Mets playoff hero Daniel Murphy retiring after ‘beautiful’ 12-year career
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After 12 years in the major leagues, highlighted by leading the Mets to the World Series in 2015, Daniel Murphy is retiring.
The 35-year-old infielder, a 13th-round draft pick by the Mets in 2006 who became a three-time All-Star and most recently played for the Rockies, called it a career on Friday.
“This is a beautiful game, and I really just feel humbled and blessed that it let me jump on the ride for a little bit,” Murphy told SNY. “It’s beautiful. It can teach you about so many things. And all I can say is, thank you.”
Murphy finished his career as a .296 hitter with 1,572 hits, 371 doubles, 138 home runs and 735 RBIs while playing for the Mets, Nationals, Cubs and Rockies. He may be remembered most for his heroics during the 2015 postseason, in which he homered in six straight games to fuel the Mets in the NLDS against the Dodgers and NLCS against the Cubs, being named the series MVP of the latter.
The Mets let Murphy get away the following offseason, offering him a qualifying offer that he rejected before signing a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Nationals. He killed the Mets for that decision, hitting .355 with a 1.061 OPS in 52 games against them.
While his numbers trailed off last season, batting .236 with a .608 OPS in 40 games with Colorado, he looked back on his career and considered it a success.
“Yes,” Murphy told SNY. “Full stop, yes. The numbers are cool, because it’s a really hard league and I never thought I would get one hit, let alone 1,500.
“I was looking back at the career and I was kind of like, ‘What are my takeaways from it?’ The way I look at it — I look at my wife and our children and I think, it wasn’t the greatest career, but it was ours.
“It was ours. It was messy. There were beautiful moments. There were lows, there were highs, but I felt like as a family we tried to honor each other, honor those around us, honor Jesus — failing miserably multitudes of times. But it was ours.”
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