Daniel Murphy Wins Over Mets Fans Even as He May Leave Them

Oct 17, 2015 · 99 comments
YM (New Jersey)
I love Daniel Murphy, but just remember one name: Aubrey Huff.
Dave F. (West Harrison, NY)
This guys is the heart and soul of the team, he needs to remain in a Mets uniform. It's real short, simple conversation, pay him. PERIOD.
rfj (LI)
Murphy is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, or something like that - a player who makes you scratch your head almost every game, but who somehow comes through at the most opportune times - sometimes. He is something like the John Belushi of baseball.

No matter what though, whatever happens after this year, Murphy will never be forgotten for what he did to the Dodgers last week.
David (Connecticut)
The Mets had better take advantage of the team that's on the field right now, because there is no "next year" Neither Cespedes nor Murphy will be back. The writers opine of the current owners philosophy is dead on. Look for the young (and cheap) arms to again carry the team for the first part of next year and the fans to go nuts again until Alderson fixes the problem with firepower. It's not pretty, but its the Met's way these days. Murphy and Cespedes will get their dough and hopefully for them, thrive.
Janet Snyder (Hakalau, Hawaii)
The Red Sox should scoop the Murphy up -- he'd be right at home where his walk-up theme song "Shippin' Up to Boston" is legion.
AM (New York)
If we can get him back for a reasonable cost, great. But let's not make the common mistake of overpaying for someone who's been on a hot streak. Shop around to see what else you can get for the money you might spend on Murph.
S B Lewis (Lewis Family Farm, Essex, New York)
Daniel Murphy is the stuff of legends...

Unforgettable, impossible, terrific, thrilling athlete...

And a good sport...

Polite.

Respectful.

Humorous.

A frustrating leader with potential beyond his years.

Elect him team captain.
tillzen (El Paso Texas)
Never were(s) critiquing ANY MLB player is ridiculous enough but to break down the game of a .288 hitter who plays several positions is simply sad. Even at Double A, these are the 1% of all basbeball players on the planet. I'm not a Met fan and yet watching Murph play is a sublime pleasure.
Peter Schwartz (Bethel CT)
Murphy can make you scratch you head , but he is more than the sum of his parts. The Mets should make a reasonable attempt to keep him.
Joe Scapelli (Pa.)
Go Mets--break a leg
HapinOregon (Southwest corner of Oregon)
Sometimes the sum is indeed greater than all of the parts.

Thrift is a virtue. Cheapness is not. Poor-mouthing is worse...
Knight (Glendale, NY)
If Daniel Murphy becomes a free agent after the World Series the Yankees should pursue him. The Bronx Bombers will restore the power bat they lost when Robinson Cano departed. Daniel Murphy can be a fine addition to the Yankees.
JOELEEH (nyc)
All due respect to Murph, if you think he's the "power bat they lost in Cano" your fellow Yankees fans should be glad you don't have Cashman's job. Your team already has a good hit/shaky glove second baseman (Refsnyder) who won't get anything but the major league minimum salary next year, and if there's a new second baseman in the Bronx in 2016 it will be him.
seamus5d (Jersey)
Murph is Met through and through - don't let him go!
CalifBroke (California)
Be warned, Mets' fans: win 8 more games before talking about who to keep and who to boot. If your team stinks up the place and don't even make it out of the NLCS, you may want to retool the entire team. The biggest decision right now is to figure out how to win the next game. Why look ahead when the team hasn't done anything but beat those choking bums from Los Angeles.
Patty Thibeault (Laconia NH)
this is the most vigorous writing I've seen in the ny times in years
Slann (CA)
Don't get too far ahead of yourselves, Mets fans. Enjoy each victory, and I hope they go all the way.
However, one of the hardest things to remember in the emotional roller coaster that's the playoffs: it's a business for these guys. We've seen some of our biggest stars leave, but what remains is the manager and coaching staff, who are probably more valuable than the "stars"
Best of luck!
Gil (New York)
No, Murphy is not perfect, but then no one is. When the Wilpons finally figure out that a winning team = more revenue and that's it's a better formula for success than relying on Uncle Bernie's Monopoly money, maybe then they'll shed their small market ways, realize that they should keep the Mets together, and do the right thing: sign Murphy and Cespedes to substantial contracts and not trade Matt Harvey for a shortstop or anything else.
LostViking (Denmark)
Over the moon as I am, as we all are, about Daniel Murphy's tour de force against the Dodgers this week, it's hard to fathom that there is any discussion at all about keeping him in the first place.

