Cooperstown Chronicles – Dale Murphy

Jan 11, 2008

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Dale Murphy was a great player. Arguably the best in the league from ’82-’85. He was not only a great hitter, but an excellent fielder as well. I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  Here are his credentials.

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398 Home Runs (45th All-time)
1266 RBI (110th All-time)
1197 Runs (160th All-time)
2111 Hits (197th All-time)
7 All-Star games
2 MVPs (Back-to-back)
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
Roberto Clemente Award
5 straight Gold Gloves
1 30-30 season
4 Silver Sluggers
Led the league in Slugging % in ’83 & ’84
Led the league in Runs in ’85
Led the league in Total Bases in ’84
Led the league in Home Runs in ’84 & ’85
Led the league in RBIs in ’82 & ’83
Led the league in Walks in ’85

Although his case is not as strong as Andre Dawson’s, I still feel he was dominant enough to earn a spot in Cooperstown.  Like The Hawk, The Murph played on crappy teams most of his career, playing in only one postseason.  Yet, he was able to put up solid numbers every year.  If I had a ballot, I’d punch Dale Murphy’s name.

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | 1800blogger
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:16 am #

    [...] Mazeroski* Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* Paul Molitor* Jack Morris Tony Mullane Dale Murphy Graig Nettles Hal Newhouser* Lefty O’Doul Tony Oliva Al Oliver Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso [...]

  2. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | Fantasy Sports Blog
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    [...] Mazeroski* Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* Paul Molitor* Jack Morris Tony Mullane Dale Murphy Graig Nettles Hal Newhouser* Lefty O’Doul Tony Oliva Al Oliver Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso [...]

  3. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    [...] Mazeroski* Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* Paul Molitor* Jack Morris Tony Mullane Dale Murphy Graig Nettles Hal Newhouser* Lefty O’Doul Tony Oliva Al Oliver Buck O’Neill & Minnie [...]

  4. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    [...] Mazeroski* Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* Paul Molitor* Jack Morris Tony Mullane Dale Murphy Graig Nettles Hal Newhouser* Lefty O’Doul Tony Oliva Al Oliver Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso [...]

  5. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | 1800blogger
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    [...] Mazeroski* Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* Paul Molitor* Jack Morris Tony Mullane Dale Murphy Graig Nettles Hal Newhouser* Lefty O’Doul Tony Oliva Al Oliver Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso [...]

  6. Anonymous
    June 6th, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Not at all. Dale Murphy doesn’t deserve it at all. Here’s a stat I suggest you use. It’s a fantastic stat. OPS+ Please come back to me after reading it and tell me if Murph deserves it..

  7. LestersLegends
    June 7th, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Seems like we differ on our picks. That’s the beauty of baseball. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

  8. Anonymous
    June 8th, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Although, Murphy/s peak may be Juuust enought o get him over the border..

  9. erik
    August 14th, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    i never new this guy had a 30-30 season. ill have to go back and look. as for the hall of fame i passed on him a long time ago. but you make a good case. all those awards and gold gloves mean a lot to me.

  10. Babuluk
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:07 am #

    Поздравляю, эта замечательная мысль придется как раз кстати

  11. Everett
    September 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    This is another case of a player who probably would be mentioned more often as a possible HOFer if he played for a team like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc. during his career. For a player to be named his league’s MVP two times in a row shows how dominate he really was. I would hope that Hall of Fame voters take into account his character as a man off the field. He was a true role model for kids unlike many of today’s future HOFers or some that are in the Hall now. I hope that he is one day voted in because he deserves it.

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