Murph picks up vote for HOF (but it should’ve gone to McGriff)
SI’s Jon Heyman posted his HOF ballot today, saying he’s changed his mind on Murph:
” A clean homer hitter who twice won the NL MVP award and was an iconic player for a while. A converted catcher, he turned himself into a Gold Glove defender in centerfield. He also brought a lot of honor to the game. I finally switched to a “yes” vote this year.”
I wouldn’t object to #3 entering the Hall, thought I wouldn’t vote for him. Another Atlanta Brave, whom Heyman listed as a “close call,” is more deserving.
HR: McGriff, 493; Murph, 398
RBI: McGriff, 1550; Murph, 1266
BA: McGriff, .284; Murph, .265
Murphy was better defensively and has two MVP awards. But McGriff finished in the Top 10 in MVP balloting six times, twice more than Murphy. And in 50 postseason games, the Crime Dog batted .303 with 10 homers and 37 RBI.