Putting aside for a moment my unconditional love of our own home-grown Murphy, let's ask the question: Plain and simple, has this guy not always given our team a lot more than he takes, on and off the field? Yeah he can drive us all nuts on a given night, but you might want to check your MLB player stats before all your griping gets in the way. Are you ready to sacrifice his nearly metronomic year-in, year-out success at the plate, his versatility in the infield, and my God that gorgeous swing? A quick dose of baseball perspective: Despite a roller coaster year and an utterly woeful NLDS, I don’t hear much talk about the value of Lucas Duda, and yet Murphy put up the same RBI's in the regular season with half as many homers, more doubles, and a hundred fewer strikeouts. Go ask any GM in the league what they think. Ask his teammates.

Turn that baseball critic's microscope on its head, focus on the bigger picture of Daniel Murphy, and maybe learn to be little more forgiving (you too, Keith); you'll be surprised by what you find.
greensleeves (high falls)
Well said, Lost Viking--and from that baseball hotbed, Denmark, no less! Any one without jaundiced eyes can see that Murph has always been worth keeping. No one has done more to answer the call of his many managers. His most recent exploits have only ensured him Folk Hero status in the annals of Met lore. Sadly, because this is Gotham--where idiot sports talk radio rules "Vinnie from Queens" and his minions-- Murph's mindless critics will surely resurface somewhere down the road.
Joel Rosen (Springfield VA)
Veteran pitchers preach, "Don't let the hot hitter beat you." Greinke should have pitched around red-hot Murphy and taken his chances with the rest of the Mets lineup. I was shocked when Greinke gave Murphy a hittable pitch. One of a few heads-down moments by the Dodgers.

Let's see how often the Cubs walk Murphy or if they induce Murphy to chase pitches out of the strike zone.
Brother Wayne (Brooklyn)
I sometimes find myself yelling at the TV about Murph's defensive miscues and base-running gaffes, but he is definitely the best natural hitter the Mets have: he's hard to strike out, and he's not streaky like some of his teammates. I can't imagine the Mets without him, and I hope the Wilpons will fork over some $$$ to keep him.
Richard (New York, NY)
Daniel Murphy is a professional hitter. He hits righties and lefties, starters and relievers, rookies and veterans, All-Stars and journeymen. He gets big hits when the game is on the line.

Daniel Murphy is a professional hitter on a team that has no other professional hitters quite like him.

Daniel Murphy has flaws as a fielder and as a runner, but flaws in those areas can be excused, because his hitting ability outweighs his flaws.

Winning teams need professional hitters.

Daniel Murphy is a professional hitter.
Peter Olafson (La Jolla)
On-point heroics are always a big selling point with fans (and with me too), but Mets management necessarily looks at the bigger picture and I suspect they'll cut him loose in favor of a better all-round player.
Jgbrlb (Yonkers, NY)
The Mets really have to see how David Wright continues his career, before making a decision on Daniel Murphy. Wright's back problems may cause the Mets to consider replacing him with at Murphy at 3B. If I were the Mets, I'd offer him big bucks to stay with the team.
Steve Fankuchen (Oakland, CA)
Powell just came up with one of the truly great lines of a sportswriter writing as a fan: "In the sixth inning, with ...Mets fans in a state of high anxiety — here I speak from close, anthropological observation of myself, my sons and my wife —...."

It is hard not to root for the Cubs, but the bottom line is that the better the Mets do, the worse the Yankees look and feel, so obviously that is the deciding factor.

In 1969 I watched the Mets win the Series at the old Sears in San Francisco. The television department was jammed for the deciding game by all of us who couldn't afford a TV in our apartments and crash pads, as well as by 98% of the strore's employees, everyone rooting for the Mets. A robber could have walked off -- and perhaps did -- with any other section of the store, and no one would have noticed.

Murphy taking third base or, rather, the Dodgers obliviousness to the situation, is precisely what makes baseball the greatest game. Despite its apparent slowness, it takes constant awareness of multiple things going or not going on at the same time, not to mention the ability to go from zero to a hundred almost instantaneously.

