After 15 years of appearing on Hall of Fame ballots, longtime Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy has for the final time failed to gain enough votes to get elected.
Murphy's candidacy for the Hall never really gained momentum at any point during his eligibility. Murphy received his highest percentage of votes in his second year of eligibility, but that support eroded for the next four years then leveled off for the remainder of his ballots.
I used this same chart in a story I wrote last year (now updated) to compare Murphy to other candidates, and their "momentum" for gaining admittance to the Hall. My head scratching came about mainly because Bert Blyleven began his long Hall candidacy getting fewer votes in the first couple of year than Murphy did, but the lobbying for Blyleven and how history viewed his stats changed over the years in Bert's favor. They did not change in Murphy's favor.
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Talking Chop | Jan 9