Family asks Hall of Fame voters to ponder the worth of integrity

  • Article by: TYLER KEPNER , New York Times
  • Updated: December 25, 2012 - 2:38 AM

Dale Murphy's son says if character can keep some out of the Hall of Fame, it ought to be the reason his father gets voted in.

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medvezhonokDec. 24, 12 6:53 PM

I hope Dale makes it in. it would be a sorry time for the league if he was not voted into the HOF and those steroids taking juiced players do. If any of those drug takers make it into the hall I will stop watching baseball. Something I have done for 52 years.

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lindy_frank123Dec. 24, 12 7:52 PM

If Murphy is in so is Kaat. I mean look at the character of Jim Kaat. And the number speak for themselves. But how can you justify Don Sutton and not Jim Kaat?

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lindy_frank123Dec. 24, 12 7:54 PM

Your loss medvezhonok...Baseball is above and beyond the steroids....I love the game and would never give up watching it.

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kindaliberalDec. 25, 1210:35 AM

Murphy is a good guy but wasn't a good enough player to make the hall. Some in there already don't deserve to be either.

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timandtiaDec. 25, 1210:56 AM

I am surprised Murphy is not in the Hall of Fame already.. He deserves to be in it. I still remember hearing his name mentioned through out his playing career. Yes, his numbers aren't really breath taking, but somehow just his presence was good enough.

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BallFourDec. 25, 12 8:32 PM

As with Oliva, he has the offensive numbers when compared with the average HOFer, but not when compared with others at his position. If we went by just numbers overall, the HOF would comprise hardly any middle infielders.

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gunflintmamaDec. 27, 1212:24 AM

Sutton got in because he made it to 300 wins (in baseball "magic numbers" are important). Still, the "Committee of Elders" should certainly put in Oliva. His career was cut short much like Pucket's, and one can certainly argue that Tony was the superior player. Kaat had a marvelous career, and if Morris gets in, Kaat should as well (both were half a grade below Blyleven). Kaat's ziggity-zillion golden gloves should count for something as well. As for Murphy, great player. I'd put him between Pucket and Hrbek, leaving him close but no cigar as far as the HOF goes.

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sane09Dec. 27, 1211:32 AM

"Murphy is a good guy"....Mother Teresa was even better, but her children aren't trying to get her in the HOF!

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bumswrapJan. 4, 1312:03 AM

Murphy doesn't have the numbers, plain and simple. As far as Black Jack Morris goes, while he does not have the raw win total, he was the winningest pitcher of the 80s and also has four World Series rings and played an important or very important part on three of those teams. He was the consummate big game pitcher. In my opinion, there is one thing that puts Black Jack over the top and we all know what that is: 1991, Game 7, 10 innings, 0 runs. Arguably the greatest single individual performance in all of sports history. And there it is!

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