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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Baseball Men - The Power Hitter

Peter Handrinos continues his “Baseball Men” series with this telling Dale Murphy interview…

For a good portion of your career, it looked like you might be on track for the Hall of Fame. How can account for struggling in the final years of your career?

I thought I’d be around a little bit longer, too. You know, when I was in my early 30’s, I thought, ‘Yeah, I’ll be playing until I’m at least 40’.

One of the things was physical breakdown in my knee. I only played something like 15, 20 games in ’92 and, after that, I came back in 1993, but I wasn’t nearly 100%.

What it proved is - in baseball, once you lose a little bit, you lose a lot. Just a half-step or a step are enough for you to lose your effectiveness - you’re not quite legging out that hit or quite reaching that line drive. And just a fraction of a second in timing is enough for you to lose out on solid contact at the plate and then you see an extra-base swing become a single and the singles become outs.

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2006 at 07:14 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 12, 2006 at 02:57 PM (#2258780)
What it proved is - in baseball, once you lose a little bit, you lose a lot.

Modern case study: Marcus Giles. A violent, concussive blow to the head altered his vision just slightly enough to make him ineffective as a OBP/SLG middle infielder. Discuss.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 12, 2006 at 04:16 PM (#2258878)
I enjoyed the read, that was a nice interview.

I remember when the Phils got Dale Murphy and that was the missing link. Boy what a disappointment but even to the casual fan it was easy to see that he just was banged up and couldn't do what he used to do.

It doesn't look good for Giles and that is a shame, assuming that his power wasn't PED-fueled. (God d*** Fehr and Selig, if they had been honorable men who cared about their product, I wouldn't feel compelled to write that PED clause)
   3. Honkie Kong Posted: December 12, 2006 at 08:46 PM (#2259209)
There are lot of steroid related rumours floating around Giles...
Another thing with Giles has been that all the teams shade him to right center and challenge him to pull the ball now. That has led to increased strikeouts, and less XBH.

As for the interview itself, it was nice. You always hear how nice a person Dale Murphy is, and this kidna shows. Well, maybe he can be voted into the career HoF
   4. Honkie Kong Posted: December 12, 2006 at 08:47 PM (#2259210)
I meant character, not career..
   5. kamatoa Posted: December 13, 2006 at 03:36 AM (#2259644)
you always hear how nice a person Dale Murphy is, and this kidna shows. Well, maybe he can be voted into the character HoF

I thought the same thing when I read this - very cool interview. Just like him to talk about a non-profit AIDS-fighting refugee-camp Little League. He'd be a very good commissioner of baseball. The Anti-Selig.
   6. Raskolnikov Posted: December 13, 2006 at 03:40 AM (#2259648)
I wouldn't object at all if Dale Murphy were elected to the HOF. I know that it would be a problem of excluding others with comparable stats, but Murphy's career was so unusual that I wouldn't mind making an exception.

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