The Mets in six.
Al Galli (Hobe Sound FL)
For this coming series I would bench Duda and start Murphy at first with Johnson at second. Murphy has performed well at first this year. I have always liked him.
Charley (Connecticut)
He's Wade Boggs with one fewer hit a week and lesser fielding skills. And sometimes Jesus tells him to run the bases funny. But the Mets can't afford to let him go.
BM (NY)
I listen to Francesa of FAN bury this guy repeatedly but he does not recognize the winners mentality or "heart" factor, just the numbers. He is tough and gritty and smart, Reminds me of Pete Rose clearly not as talented, but the kind of piece every team needs. Murphy would be smart to stay a a reasonable price and the Met's would be smart to keep him. Then ask yourself the question David Wright or Justin Turner at this stage this stage of the game?
tombo (N.Y. State)
For some bizarre reason the Mets have treated Murphy, their most reliable hitter over the past six years, as some sort of unwanted step-child. It's mind boggling.

I have no doubt the Wilpon's will let him go (just as they will all of those young pitchers when they are up for contracts) as he will cost them more money than they are willing to spend. That's a shame and a telling comment on the Mets miserly ownership.
Daniel Perlov (Brooklyn, NY)
As a Mets fan since 1962, I have seen many players come and go. Murphy came up as an adept hitter with little power and no true field position. He's also made some bonehead plays on the bases (not to be confused with his absolutely brilliant move in game 5 of the NLDS, in which he stole 3rd base and the Dodgers' brain cells).
Murph has evolved into solid second baseman who has filled in more than adequately at 3rd (Wright has barely been around this year) and at 1st, when necessary. Not only is he a good player, he is an admired team member, cheerleader, analyst, spokesman and all around good guy. He even manages to keep his religious beliefs from being offensive and aggressive (can you say Charlie Ward and his infamous ant-semitic ramblings?).
Keeping Murphy could at the very least be resolved by making him a qualifying offer (not a token offer, Mr. Alderson and Wilpon) of somewhere around $15 million for one year. That gives Murph a real choice of staying put where he has been delirously happy and proving himself as a worthy, ongoing, investment and we all re-visit this in 2016. Or just give him what he deserves - a 4 year contract of somewhere around $60 million (a bargain by today's terms) and a chance to evolve even more as a lifelong Met. Dilson Hererra has potential but he's far from proven. Flores might be best to grow and stick at SS. Murph is also insurance for a stenosis-shaky David Wright at third. Sign the guy.
dogsecrets (GA)
If the Mets where smart, it time to face that Wright had been in a steady decline to let him go, sign Mur and move him to third hopefully they will make up their mind on SS and 2nd. But we all know the Wilpons will go for less to save a buck, if only MLB would have done their job and got rid of the wilpon douches

I bet the wilpon have a hard time deciding who they wanted to win the series the mets the own or their believe dodgers who they never gotten over leaving NY
Peter Interland (Maine)
Murph may not be great, but his heart is and he is the very soul of this team. Chemistry, alchemy, magic, amazin' -- no matter what you call it -- he provides it in mass quantities and the Mets run at their best on this stuff. Keep the Murph-inator.
jr (Princeton,NJ)
I've been a Met fan since the beginning, and I've hung in through all the bad times and all the bone-headed moves, but if they don't re-sign Murphy, I think I'm gonna hang it up. He might not be great on paper, but he's a player you want on the field. Contrast that with David Wright, who manages to put up "good numbers", but rarely comes through in the clutch.

The idea that Daniel Murphy has "net negative value", as Gary Cohen said in an interview on WFAN the other day, is absurd. With all the good quality home-grown players the Mets have given up on over the years who've gone on to have success with other teams (Justin Turner comes immediately to mind), you'd think they would've learned their lesson by now. The question for the Wilpons isn't whether they can afford to pay him, it's whether they can afford to lose him.
Ian MacFarlane (Philadelphia, PA)
" — here I speak from close, anthropological observation of myself, my sons and my wife —"

