Found January 09, 2013 on Love My Bravos:
the best Brave ever   Today is Dale Murphy's last chance to enter Baseball's Hall of Fame. If you follow Murph on Twitter, you've seen the overflow of support he's received from fans. You may have even signed the petition started by his son Taylor asking the BBWAA to invoke the character clause in a positive way. While I understand the arguments against his numbers (eloquently summarized here by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal), I tend to agree more with ESPN's Jayson Stark; here's what he had to say: Why is the character-and-integrity clause being applied only as a negative, to justify votes against the Mark McGwires of the earth? Why can't it be a reason to vote for a man such as Murphy, one of the great baseball citizens who ever occupied any clubhouse? Like many Murphy supporters, I would like to have seen a longer period of dominance. But I still see an eight-year stretch (1980-87) when this man ranked first, second or third in the entire sport in runs...

Murphy 'thankful' for Hall of Fame experience

Taylor Murphy was sitting in a classroom scrolling through numbers and percentages on his phone when he received a text message from his father, Dale Murphy, who had just then missed out on being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for the 15th and final time. The former Braves great and two-time MVP winner received just 18.4 of the 75 percent of votes needed to be enshrined in...

Comparing the numbers: Dale Murphy VS Larry Walker

(Written on 1/9/2012) Baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot is filled with players who have a chance to get baseball’s highest honor. Unfortunately, the bar has been set so high that many very good players who had tremendous career will not make the Hall of Fame. Players who were the best in the game for years at a time will never get the call. Dale Murphy was one of the best National...

The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame vote was a perfect imperfection.

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) got it right in 2013. The Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) is not the Hall of Good Guys.  (Dale Murphy) The Baseball Hall of Fame is not the Hall of Milestone Numbers and you are automatically included regardless if you cheated, regardless if you are a bully, regardless if you forget English.  (You know the list) Nor is the Baseball...

Cooperstown Choices: A Look At The Ballot

For the second consecutive year, the Hall Of Fame ballot will be looked at, player by player, right here on i70baseball. There are 37 names on this year’s Hall Of Fame ballot, with 24 of those players appearing for the first time.  Dale Murphy, one of the thirteen hold overs from last year’s ballot, appears for his 15th and final time. Below you will find the links to a brief...
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