hitters in the league.  He hit for power, had a decent average and was excellent in the clutch.  In addition, Murphy knew how to handle himself in the field as shown by his five Gold Gloves.  He played every day and was a huge favorite among the Braves faithful.  He was the only Brave at the time that could get National attention and he did so quick his loud bat and quiet demeanor.

Unfortunately for Dale Murphy his offensive numbers seriously took a tumble by the age of 32 and he posted substandard numbers thereafter.  Of course all great players suffer a decline, but as it happened with him earlier than it does with others, he did not post the milestones that stat lovers will point out.  Subsequently, he struck out a lot in his career even during his MVP years.  Had his career tailed off at the age of 34 and he put up a career that added two or three hundred more hits, his stock would greatly improve and his contributions on a bad Braves team might be celebrated more outside of Georgia than they have.

Should Dale Murphy be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.7%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 2.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 1999
  • Position: First Base, Outfield
  • Played For: Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Valuable Player (2) (NL) (1982 & 1983)
    7 Time All Star (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 & 1987)
    Gold Gloves (5) (NL) (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 & 1986)
    Silver Slugger (4) (NL) (4) (1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (2) (NL) (1983 & 1984)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (NL) (1985)
    Most Home Runs (2) (NL) (1984 & 1985)
    Most Runs Batted In (2) (NL) (1982 & 1983)
    Most Walks (1) (NL) (1985)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (NL) (1983 & 1987)
    Highest OPS (1) (NL) (1983)
    Most Intentional Walks (1) (NL) (1987)
    Highest Power-Speed (1) (NL) (1983)
  • Other Points of Note: Other Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won the 1982 & 1983 NL MVP)
    (NL: 1984, 9th) & (NL: 1985 7th)
    1985 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
    1988 Roberto Clemente Award
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 41.   Intentional Walks: 159
    58.   Home Runs: 398
    63.   Power-Speed: 229.3
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1999: 19.3
    2000: 23.2
    2001: 18.1
    2002: 14.8
    2003: 11.7
    2004: 8.5
    2005: 10.5
    2006: 10.8
    2007: 9.2
    2008: 13.8
    2009: 11.5
    2010: 11.7
    2011: 12.6
    2012: 14.5
    2013: 18.6
  • Should be Inducted As A: Atlanta Brave

Should Dale Murphy be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.7%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 2.3%