Playing for a team that televised every one of their games in cable television (Braves and WTBS out of Atlanta), Murphy drew a fan following well outside Georgia. His clean-cut image endeared him to fans of all ages. But in 1990 the 34-year old was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle of the season, a deal that enraged fans of the team. When he faced reporters following the transaction, Murphy had tears in his eyes.
He never played as well after leaving the Braves, and when the Phils released him during spring training in 1993, the humble veteran took a $2 million pay cut to sign with the expansion Colorado Rockies. He retired after that season and held two press conferences to announce his decision: one in Denver, the other in Atlanta. He would always consider himself a Brave.
Murphy has received enough votes to keep his name on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, but his candidacy has never been taken real serious by the writers for some reason. For a stretch of 5-5 years, Murphy was unquestionably the best all-around player in the National League and one of the best in the game. he led the league in five different important offensive categories and he garnered MVP votes in seven seasons. In fact it’s his MVP consideration that is probably his best case for the Hall of Fame: in addition to winning two MVP awards outright, Murph was 7th once, 9th once, and in the top 12 a total of six times. He certainly has his share of supporters.
“I can’t imagine that Joe DiMaggio was a better all-around player than Dale Murphy,” Nolan Ryan said.
Posted: August 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM | 15 comment(s)
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