Daniel Murphy selected to first All-Star Game
Daniel Murphy will be the Mets' lone representative at the All-Star Game on July 15. The second baseman made the National League squad as a reserve, selected by Cardinals manager and NL skipper Mike Matheny.
Murphy, 29, called his first All-Star selection "humbling" and said he was in a state of "shock" when informed by manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson.
"It's human nature to be aware of it," Murphy said Sunday. "You kind of get some questions asked about it leading up to it."
David Wright was an All-Star in seven of the previous eight years but fell short in fan voting to the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez.
Murphy leads the Mets in average (.294) and is tied for second in the NL in hits (106). He has seven homers and 35 RBIs.
Murphy credited third- base coach Tim Teufel and former teammate Justin Turner for helping with his conversion to second base. Murphy is only the third Mets second baseman to make the NL squad, joining Edgardo Alfonzo in 2000 and Ron Hunt in 1964 and 1966.