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Dale Murphy Snubbed by Hall of Fame Again

January 9th, 2012 at 4:26 PM
By Cody Fields

Former Atlanta Braves center fielder Dale Murphy was on 14.5 percent of ballots for the 2012 class of the Hall of Fame, denying him entry in his 14th year on the ballot.

Murph, as fans endearingly called him, played for the Braves from 1976-1990 before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. After two and a half years in Philly, he called it quits after 1993 with the Colorado Rockies, finishing with a .265 average and 398 home runs.

The news comes after Braves president John Schuerholz wrote a letter in November urging the Baseball Writers' Association of America to include Murphy on their ballots.

Murphy won back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983 amidst five consecutive Gold Glove awards, four straight Silver Sluggers and seven All-Star selections. He was one of six players to join the the 30-30 club, hitting 36 home runs and stealing 30 bases in 1983.

Many critics have cited Murphy's mediocre lifetime batting average of .265 and his .238 from 1988-1993. But his supporters point out that not Major League outfielder had more homers (308) or RBIs (929) in the 1980s. He ranked second among outfielders during this span in hits (1,553) and extra-base hits (596).

Murphy's total of 14.5 percent is up from 2011, when he drew 12.6 percent.

This year was Murphy's 14th year on the ballot. If he is not elected by the writers after 15 years, his Cooperstown fate will rest with the Veterans Committee, which is how former Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo was elected.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dale Murphy, Hall of Fame, MLB

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