Mets postseason hero signs with the Long Island Ducks
Former third baseman and postseason hero of the New York Mets, Daniel Murphy, has just signed with the independent Long Island Ducks to a contract for the 2023 season. The news was reported by Anthony DiComo, through his Twitter account.
The 37-year-old Murphy spent 12 years in MLB, playing most of his career for the Mets. During his time in the majors, he amassed a .296 batting average with 138 home runs, 735 RBIs and 710 runs scored, posting a 113 OPS+.
Former Met Daniel Murphy is looking to revive his professional career
Daniel Murphy played through the 2020 season until announcing his retirement after putting up a poor offense and health issues while playing for the Colorado Rockies. Murphy would be joining his old teammate, Ruben Tejada, and former Mets minor league coach and current manager of the independent team, Wally Backman.
Murphy was an elite hitter, hitting above .280 in ten of his twelve-year MLB career. His best year was undoubtedly 2016 when he hit a .347/.390/.595/.985, with 25 homers, 104 RBIs, and 47 doubles, the MLB leader in this category. That great year he was awarded votes for the Most Valuable Player of the National League where he came in second place.
For Mets fans, in addition to the good numbers he put up in his career in Queens, he will always be remembered as the absolute hero of the 2015 postseason. During this time, Muphy accomplished the feat of becoming the first MLB player to hit a home run in six consecutive postseason games and leading the team to its first World Series since 2000.
Now with this new opportunity, Daniel Murphy can revive his career and even show his talent with the bat to get back to MLB. Now with the Universal DH and the banned shift, his hitting talent can generate enough buzz to land a short contract in MLB, especially now that we've recently seen how age is ceasing to be an issue for MLB teams.
This isn't a far-fetched idea considering that in his penultimate MLB season, Murphy hit .279/.328/.452/.780 with 13 home runs, 78 RBI, and 122 hits in 132 games with the Rockies. A year of good performance in the independent league can put the good left-handed and contact hitter that he is on the radar of the teams.
In a statement posted on the Ducks website, Murphy commented that "Competing before the New York fans is an enormous privilege, and I hope that my effort and performance reflect how honored I am to do so." Regardless of the result, we hope that Daniel Murphy can continue offering a good batting show in Indy ball, demonstrating his great contact ability.