Papa Murph, an All-Star, can jump

July, 12, 2014
Jul 12
9:31
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Who knew Daniel Murphy could jump?

A half-inning before Eric Campbell delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth that lifted the Mets to a 5-4 win against the Marlins, Murphy leaped to snare a two-out line drive from Adeiny Hechavarria that stranded the potential go-ahead run in scoring position.

“You’re kind of at the mercy of your own athleticism there,” Murphy said. “And fortunately I had barely enough to get to the ball.”

Said Travis d'Arnaud: “I still can’t believe I saw that. He could dunk, I think, with how high he got.”

Murphy disputed d’Arnaud’s generous assessment of his leaping ability.

“No, not unless I had a chair there,” Murphy deadpanned about being able to dunk.

The All-Star Murphy remains due to get Sunday’s first-half finale off, Terry Collins reiterated postgame.

“He’s so pumped up, and he should be,” Collins said about Murphy representing the Mets on Tuesday in Minnesota. “That’s a tremendous tribute to one of the hardest-working players you’ll ever be around. And a big play for him, but he’s gassed.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
9 4.03 100 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .293
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 56
RD. Murphy 59
OPSL. Duda .856
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121