All-Star infielder Daniel Murphy retires after 12 MLB seasons

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A longtime second baseman with the Mets (2008-09, 2011-15), Murphy also put up strong numbers during his time with the Washington Nationals (2016-18). He concluded his career with stints with the Cubs (2018) and Colorado Rockies (2019-20).

“This is a beautiful game, and I really just feel humbled and blessed that it let me jump on the ride for a little bit,” Murphy told SNY. “It’s beautiful. It can teach you about so many things. And all I can say is, ‘Thank you.’”

Murphy became a free agent after the Rockies declined his $12 million mutual option in October, paying him a $6 million buyout. He lost his starting job to rookie Josh Fuentes in September.

Murphy was the runner-up for National League MVP in 2016, when he led the league with 47 doubles, a .595 slugging percentage and a .985 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He hit .347 with 25 homers and 104 RBIs for Washington that year, all three figures representing career highs.

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In 1,452 career games, Murphy has a .296 average, a .341 on-base percentage, a .455 slugging percentage, 138 homers and 735 RBIs.

Murphy was a 13th-round pick of the Mets in the 2006 draft out of Jacksonville University.

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