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Mike Mills’ song pushes Dale Murphy for Hall

  • 1:11 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Dale Murphy remains a popular figure at Braves games (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Dale Murphy lost his final chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame by writers in 2013. Is it possible a new song written about him by another Hall of Famer will give his candidacy new life?

Mike Mills, an avid sports fan and the talented singer, musician and composer for the Athens band R.E.M. (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007), has written a song called, “To The Veteran’s Committee,” which pleads for Murphy’s long overdue induction into Cooperstown. The song appears on the just released CD, “The Baseball Project: 3rd,” which is the [More]

Hall of Fame needs new voting guidelines

  • 11:20 am Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

Every year there is more confusion. Every year there are more arguments. Every year somebody feels compelled to “make a statement,” as was the case this year when at least one Baseball Hall of Fame voter chose to leave every “steroid era” player off of his ballot, even the clearly steroid-free Greg Maddux. (More on that shortly.)

There needs to be a change.

I’ve thought about giving up my Hall of Fame vote for the same reasons others probably have. There is a lack of clarity on how to deal with players who’ve either been caught, admitted to, or are highly suspected [More]