Former Mets All-Star Daniel Murphy has signed up to play for the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League this season. News of his signing was announced by the independent Long Island Ducks on Wednesday. Murphy is a three-time All-Star and a playoff hero for the New York Mets, having played for the team from 2008 to 2015.
Murphy will bring a wealth of experience to the Ducks, having played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues from 2008 to 2019. He is known for his versatility as a player, having played second base, first base, third base, and left field throughout his career. He is also a career .296 hitter with 138 home runs and 658 RBIs.
The 37-year-old Murphy last played in the Major Leagues for the Colorado Rockies in 2019, where he hit .279 with 13 home runs and 78 RBIs. He did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and did not sign with any team for the 2021 season.
Murphy’s signing with the Long Island Ducks is expected to bring more attention to the Atlantic League, which is known for being a haven for former Major Leaguers looking to continue their careers. He joins a list of former Major Leaguers who have played for the Ducks over the years, including former Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera and former Mets outfielder Tim Teufel.
Murphy will likely be a key player for the Ducks this season, as they look to improve on their 2019 record of 86-54 and win their fourth Atlantic League championship. The team will begin their season on May 27, with their first game against the Lexington Legends.
In conclusion, the Long Island Ducks have secured the services of a talented and experienced player in Daniel Murphy. His signing is expected to bring more attention to the Atlantic League, and he will likely be a key player for the team as they look to win the championship this season. Fans of Murphy will now have a chance to see him play in Long Island for the first time since his days with the Mets.