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Daniel Murphy is honored, thankful for Teufel, Tejada and Turner

In the moments after Sunday’s game, Daniel Murphy learned from Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson that he would soon be officially named to this year’s National League All-Star team (Star-Ledger, July 7).

This will be Murphy’s first All-Star Game appearance. He finished fourth in voting for the starting second baseman, which went to Chase Utley.

“I don’t work any harder on this ballclub than anyone else does,” Murphy said after hearing the news. “It’s just an honor. It’s humbling. It’s a fantastic blessing.”

Murphy also gave thanks to Mets coach Tim Teufel and SS Ruben Tejada, as well as former teammate Justin Turner, for helping him become comfortable at second base.


Murphy will be the only player representing the Mets during next week’s MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota.

David Wright finished roughly 300,000 votes behind starting 3B Aramis Ramirez and was not named as a reserve.

It is only the second time in his nine-year career that Wright will not taking part in the All-Star Game.



Edgardo Alfonzo was the last second baseman from the Mets to make an All-Star Game.



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248 comments
JasonMiles
JasonMiles

Murphy got in by default. He can hit the ball for sure. he always comes off like an intelligent player until he's on the basses or does some bonehead move in the field


stage52
stage52

Nice to see Murphy get the nod. David Wright is better off getting some more rest.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Interesting that Murphy signaled out Tejada and Justin Turner for special thanks. Both Tejada and Turner have been targets of the haters, whose baseball IQ is that of a newt.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Murph deserves to be included. And maybe he'll pick-up some much-needed base-running tips. DW could use the time off.

Neal Shimmel
Neal Shimmel

Murphy is not an all star. None of them are this year.

Mets0987
Mets0987

Back to the Castro trade thing, I'd give them Flores, Wheeler but that's it.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

I think they might be prepping to trade Flores.  In spite of him NEVER playing when he was with the big club, Sandy mentioned him as one of the team's most promising hitters. Also, since he's been back in Vegas he's been playing mostly second/third.  I was thinking he was playing a lot of third  pending decision on Wright DL, but maybe there's another reason.

Lots of teams looking for 2nd/3rd basemen and we've heard that at least a few teams don't want to take a risk on Murphy's defense. If they can market Flores as a big bat with defensive flexibility at those two key positions, they might be able to get something back since he's still ranked as a pretty high prospect. They might still move Murphy if they think Herrera and Reynolds can come up quickly.

eric88
eric88

Congrats Murphy. You deserve it. It would have criminal if they took DW over you. He is having a horrible year.

All he has done is be our best hitter over the last 3 seasons.  Congrats Murph!!

ShawnP
ShawnP

Again,Congrats to Murph,a player representing us that actually earned his spot in the ASG.


Good job,Murph!

Brian Mangan
Brian Mangan

This is the kind of fact checking I mean:

"It is only the second time in his nine-year career that Wright will not taking part in the All-Star Game."

This is Wright's 11th season. He was obviously not selected in his 04 rookie year, but since then he also missed it in 2005, 2011, and this year.  So it's the fourth time in his eleven year career -- or its his third time in this ten year career of full seasons.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Wait. Wright finished 2nd in voting at 3rd but can't go yet Murphy finished 4th in voting for 2nd base but gets to go? What am I missing?

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Good for Murph ! But it's depressing that he's our best player .

eric88
eric88

They will move Murphy,but over the Winter. They won't pay him., but congrats on being an AS. It would have been criminal to take Wright over him, as Wright is a Shadow of his former self.

Misael Franqui
Misael Franqui

A little further down the line we need to think about making room for Herrera.  Currently batting .329, w/110 hits, 5 HR, 36 RBIs in 83 Games.

Misael Franqui
Misael Franqui

Murphy is in Flores way!  Flores is up to a .327 BA with 11 HR and 45 RBIs in 161 ABs in Vegas.  Flores has hit at every level.  Collins is awful at letting young players develop.  He won't give Flores a chance but Tejada gets a pass. Since 2010, Flores has driven in over 80 runs a year combined at every level.  Murphy doesn't only need to be traded for a great return now but, also for Flores sake.

mystere24
mystere24

Congrats to Murph, a well deserved and earned honor. And if it increases his trade value, even better. Play Flores and EY Jr. at 2B, trade Murph and Colon for a real LF, trade Gee and Montero for Castro, and we have a team that has a chance to compete.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Neal Shimmel  Nope.  The guy who has more hits than every player in the Majors, save for 6 guys, has no right playing in the All Star game.

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

@Mets0987 You cannot Trade Wheeler. You can never trade quality starting pitching. he may not be a 20 game winner this year,but make no mistake about it,when he gets it together he's going to be an excellent pitcher-


spelletrader
spelletrader

@Cheryl Ann That's exactly why Flores is where is he right now, because Sandy knows if he was up in the bigs he'd be riding the pine 85% of the time. They'll try to get a deal done with Flores as a piece and if that doesn't fly they'll probably offer Murphy as a last resort - if they are getting back a critical piece. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@barbarossa No argument there. Best announcing crew in MLB. Just listen to any other telecast (Yankees included) to see how much better (and well-informed) these guys are. My ONE criticism is that they are generally far too lenient on team (and organization) management. Sure, I know who's paying them and they will never be quite as subservient as Yankee broadcasters but there comes a time when, to retain their credibility, they should call certain parties to task. Right now they only do it in subtle ways. Or through certain vocal inflections.I think as the year progresses they might choose to become more critical of Sandy and Terry. Let's hope so.

