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Portrait of Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy PHBraves

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
18 9040 .265 .346 .469 120 39.6
Birth Date3-12-1956
Height6' 4"
Weight210 lbs
Age63 years, 7 months, 4 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1976 ATL 20 19 72 17 6 0 0 7 9 0 0 0 .262 .333 .354 79 -1.4 0.3 -0.3 0.2
1977 ATL 21 18 76 24 8 1 2 0 8 0 0 1 .316 .316 .526 80 -1.5 -1.0 -0.8 0.0
1978 ATL 22 151 583 120 14 3 23 42 145 3 11 7 .226 .284 .394 83 -8.9 3.1 9.2 1.2
1979 ATL 23 104 429 106 7 2 21 38 67 2 6 1 .276 .340 .469 114 8.6 -0.5 -5.9 1.1
1980 ATL 24 156 633 160 27 2 33 59 133 1 9 6 .281 .349 .510 131 23.7 0.6 1.5 4.6
1981 ATL 25 104 416 91 12 1 13 44 72 0 14 5 .247 .325 .390 108 2.8 -3.0 1.0 1.4
1982 ATL 26 162 698 168 23 2 36 93 134 3 23 11 .281 .378 .507 134 28.4 0.8 1.7 5.3
1983 ATL 27 162 687 178 24 4 36 90 110 2 30 4 .302 .393 .540 148 37.4 5.8 -11.0 5.5
1984 ATL 28 162 691 176 32 8 36 79 134 2 19 7 .290 .372 .547 147 39.3 1.7 -4.1 6.1
1985 ATL 29 162 712 185 32 2 37 90 141 1 10 3 .300 .388 .539 146 40.5 4.0 -18.3 5.0
1986 ATL 30 160 692 163 29 7 29 75 141 2 7 7 .265 .347 .477 118 16.0 -0.1 -31.7 0.5
1987 ATL 31 159 693 167 27 1 44 115 136 7 16 6 .295 .417 .580 145 39.2 -1.7 9.4 5.9
1988 ATL 32 156 671 134 35 4 24 74 125 2 3 5 .226 .313 .421 103 2.6 -4.8 11.3 2.2
1989 ATL 33 154 647 131 16 0 20 65 142 2 3 2 .228 .306 .361 92 -4.4 -2.2 -12.3 -0.4
1990 ATL 34 97 394 81 14 0 17 41 84 1 9 2 .232 .312 .418 109 4.2 0.6 -4.6 0.7
1990 PHI 34 57 235 57 9 1 7 20 46 0 0 1 .266 .328 .416 108 2.1 -2.1 -0.1 0.4
1991 PHI 35 153 599 137 33 1 18 48 93 0 1 0 .252 .309 .415 102 3.0 -0.4 -5.6 0.8
1992 PHI 36 18 63 10 1 0 2 1 13 0 0 0 .161 .175 .274 65 -2.2 -0.6 -1.8 -0.4
1993 COL 37 26 49 6 1 0 0 5 15 0 0 0 .143 .224 .167 51 -2.8 -0.9 -0.8 -0.4
Career2180904021113503939898617482816168.265.346.469120226.8-0.3-63.439.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1976 ATL MLB NL 19 72 .250 .309 .342 .304 105 -0.4 1.8 1.1 79 15 -0.3 0.3 -1.4 0.2
1977 ATL MLB NL 18 76 .251 .311 .379 .333 103 1.9 2.1 1.3 80 16 -0.8 -1.0 -1.5 0.0
1978 ATL MLB NL 151 583 .253 .313 .365 .264 109 -10.8 15.2 -7.3 83 10 9.2 3.1 -8.9 1.2
1979 ATL MLB NL 104 429 .262 .323 .384 .282 108 5.8 12.0 -3.8 114 10 -5.9 -0.5 8.6 1.1
1980 ATL MLB NL 156 633 .258 .315 .371 .314 102 26.8 17.0 0.2 131 8 1.5 0.6 23.7 4.6
1981 ATL MLB NL 104 416 .255 .314 .362 .273 101 3.8 10.5 0.9 108 12 1.0 -3.0 2.8 1.4
1982 ATL MLB NL 162 698 .255 .313 .370 .306 106 29 18.8 -0.4 134 10 1.7 0.8 28.4 5.3
1983 ATL MLB NL 162 687 .255 .319 .377 .316 106 37.6 18.7 0.6 148 9 -11.0 5.8 37.4 5.5
1984 ATL MLB NL 162 691 .255 .315 .366 .318 102 37.2 18.5 1.7 147 9 -4.1 1.7 39.3 6.1
1985 ATL MLB NL 162 712 .252 .314 .375 .334 98 45.6 19.4 1.8 146 9 -18.3 4.0 40.5 5.0
1986 ATL MLB NL 160 692 .250 .314 .378 .301 105 18.6 19.1 1.4 118 7 -31.7 -0.1 16.0 0.5
1987 ATL MLB NL 159 693 .259 .324 .404 .315 105 47.1 20.4 -7.6 145 9 9.4 -1.7 39.2 5.9
1988 ATL MLB NL 156 671 .244 .302 .356 .247 102 -2.2 17.6 -6.5 103 12 11.3 -4.8 2.6 2.2
1989 ATL MLB NL 154 647 .245 .307 .363 .266 102 -7.3 16.9 -2 92 9 -12.3 -2.2 -4.4 -0.4
1990 ATL MLB NL 97 394 .255 .315 .383 .255 105 2.1 10.6 -3.9 109 11 -4.6 0.6 4.2 0.7
1990 PHI MLB NL 57 235 .248 .305 .365 .309 97 -0.9 6.3 -2.2 108 11 -0.1 -2.1 2.1 0.4
1991 PHI MLB NL 153 599 .250 .309 .372 .270 99 4.1 16.2 -5.9 102 10 -5.6 -0.4 3.0 0.8
1992 PHI MLB NL 18 63 .252 .304 .363 .170 102 -5.4 1.6 -0.6 65 19 -1.8 -0.6 -2.2 -0.4
1993 COL MLB NL 26 49 .269 .321 .403 .207 124 -6.4 1.4 -0.4 51 15 -0.8 -0.9 -2.8 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1976 ATL MLB NL 72 65 3 17 6 0 0 23 9 7 9 0 0 .262 .333 .354 .092 0 0
1977 ATL MLB NL 76 76 5 24 8 1 2 40 14 0 8 0 1 .316 .316 .526 .211 0 0
1978 ATL MLB NL 583 530 66 120 14 3 23 209 79 42 145 11 7 .226 .284 .394 .168 5 3
1979 ATL MLB NL 429 384 53 106 7 2 21 180 57 38 67 6 1 .276 .340 .469 .193 5 0
1980 ATL MLB NL 633 569 98 160 27 2 33 290 89 59 133 9 6 .281 .349 .510 .228 2 2
1981 ATL MLB NL 416 369 43 91 12 1 13 144 50 44 72 14 5 .247 .325 .390 .144 2 1
1982 ATL MLB NL 698 598 113 168 23 2 36 303 109 93 134 23 11 .281 .378 .507 .226 4 0
1983 ATL MLB NL 687 589 131 178 24 4 36 318 121 90 110 30 4 .302 .393 .540 .238 6 0
1984 ATL MLB NL 691 607 94 176 32 8 36 332 100 79 134 19 7 .290 .372 .547 .257 3 0
1985 ATL MLB NL 712 616 118 185 32 2 37 332 111 90 141 10 3 .300 .388 .539 .239 5 0
1986 ATL MLB NL 692 614 89 163 29 7 29 293 83 75 141 7 7 .265 .347 .477 .212 1 0
1987 ATL MLB NL 693 566 115 167 27 1 44 328 105 115 136 16 6 .295 .417 .580 .284 5 0
1988 ATL MLB NL 671 592 77 134 35 4 24 249 77 74 125 3 5 .226 .313 .421 .194 3 0
1989 ATL MLB NL 647 574 60 131 16 0 20 207 84 65 142 3 2 .228 .306 .361 .132 6 0
1990 ATL MLB NL 394 349 38 81 14 0 17 146 55 41 84 9 2 .232 .312 .418 .186 3 0
1990 PHI MLB NL 235 214 22 57 9 1 7 89 28 20 46 0 1 .266 .328 .416 .150 1 0
1991 PHI MLB NL 599 544 66 137 33 1 18 226 81 48 93 1 0 .252 .309 .415 .164 7 0
1992 PHI MLB NL 63 62 5 10 1 0 2 17 7 1 13 0 0 .161 .175 .274 .113 0 0
1993 COL MLB NL 49 42 1 6 1 0 0 7 7 5 15 0 0 .143 .224 .167 .024 2 0

