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2011 Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting: Dale Murphy And Fred McGriff

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Hall of Fame Day is always a big one for the baseball world. Weeks of nonstop discussions, debates and arguments lead up to the day when the voting results are announced, which is followed by more weeks of nonstop talk. This year's voting results are to be announced today at 2:00 p.m. EST on MLB Network. Here is the rundown on the former Braves up for voting.

Dale Murphy:
Murphy has been on the ballot for years now, and his chances grow slimmer by the year. The beloved Braves outfielder has a career slash line of .265/.346/.469, hitting 398 home runs with a career OPS+ of 121. He led the National League twice in home runs, twice in RBI, twice in slugging percentage and once in OPS. His career fWAR sits at 47.3, which doesn't give sabermetricians any more confidence in him than traditionalists. His biggest claim to fame and what gave him votes to begin with was the back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983. Murphy was a great player, but longevity and pretty poor numbers during his decline hurt his chances. It's sad to say, but his opportunity has passed.

Fred McGriff:
Braves fans will forever remember McGriff for the spark he provided in the second half of 1993, vaulting them into the playoffs. What is sad is that his career year was cut short due to the strike in 1994, considering he had a .423 wOBA and 34 home runs in 478 plate appearances. McGriff had 493 career home runs and put together a career slash line of .284/.377/.509, and a 134 OPS+. He went to five All-Star Games, but he only appeared in the top five in MVP voting once. He has a career fWAR of 61.3, compared to Jeff Bagwell's 83.9. Considering Bagwell will get next to nothing in his first year, it would only seem right for McGriff to get something similar to the 21% he received in his first try last year. McGriff is another that had a great career and racked up a lot of home runs, but I'm not sure he would be worthy.

Marquis Grissom:
Grissom probably won't make it past this year's ballot. He has a career fWAR of 30.6, 227 home runs and a slash line of ..272/.318/.415. He led the league twice in stolen bases, went to two All-Star Games and was solid defensively in his prime, but he isn't worthy of discussion.

B.J. Surhoff:
Another that may not make it past this year. He hit .282/.332/.413 with 188 home runs, and he posted a career fWAR of 35.8. He showed good defense at several positions throughout his career, but versatility doesn't mean much in voting. Perhaps his biggest claim was one All-Star appearance.

Bret Boone:
Boone certainly didn't do the Braves any good in 1999. He put up a line of .266/.325/.442 with 252 home runs and a 25.4 fWAR. Boone never had good on-base numbers, and he lived off two outrageous seasons. He went to three All-Star Games and finished third in MVP voting one year, but there is no chance here.

Raul Mondesi:
He did nothing for the Braves, but he had some good seasons prior to that nightmare in 2005. He has a career line of .273/.331/.485 with 271 home runs and a fWAR of 27.6. He won Rookie of the Year and was an All-Star, but he's nowhere near a vote.

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