ATLANTA -- Dale Murphy received his highest percentage of Hall of Fame votes since 2002, but the beloved former Braves outfielder will enter his final eligible year on the ballot with little reason to believe he will be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was the only candidate to receive the necessary 75 percent of the votes necessary to gain election to the Hall of Fame this year. Murphy received 14.5 (62 of 539) percent of the votes, his highest percentage since receiving 14.8 percent (70 of 472) in 2002.
Murphy will remain on the ballot for a 15th and final time next year. His most encouraging results in the balloting process were realized in 2000, when he received 23.2 percent (116 of 499) of the votes.
Former Braves first baseman Fred McGriff received 23.9 percent of the votes this year and will remain on the ballot in 2013.
The 2012 ballot featured 27 candidates, with 14 returnees and 13 newcomers. (Years on ballot)
Murphy won back-to-back National League MVP Awards in 1982 and '83 and stood as just one of six players during the 1980s to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season ('83). He won five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards and earned seven All-Star selections.
Murphy's supporters have continued to point out that he led all Major League outfielders during the 1980s in home runs (308) and RBIs (929). He ranked second among outfielders in hits (1,553) and extra-base hits (596) in that span.
Murphy compiled more total bases than anybody during the '80s. Over that 10-year span, Mike Schmidt was the only player with more homers and Eddie Murray was the only player with more RBIs. Schmidt and Murray have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Murphy's candidacy has seemingly been hindered by his .265 lifetime batting average, which was damaged during unproductive years late in his career. He hit .289 from 1982-87, and batted .238 from '88 until the end of his career in '93.
After playing for the Braves from 1976-90, Murphy concluded his career with the Phillies (1990-92) and the Rockies ('93).
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.