Sunday, July 6, 2014
Murphy shocked to be named an All-Star
By Danny Knobler | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy said he was shocked.
The Mets' second baseman is among the National League leaders in hits. For several days, people have been suggesting Murphy could be the team's All-Star representative.
But when manager Terry Collins called Murphy into his office after the Mets' 8-4 win over the Rangers on Sunday, Murphy was stunned when told he was officially an All-Star.
"I think it's human nature to be aware [of the talk]," he said. "But there's enough anxiety that goes into just trying to win games."
Murphy has never been an All-Star before, but he was the natural choice on a team that was most likely to be limited to a single representative. The Mets have had multiple All-Stars every year since 2003 (when Armando Benitez was their lone All-Star), but this year's team wasn't loaded with candidates.
David Wright led the NL voting for a while at third base but ended up losing to Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers by a little more than 300,000 votes. Wright was an All-Star seven of the past eight years and started six times, but he was left off this year in favor of Todd Frazier of the Reds and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.
Murphy finished fourth in the voting at second base. Chase Utley of the Phillies won the fan vote and will be the starter. Dee Gordon of the Dodgers was also named to the team as a second baseman.
The only other Met who finished among the announced leaders in the fan voting was Curtis Granderson, who ranked 22nd among outfielders.
For Murphy, there was certainly some satisfaction in being named to the team as a second baseman, a position he has worked hard to learn. He gave credit to ex-teammate Justin Turner and especially to Mets coach Tim Teufel.
"The work Teuf has invested in me at second base has really been something," Murphy said.
It's helped make Murphy into an All-Star, something he insists he didn't see coming.
"I'm very excited, but the word I'd use is humbling," Murphy said. "And the other word is blessed."