Pop Ups, and quick note about Murphy at 2B

The starting infield, with Ronny Cedeno, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner up the middle, worked on pop ups along with the starting outfield.

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I’m a Murphy fan and I want him to be good at second base, but he looks confused and out of place. For instance, on so many of the infield pop ups, he initially called for the ball, but often got waved off by either David Wright, Cedeno or Tejada. It’s like he begins in the middle of everything, but then ends up standing aside watching the play…

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There was a ball hit high and shallow, Davis charged hard, in, showing no hesitation or issue with his ankle, but he nearly bumped in to Johan Santana, with the whole thing looking a lot like his year-ending collision with Wright last season. Thankfully, both Ike and Johan were fine, but the follow-up laugh suggested the moment was not wasted on anyone…

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The other thing that always stands out to me in these drills is how on-the-ball the veterans are. Guys like Cedeno, for instance, or even Wright, never miss a beat, they do everything near-flawlessly, they’re always loud when they need to be loud, they use two hands, they do mostly everything the way it is supposed to be done. Then, you look at guys like Murphy, or even Turner and Ike, and, though they aren’t necessarily making mistakes, you can tell they’re thinking about what to do, they’re calculating, etc., all while the older guys are on auto-pilot.