You ain't no Margaret Mead, but she wasn't no Damon Runyan neither .
Irene (Ct.)
I watched Murphy's interview after the game that was won by his smarts and power. It was all about the team, not about him. This type of person is rare in life and rarer in sports. He is a valuable asset.
TR (Wall)
Let's please enjoy Murph's success in the here and now and let next year take care of itself. He's the reason we're going to the NLCS, so he's earned his pay ($8million this year). It's possible that he's just beginning to hit his stride, so perhaps he'll be worth the $10million a year (he's entitled to a raise, right?) he may want for his next contract. But for now he's a Met until the last game of the season. Let's hope he can help us get 8 more wins.
anixt999 (new york)
If the Mets let Daniel Murphy go then they are fools. In Murph they have something that has become very rare in the disposable world of Sports-'The Hometown Hero." There use to be a lot of these type of players back in the good old days, back in the days when Baseball players were real lunchbox type of people, as opposed to the Players who now make 20 million dollars a year and drive to the Field in a Limo, and are completely disconnected from the average guy in the street.
Baseball has changed, like all sports , save Football( in which Contracts are not Guarenteed) fans use to have a real connection to the players, Kids use to love them, and their fathers idolize them in a way that has been completely lost.
Which makes this Mets Team kind of Unique, many of the players on it haven't made the big payday, and except for Harvey, seem to play for the sheer enjoyment of the game. Murphy exemplifies that. He almost single-handedly won a playoff series, and in so doing showed the kind of enthusiasm that is contagious, both to his team and the fans watching.
More then ever before people need genuine people to root for not pre-package impostors, Murphy is the real deal, He has captured the Heart and imagination of the fan base-and we want him back.
Margery (Long Island, NY)
The glint in Murphy's eye tells you that he's got it all figured out, that he can't wait to get to bat or on the field, and that this game is just fun. He and those pitchers are the most essential parts of this team (he makes David Wright look like just a really nice guy). Not signing somebody like him is what the Wilpons do best, and I hope hope hope I'm wrong.
nick (nisk)
Daniel is a Met And he should stay one.
Bernard B (PBG Florida)
Remember the 86 Mets. They had a guy named Ray Knight. Same rah rah kind of guy as Murphy. Played 3rd base. He scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the 8th inning with Mookie Wilson at bat in the 8th inning in game 5. . He seemed to disappear after the series. But they would not have won without him. Don't let Murphy disappear the same way.
Chris (<br/>)
Ray Knight hasn't disappeared - he does post-game commentary for the Washington Nationals, for what it's worth...
Dadof2 (New Jersey)
The New York Mets have long frustrated fans by letting players go the moment they seem slightly unproductive only to have them turn into all-stars somewhere else. From Nolan Ryan to Justin Turner, this has been the franchise killer. I remember, years ago, when the starting pitchers on opening day (each team's ace) around the majors were Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, Gary Gentry and Nolan Ryan. And only one was starting for the Mets. No wonder Mets fans are frustrated!
Ambrose (New York)
The Mets will be a lesser team without Murphy. This situation reminds me a bit of Lenny Dykstra. On paper, the Mets though the were upgrading by replacing him, but that team was never as good without him.

Also - I really enjoy Michael Powell's baseball writing.
JOELEEH (nyc)
Big game player, it turns out. Finally, the Mets are in big games, and we've learned something about who belongs. Hated Murphy's fielding for years...it wasn't just an iron glove, he caught what he could put leather on, pretty much, it was bad instincts. --and then the baserunning. Just a couple weeks ago he literally walked into a DP. That's why we find the advance-to-third-on-a-walk play, which will live in Mets lore and playoff history, so amazing. But really, he has proven this year he is a big game player. On the offensive side Thursday night he beat Greinke single-handedly. He drove in or maufactured all 3 runs, and the Mets needed them all. BTW on the first- to - third feat, when Duda stopped for a moment after stepping towards first, not sure he had walked, I think this helped distract Greinke and the shortstop from thinking about covering third. Suddenly they weren't sure either, and that was enough for them to lose focus. (to say nothing of the third base coach, who looked down after it was clear it was a walk). Murph, of all people, was the one paying attention.
Guess you want to resign him after all.
follow the money (Connecticut)
He doesn't strike out a lot. Look at Duda- a strikeout machine. Berra and Jeter were great players in part because they didn't strike out. Put the ball in play- good thing may happen.
Who would you rather have --Ryan Howard at about 200 K's/ year, or Murphy? Strikeouts are big inning killers. Sign him.
Fred Reade (NYC)
Actually you can google "Derek Jeter stats" and you'll see Jeter struck out an avg of 109 times a year, with 64 walks. That's a lot of strikeouts for a singles hitter. Jeter's genius was in the realm of intangibles, leadership and clutch hitting. Plus he had good health, with only one significant injury on a freak play. He was a great base-runner and very smart player. Personally, as a Yankee fan, I think the Mets would be crazy to not re-sign Murphy. As one other poster indicated, if nothing else as insurance for Wright and his balky back at 3rd. Plus, he's a "character" guy. Teams need players with good character. He's the opposite of Hanley Ramirez.
fjpulse (Bayside NY)
Very good point from Peter in Bklyn about Turner. Yikes, he really freaked me out!

The steal was unforgettable. Murphy won the game almost singlehandedly, a game that put them in for the championship. Maybe the Ballad isn't over yet!

