With his arrival to New York last offseason, Neil Walker always seemed to be correlated to the play and image of Daniel Murphy.
While he made a clear name for himself in his many seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Walker had very big shoes to fill while he was manning second base in Flushing.
Fans have short memories, and if you produce, they’ll love you.
That being said, Neil Walker was coming into a situation that saw a lifelong Met, after one of the greatest postseasons in MLB history, being shown the door. While he was never a good defensive player, Daniel Murphy was always the great teammate.No matter what position hewas asked to play, he played it. No matter where in the batting order he was asked to hit, he hit there.
What we saw from Murphy in the postseason though, it had to be luck, right? No way he could continue that scorched earth policy of hitting, and hitting bombs at will. We even saw him cool off drastically during the World Series, which gave some credence to Murphy becoming the player he always was; an above-average hitter with a below-average glove.
So after declining his qualifying offer of $15.8 million for the 2016 season, he became a free agent, and the Mets pursued their new second basemen, who when healthy, produce really well, too.