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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)I appreciate WAR as a reflective statistic but how is it possible that a player like Vladimir Guererro falls so short in both career AND peak compared to HOF Right Fielders? Yes he was a hacker, but his career OBP is still .379 and OPS .931 with most of his home games in pitcher friendly parks. He was arguably the most feared hitter in the game for a 7 year period, leading the league in intentional walks yet he comes in below guys like Dwight Evans, Reggie Smith, Gary Sheffield and Bobby Bonds. Really?
(Scott from LA)
Vlad racked up his numbers in a much more offense-friendly era than the guys you mention (Sheffield excepted - and the two are side-by-side in the JAWS rankings), his defensive value was in the red, he had one really productive season after age 33, and doesn't have *anything* after his age 36 season. It's very tough to get into the Hall of Fame with a resume like that no matter what preceded it; ask Dale Murphy. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)As an obvious Braves fan, what's the rational for Dale Murphy and Fred McGriff being left out of the Hall of Fame. I understand, although though don't completely agree with, the lack of dominance factor for McGriff, but he was one of the most consistent hitters in the 1990s. As for Murphy, he is being punished for the opposite, lack of consistency despite his dominance. It is hard to neglect the fact that Murphy was one of the top ten hitters of the 1980s, which should be reason enough to elect him. Sorry, I am not working with a lot of data here, but I wanted to here your rationale and opinion. Thanks again.
(UCBravesKing from Erlanger, KY)
Murphy's peak was high but short, and there was little in between his good years and his awful ones. We have him with six seasons of 5.0 WARP or more, while his seventh best is worth less than 2.0, and only three of them are worth between 1.0 and 2.0. McGriff has just three above 5.0, and six more between 2.0 and 3.0. First base is a position for MASHERS, and he just didn't fit that description for long enough. The average HOF 1B has a True Average of .320, and while the Crime Dog was at .317 or higher nine times, he's down in the .265-.285 range for almost as many. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd call this good news for Bert. I was worried he'd stagnate around 62%. do you have the % of the vote for Edgar, Raines and Barry? They don't have it on espn.com. Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
539 ballots, five blanks, Andre Dawson 420 (77.9%), Bert Blyleven 400 (74.2%), Roberto Alomar 397 (73.7%), Jack Morris 282 (52.3%), Barry Larkin 278 (51.6%), Lee Smith 255 (47.3%), Edgar Martinez 195 (36.2%), Tim Raines 164 (30.4%), Mark McGwire 128 (23.7%), Alan Trammell 121 (22.4%), Fred McGriff 116 (21.5%), Don Mattingly 87 (16.1%), Dave Parker 82 (15.2%), Dale Murphy 63 (11.7%), Harold Baines 33 (6.1%), Andres Galarraga 22 (4.1%), Robin Ventura 7 (1.3%), Ellis Burks 2 (0.4%), Eric Karros 2 (0.4%), Kevin Appier 1 (0.2%), Pat Hentgen 1 (0.2%), David Segui 1 (0.2%), Mike Jackson 0, Ray Lankford 0, Shane Reynolds 0, Todd Zeile 0.

