Second Base: Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy on Hitting
Above is a Kevin Burkhardt’s SNY exclusive with Daniel Murphy in his hometown Jacksonville, Florida. The interview took place before spring training 2009.
In his position by position break down of the Mets, ESPN New York’s Mets blogger Adam Rubin wrote this about Daniel Murphy, one of four possible candidates for the starting second base job that has been declared by Manager Terry Collins as an open competition.

“Daniel Murphy also figures into the second base equation as he looks to again reinvent himself. After a failed 2009 experiment in left field, Murphy was poised to be the Mets’ Opening Day first baseman last season before spraining a ligament in his right knee during a rundown the final week of spring training. With Davis entrenched at first base by the time Murphy was ready to return, Murphy was taken off his rehab assignment with Buffalo. He then suffered a high-grade tear of the medial collateral ligament in the same knee while manning second base on an arguably dirty takeout slide by Triple-A Syracuse’s Leonard Davis on June 2. Murphy did not require surgery. He returned to his second base tutorial by participating in the Mets’ fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla. Murphy then went on to play the position with Aguilas in the Dominican Republic — until his winter league season was cut short when he suffered a left hamstring strain that is not expected to affect him in spring training.” – Adam Rubin, ESPNnewyork

….I have faith that Murphy has and will continue to work hard on his fielding at second base. I think he will be the best hitter of the other candidates including, Brad Emaus, Luis Castillo or Justin Turner, so I would like for him to win the job. For the Mets to be succesful this year, they will need to outscore every team. They will not have a dominat staff that wins lowscoring ball games. I think Collins needs to fill the lineup card with 8 hitters that pose the biggest offensive threat

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