Murphy among nominees for Hall of Fame by modern era committee

2:36 p.m Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 Atlanta Braves
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Dale Murphy takes the field for the Braves home opener against the Padres at SunTrust Park on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Dale Murphy still has a chance at the Hall of Fame.

The former Brave and two-time National League Most Valuable Player was named as one of 10 nominees on the Modern Baseball Era ballot for consideration for induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Murphy is joined by Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. The ballot will be voted upon on Dec. 10 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

A candidate must receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots by the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee. Inductees will be enshrined with those elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Jan. 24, 2018.

Murphy played 18 seasons with the Braves, Phillies and Rockies and won back-to-back NL MVP awards in 1982 and 1983. He was also a seven-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove Award winner and four-time Silver Slugger Award. Murphy finished his career with a .265 average, 398 home runs and 1,266 RBIs. He led all Major League outfielders during the 1980s decades in home runs and RBIs. He also ranked second among outfielders in hits and extra-base hits (596).

Murphy posted on social media that he was “honored” to be on the ballot.

Murphy’s 15 years of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot ended in 2013. He received 18.6 percent of the votes cast, far short of the 75 percent total needed to be elected, in his final year.

The 10 finalists were selected by the BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee from all eligible candidates among managers, umpires, executives and players whose most significant career impact was from 1970-87. 

All of the candidates are former players except for Miller, who was head of the Players Association from 1966-82.

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