How do you solve a problem like Dan Murphy?
Sung to to tune of "How do you solve a problem like Maria" from The Sound of Music. But I'll spare everyone the YouTube video this time around. This thread was inspired by Clay who asked a great question in the game thread:
My answer: I don't think so. Murphy is who he is, someone who can hit line drives in his sleep. But in the the field, he plods around with rocks for hands and crates for feet. He's a great person, works hard and busts his butt (feel free to insert more cliches here if you wish). But as much as I want to root for this guy to make it as a solid, consistent, second baseman, I just don't see it.
Originally Posted by clayamtion
I know, he never really was afforded much time there. Last season because of injuries, he was bounced around from second to third to first like an Abbott and Costello comedy routine. The year before he was taken out on an illegal slide in the minors.
So maybe he needs one solid season, like this one, where he can take his lumps and not worry about blowing crucial games. Still, I can't ignore my eyes that tell me no matter how hard he works and how many innings he's given, he'll always have rocks for hands and crates for feet.
I understand not wanting to bounce Murphy around some more. I completely get them wanting to give him more time. But here's something to keep in our back pockets: If Wright requires an extended stay on the DL, maybe they should bite the bullet on Murphy at second and move him over to third, probably his best position after first base. (Second base is a distant third). Then bring up V-Spin to play second base.
Just a thought for a dreary Wednesday, an hour and a half before game time.
"Ain't got the call no more. Got a lot of sinful idears – but they seem kinda sensible...."