After the excitement of the winter meetings, I thought we'd get back to these. I'm skipping Bill Mueller and Terry Mulholland, both had long careers but neither is anything like a Hall of Famer. Mueller had a really good season in 2003, hitting .326/.398/.540, helping the Red Sox make it to the playoffs. Mulholland was a sub-.500 pitcher (124-142), whose career was extended because he was left-handed and would throw out of the pen.
Dale Murphy is another that looked like a sure Hall of Fame choice, in the middle of his career, but his numbers fell off a cliff soon after he turned 30. He came up as a catcher for the Braves, but he wasn't very good behind the plate. They moved him to first base then center field where he became a Gold Glover. He won NL MVP awards in 1982 and 83 and got votes several other years. He played in 7 All-Star games, won 5 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Sluggers. He led the league in homers and RBI a couple of times. He played every game for 4 straight seasons, 1982-1985.
Murphy had a career line of .265/.346/.469 with 398 home runs, 1266 RBI and 161 stolen bases. For a few years he was thought of as the best player in baseball, but injuries slowed him.
Would you vote Dale Murphy into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Yes (106 votes)
No (231 votes)
337 total votes