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.