In the 2012 MLB season, I remember cringing early on at the sight of New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy fielding routine grounders. But as the season moved on, you could see a transformation in Murphy that made you believe he could be a serviceable option for the future of this snake-bitten franchise.
We all know that even though Murphy committed 15 errors throughout the season, the Mets were right to stay with him as he became more comfortable turning the double play with shortstop Ruben Tejada, and his bat remained steady until a slight slide towards the end. But one thing that no one ever saw was Murphy making any sort of lists, unless of course, it was a list of players to be named later in a trade.
That is exactly what happened, though, as MLB Network unveils its “Top 10 Right Now: Second Baseman,” and gives Murphy the honor of gracing it. While it is great that Murphy was acknowledged at all, I have to be curious about how MLB Network decided to accumulate enough stats to back up their “list.”
Murphy is ranked 20th out of 22 of eligible second baseman in fielding percentage, and although he puts up offensive numbers, fielding percentage should hold a higher weight when building any list. Second base has become a predominantly offensive position in recent years, but I’m not sure I would be ready to put Murphy on this list just yet.
One thing Mets fans should be proud of is the fact that Murphy puts in that work day in and day out, and deserves to be on the field everyday. Murphy will always give 110%, and he will keep improving his skills to the best of his ability. So props to Murphy for gracing somebody’s top ten list, because I might have waited another year or so to include him on mine.
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