Even his home runs are nice. They're often looping, opposite-field line drives that just happen to go over the fence. Of his 19 homers this year, all but four have been to center or rightfield.
Here's a sampler of what opponents think of Murphy:
Astro Catcher Alan Ashby: He's the best player in the game today."
Cubs Pitching Coach Billy Connors: "He's the best I've ever seen, and I've seen Willie Mays. I watch almost all the Atlanta games on cable television, and I've seen Murphy win games every way there is, a base hit in the ninth, a home run, a great catch, beating the throw to first on a double play. I've never seen anything like him before in my life."
Phillies Third Baseman Mike Schmidt: "I don't see why I should talk about another player hitting 100 points better than I'm hitting."
And here's what some teammates think of Murphy:
Pitcher Phil Niekro: "People keep looking for words to describe him. Well, there aren't enough good words or words good enough."
Royster: "If you could improve Andre Dawson, he would be Dale Murphy."
Torre: "All he does is play baseball better than anyone else."
Benedict: "He's overrated. He's also got big feet."