Daniel Murphy hit four home runs and hit .529 with an 1.850 OPS in the 2015 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, lifting the New York Mets to the World Series.
Nearly eight years later, the former Mets infielder will be dressing for a different team, and one that isn’t exactly Major League Baseball.
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Murphy signed a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic Professional Baseball League on Wednesday. The Atlantic League is a professional league associated with MLB.
«This game is part of my soul, and my passion to play grew more than ever when I discovered certain things that I believe will allow me to be productive again on the field,» the 37-year-old said in a press release. . «I am immensely grateful to Mr. Boulton, Wally Backman and Michael Pfaff for allowing me to live my dream a second time.»
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«Competing before the fans of New York is an enormous privilege, and I hope my effort and performance reflect how honored I am to do so. My heartfelt thanks from my family and myself to the Long Island Ducks for this opportunity in a new adventure. .»
The Atlantic League was first formed in 1998. The Ducks joined in 2000 and have been mainstays ever since. The team has won four championships, the last in 2019.
Murphy, who last played for the Colorado Rockies in 2020, is far from the first former major league star to join the Ducks or the Atlantic League in general.
Dontrelle Willis, Rich Hill, Eric Gagne, Ian Snell, and Ben Broussard are some of the former MLB players who have played for the Ducks.
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Murphy hit .296 with a .796 OPS with 138 home runs in 1,452 career games. He was on the 2015 NLCS MVP and was a three-time All-Star.