Chat with Dale Murphy
Murphy was just the sixth player in MLB history to have a 30-30 season.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, former baseball great Dale Murphy stops by to chat about the MLB playoffs.
Murphy, @DaleMurphy3, played 18 seasons in the major leagues, winning back-to-back NL MVP awards in 1982 and 1983. All but 3.5 seasons of his career were spent with the Atlanta Braves, who retired his No. 3 jersey.
Murphy was a seven-time all-star and hit .265 with 398 home runs during his career, leading the league in homers twice.
Send your questions now and join Murphy Monday at 3:45 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:42 PM)
Dale is here!
I have so many fond childhood memories of you at mostly empty Fulton Co stadium. Can you believe it's been 30 years? I sure can't.
Dale Murphy (3:43 PM)
No, I definitely cannot believe it myself. This year is the 30th anniversary since our 1982 team. Next year will be my 20 year of retirement. I can't believe it, but thankfully have some great memories.
What is your take on Infield Flygate?
Dale Murphy (3:46 PM)
Being a Braves fan, I wish the call would have gone the other way. But having a couple of days and understanding how the call was made, I think one of the suggestions to make was that it's a harder call for an outfield ump to make. I think one of the things you could look at is taking it out of their hands and giving it to the infield umps. I could almost say with certainty that call was made every time without controversy this year. It's not a controversial call. But I think the Braves would tell you that they didn't hit the ball very well and didn't field the ball very well and that's the ultimate reason why they didn't win. We had our chances. It's one of the things that happen in baseball. Umpires get so many other calls right.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who do you think will play in the 2012 World Series?
Dale Murphy (3:47 PM)
Well, I like the way Cincinnati is playing. It's hard to not pick the Yankees, but it's hard to argue with the way Detroit is playing. So I'll go with Cincinnati and Detroit. That's what's fun about this time of the year, we'll have to wait and see what happens.
Murph - growing up, you were one of my favorite players. I still have all of your baseball cards. What were your thoughts of playing for "America's Team" during the 80's? What was the atmosphere in the locker room? Who was your favorite teammate?
Dale Murphy (3:49 PM)
It was a lot of fun. It was just a really unique time in Braves history and in the broadcast history of sports. Ted Turner had an idea that he would put us on every day and a lot of people said that was too much. They said that's not going to work. A few years later he said he's going to put news on 24 hours a day and people said that wasn't going to work either. He was a visionary. We were on all over the country and we started to get fans from everywhere. When we were on the road, we had fans from that area. It was a fun to be a part of. It was fun to have Ted there involved, in our games, at our clubhouse. There was never a dull moment.
As a kid growing up in south Georgia in the 80's you were my and all my friends favorite player. So when I got a cat a few years ago I, of course, had to name him Murphy. What is your weirdest/craziest fan story?
Dale Murphy (3:50 PM)
First of all, thank you. It must be a pretty cool cat! I think one of the funny things I remember is when I was in AAA. I came out after a game from the lockerroom and a guy was standing there and asked if I could sign his bruise. He said he took a foul ball from when I was at the plate and wanted me to sign it.
Do you stay in contact w/ old teammates like Garber, Oberkfell, Chambliss, McMurtry, Harper, etc? Who are some of your lifelong friends from those '80s teams?
Dale Murphy (3:53 PM)
Well, the Braves have done a really good job of organizing our Alumni Association. They put together every year an event and it's a great way for a lot of us to stay in touch and see each other. I'm very thankful to the Braves for organizing and taking the time to keep the Braves together. We really don't see each other enough. You're with each other for so long for days and days, but what happens is it's all over and you're all over the country. The Braves, the Pirates, the Phillies, Kansas City, they all do a good job, and I'm sure there are others, of getting their alumni together. I'm appreciative of that. I wish we could stay in better touch. I just got in touch with some teammates from 1982 last weekend. It was just so fun to relive the old days and relive the good memories.
can the Tigers get past the Yankess, after Game 1?
Dale Murphy (3:54 PM)
Yeah, I think they're entirely capable of winning it all. It's always hard to not pick the Yankees. My first instinct is to go with the Reds and Tigers. Jim Leyland is a good manager. They're on a good roll here.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Do you think that Larry"Chipper"Jones will be Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017?
Dale Murphy (3:56 PM)
Absolutely. If he's not a first ballot hall of famer, there's something wrong with the hall of fame. He epitomizes a first ballot hall of famer. Braves fans and baseball fans have been fortunate to watch him compete at a level that's very rare. I've really enjoyed since I retired is to watch him. My big regret is that the timeframe of our careers didn't overlap. I've been a big fan. He'll be missed. He was big in the clubhouse. He's right up there with the best of the best.
orioles have any shot do you think?
Dale Murphy (3:57 PM)
If they're here in the postseason, I like everybody's chances. Obviously, they've got their hands full with the Yankees. I think they've got a tough way to go. It's a tough way to go, but I'm really excited to see them back in the playoffs. Great tradition, great baseball town. Even though I don't pick them to advance, we'll see. I think they have a tough road.
Did you ever play with anyone that had a cooler name that Biff Pocoroba?
Dale Murphy (3:58 PM)
One word answer: Nope!
Dale Murphy (3:58 PM)
I'd have to think long and hard before I got to a cooler name than that.
Dale Murphy (3:59 PM)
I have great memories from being able to play a great game. I'm a big fan now. Baseball has fantastic athletes. I just marvel at the things they can do. We had a Triple Crown winner. I wish I could be playing right now, but I am having fun being a fan.