Daniel Murphy made his major league debut on August 2, 2008, which makes him the second-longest tenured position player on the Mets behind David Wright. Whereas David Wright is beloved by just about the entire Mets fan base, those same fans aren’t as kind to Daniel Murphy.
Many fans (myself included) love the guy, and would have no problem with him becoming part of the team’s main core for years to come. Others, however, would love to see Murphy used as a trade chip, mentioning his lack of defensive skill and inconsistency at the plate as reasons for why they would not miss him in New York.
What’s so good and what’s so bad about Daniel Murphy that makes him so divisive to fans? Allow me to answer that question for you.
Daniel Murphy can hit. A lot. His .289 career batting average is eighth all-time in Mets history behind only John Olerud (.315), David Wright (.301), Keith Hernandez (.297), Mike Piazza (.296), Edgardo Alfonzo (.292), Jose Reyes (.292) and Dave Magadan (...