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Daniel Thomas Murphy

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[edit] Biographical Information

Daniel Murphy played in the same college infield as Anthony Bernazard, son of Tony Bernazard. Murphy was drafted by the New York Mets, where Bernazard was vice president of player development, in the 13th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Steve Barningham and made his pro debut that summer.

Murphy picked up 7 hits in his first 15 Major League at-bats for the 2008 New York Mets after being called up in early August. He had spent most of the season up to that point with the AA Binghamton Mets. Murphy emerged as a prospect in 2007, his second season in professional baseball, by hitting 34 doubles and putting up a line of .285/.338/.430 with the St. Lucie Mets of the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. However, were it not for a slew of injuries among Mets outfielders in 2008, he would probably have had to wait another full year to make his big league debut.

When Murphy took three days of paternity leave for the birth of his first child in 2014, he missed Opening Day. A couple of talking heads in the media, including former NFL player Boomer Esiason, criticized Murphy for the move, but there was a large backlash in his favor and his manager and players spoke out in his support. MLB also got positive attention for being the only one of America's major four sports leagues with a league-wide paternity leave policy. the story didn't end there, as in June, he was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to speak at a summit on working families.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (2014)

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