Should the Mets let him go, please please Yankees dh ... a perfect dh who can fill in at other positions.

And if "Adjectives are going to fall short of how this all feels right now,” maybe he's a little Yogi-ish too.
Victoria Brush (Brooklyn)
We wouldn't be getting ready for the Cubbies tonight without Murphy. Literally. Yes, drives you nuts sometimes. But so does David Wright, who loves to wobble in the clutch. So does Cespedes, who did a little vanishing act in the LA series. I just wish Murph would stop giving Jesus all the credit for his good acts. How about for the bad ones, too - "Oh, Jesus made me bobble that ball at first. His bad."
Matt (Japan)
Plenty of teams spend the Big Money and don't get as far as the Mets have this year. It's the chemistry. They like each other -- they like to play together. That's worth more than 300-million-dollar payrolls. Keep Murphy. And while you're at it, keep Colon.
mgm (nyc)
I love what D Murph has done this series, I love his smile and his heart and his passion, his clutch hitting and his sense of humor. And the facts are that he's a .285 lifetime hitter with a .325 on base percentage. His fielding is charitably, below average, and his home run total of 14 this year is his career best. He'll cost a ton of money to sign that could be deployed elsewhere. We'll get used to a better fielding middle infield at both short and second if they can be found. Failure to turn the double play (along with middle relief) has been the Mets' greatest shortcoming this year.
jkronn (atlantic city,n.j.)
he's the ghost of Eddie Stanky who can hit.
Jtati (Richmond, Va.)
I love Wright, but his career appears to be over. Cespedes hasn't hit well in a month. Let's KEEP Murphy - find the money. Players who dedicate themselves to one team - Wright, Ripkin - end up with historic reputations. I bet Murphy wants to stay.
Alan Chaprack (The Fabulous Upper West Side)
In my opinion, it was Greinke's fault that Murphy was allowed to dash to third on Duda's walk. As Murphy came to bat, an infielder came in to talk to the pitcher; one of the color guys - probably Darling, as he runs circles around Ripken - opined that Greinke was being told to cover third if necessary because of the shift.

Ol' Zach may be a great pitcher, but on that play proved himself a less than stellar baseball player.
Bill Woodson (Ct.)
If you're a playoff caliber team, every organization needs a "Mr. October". They are worth their weight in gold. They create chaos for their defensive rivals. When runners are on the bases, they have to pitch around them, often walking them. There are many great baseball players in the playoffs, but few "Mr. Octobers."
Anne Etra (Richmond Hill, NY)
Just a great article. Captured it beautifully.
Thank you!
liberal (LA, CA)
3 to 4 years for Murphy to play a mix of 2nd (while Herrera proves or disproves himself), 3rd (because Wright can't play everyday and will be more uncertain with each coming year), 1st (because he played a bunch of games there this year), and then 3-4 years out pinch hitter.

1 more year for Colon and then a coaching contract, or another year of pitching (because the Mets will need a reliable spot starter and innings eater, and he makes the rest of the team better by example, and he is exactly the kind of crafty pitcher the young firethrowers need as a model for how they can evolve as they lose velocity years down the road).

Cespedes is the bigger gamble. On balance they should sign him. If they don't, they have a really big hole to fill.
WHN (NY)
One of the best performances ever in a baseball playoff game. Against the alleged two best pitchers in the league. His base running stealing third shows hyper-awareness of the situation. Maybe he should be playing third base. David Wright doesn't look comfortable at bat and clearly isn't physically ready. Daniel Murphy is exactly the kind of player the Mets should keep. Practice more on his fielding. That's not so hard.
Bruce EGERT (Hackensack NJ)
Trade Duda for a good SS and put Murphy back on 1B with Flores at 2B
HR (Maine)
I'm a Red Sox fan, so I never get to know much about the National league until this time of year.
What great writing, I feel like I really know this kooky guy. He'd have fit in with the pre-World Series Sox. Can't wait for the Cubs Mets games, I couldn't care less about the ALCS.
alandhaigh (Carmel, NY)
The NY Times survives because of the quality of their writers- right down to the sports section. Great stuff.
AY (NY)
Murphy is the kind of player that you can't pigeon hole. Think about it, Jose Regis, Strawberry those guys were great players for the Mets. But the Mets keep David Wright, nice guy, good looking and decent player but he can't carry this team. Go figure?
Boney (Wyckoff, NJ)
Legend has it back in 1945 a bartender was ejected from Wrigley Field for bringing his mascot; a foul-smelling, bleating, billy goat to Wrigley Field. The bartender appropriately named “Billy” (Sianis), was so upset at the slight he retaliated by proclaiming: “I curse you…the Cubs ain’t going to win anymore.” Thus “the curse of the billy goat” was born and it has haunted and tormented the Chicago Cubs for the past 70 years. Black Cats and a “nerdy’ Cubs fan (Steve Bartman) have perpetuated the curse. But what does this all have to do with this article about Daniel Murphy our gritty 2nd baseman who singlehandedly propelled the Mets to the NLCS this week you ask. The goat expelled from Wrigley Field was named “Murphy.” If that’s not an omen who will win this series nothing is. Let’s Go Mets!
LostViking (Denmark)
Over the moon as I am, as we all are, about Daniel Murphy's tour de force against the Dodgers this week, it's hard to fathom that there is any discussion at all about keeping him in the first place.

