July 6 – Updated 8:00 PM
Major League Baseball tonight announced that Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was selected to his first All-Star team as National League Manager Mike Matheny’s selection. The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place July 15 at Minnesota’s Target Field.
Murphy is the third Mets second baseman named to an All-Star Game. Edgardo Alfonzo was named in 2000 and Ron Hunt was on the 1964 and 1966 National League teams.
Murphy entered today second in the National League with 105 hits and tied for sixth with 29 multi-hit games. He also began the day third among NL second basemen with a .295 batting average, tied for fourth with 19 doubles, tied for second with 29 walks, second with 52 runs scored, tied for fourth with seven home runs and third with 11 stolen bases.
“I’m very excited, but the word I’d use is humbling. And the other word is blessed.” said Murphy.
Murphy will be the only player to represent the Mets as the Captain and the face of MLB, David Wright, was not selected to the National League roster. Wright, who led NL third basemen before being over taken by the Brewers Aramis Ramirez, was left off the roster in favor of Todd Frazier of the Reds and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.
As of Tuesday, Daniel Murphy wasn’t any where to be found on the voting tally for the opportunity to start at second base for the National League in the All Star game. And even though he may not be considered a top tier second baseman with his glove, in my mind he surely deserves the nod offensively, and should at least make the squad as a reserve because of his bat.
In Monday’s loss to the Braves, Murphy continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-4, to extend his current hit streak to five games. He has also hit safely in eight of his last ten games and is batting .341 (15-for-44) in that span.
Murphy currently leads the Mets in many offensive categories, games played (81), at-bats (340), runs scored (51), hits (103), second in doubles (19), tied with Lucas Duda in RBI’s (41), actually is second in stolen bases (11), and leads the team with a .303 batting average.
Now I understand that David Wright is the face of MLB and also the Mets Captain, but Murphy is having an all-around better first half than even the Captain and deserves to represent the Mets at the All Star game.
Hopefully he will get the first nod of his career, when the reserves are revealed during the All-Star Selection Show on Sunday and that he’ll join Wright on the squad.
Thoughts from Joe D.
While I agree that Murphy has shown and done enough to warrant a bench spot on the All Star squad, my bigger concern is what the Mets will do with him going forward.
Should the Mets extend him now, or trade him at the deadline, end of the season or next year’s deadline? Those are the four options.
Murphy is the team’s best pure hitter in every sense and only reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen has more hits in the last two seasons. But with a team that I believe will not spend a dime more than $87-88 million on payroll and has no problem being in baseball’s bottom five, I can’t see how the Mets keep Murphy now that they are locked into Curtis Granderson and David Wright for about $36 million annually the next three years.
Murphy enters his final year of arbitration after the season and stands to collect upwards of $8 million in 2015 according to most reports.
Yesterday we learned he had already been dangled to Houston this past offseason. And Sandy Alderson dodged the question when a season ticket holder asked him if Murphy was being traded.
There’s a chance we might be seeing the last few weeks of Daniel Murphy, stripping the team of their most accomplished hitter at a time when hits and wins are pretty scarce.