In explaining his case, Murphy pushed for those peers who have also fallen short, such as Lee Smith, Alan Trammel and Gil Hodges.
“It may be self-serving for me to discuss it, but there should be room for guys like me and Jack Morris and Don Mattingly,” Murphy said. “We may not have the elite status of certain players. The discussion is, it’s not that this guy is a good guy and we should let him in. It’s what he’s meant to his team, the game and sportsmanship. Then look at the stats.”
...Though his career numbers are not eye-popping, the discussion for Murphy centers around his dominance during much of the 1980s, which includes the most total bases of the decade.
Detractors, many in the sabermetric community, point to those same numbers and the quick downturn of his career. Much like with Ron Santo, recently elected thanks to the Hall’s Veterans Committee, Murphy’s career did not have the typical slow downturn. But his numbers compare favorably to Santo’s.
...In the end, Dale Murphy’s fate is in the hands of the baseball writers. And maybe someday, if not now, Murphy could gain admission through the Veterans Committee.
“I’m hopeful this year,” Dale Murphy said. “There are real exciting things going on.”
Posted: December 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
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