Daniel Murphy’s full name is Daniel Thomas Murphy and he is a professional baseball player currently playing the second baseman at the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Before playing for the national team, he made his professional debut in 2006 after being selected by the New York Mets in the 13th round (394th in total) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft.
Although Murphy plays primarily as a second baseman, he is equally good on first base, third base, and also on the left field. A native of Florida, Murphy has won the MLB All-Star title three times – in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and he also won the MVP Award of the National League Championship Series in 2015. In 2017, Dan won the Silver Slugger Award for the second consecutive year and was officially named the best offensive National League second baseman of the year.
Learn more fascinating and exciting facts about this amazing player.
Daniel Murphy – Bio
Murphy was born on the first day (1st) of April 1985 in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the first of three children of Tom and Sharon Murphy. His two younger siblings are Jonathan and Tricia Murphy. He attended Englewood High School and the University of Jacksonville.
He started playing baseball at the age of five and continued to play the game both in high school and college.
Career, Stats, Contract
During his time at Jacksonville University, he played college baseball for the Dolphins under head coach Terry Alexander. Most of the time he played as third baser, but he was occasionally put in right field where he also performed well. In 2006, he averaged 0.398 strokes, which earned him the A-Sun Baseball Player of the Year award.
Daniel Murphy became a professional in 2006 after being selected by the New York Mets in the 13th round (394th round in total) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Instead of making his debut immediately, Murphy spent the next few months treating a knee injury he sustained during his college career. Soon he was fit again and spent the entire 2007 season with the Florida State League’s High-A St. Lucie Mets.
The following season (2008), he started with the Double-A Binghamton Mets before rising to the triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. In August 2008, Murphy was the Mets’ fifth rookie to score 10 goals in his first 20 at-bats. He scored his first home run at Shea Stadium in a game against the Florida Marlins. Daniel ended the season with a single shot at 0.313, two home runs, and 17 RBI.
He started the game on the left field and continued the next year. Carlos Delgado had to undergo hip surgery and so Murphy was transferred to first base. At the end of the 2011 season, he had the third-highest batting average in the National League. However, he did not have enough strokes to qualify for the top spot in the standings.
Murphy was also nominated for the 2012 MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award, which was unfortunately won by Mike Trout of the Angels; he was also named National League Player of the Week. In 2014, he was named his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his second followed two years later (2016) and the third the following year (2017).
At the 2015 National League Championship Series (NLCS), Murphy hit a home run in six consecutive postseason games, making him the first in Major League history to beat the record set by Carlos Beltrán. He was also the second after Lou Gehrig, who scored a hit, a run, and an RBI in seven consecutive postseason games.
That same year, Dan broke the Mets franchise record for the most home runs in the post-season, a record previously held by Mike Piazza. He also scored 0.529 hits, four home runs, a double and six RBI to become the 2015 NLCS MVP.
During the 2015 post-season, the Mets Murphy offered a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying bid, which he turned down, becoming a free player. In December 2015, he signed a three-year contract with the Washington Nationals worth $37.5 million.
In the following year (2016) he recorded his 1000th career hit. Murphy finished the season with a batting average of 0.347, 25 home runs, and 104 RBI. He also led NL in doubles (47), with a batting average of 0.595 and an OPS (on-base-plus-slugging) of 0.985.
Murphy won his first Silver Slugger Award in 2016 and was also named Best Offensive National League Second Baseman of the Year, his Silver Slugger Award came the following year (2017).
Murphy’s career statistics at the Washington Nationals for the two seasons he played for the Washington Nationals and his overall career statistics from 2008 at the Mets plus 2016-17 at the Nationals are shown below.
Daniel Murphy’s Wife
Daniel Murphy married his longtime girlfriend Victoria “Tori” Ahern in 2012. Murphy and Ahern before their marriage fell apart in October 2011. Dan said he thought he had lost Ahern and that he needed to pray to God to soften her heart to forgive him. The couple reconciled in December 2011 and married a year later in Florida. They have three beautiful children; two sons Noah and Drew and a daughter, Quinn.
Scholarship Fund And Other Facts
- While it is true that Murphy studied at Jacksonville University on a scholarship, it should be noted that he is not the owner, founder, or mastermind behind the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund was founded in 1989 by two Chicago-based brothers, their siblings, and relatives with the desire to enrich the lives of Chicago youth by providing them access to educational opportunities that were not available to them.
- Murphy’s younger brother, Jonathan Murphy, is also a baseball player who was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round (580th in total) of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Joe also played college baseball at Jacksonville University.
- In March 2014, Daniel Murphy took three days off from the team to attend the birth of his child Noah and was heavily criticized by all sides.
- In June 2014 he was invited to speak at the Working Families Summit at the White House.