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Murphy's Best Shot at Hall of Fame may have Passed Today
ESPN 11Jan00 S2

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- LDS Mission President and former Atlanta Braves baseball star Dale Murphy may have lost his best shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame in the voting announced today. The 499 member Baseball Writers Association of America passed on Murphy, inducting Carlton Fisk and Tony Perez into the Hall of Fame Class of 2000. The field of candidates this year was considered relatively even, with no clear standout among the 30 candidates, giving Murphy the best opportunity he is likely to have.

Murphy first became eligible for the Hall of Fame last year, as part of a class of candidates that included Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount, who were all chosen above Murphy for the honor. To be selected, candidates must get votes from 75% of the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

As a member of the Atlanta Braves, Murphy won back-to-back National League MVP awards in 1982 and 1983 and hit 398 homers. Last year he got just 96 votes of the 376 needed for induction. This year his vote total increased to 116, still far short of induction. Players receiving less than 25 votes are dropped from consideration.

Next year's class is another strong one, with former star players Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly and Kirby Puckett becoming eligible.


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