Who Is Daniel Murphy?

Port St Lucie, FL - March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Daniel Murphy is the Dodger-killer who was involved in all three runs in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  He is the same guy who wisely stole third base after a walk during the shift when no Dodger covered third base.  Murphy hit two home runs against Kershaw and a home run against Greinke.  In the NLCS so far, Murphy has also hit home runs off Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.  Five home runs in seven playoff games.  Wow.  Home runs against the top three Cy Young Award contenders.  In the playoffs.  Wow.

So who is this guy?  Where did he come from?  Daniel Murphy is a 30 year old who was born, raised, played high school baseball, and played college baseball in Jacksonville, Florida.  Murphy has always been a better hitter than a defender.  The Mets picked Murphy in the 13th round of the 2006 draft.  Daniel made it to the big leagues in 2008 and never looked back.  He is a good but not great hitter, with career numbers (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) of .288/.331/.424/.755.  He has hit just 62 home runs in his MLB career, or about one every 60 plate appearances.  He is certainly having a great playoff run.

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24 thoughts on “Who Is Daniel Murphy?

  1. This is also one of the differences between the Dodgers and just about every other team they’ve ever played in the playoffs – someone on the other team ALWAYS steps up and plays over their heads. What Dodger steps up and does that? Most of them get worse. Christ, we had 2 of the 3 best pitchers in the league pitch 4 out of 5 ballgames and they still lost because no one could hit with runners on. You’d think the friggin law of averages would dictate somebody would get a hit, but this team even defies probabilities.

    Biggest thing that needs to change is the attitude and demeanor of this team. Maybe a little ass chewing rather than coddling is in order. First thing I’d do to try and wake Puig up is option his ass down to AA until he gets the fundamentals of the game. Joc needs to go back to AAA and rediscover his swing, which I think his getting F’d up was because of roid boys (whose ass I’d have already fired when the last out was made the other night) tinkering.

    I’m hoping after the WS there’s a lot of walking papers handed out, coaches and players alike.

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  2. I also got to thinking that AGon was right – home field advantage doesn’t really mean anything. At least not to this group of assholes.

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  3. tru’s already pointed out Murphy will be a free agent. He should be able to get a bit of a pay off out of his post season performance. We had Turner and his record setting doubles, but if nobody else is going to hit it’s home run or bust.

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  4. If (or when) Murphy get’s traded I’m sure a lot of Mets fans are not going to like it. It’s going to be hard for them to forget the way he’s been hitting during this postseason. I think he’ll always be a nightmare to us for quite some time. We can add on the Cubs if they don’t snap out of it.

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  5. Reggie Jackson had 18 homers in the postseason, so Murphy still has a ways to go before New York starts calling him “Mr. October”.

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  6. Manny Ramirez has the career postseason home run record with 29 home runs in the postseason. Mickey Mantle had 18 home runs in postseasons that were comprised only of World Series, none of that ALCS, NLDS crapola.

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  7. I sure am enjoying watching how Kansas City plays ball. Come to think of it, they don’t have any pitching comparable to Kersh and Greinke. Of course, their baseball acumen got Greinke in the first place a number of years ago. Wonder how many high-powered VP’s it takes in their Front Office to put a team like that together.

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    • Logically, one would think that if Friedman and Faz made the same type moves they did in TB and Oakland that those moves would’ve produced the same type results they had before. Yet every single player they picked up at the trade deadline not only got worse putting on the blue, they got a lot worse. Had those guys even played to their career norms this team stood a better chance.

      Something is very wrong with this team. It defies the odds and it defies logic. I think you hit the nail on the head several months ago when you said it was attitude, and I think 95% of that is Donnie. He’s never manages to win, he manages not to lose and there’s a big difference. Big enough this team can’t take that next step.

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  8. I agree that the chemistry of the team and the forthcoming energy that goes into making a champion…is amiss and needs to be reworked. The club should have a number of players who can up the ante during the post-season, yet remain unable to find one. As far as the sentiment that Donnie has done a good job maneuvering through all the obstacles that comes from having various players with bloated contracts whom are competing sharing duties is about as ridiculous as labeling someone a lame-duck manager due to the length and size of his contract.
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    Fire Donnie!
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    (P.S.) I’m not shocked by the early exit…I said when the team didn’t obtain a front line starter that they wouldn’t flourish come October. Not because a team needs 3 outstanding starters to prevail, but because this team needed 3 starters to prevail…
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    Personally, I’d like to see a smart, young coach, with a lot of energy and enthusiasm take the reigns…

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    • Oh yeah…forget trying to shift into the optimum position on every stinking pitch and concentrate on playing solid baseball day in and day out from a normal set-up… or, at the very least, if you are going to amaze the world with your infield of algorithms…prepare the gloved wizards for the challenge!!

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      • Last season this team was fooled by a little league maneuver, when the Rays caught everyone, especially, but not limited to Wallach and Uribe day-dreaming on / off of 3B. This year Murphy caught everyone, including, but not limited to Greinke and Seager day-dreaming on / off of 3B.
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        You cannot win playing smart baseball with not so smart leadership!

        Fire Donnie!

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    • I’m pulling for Murphy and those Moxie Mets… They have shown the most determination up to this point…and I like that style of play! Terri Collins might have a bit to do with this…as he has shown his squad that he himself has determination and fortitude.

      I agree Deefore! Fire Donnie!

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  9. Can we slap a bounced check charge (let’s say of $100,000,000.00) on the money-ball duo of Friedman and Faz… That way it might deter them from making the same fucking mistake in the future!!

    Fire Donnie!
    Trade Donnie!
    Promote Donnie!
    Just get Donnie the FUCK out of the damn dug-out!

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    • Last year he couldn’t get a bunch of mega-millionaires to catch or throw the baseball for the first 3rd of the season without making an error…

      This year instead of learning from the mistake of not having your team prepared… He led them to hall of shame again!

      Fire Donnie!
      Trade Donnie!
      Promote Donnie!
      Just get Donnie the FUCK out of the damn dug-out!

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