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Daniel Murphy | Second Baseman | #20

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 222
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Jacksonville
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details
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Daniel Murphy and Paul Goldschmidt will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
They both committed to the March 9-22 tournament on Thursday. Murphy won the Silver Slugger Award at second base last year after slashing .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI in 142 games for the Nationals. Goldschmidt stands as one of the most well-rounded first basemen in the sport. Team USA is loaded. Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:56:00 PM

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Daniel Murphy has made it a priority this offseason to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a recurrence of the problems he dealt with during the 2016 season.

Murphy was bothered by a hamstring injury off-and-on throughout the 2016 season which eventually led to strained glute that shut him down for a good portion of September. Even with the leg issues, Murphy won the National League batting title and slashed .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games in his first year with the Nationals.
Source: MASN Sports
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 01:16:00 PM

Daniel Murphy was announced as the winner of the Silver Slugger Award for second base in the National League on Thursday.

He’s a first-time winner. After a strong finish and a historic postseason last year, Murphy has emerged as an MVP finalist after batting .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games during his first season with the Nationals. He ended up tying Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (who didn’t win a Silver Slugger Award) for the National League lead with a .985 OPS. The other winners in the National League: Charlie Blackmon (OF), Christian Yelich (OF), Yoenis Cespedes (OF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Corey Seager (SS), Nolan Arenado (3B), Wilson Ramos (C), Jake Arrieta (SP). Outside of Arenado, everyone else is a first-time winner. Silver Slugger Awards are voted on by MLB coaches and managers.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Daniel Murphy was named the winner of the 2016 Players Choice Award for NL Outstanding Player.

Murphy's transition from the Mets to the Nationals might have contained a stop at the crossroads ala Robert Johnson, as the 31-year-old second baseman played like a man possessed this past season. In 531 at-bats, Murphy hit .347/.390/.595 with 47 doubles, 25 homers and 104 RBI. All of those numbers -- from the triple-slash to the counting stats -- now stand as Murphy's career bests.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 09:04:00 PM

Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with two intentional walks, two stolen bases, and a run scored in the Nationals' Game 5 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Murphy was a thorn in the Dodgers' side for the entire series, but they finally got him when it mattered most. With two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on his ace Clayton Kershaw to face Murphy and he got him to pop up to second base for the second out of the frame. Kershaw would then strike out Wilmer Difo to finish off the Nats. Murphy hit .438/.545/.438 during the series.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 01:02:00 AM

Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with four RBI in the Nationals' NLDS Game 4 loss to the Dodgers.

Murphy opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning, tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI sac fly in the top of the third, and then tied it again at 5-5 with a two-run single in the top of the seventh. The only other run for Washington in the 6-5 loss came on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch of Jayson Werth. Murphy now has 17 RBI in 18 career postseason games after storming through October last year with the Mets.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 09:06:00 PM

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday, helping to lead the Nationals to a victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Murphy came through with a run-scoring single to increase the Nationals' lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning and chase Rich Hill from the ballgame. He tacked on an insurance run with another RBI knock in the seventh. Murphy also drew a walk in the ballgame, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) is back in the Nationals' lineup for Friday's NLDS Game 1 versus the Dodgers.

Murphy has been out since September 17 with a strained left glute and doesn't seem to be 100 percent yet, but he got through some workouts this week with no issues. The Nats have also flip-flopped Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth in the lineup, putting Harper in the No. 2 spot. As expected, Pedro Severino is catching Max Scherzer. Washington's full lineup looks like this: Trea Turner CF, Harper RF, Werth LF, Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Severino, Scherzer P.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) did sprints in the outfield and ran the bases Wednesday.

Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com notes that he ran from second to home and showed no obvious signs of discomfort. Murphy said afterward that "it was a good day today," so all signs point to him being ready for Game 1 of the NLDS against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday. Murphy hasn't been in the starting lineup since September 17 due to a strained left glute.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Daniel Murphy (glute) still isn't 100 percent.

Murphy took batting practice and some grounders during a workout on Tuesday and even did some extra running afterward. While he's not completely recovered from his glute strain, the Nationals expect him to be in there for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that Daniel Murphy (glute) is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday.

Murphy hasn't been in the starting lineup since September 17 due to a strained left glute, but he was able to pinch-hit in the season finale on Sunday as he attempted to win the batting title over DJ LeMahieu. He flew out and finished second. The Nationals have had the luxury to play things safe with Murphy's injury, but they'll have to hope that the time off doesn't make him rusty at the plate.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Marlins.

It was Murphy's first plate appearance since September 20. He didn't start a game for the Nationals in the final two weeks of the regular season due to a strained left glute, but the star second baseman is aiming to be a full-go for the best-of-five NLDS against the Dodgers, which is set to begin on Friday. He wound up finishing second in the NL batting title race to DJ LeMahieu.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 09:08:00 AM

Daniel Murphy (glute) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Murphy will go into the NLDS having not started a game in nearly three weeks due to a strained left glute. He's also going to lose out on the chance to win the National League batting title, as D.J. LeMahieu has a narrow edge over him and isn't playing Sunday, either. Wilmer Difo is at second base Sunday.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:41:00 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Murphy is coming up on two weeks since he's started a game, as he's still not over his strained left glute. We probably shouldn't expect more than a token appearance this weekend as the Nats prepare for the postseason. Stephen Drew is at second base Friday.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' lineup again on Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

Murphy hasn't started a game for the Nats since September 17 because of a strained glute and that probably won't change over the final weekend of the regular season, but he is expected to be a full-go for the best-of-five NLDS next week against the Dodgers. Wilmer Difo is playing second base and batting second on Thursday afternoon against Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Spencer Kieboom
5Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Sammy Solis
4Trevor Gott
5Oliver Perez
6Koda Glover
7Matt Grace
8Rafael Martin
9Jimmy Cordero
10Austin Adams
11Derek Eitel
12Tim Collins
13Jacob Turner
14Braulio Lara