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Dale Murphy

2018 Modern Era Hall of Fame Ballot: Dale Murphy

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced their 2018 Veterans' ballot. One player on the ballot is longtime Atlanta Braves outfielder and two-time National League MVP, Dale Murphy.

The first table below presents Dale Murphy's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Dale Murphy
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1976ATL20
19
1.71.60.5040.0
0.2
1.81.60.5230.10.2
1977ATL21
18
1.82.60.413-0.4
-0.2
1.92.00.481-0.10.1
1978ATL22
151
14.515.00.492-0.8
0.3
13.714.30.490-0.80.3
1979ATL23
104
10.211.20.476-0.8
-0.0
10.69.60.5250.21.0
1980ATL24
156
23.317.10.5772.6
4.2
21.416.30.5672.13.5
1981ATL25
104
13.613.00.511-0.0
1.0
13.412.40.5200.21.2
1982ATL26
162
24.519.00.5642.2
3.9
24.018.40.5652.23.9
1983ATL27
162
24.717.80.5823.0
4.5
24.217.30.5832.94.4
1984ATL28
162
24.120.40.5421.2
2.9
23.618.60.5601.93.5
1985ATL29
162
23.120.00.5371.1
2.7
25.319.70.5622.33.9
1986ATL30
160
21.518.70.5360.9
2.4
21.318.60.5340.82.3
1987ATL31
159
22.318.70.5431.0
2.6
23.717.20.5802.54.1
1988ATL32
156
19.122.10.464-2.4
-0.8
21.518.90.5320.52.0
1989ATL33
154
18.020.00.474-1.3
0.0
17.918.10.497-0.50.8
34
154
17.718.20.494-0.7
0.6
18.718.00.510-0.11.2
1991PHI35
153
18.317.50.511-0.3
1.1
17.416.70.510-0.31.0
1992PHI36
18
1.82.20.445-0.3
-0.1
1.21.70.423-0.3-0.2
1993COL37
26
0.61.80.234-0.7
-0.5
0.81.60.340-0.4-0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,180
280.8256.80.5224.3
24.6
282.2240.90.54013.132.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
3
0.20.40.297 -0.10.30.40.414 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,183
281.0257.20.522
24.5
282.5241.30.540 32.8


In the previous article posted related to the 2018 Modern Era ballot, I showed the top 40 players in pWins for the 1980's. That table is repeated here for what I think will be an obvious reason.

Most pWins during the 1980s
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Dale Murphy214.2186.68.223.3
Rickey Henderson211.9167.018.533.0
Andre Dawson204.2174.49.123.4
Robin Yount201.7169.918.933.3
Ozzie Smith199.8175.017.431.5
Dwight Evans199.6163.814.128.2
Mike Schmidt187.2145.916.729.3
Alan Trammell185.0157.921.034.0
Lou Whitaker184.9156.817.930.8
Dave Winfield183.1159.97.620.7
Tim Raines Sr.182.2156.47.119.8
Cal Ripken180.0158.217.630.2
Eddie Murray179.9143.113.125.6
Willie Wilson179.2177.3-1.412.1
Jim Rice176.9165.02.516.1
Frank White169.1162.17.219.7
Lloyd Moseby167.0164.9-0.512.1
Harold Baines165.8158.80.814.4
Ryne Sandberg165.4149.38.320.1
Willie Randolph164.4147.611.723.4
George Brett162.1128.114.926.2
Steve Sax161.1161.80.812.9
Dave Parker159.5150.00.012.4
Pedro Guerrero159.0129.29.920.8
Tom Brunansky158.4153.4-0.910.8
Jack Clark156.6123.910.521.5
Jose Cruz Sr.156.6142.51.613.0
Chet Lemon156.3143.44.616.0
Keith Hernandez154.9122.89.319.8
Garry Templeton153.3151.94.816.3
Tim Wallach153.1143.42.013.1
Wade Boggs152.6124.413.824.1
Tom Herr152.1142.75.816.9
Buddy Bell151.0141.03.514.6
Paul Molitor150.5129.110.621.8
Brian Downing149.8132.76.118.6
Gary Carter149.8127.113.023.4
Alfredo Griffin149.0171.3-5.07.0
Carney Lansford148.0145.90.511.7
Johnny Ray147.6152.8-1.49.9


While Dale Murphy led major-league baseball in pWins during the 1980s, he actually looked better out of context (eWins) than in context (pWins) through most of his career. I wrote about this in two earlier articles: a comparison of Dale Murphy and Jim Rice and my article about Murphy during his final appearance on the BBWAA ballot in 2013. In order to put Dale Murphy in the best possible light, then, the remainder of this article will focus on eWins instead of pWins.

Raw pWins (or eWins) are not necessarily the best measure of player value. Outfielders (which Dale Murphy was throughout the 1980s) tend to earn more player decisions (both wins and losses) than infielders or pitchers. Murphy also was exceptionally durable through his prime. For the decade of the 1980s, for example, Murphy missed a total of only 21 games.

The next table, then, compares his performance against replacement level. The top 10 players in eWins over replacement level (eWORL) for the 1980s.

Top 10 Players, eWORL
(1980 - 1989)
eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Rickey Henderson213.4165.020.334.7
2Robin Yount196.9166.118.432.5
3Mike Schmidt183.8137.019.631.7
4Alan Trammell177.6157.617.330.0
5Cal Ripken177.2155.517.429.9
6Dale Murphy216.2175.514.929.6
7Dwight Evans196.0162.013.327.2
8Wade Boggs156.9124.915.726.2
9Ozzie Smith196.9183.411.826.1
10Lou Whitaker175.1156.613.025.5


While Dale Murphy's prime fits neatly within the decade of the 1980s, in fact, his last good season was probably 1987. The next table, then, removes the last two seasons of the 1980s, and presents the top 10 players in eWins over replacement level (eWORL) from 1980 - 1987.

Top 10 Players, eWORL
(1980 - 1987)
eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Mike Schmidt165.7119.719.430.3
2Rickey Henderson167.8129.216.327.7
3Dale Murphy176.8138.514.926.8
4Robin Yount154.6131.514.625.8
5Alan Trammell145.9129.814.324.8
6Cal Ripken135.1118.413.623.1
7Dwight Evans160.9132.011.322.5
8Gary Carter127.0104.612.421.2
9Fernando Valenzuela115.0104.111.320.8
10Lou Whitaker142.7129.410.020.3


2018 Modern Era Hall of Fame Ballot



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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