Atlanta Braves fan favorite Dale Murphy lacked the 75 percent of votes to get into the Hall of Fame in his 15th and final year of eligibility. Regardless of any feelings over whether the Baseball Writers Association of America got it right or wrong, Murph is just grateful for the experience.
While Murphy got just 18.4 percent of the vote, up 4.1 percent from 2012, it wasn't nearly enough to grant him baseball immortality, but he was simply thankful to his children, who put together a huge public relations push for votes.
"What my kids did for me helped me with that jump. For it to go up like that really shows how much of a difference they made," Murphy told foxsportssouth.com. "We've been talking all day today since it came out, and they're obviously disappointed. They just said, 'What? We can't believe it.' But I told them how much it meant to me."
In a year in which the most prominent members of the steroid era – Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens – became eligible for induction, Murphy's gratitude only highlights the difference in character between him and many in the rest of the field.
Murphy was also impressed by the simple fact that he made it through all 15 years of eligibility.
"It's been a great experience," Murphy said. "You know, that doesn't happen too often, either. I'm just thankful."
Murphy's hopes for induction aren't quite gone, however, he could still be voted in by the Veteran's Committee in future years.
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