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Port St Lucie, FL - March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)
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Daniel Thomas Murphy (born April 1, 1985) is an American professional baseball infielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. Primarily a second baseman and first baseman, Murphy has also played third base and left field.

 

Early life

Daniel Murphy was born in Jacksonville, Florida, to Tom and Sharon Murphy. Murphy has a younger brother, Jonathan, and a sister, Tricia. Murphy began playing baseball at five years old and played his high school ball at Englewood High School in Jacksonville. Jacksonville University was the only four-year school to offer Murphy a scholarship.

College baseball

Murphy attended Jacksonville University, where he played college baseball for the Dolphins under head coach Terry Alexander. In college, he was regarded as a strong hitter but weak fielder – as a freshman, when asked to introduce himself and name what position he played (implying his defensive position), Murphy instead gave his preferred position in the batting order: “I’m Daniel Murphy from Jacksonville and I hit third.” He mostly played third base but was also slotted into right field to minimize the defensive liability. As a junior in 2006, Murphy posted a .398 batting average en route to being named the A-Sun Baseball Player of the Year.

Port St Lucie, FL - March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Port St Lucie, FL – March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

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Flushing, New York 06/10/14 Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets runs up the line after hitting a home run in the third inning in a baseball game at Citi Field on June 10, 2014(Paul J. Bereswill)

Flushing, New York 06/10/14 Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets runs up the line after hitting a home run in the third inning in a baseball game at Citi Field on June 10, 2014(Paul J. Bereswill)

Port St Lucie, FL - March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Port St Lucie, FL – March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Port St Lucie, FL - March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Port St Lucie, FL – March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

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