Daily Archives: March 12, 2010

Dale Murphy or Darryl Strawberry: Who Had The Better Career??

Dale Murphy or Darryl Strawberry:  Who Had The Better Career??

This comparison is a lot tougher to choose a winner than I originally thought it would be.

On one hand you have Murphy who appeared to be the ultimate team player suiting up for a terrible team.  And with Strawberry, you have a tremendously successful team player that was often accused of being self-centered while on the field.

No argument can be made about how dynamic these guys were.  With the ability to hit, run, play defense, and dominate the sport in multiple aspects, both Dale Murphy and Darryl Strawberry were amongst the best outfielders in the sport during their era.

If I had to select one player to have on my team, it would be Murphy.  If I had to throw one of them a Hall of Fame vote, it would be Murphy. 

I guess that solidifies my stance, huh??

Who are you going to take???

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Won 4 World Series Championships

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Won 4 World Series Championships

Dale Murphy found himself on some of the worst teams of the 80’s.  In total, Murphy made it to the playoffs just one time.  He never played in the World Series.

Darryl Strawberry was the cornerstone of the World Series championship winning Mets!  He also found himself in a good spot with the Yankees during the end of his career.  Strawberry proudly owns 4 championship rings.

Advantage – Strawberry

Murphy 6, Strawberry 5

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Both Have Great Looking Signatures

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Both Have Great Looking Signatures

Dale Murphy offers a classic and consistent autograph.  From autographs signed during his playing days to his certified autos issued in baseball card sets, Murphy provides a nice, clean, and legible signature every time.

Darryl Strawberry brings flare with his signature.  And if you’re able to score a full-name autograph, it is a work of art!  It’s just too bad he’s gotten so lazy with his signing that he is down to just initials for the most part.

Advantage – PUSH

Murphy 6, Strawberry 4

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Won The MVP – Twice!!!

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Won The MVP – Twice!!!

Dale Murphy put on incredible performances during the mid-80’s.  He was rewarded with 2 MVP awards for his amazing efforts.  Coming in back-to-back seasons, 1982 and 1983, there was no better player than Murphy during that time.

While his talents were MVP-caliber, Strawberry never won the league’s MVP award.  In 1988 he finished in 2nd place and in 1990 he landed in third.

Advantage – Murphy

Murphy 5, Strawberry 3

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Have Just 1 Rookie Of The Year Award!!!

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Have Just 1 Rookie Of The Year Award!!!

Dale Murphy did not make a huge impact on the league during his rookie season of 1976.  After his debut, it took Murphy 2 years before he became a permanent fixture in the Braves’ line-up.

Darryl Strawberry made an immediate impact upon his arrival to ‘The Big Apple’.  Winner of the 1983 Rookie of the Year award, Strawberry earned 18 of 24 first place votes as the NL’s top rookies during the 1983 baseball season.

Advantage – Strawberry

Murphy 4, Strawberry 3

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Crushed 733 Home Runs!!!

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Crushed 733 Home Runs!!!

Never classified as a ‘power guy’, Dale Murphy had a quick, sharp swing that allowed for the ball to sail out of the ballpark pretty often.  In total, Murphy connected for 398 homers.  He averaged 1 home run in ever 5.48 games played.

Darryl Strawberry had the kind of swing that sent the ball flying into the air.  With uncanny bat speed, Darryl hit 335 round-trippers during his career.  For his career, he averaged one home run per 4.72 games played.

Advantage – Push

Murphy 4, Strawberry 2

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Made A Combined 15 All-Star Game Appearances

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Made A Combined 15 All-Star Game Appearances

Murphy made 7 All-star appearances during his playing days.  All of the appearances came during his time with Atlanta, including a string of six straight years from 1982-1987.

Darryl Strawberry played in 8 All-star games.  For 8 consecutive seasons, from 1984-1990, Darryl was on the same playing field as the greatest players in the sport.

Advantage – Strawberry

Murphy 3, Strawberry 1

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Have 5 Gold Glove Awards!

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Have 5 Gold Glove Awards!

Never noted as the fastest guy in the field or as the player with a superior throwing arm, Dale Murphy’s effort and hard work as an outfielder earned him 5 Gold Glove awards.  From 1982-86, Murphy won the award in each season and was consistently rated amongst the top defenders in the outfield.

While a solid defender, Darryl Strawberry did not win any Gold Glove awards for his defensive play.

Advantage – Murphy

Murphy 3, Strawberry 0

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Share 6 Silver Slugger Awards

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Share 6 Silver Slugger Awards

One of the greatest offensive outfielders of his era, Dale Murphy won 4 Silver Slugger awards during his playing days.  From 1982-85, ‘Murph’ was awarded with the prize that honors the top offensive player at each position.

A very well-rounded player, Darryl Strawberry won 2 Silver Slugger awards during his career.  Both awards came during his days with the New York Mets – one in 1988 and the other during his last year with them, 1990.

Advantage – Murphy

Murphy 2, Strawberry 0

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Have 35 Years Of Major League Experience Between The Two Of Them!!

Dale Murphy & Darryl Strawberry Have 35 Years Of Major League Experience Between The Two Of Them!!

Dale Murphy played for 17 years in the major leagues.  He competed in 2,180 regular season contests during that period.  Murphy played 4 years in which he missed no games.  And in addition to that, he competed in 150 or more games in 8 more seasons.

Darryl Strawberry played 18 years in the big leagues.  In total, ‘Straw’ competed in 1,582 games during the regular season.  He never played a season in which he did not miss a game.  He played at least 150 or more games just three times.

Advantage – Murphy

Murphy 1, Strawberry 0