Originally posted on BravesWire  |  Last updated 12/18/12
This January when the Hall of Fame voters submit their ballots for this summer’s induction ceremony, Dale Murphy will be appearing on the ballot for his fifteenth and final time. Murph, as we fans of the former Atlanta Brave refer to him, peaked his second year on the ballot with 23.2% of the vote. Unlike so many inducted into the Hall, Murph didn’t continue to rise in voting percentage. The reality of this is, for the most part, a travesty for the game of baseball. Dale Murphy played the entirety of his career for teams that simply couldn’t compete despite his best effort on the field. Where his numbers fall short, one should consider how much better he could have been had he been surrounded by winning teams. Had he played during Atlanta’s dynasty years in the 90s, there would be no question about his Hall of Fame candidacy. Of the nine numbers retired by the Atlanta Braves, four of those players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame (Spahn, Mathews, Aaron, Neikro). Without question
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