Baseball Hall of Fame: Follow Your Own Rules, Respect Integrity and Induct Dale Murphy
  • Petitioned Baseball Writers of America

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Baseball Writers of America
President of BBWAA
Susan Slusser

Baseball Hall of Fame: Follow Your Own Rules, Respect Integrity and Induct Dale Murphy

    1. Petition by

      Taylor Murphy

Like a lot of kids growing up, my dad was my role model. But he was also a role model for thousands of other kids, because he was a talented professional baseball player who played with integrity. Now, I’m fighting for my dad Dale Murphy to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame where he belongs.

According to the Baseball Hall of Fame election rules, The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) vote players into the Hall of Fame based on their overall impact on the game of baseball. Half of this impact is based on a player's record, playing ability, and performance on the field. The other half -- which according to the BBWAA is equally important -- is based on his character, integrity, sportsmanship, and contribution to his team(s). When judged according to this multidimensional picture of what makes a Hall-of-Famer, Dale Murphy's resume more than qualifies.

His career statistics are comparable to (if not better than) many players already in the Hall, not to mention that everything he accomplished was done with utmost respect for the game and without performance-enhancing substances of any kind. His legacy continues to draw unmatched respect and admiration from players, coaches, and fans alike. Despite the artificially-inflated numbers of the steroid era, Dale's statistics alone have helped him receive enough votes to stay on the Hall of Fame ballot for 15 years. Moreover, his off-the-field achievements are just as impressive as those he accomplished on-the-field, creating immeasurable goodwill for the game during the 1980s and inspiring young people everywhere.

This year presents a critical turning point for Hall of Fame voting. Known steroid users like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time, since they have been retired for five years. The question is, will use of performance enhancing drugs mean players are rejected from the Hall of Fame for failing to show good character, integrity, and/or sportsmanship? Keeping steroid users out of the Hall of Fame would send an important message to young athletes that performance enhancing drugs are not a ticket to fame.

This is also Dale Murphy’s last chance to be inducted. If character flaws can hurt a player's case by diluting the potency of their on-field numbers, then by that same token, high integrity and sportsmanship should help a player like Murphy’s case. If such a holistic judgment of every eligible player's career cannot or will not be made by the voters, then the "character clause" should either be modified or removed. There are very few (if any) eligible players with both inordinately high levels of integrity and strong career statistics that would alone put them above the threshold for serious Hall of Fame consideration.

Therefore, I am asking the BBWAA to take a stand for character, to follow their own rules of weighting character and performance equally, and to vote Dale Murphy into the Hall of Fame.

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    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Kids Campaign

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    3. Writer voting only for Dale Murphy

      Inside the Phillies: Baseball writer wrestles with a landmark Hall of Fame ballot

      Unfortunately, I mostly disagreed with much of what I was reading. One voter described the process of filling out the ballot as a fun privilege. In truth, it is a service provided by the BBWAA for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

    4. Dale Murphy belongs in Hall of Fame

      Dale Murphy belongs in Hall of Fame | Bill Shanks | Macon.com

      The line is very clear on the Baseball Hall of Fame website. 5. 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. We often forget that getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame is more than just about statistics.

    5. Values Validate a First-Ballot Good Guy--New York Times

      Values Validate a First-Ballot Good Guy

      Dale Murphy is trailing by 10 runs with two out and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning. He is not going to win, but there is honor in fighting till the end. This is Murphy's 15th and final year on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    6. Reached 6,000 signatures
    7. Decision-maker Bernie Miklasz responds:

      Bernie Miklasz

      I have supported Dale for years and plan on voting for him again. But I must ask you: please take me off this email list. The volume of emails is interfering with my work, and frankly, it's rather rude considering my support for Dale Murp...


    8. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    @Buster_ESPN

    Dec 29, 2012

    HOF ballot: Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Morris, Murphy, Palmeiro, Piazza, Sosa. Would've voted for Raines,Schill if I could've

    Buster Olney
    610k followers

    @gehrig38

    Dec 13, 2012

    As murky as the ballot may be, one thing is clear, one of the most dominant players of the '80's Dale Murphy, deserves to be in the HOF

    Curt Schilling
    52.7k followers

    @kingsthings

    Dec 27, 2012

    Dale Murphy deserves to be in the #baseball Hall of Fame - this is his last chance to make it - he should not be overlooked

    Larry King
    2.32M followers

    @jonkarl

    Dec 27, 2012

    Agreed! MT @kingsthings: Dale Murphy deserves to be in the #baseball Hall of Fame - he should not be overlooked

    Jonathan Karl
    32.9k followers

    @JustinVerlander

    Dec 23, 2012

    Was a big fan of @DaleMurphy3 growing up and always tried to emulate him. He belongs in the hall. Great nytimes article today.

    Justin Verlander
    297k followers

    @KeithOlbermann

    Dec 21, 2012

    Had I a vote I would vote for him three times RT @KW_Johnston @KeithOlbermann where do you stand on @DaleMurphy3 HOF or not?

    Keith Olbermann
    423k followers

    @GaSportsCraze

    Dec 12, 2012

    Dale Murphy and the Hall of Fame: BBWAA Needs to Observe and Honor Their Own Voting Guidelines http://t.co/ScTeuHLA via @change

    Michael Collins
    1.39k followers

    @DickieV

    Dec 23, 2012

    @DaleMurphy3 @JustinVerlander Dale HE SIMPLY TOLD THE TRUTH - YOU BELONG!

    Dick Vitale
    418k followers

    @BTNTomDienhart

    Dec 22, 2012

    Sent in my Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Dale Murphy, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Lee Smith.

    Tom Dienhart
    24.7k followers

    @BillShanks

    Dec 26, 2012

    Braves fans please sign this petition to help the cause for Dale Murphy to get into the baseball Hall of Fame - https://t.co/cvunwjQy

    BillShanks
    2.73k followers

    @JonHeymanCBS

    Dec 23, 2012

    Very nice column on dale murphy by @TylerKepner in @nytimes today. Gets my vote (murphy, I mean)

    Jon Heyman
    200k followers

    @timkawakami

    Dec 26, 2012

    Yes, I cast my Hall of Fame vote for Barry Bonds, along with Dale Murphy, at the top of my ballot: I’m a Basebal... http://t.co/1TFvi14H

    Tim Kawakami
    27.4k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Howie Drissel PERRYSBURG, OH
      • 4 months ago

      While at a spring training game in Florida around 1986 , I overheard Mr. Murphy ask a man that had obviously come upon hard times if he had gotten whatever items that Mr, Murphy had given him.I was 16 at the time at it made a lasting impression.

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    • Michael Ferrara CONWAY, AR
      • 5 months ago

      He deserves this.

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    • Robert Vickers SPRINGDALE, PA
      • 5 months ago

      He was the dominant player of his time. Unfortunately his career stats are being compared to players of the current era.

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    • Dale Murphy SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI
      • 6 months ago

      When I first heard of Dale Byran Murphy I had no real big thrills. After watching him play when I could. Made me think that I needed to change the way I live. I started to go to church and get more involed with my own family.I used what I saw in him and taught my kids that good matters are important. Be ture to your self and others you will do good in your life. The Murph is a super hero to me. I wish him the best and hope to see him in the Hall of Fame.

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    • Morgan Eurek ALPHARETTA, GA
      • 6 months ago

      Because Dale Murphy, thats why

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