Remembering Dale Murphy

I am a big Dale Murphy fan. I mean REALLY big. While I make no claim to be the biggest, I do own 144 distinct Dale Murphy baseball cards. It is actually my second collection of his cards as my first was stolen in 1992. I probably bought back at least one of my stolen cards in the course of rebuilding my collection.


I bring this up to set the stage for the following statement…

Every single person who doesn’t believe steroid users or gamblers should be in the Hall of Fame should have voted for Dale Murphy.

Or to put is even more succinctly, Dale Murphy should be in the Hall of Fame for every reason that Pete Rose isn’t.

Purely by the numbers, Dale Murphy is a borderline Hall-of-Famer. When you factor in who he is as a person, you begin to realize that perhaps he is more than borderline. I was reminded of this reading Jerry Crasnick’s article on Dale Murphy’s kids campaign to get their dad into the Hall of Fame.

During the article, Crasnick referenced Rule 5 of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

I added the underlines to stress that 3 of the 6 characteristics seem to be written specifically for Dale Murphy.

Let me tell you my Dale Murphy story.

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Will Melky Cabrera’s 50 Game Suspension Work

In case you missed it, Melky Cabrera was suspended this week for 50 games for using a Performance Enhancing Drug (PED). To his credit, Melky didn’t try and make excuses, he just accepted the suspension.

My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.

Unfortunately, Melky’s suspension has opened up a can of worms that needed to be opened eventually. As I write this, the San Francisco Giants are only half a game out of first place in their division and one game out of the second wild card playoff slot. ESPN currently puts their chances of making the post-season at 47.9%. The question has begun to be asked, if Melky, arguably the best player on the Giants behind Buster Posey (who is excellent), hadn’t been cheating would the Giants be in contention?

To put it another way, are the Giants going to benefit from Melky’s cheating? Should they? Is 50 games even enough given that he could play this post-season if the Giants play more than 5 games?

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