By Brad Kallet
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In October of 2015, a barely above-common participant named Daniel Murphy etched his identify into Mets lore — and baseball lore, for that matter — when he belted eight residence runs in 14 video games throughout New York’s run to the World Collection.
It was one of many biggest performances in postseason historical past.
Murphy was a little bit of an enigma in his seven years with the Mets, from 2008-15. A poor fielder, dreadful baserunner and strong hitter, he had the makings of a batting champion however the instincts that would lose you a recreation. After his historic show within the 2015 Division Collection and NLCS, and after SNY play-by-play man Gary Cohen referred to as him a “internet unfavorable,” Murphy one way or the other discovered himself with no job.
How might a person who simply dominated on the most important stage within the sport not garner curiosity on the open market? Mets basic supervisor Sandy Alderson clearly had no intention in re-signing the free agent, and he wasn’t alone. Murphy held out hope that he’d return to Queens, the place he started his profession when Shea Stadium was nonetheless standing. Alderson didn’t give in to any temptation that he may need had. Lastly, on Dec. 24, 2015, the NL East-rival Nationals, of all groups, signed Murphy to a 3-yr, $37.5 million contract. (Murphy hadn’t been the Nats’ first selection at second base. Earlier within the month that they had agreed to commerce for Brandon Phillips, however the deal finally fell by way of.)
Had Murphy’s superhuman postseason been an anomaly, or had he lastly turned a nook halfway via his profession? It needed to be the previous. Who turns into a celebrity after turning 30?
Daniel Murphy, apparently.
In a merciless coincidence, Murphy completely tormented the Mets — and the remainder of the league — throughout his first season in D.C. He tightened up on the bottom paths, restricted his psychological errors (and bodily ones), and hit like Ted Williams. The 32-yr-previous turned a much more harmful presence than Bryce Harper within the Nationals’ lineup, batting .347 with 25 homers, 104 RBIs, forty seven doubles and a .390 on-base proportion in 142 video games. In seventy five at-bats towards the Mets, he made them pay dearly for not believing in him. The candy-swinging lefty hit .413 with seven house runs, 21 RBIs, six doubles and a .444 OBP.
He additionally made his second All-Star staff, gained the Silver Slugger Award and completed second to the Cubs’ Kris Bryant in NL MVP voting.