Putting aside for a moment my unconditional love of our own home-grown Murphy, let's ask the question: Plain and simple, has this guy not always given our team a lot more than he takes, on and off the field? Yeah he can drive us all nuts on a given night, but you might want to check your MLB player stats before all your griping gets in the way. Are you ready to sacrifice his nearly metronomic year-in, year-out success at the plate, his versatility in the infield, and my God that gorgeous swing? Just a quick dose of baseball perspective: Despite of a roller coaster year and an utterly woeful NLDS, I don’t hear much talk about the value of Lucas Duda, and yet Murphy put up the same RBI's in the regular season with half as many homers, more doubles, and a hundred fewer strikeouts. Go ask any GM in the league what they think. Ask his teammates.

Turn that baseball critic's microscope on its head, take a look at the bigger picture of Daniel Murphy, and maybe learn to be a little more forgiving; you'll be surprised by what you find.
Steve Fankuchen (Oakland, CA)
Powell just came up with one of the truly great lines of a sportswriter writing as a fan: "In the sixth inning, with ...Mets fans in a state of high anxiety — here I speak from close, anthropological observation of myself, my sons and my wife —...."

It is hard not to root for the Cubs, but the bottom line is that the better the Mets do, the worse the Yankees look and feel, so obviously that is the deciding factor.

In 1969 I watched the Mets win the Series at the old Sears in San Francisco. The television department was jammed for the deciding game by all of us who couldn't afford a TV in our apartments and crash pads, as well as by 98% of the strore's employees, everyone rooting for the Mets. A robber could have walked off -- and perhaps did -- with any other section of the store, and no one would have noticed.

Murphy taking third base or, rather, the Dodgers obliviousness to the situation, is precisely what makes baseball the greatest game. Despite its apparent slowness, it takes constant awareness of multiple things going or not going on at the same time, not to mention the ability to go from zero to a hundred almost instantaneously.

The Mets in six.
Paul King (USA)
Murphy's post game interview was refreshingly articulate, a rarity in most sports these days. Try to catch the minute and a half of it.
Just a cool guy.
Humble, in the moment and having fun.

3 for 4, 2 RBI off Greinke!
And that steal.

Ethier should have let d'Arnaud's foul fly ball drop.
Then, Murphy doesn't score and the count goes to 0-2.
With Greinke pitching.
ks (napa)
Murphy is a solid .280 hitter. Why would you let someone like that go? BIG mistake if they do...
Michael Green (Las Vegas, Nevada)
I would suggest doing a search for the photo of Daniel Murphy sliding well to the right of second base in an effort to keep Jimmy Rollins from turning a double play. Then I would suggest another search, for Murphy's comments about Chase Utley. Then I would suggest that the author of this column do the same, and tell us what he sees.
Justin (Alexandria, VA)
I think Murphy will be more like 4 years 54 million, at the lowest, unless he gives the Mets a discount. Personally, I don't think it makes much sense to re-sign him for that kind of money.
Sheryl (West Palm Beach)
Wonderful article. I had my Murphy epiphany a few months ago. Previously, I thought that his bone-headed base running and his stupefying mental lapses on defense offset his hitting to the point where it was fine if he signed with another team. But when I thought about his passion and heart, the intangibles that he brings to the field, I realized that that kind of commitment was invaluable. Plus, the Mets really need his bat. Looking to next season, and assuming they don't sign Cespedes, they have so many question marks on offense, beginning with Wright and the very streaky Duda. The only players who inspire confidence on a consistent basis at the plate are Granderson, Murphy, and Conforto. The Mets just can't afford to lose Murphy's bat -- or his heart.
S B Lewis (Lewis Family Farm, Essex, New York)
Quick, trade him to the Blue Jays. They need the hitting.
S B Lewis (Lewis Family Farm, Essex, New York)
Daniel Murphy Wins Over Mets Fans Even as He May Leave Them

Next stop the Congress? He's photogenic.