Olerud42
Olerud42

That would actually be David Wright, who put up a wOBA of .366 compared with Murphy's .322 over the last 3 years.

nwmets
nwmets

@Brian Mangan If fact-checking was important to Metsblog, then they would check facts. Clearly, it isn't.

Ken Ralston
Ken Ralston

What color is the sky in your world?

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Bryan McEntee  Wright is overrated by the fans, but the players and coaches know better that he is past his prime and nothing more than a little better than mediocre. That's what you're missing.

Scrubs
Scrubs

@Marc Singleton Murph's #2 in NL in hits.  Nothing to get depressed about.  Congrats to the Father of the Year.

jenkins
jenkins

definitely think he'll be traded after the break to an AL team where he will be a great DH for 10 years. Glad he made the AS team. Nice guy and a top hitter. He has a ton of value to a contender. 


flores needs to play 2nd until Herrera arrives. Then take stock and see if he stays or trade him, too

tk2120
tk2120

he hasnt hit at the MLB level.....

gpopper
gpopper

If Murphy is resigned, Flores will either be traded or possibly replace Tejada. Right now, I would say traded. Alderson would ask a very high price for Murphy and I don't think most teams are willing to pull the trigger on that.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mystere24 The Cubs wouldn't want Gee or Colon. They are still a year or two away at best so why take on those contracts for guys who will be gone by then. They would want guys like a Montero or a Syndergaard. Not sure what it would take but there's also no rush for the Cubs to move Castro. He's locked up, Baez and Russell are not ready for the bigs anyway. Unless they are blown away I see them holding until the winter to move a Castro. See how Russell and Baez progress. But by all accounts Baez needs to move to 2b or 3b so they may wait to see how far along Russell is, he's their SS of the future. 

Russell would have been a nice get by the Mets. 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@mystere24 Why do people think trading away our good players will make us better. You're literally moving backwards. You're kidding about Castro right? Have you NOT seen him play? He can hit...but pretty unreliable in the field.

PB
PB

@mystere24 Cubs are going to want wayyyyy more than Gee and Montero....Wheeler, De Gromm and probably Thor too.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@jenkins  Trading Flores is a waste until he demonstrates hitting in the MLs for at least a month stretch. I agree that Terry is a chump when it comes to managing young players. It's almost criminal how he treats Mets prospects in lieu of other mediocre starters. I would prefer Murphy stayed until Herrera is ready and have Flores replace Wright. Wright has outlived his usefulness and has never proven to be a winner.

PB
PB

@gpopper hahah not all 5.


He's young, he's a multiple year all-star, and they are only paying him $45 mil for 5 years. They are going to want a lot.

Misael Franqui
Misael Franqui

@tk2120 Collins and Alderson keep moving Flores around to accommodate Murphy, Duda, Tejada and former Met Ike!

gpopper
gpopper

I've learned not to hold my breath with this organization. But, as talented as Castro is, he's a lazy kind of fella, the ultimate ant-Alderson. Still and all, I wouldn't mind having him, but it would be hesitant on what I give up for him. Montero is a good start, throw in another pitcher (Colon maybe) and a low level project. I wouldn't trade Wheeler just yet and definitely not DeGrom. His contract is attractive though. We'll have to wait and see.Alderson is filling his bottles of snake oil,as we post.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @tk2120 But Murphy is already a proven major league hitter. Duda has shown at least some ability to drive in runs. Tejada plays serviceable defense. As a player, you can't make excuses. When you're presented with opportunities you have to seize them. He will get plenty more. Its the major leagues, players who prove they can play here, will stay here.

Lol...

Lol.... Why the hell would the Cubs want colon...?

PB
PB

@gpopper I'm with you there. He's excellent, but to give up all the pitching this management has spent the last 4 years acquiring, doesn't seem like a move they'd make.

Harley Alderson
Harley Alderson

@Dana Smith @tk2120 amen just look at campbell he dont get much playing time but when he does he makes the most of it same with kirk in his callups this year

gpopper
gpopper

Agreed and I think they would be foolish to even entertain the idea. He'd be a good pickup, but the price would have to be right. Also, Theo Epstein of the Cubs is nobodys fool. I just don't see it happening. Gary and Keith were talking about it today, too. They basically said the same thing we are. Asking price may be too much, but to stay tuned.

Misael Franqui
Misael Franqui

@Harley Alderson @Dana Smith @tk2120 Campbell is not as talented as Flores.  When you have been jerked around it isn't easy to stay focus.  Campbell has no role, he is not replacing Wright or Duda so that point is not valid.  He needs to be given a permanent job, not the once a week experiment Collins puts all the young guys through.