Note the new category. Let’s get Murph where he belongs, okay?

Most Runs Created, 1980-1989:


1 Rickey Henderson 1078
2 Dwight Evans 1049
3 Eddie Murray 1045
4 Dale Murphy 1018
5 Robin Yount 1015
T6 Wade Boggs 984
T6 Mike Schmidt 984
8 Tim Raines 967
9 George Brett 965
10 Andre Dawson 877
11 Keith Hernandez 864
12 Dave Winfield 843
13 Alan Trammell 830
14 Pedro Guerrero 825
15 Harold Baines 813
16 Paul Molitor 809
17 Lou Whitaker 808
18 Jack Clark 796
19 Cal Ripken 786
20 Brian Downing 775

Hall of Famers in RED
Players on the 2006-07 ballot are in BLUE
Players who have fallen off the ballot are in GREEN
Players in BLACK are not yet eligible.

As I mentioned in comments, there is no doubt that Dale had a Hall of Fame peak. The problem is that he didn’t have enough ordinary years around that peak to build up counting stats. Note that I am not picking and choosing. If I limit it to Murphy’s great years — 1982 to 1987 — he is first.

The two players most comparable to Murphy on this list are Dwight Evans and Andre Dawson. Evans went on the ballot in 1997, receiving 5.92% of the vote. In 1998, he rose to 10.36%, but in 1999 fell off with only 3.62%. (1999 was one of those rough years, as four Hall of Famers — Ryan, Brett, Yount, and Fisk — all appeared for the first time; the first three made it in on the first try, Fisk the next year. As a rule, years like that are rough on marginal candidates.)

Dawson, on the other hand, is a popular candidate. He first appeared in 2002 and got 45.34 percent, then got 50 percent the next two years, 52.32 last year, and 61 percent in the recent voting. He will almost certainly make it in, probably the year after Jim Rice does. In the future, expect a lot of comparisons to Mr. Dawson, a comtemporary player (both first appeared in the Majors in 1976) whose candidacy is more popular almost entirely because he had more of those ordinary years to build up good counting stats. Dawson had fewer great years, but many more good years. He was a good or great player for about fifteen seasons; Murph was a good or great player for about eight, but was great for most of those. I may also include Dave Winfield, but Winfield was probably slightly greater than Murphy at his peak and had more great years. However, the reason it was easy for Winfield to get in was, again, that he had good years at the end of his career to build up his counting stats. Winfield didn’t pass Murphy on the home run list until late in his Age 39 season. He made it in on his first try, named on almost 85 percent of the ballots.

Year Election Votes Pct
1999 BBWAA 96 19.32
2000 BBWAA 116 23.25
2001 BBWAA 93 18.06
2002 BBWAA 70 14.83
2003 BBWAA 58 11.69
2004 BBWAA 43 8.50
2005 BBWAA 54 10.46

Murph isn’t making much progress — in fact he is regressing — and next year’s strong ballot may hurt him. Hence this campaign.

I’m looking for a volunteer who can create a Murphy for Cooperstown Campaign graphic… Tomorrow afternoon I’m hoping to run Murphy through a well-known Hall of Fame process. You may be surprised how well he does.