The announcer's booth? He has a good voice. Speaks well.

How about batting coach?

Trade him to the Yankees.
E.B. (Glendale, W)
I get so excited when I see that Michael Powell has written a column about the Mets. References to Ron Hunt and Eddie Kranepool, the anxiety of a Mets family, the Milwaukee-minded Mets ownership (and I live in Milwaukee!), and the observation about Murphy's walk-on music all are signs that Mr. Powell shares with me the beating mutt-heart of a Mets fan. I like Daniel Murphy a lot, and with his exceptional writing, Mr. Powell just did a great job of telling me why.
jr (upstate)
Mr. Murphy has been, too often, a slapstick figure in the field and on the bases. But he has been a decent hitter with some power still developing. His real gift, which he has occasionally and increasingly shown, is his baseball heart.

Any team, and quite possibly the Mets especially, needs players like this. I have not been a Murphy fan over the years, but I have come to the conclusion this year that he is a valuable player on the Mets despite his shortcomings.

If the Mets redo anything, make it fingers and toes; do not tear out the hearts that are - it is quite evident - so important to this Mets club.

Resign him.
Peter (Brooklyn)
They let Justin Turner, another quintessential Met, go - and he almost killed us. Let's not make the same mistake with Murphy. He isn't perfect, but he's ours. And he makes big plays in big games, which makes all the difference. No Murphy, no NLCS for the Mets this year.
ed connor (camp springs, md)
On behalf of the Dodgers, thank you for Justin Turner. We would also be delighted to take Murphy off your hands.
But, to be fair, please feel free to buy Mr. Grienke's contract. The 32 year old only makes $77 million over the next 3 years, and desperately needs a raise.
Shamit Patel (New York)
Justin Turner was the "quintessential Met?" Tom Seaver and David Wright, step aside!
MoreRadishesPlease (upstate ny)
He said "Adjectives". Adjectives!
Guarantee you, 99.99% of players, past & present, do not. + 100% of broadcast talking heads. ["Words" would be their word.]
Who IS this Murphy? Fun column on a fun player. But we still have no idea.
dittoheadadt (San Juan, PR)
Absolutely. I came in here to comment on that quality of his, saw yours and figured I'd piggyback.

He's one of the rare good interviews, not just in baseball but in all of sport. (European golfers are the best.) I like THAT about him, too.
Daniel (Greece)
The Times isn't hitting its weight. Now with articles like this.
Bill Swersey (New York, NY)
Its a sports column, not an article.
S B Lewis (Lewis Family Farm, Essex, New York)
How many errors has the 3rd baseman had on the Royals?
S B Lewis (Lewis Family Farm, Essex, New York)
Daniel Murphy gave the best interview - sounded like the voice of authority.

And he won the game...

He's Met material... but, so what?

Perhaps the Mets will trade him to the Yanks...
MoreRadishesPlease (upstate ny)
No trade needed, just higher Yankee$ offer. What else is new?

Yanks are about Prestige, & Heroes. Mets about People, & Struggles.
May be very interesting . . . . .
will w (CT)
If Murphy is traded to the Yanks, forget about NCLS 2016...
PETE (California)
This is a no brainer.... yeah he can drive you crazy.. but great players are like that... He plays with emotion... watch him hit.. he is dead serious... he plays 150% all the time, he cheers everyone on, he makes noise and he has a wicked quick swing that you can always count on. He is essential and has earned his right to be the second baseman... or third... or hey, even 1st... hes that versatile... Sign him ya stinking cheapskates..
Lee (NJ)
"Sign him ya stinking cheapskate"s
I've been hearing this assault on the Wilpons for years now. Enough. Yes, the Mets play in a big market but we are not the Yankees or the Dodgers. The movement in the MLB has been to build a strong farm system and to shy away from expensive long term fee agent contracts. This approach is clearly working throughout the league.The Madoff situation forced the Wilpons to go that route and we are clearly seeing the benefit of that this year and hopefully for years to come. You would think the Wilpon and Alderson detractors would be sitting with their tail between their legs.
John Isom (Santa Rosa, CA)
"As a fielder, he’s a good hitter."

