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    The Daniel Murphy Thread


    This guy is the real deal.



    But I still have no idea who to compare him too. Maybe a young Brian Giles without the 30HR power?

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    I LOVE Murph but lets see him produce over a complete season before we start comparing him to all-star players. 131 at bats isnt much, even if he has hit at every level hes played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JV51 View Post


    But I still have no idea who to compare him too. Maybe a young Brian Giles without the 30HR power?
    Rusty Greer? Greer’s career was cut short by injury, but he averaged .310 20 HR 100 RBI in his prime.

    Any chance he will turn out to be a poor man's John Olerud?

    For some strange reason he reminds me of a lefty version of Paul Molitor. I'm not saying he plays like Molitor or will ever come close to having that type of HOF career. Im saying his stance, the way he holds the bat and swings it, reminds me of Molitor for some reason.
    Last edited by LockeJET; 12-19-2008 at 05:58 PM.

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    After this season he could very well be the starting 1B for the Mets. I like him a lot. He's such a disciplined hitter, especially for his age. I can't wait for this season. Murphy is going to start in LF and tear it up. He didn't show a ton of power, but he will next season I think. Can't wait.

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    It's a shame he can't seem to play 2nd. He'd be so perfect there.

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    Is Castillo still the probable starting 2nd baseman? He's such a chooch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker134 View Post
    Is Castillo still the probable starting 2nd baseman? He's such a chooch
    I expect castillo to be very good this year...i think he was out of shape and injured all of last year. If i am wrong and he is a bust for the first 20 games or so....i have no doubt he will be benched.

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    I thought his knee's were shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker134 View Post
    Is Castillo still the probable starting 2nd baseman? He's such a chooch
    I have an irrational level of hatred for Castillo

    Quote Originally Posted by K-Met57 View Post
    I expect castillo to be very good this year...i think he was out of shape and injured all of last year. If i am wrong and he is a bust for the first 20 games or so....i have no doubt he will be benched.
    Castillo sucks, he should be cut now.

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    Is he Dale Murphy's kid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adb280z View Post
    I have an irrational level of hatred for Castillo



    Castillo sucks, he should be cut now.
    says the man with the irrational level of hatred for him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker134 View Post
    Is Castillo still the probable starting 2nd baseman? He's such a chooch
    I was reading somewhere that he was begging Omar to give him another shot after hearing his trade rumors.

    Personally I have nothing against him, but for his sake and ours I like to see him shipped out for say maybe Marquis.

    If DM is 100% off the list for 2B go after Hudson, if he wants to play here so bad he can take 5MM less

    If Hudson is a no go go after Mark Grudzielanek. Great glove and role player.

    This is all after we secure a front end starter, Lowe, Perez

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    Orlando Hudson? Another declining 2B coming off of an injury looking for a long deal? Pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynBound View Post
    Orlando Hudson? Another declining 2B coming off of an injury looking for a long deal? Pass.
    I with you on that one. I've always been a huge fan of O-Dog but his D dropped off big time last year. Maybe it was injuries but either way hes 31 and probably asking for more then he deserves. There's no way they're gonna find someone take Castillo anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY_80 View Post
    I with you on that one. I've always been a huge fan of O-Dog but his D dropped off big time last year. Maybe it was injuries but either way hes 31 and probably asking for more then he deserves. There's no way they're gonna find someone take Castillo anyway.
    is there anyone in FA today not asking more then he deserves? is it just me or is 10 million the new 5 million? no way guys like Ibanez should be making 10 mil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AG View Post
    I was reading somewhere that he was begging Omar to give him another shot after hearing his trade rumors.

    Personally I have nothing against him, but for his sake and ours I like to see him shipped out for say maybe Marquis.

    If DM is 100% off the list for 2B go after Hudson, if he wants to play here so bad he can take 5MM less

    If Hudson is a no go go after Mark Grudzielanek. Great glove and role player.

    This is all after we secure a front end starter, Lowe, Perez
    I'm not really for signing Hudson he just hasn't been very durable.

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    Good Murphy article.

    February 13, 2009
    With Mets’ Murphy, Hitting Is an Obsession and More
    By BEN SHPIGEL

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — J. J. Putz has known Daniel Murphy for about a week and a half, or more than enough time for him to corroborate what Murphy’s teammates, friends and mentors already know.

    “The guy is obsessed,” said Putz, who lives across from Murphy in a hotel here. “All he talks about is hitting, hitting, hitting. It’s not a stretch to say that it consumes about 90 percent of his day.”

    When Putz sees him in the morning, Murphy is sitting by his locker holding a bat. When Putz sees him in the afternoon, Murphy is often on his way back to the batting cage. When Putz sees him in the evening, usually over a steak dinner, Murphy peppers him with questions about pitch sequences. The other 10 percent of the day, Murphy said he sleeps. Then he wakes up, maybe fires off a text message to the hitting coach Howard Johnson, and thinks about hitting some more.

