At one point for about 4-5 years, there was little doubt that Dale Murphy was the best player in baseball. He was a Gold Glove center fielder, a home run champion, a great baserunner, a clutch hitter, and a model citizen. He was probably the most squeaky clean superstar of the last 35 years.
In the 1980s, no other player in the National League had more hits, total bases, extra-base hits, RBI, or runs scored than Murphy. He also reached base more during the decade than any other player in the NL. He won two MVP Awards, two home run titles, and two RBI crowns. He won five Gold Glove Awards and was a 30/30 man in 1983 when he slugged 36 homers and stole 30 bases.
Most Total Bases (NL), 1980-1989
Dale Murphy … 2796
Andre Dawson … 2685
Mike Schmidt … 2507
Keith Hernandez … 2159
Pedro Guerrero … 2149