Murphy off to Minny, Wright is not.
The Mets are used to sending a talented infielder to the summer classic in recent years, but time missed due to injury and a lengthy slump kept the team’s captain David Wright from being picked to the National League All-Star team this year. Instead, Mets second Baseman Daniel Murphy gets the honor of representing the New York Mets at the All-Star Game in Minnesota next week.
While he could always hit at the major league level, Murphy attempted to break into the Mets everyday lineup several times at multiple positions. Since he was blocked at third base by David Wright, the Mets put Murph in the outfield to begin his major league career in 2008, and then moved him to first base in 2009.
He continued to hit well but the team was uncomfortable with a first baseman who did not hit for much power, especially with the powerful Ike Davis ready to take over the first base duties soon.
The Mets had a need at second base, and tried moving Murphy again to another brand new position in 2010. After losing most of that season to injury, Murphy played almost half of the games he appeared in at second base the following year in 2011.
In the early stages his inexperience at the position was highly noticeable, looking very awkward as a middle infielder. But by 2012 Murphy had become the full time second baseman, and less than three years later he has been selected as an All-Star at second base.
Murphy entered Monday night hitting .294 with 7 home runs and 35 RBI, and tied for 2nd in the National League in hits with 106.
Murphy spoke to reporters after Sunday’s game about being named an All-Star for the first time in his career.
Before Monday’s game, manager Terry Collins spoke about how Daniel Murphy can be an example to young players of the benefits of hard work.