    “We had a guy in Seattle named Mike Morse who would be on Ichiro’s hip all day long just watching every little thing he did,” Putz said of Ichiro Suzuki. “So far, that’s who Murph reminds me of. There are some guys who want to learn and others who feel like they have all the answers already. He clearly wants to learn.”

    The Mets would agree. Murphy’s sweet left-handed swing and precocious plate discipline fueled his two-year ascent from 13th-round draft pick to the major leagues. Once he arrived last August, after spending all of one day in Class AAA, the position he played in the field was secondary. The team needed his bat, and Murphy obliged, hitting .313 in 49 games and living up to his reputation as a grinder, seeing an average of 4.25 pitches per plate appearance.

    This season, the Mets could use his glove just as much, as part of a projected left-field platoon with Fernando Tatis that, if each player builds on his breakthrough 2008, could stabilize a lineup left untouched during the Mets’ off-season overhaul. As intriguing, though, is how the 23-year-old Murphy fits into the Mets’ long-term plans. With the prized prospect Fernando Martínez perhaps a year away from making the majors, Murphy, a natural third baseman, seems ticketed for a future in the infield.

    Thinking ahead, the Mets have discussed the possibility of Murphy moving to first base next season, should they decide not to re-sign Carlos Delgado, rather than find a replacement through a trade or from a largely unimpressive crop of free agents (Nick Johnson, Adam LaRoche). An alternative, which some fans probably wish had been implemented already, is second base, where Murphy played 15 games for Class AA Binghamton and again in the Arizona Fall League.

    The Mets asked Murphy to play second because they were allotted a spot at that position, not as part of any great conspiracy to undermine Luis Castillo, who played dreadfully in the first season of his four-year, $25 million contract.

    “Anything I can do to get more bullets in my gun, I’ll do,” Murphy said. “I learned something every day I played second base. What that means for me, I don’t know, but any time the organization gives me extra playing time is just fine with me.”

    His reasoning is simple: If he plays, he gets to hit. That obsession was nurtured at Jacksonville University, where he occasionally skipped classes to fine-tune his swing, and reinforced when he was promoted to the Mets. Before, during and after games, Murphy would ask Delgado, Carlos Beltrán and David Wright about their thought processes during individual at-bats. Unsolicited, Murphy recites the type and location of the pitch sequences he saw in pivotal at-bats last season, including the 0-1 slider he ripped off Philadelphia’s Brad Lidge on Aug. 27 for a go-ahead eighth-inning double that snapped an 0-for-16 skid. Murphy called it “the biggest hit in my entire life,” though not for the result.

    Murphy said he looked back at Jerry Manuel, the Mets’ manager, “and he clapped and said, ‘Let’s go.’ Just the faith he had in me, a 23-year-old rookie, meant the world.”

    In Johnson, whose son, Glen, is a sophomore outfielder at Jacksonville, Murphy found someone whose philosophy meshed with his intensity. Calling himself a “verbal learner,” Murphy tends to talk when he hits, telling himself, “That’s it, that’s the one I want,” when he makes a good swing. When he feels out of whack, he will tell Johnson what he thinks he is doing differently, and they will try to solve the flaw together.

    “He’s a guy that’s going to work on his swing, he’s going to talk about it, he’s going to think about it, he’s going to be absorbed in it,” Johnson said. “He has a leg up that way. He’s got a real good idea about what he does. But he’s also excellent at making adjustments here, making adjustments there. If I say something to him, he internalizes it and can make it happen.”

    Once a week during the off-season, Murphy would send Johnson a text message or call him — “just to bug him, make sure we’re still buddies,” Murphy said — and Johnson went to Jacksonville a few times to visit his son and his pupil. Every day but Sunday, Murphy fielded ground balls at first base and second base and caught fly balls, often working out with his brother, Jonathan, and Glen Johnson at the university.

    Murphy also told Howard Johnson how he took Delgado’s advice to heart in Arizona. On days he did not play, he would concentrate on the opposing pitcher to see if he was tipping his pitches. Murphy jotted his findings in a green spiral-bound notebook that contains 10 pages of detailed notes, including some on pitchers on his own team.

    “This is my craft, this is my job, and I take it as seriously as I can,” Murphy said. “So what if I’m a bit obsessed? I love to hit. That’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

    Almost on cue, Murphy put on his batting gloves and flexed his fingers. He had somewhere else to be, something else to do.

    “Time to go,” Murphy said. “Have to hit.”

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    I too believe Murph is for real.

    The guy is just dedicated at what he does. It'll be interesting to see if he can improve on defense either in LF, 1B or at 2B, because we all know he can hit..

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    It's obvious that Delgado, another obsessive type like Murph, is going to be important. (as was briefly noted in the article) I like the idea of the little guy being able to buzz all about Delgado with a million questions.

    Mrs. Johnson was probably thinking Hojo was having an affair, until he shows her the volumes of puppy dog txt messages from Murphy.

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