Braves mourn passing of FSL president Murphy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves director of player development Dave Trembley was one of the many members of the baseball world who were saddened to learn that longtime Florida State League president Chuck Murphy had passed away Saturday afternoon at the age of 83.

"We lost a special man and a great person, a guy who was more than just the president of the Florida State League," Trembley said. "Losing Chuck hurts. The leadership he provided while we were managing in the Florida State League, a lot of those things I've taken with me, especially how to treat people."

While serving as the FSL president since 1990, Murphy touched the lives of the many different managers, players and umpires who passed through the league on their way to the Majors. Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez experienced two stints as an FSL manager (1990-91 and '94-96) during Murphy's tenure.

"He's touched a lot of us coaches and players who have gone through there," Gonzalez said. "He was fair. We're going to miss him, not only as an executive, but as a person. He was a good man."

Gonzalez, Trembley and Braves special assistant to the general manager Lee Elia have all been elected to the FSL Hall of Fame that Murphy created in 2009.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.