Segui gets his vote. Baines remains on life support thanks to the persistence of a stubborn few. Karros receives more votes than he had All-Star appearances. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who had a better career? Andre Dawson or Dale Murphy?
(HonusCobb from Hopedale, IL)
It would be easy to say Murphy, because he was that special for a slightly longer stretch despite both men having superb peaks, but admittedly part of my take is colored by an overreaction to how awful Dawson was in the field on the downslope of his career once his knees were shot, and bad defense, sporadic slugging, and a huge number of outs just doesn't add up for me. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Dale Murphy not getting into the Hall of Fame? Back to back MVP's aren't good enough to get him in? What would have? Love your writings !!!
(Lopecci from Dale Murphys Mole)
Thanks, Lopecci, I appreciate the compliment, even if I'm probably going to end up disappointing you. I'm utterly unfazed by it. He doesn't belong, in the same way that Rice doesn't belong. No disrespect to a great pair of players, but they didn't do enough long enough to really have the cases that their supporters like to pretend they have. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)my prediction: Goose in. Rice misses by an extremely small margin. Much, much bleating commences over the voters who submitted blanks to protest roids users, thus depriving the "deserving" pre-roids slugger.
(TomH from Lexington Park MD)
The Goose is Loose! He gets 85.8 percent, and he's the only one who gets in on this ballot.

Rice falls just shy at 72.2 percent, setting him up for a 15th-year push.

Raines 24.3 percent. Oh is that ugly.

Player Total Votes Percentage Rich Gossage 466 85.8% Jim Rice 392 72.2% Andre Dawson 358 65.9% Bert Blyleven 336 61.9% Lee Smith 235 43.3% Jack Morris 233 42.9% Tommy John 158 29.1% Tim Raines 132 24.3% Mark McGwire 128 23.6% Alan Trammell 99 18.2% Dave Concepcion 88 16.2% Don Mattingly 86 15.8% Dave Parker 82 15.1% Dale Murphy 75 13.8% Harold Baines 28 5.2% Rod Beck 2 0.4% Travis Fryman 2 0.4% Robb Nen 2 0.4% Shawon Dunston 1 0.2% Chuck Finley 1 0.2% David Justice 1 0.2% Chuck Knoblauch 1 0.2% Todd Stottlemyre 1 0.2%
Jose Rijo 0 0% Brady Anderson 0 0% (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourRe Andruw, it's got to be higher than that. If he's really through, that would be a historically abrupt falloff, more than Dale Murphy or anyone else I can think of at a similar age. (Steven Goldman)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1976 mlb .000 0.0 823 .002 -0.3 27 .005 .008 -0.1 -0.4 -0.3
1977 mlb .000 0.0 825 .001 -0.2 25 .051 .000 -0.8 -1.0 -0.8
1978 mlb .000 0.0 756 .002 -0.5 21 -.041 .005 0.5 0.0 9.2
1979 mlb .000 0.0 1139 .002 -0.7 34 .066 .001 -1.4 -2.1 -5.9

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