That's so awesome. I laughed, and you made your point.

OK, back to the aliens...
FRB (King George, VA)
Ed Kranepool. One of the great Met traditions was Banner Day (I've no idea why it's gone) and the greatest Banner of all time appeared in 1963 about the second year, twenty year old not quite as advertised Kranepool:
Is Ed Kranepool over the hill?
Nicholas Conticello (New Jersey)
I don't believe the Kranepool line was part of Banner Day. I think it was one of the placards displayed by the renowned Karl Ehrhardt, "The Sign Man," whose 2008 passing was noted by an obituary in this very newspaper. Ehrhardt was no admirer of Ed Kranepool. One of his kinder exhortations was "Dazzle 'em with your speed, Ed." Needless to say, Kranepool was not blessed with sprinter speed.
Dave Millwer (Louisville)
I remember that one. Ah, the days of the Polo Grounds. $0.75 Bleacher seats for a double header. Joe (# 23) Christopher my all-time favorite MET), Gil, Roger, Charlie Neal, Ginsberg, Chiti....There are still a few of we New Breed Charter Members.
mike (manhattan)
Murphy is essential to this team, and just for his latest fireworks or his timely homers. He has heart and fire in his belly. Too often the Mets play without passion. They need Murphy.
nzierler (New Hartford)
Murphy is a wonderful overachiever who deserves to continue his career with the only team he has known. He would be terrific insurance in the event David Wright's spinal issues curtail his career, and he is a no-nonsense old school ball player who will do anything for the team. Sometimes you cannot measure a player in money and that applies to Murphy. The Mets have squandered millions on past players who have neither Murphy's talent nor heart. They can certainly offer him substantial but fair compensation and demonstrate to fans that they appreciate him as the fans do.
J Farrell (Austin)
Go through the batting stats for the Mets lineups before the mid-summer trades and revivals. Murph is the only one who hit consistently in that dismal period as he always has. He is Exactly what the Mets desperately need next year. Someone who hits the ball when the rest of the team is flailing about. Murph never turns into Bobby Bonilla or Jason Bay!
Bill Camarda (Ramsey, NJ)
From where I sit in the cheap seats, it sure looks like this is a player who has come of age as a hitter, has a set of skills that could well endure awhile, and has worked hard enough as a fielder to overcome some of his deficiencies there. In short, a good investment. (And Dilson Herrera seems a bit less of a sure thing than he did before.)

Spending someone else's money, I really hope they keep him.

Plus, doggone it, he's fun to watch. (Like Colon; will he be gone, too?)
Jason L. (NY, NY)
We need to keep Murph. We need to keep Colon. I plan on writing a letter to Sandy and the Wilpons to lobby for two of players who made this year a hoot to watch. Go getters like Murph and Bart are the heart and soul of Mets baseball.
Harvey Wachtel (Kew Gardens)
"He's fun to watch" is more important than it's parenthetical position suggests. For the fans of some teams (guess whom I have in mind), winning is everything. For Mets fans, character counts for a lot, and Murphy certainly is a character.
DD (NY)
Murphy has come of age as a hitter. But it took him a while. Further, I don't think that his lesser than stellar defensive WAR stats even begin to capture the detrimental quality of the repeated bonehead moves he made in the field and on the base paths which cost the Mets plenty of games over the last seven years. (David Wright once famously remarked the Murphy thinks he's "invisible" on the base paths. I can't begin to count the number of outs the guy has needlessly run straight into.) I was pretty down on Murphy for a while and thought that on balance his offensive output didn't outweigh his mediocre to poor defense. But for some of last season, and almost all of this season, he has defied that conclusion. Murphy's output at the plate -- along with his hustle and embrace of the urgency of this postseason -- definitely call for a careful evaluation by Mets management about whether to sign him, for how much, and for how long. The question is -- how sustainable is his current prodigious offensive output? Of course, coming off that torrid series with LA everyone here is going to be demanding that he be re-signed. But what got us here - although everyone avoids talking about it is management's careful evaluation about which players to sign and not sign. Yes, Murphy's swing is sweet. His balance at the plate impeccable - Aubrey Huff-esque. But first things first. Let's see what he and the Mets can do in this NLCS and then talk about signing him afterwards.
hillbillynharlem (UptownDowntown)
Gotta like Murph', get the damn job done! No stylin' or indicipherable tattoos now 'de rigeur' for any professional athlete ( and gazillion wannabes). Go Mets!
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