The offensive similarities between Andruw Jones and Dale Murphy are striking. And since each career encompassed successive generations in the Atlanta Braves' outfield, these similarities are even more fun to consider. Jones had a ten year peak from 1997 to 2006. Murphy had an eight year peak from 1980 to 1987. Both started their careers at a very young age, Jones at nineteen, Murphy at twenty. And both lost their value in their early thirties. The only real difference between the two was defense. And it was this aspect that separated the two players.
Let's look at the offensive numbers:
Murphy: 9041 plate appearances, Jones 8664 plate appearances
Murphy: 1197 runs scored, 398 homers, 787 extra base hits, 1266 RBI
Jones: 1204 runs scored, 434 homers, 853 extra base hits, 1289 RBI
Murphy: .265/.346/.469 = .815 OPS Jones: .254/.337/.486 =.823 OPS
Murphy: 161 stolen bases / 70.3%, Jones 152 stolen bases / 72%
Murphy: 822 non-intentional walks with 1748 strikeout...