Shark notes that in each of the last five camps, Murphy has not had a concrete role at any position for the Mets.
In 156 games last season, Murphy hit .291 with a .332 on-base percentage, 40 doubles, six home runs and 65 RBI in 612 plate appearances. He played in 133 games at second base, eight games and first base, and appeared 18 times as a pinch hitter.
Michael Baron, ContributorI spoke with Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger and Kevin Kernan of the New York Post about the same subject at camp on Thursday. For the first time in his career, Murphy doesn’t have to worry about sticking, and he doesn’t have to worry about adjusting to a new position and making an impression on his manager. He can come into camp, knowing his role and knowing his place, and simply get ready to play 162 games. It’s not to say that things can’t change, especially if Murphy slumps or gets hurt, but there’s a comfort factor which he should have at this point knowing he is the second baseman for the Mets.
I like Murphy. He has a strong personality, he is a great cheerleader on the field and in the dugout, and he has shamelessly done everything this organization has asked him to do. I was worried about his ability to play second base regularly last year, but he showed that while he still has work to do, he is more than capable of playing there everyday. I am looking forward to seeing how he evolves as a player this year, on both sides of the ball.
By the way, Murphy was not among the early arrivals at camp last week. Ike Davis told me he expects Murphy to arrive to camp this week…