Former Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy is coming up on his last year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. The former two-time National League MVP has a groundswell of support from various writers who have covered the game, but it’s somewhat of a long shot that his overall baseball accomplishments will propel him into Cooperstown. Murphy enjoyed eight highly productive seasons with the Atlanta Braves in the 1980s before rapidly tailing off with the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies, hitting .265/.346/.469 for his career with 398 home runs.
Murphy’s children have taken it upon themselves to lobby for their father’s Hall of Fame candidacy. Chad Murphy, Dale’s oldest son, wrote an open letter to the BBWAA in which he highlighted his old man’s achievements on and off the field. I’m not so sure the jab at “statistics nerds” helps his cause, but it was a laudable effort. The Murphy clan’s crusade for the Hall is sprinkled across various online platforms, with Dale’s son Tyson taking the most unique approach to rallying support. Tyson Murphy published a comic strip title “When I Was Younger” on his sketch Tumblr, effectively pointing out that his father’s baseball accomplishments are ultimately second to his parenting skills.
An admirably earnest effort from Tyson Murphy, regardless of how you feel about his father’s Hall of Fame eligibility.