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Murphy gets first career All-Star nod

Daniel Murphy was selected to his first career All-Star game in 2014
Daniel Murphy was selected to his first career All-Star game in 2014
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Daniel Murphy was officially selected to his first career All-Star team on Sunday night. He will be the only player representing the Mets during next week's All-Star game in Minnesota.

Murphy is batting .294 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs this season. The Mets second baseman is currently tied for second in the National League in hits with 106, only two behind league leader Casey McGehee of Miami. Additionally, he ranks second among National League second basemen in terms of both stolen bases (11) and on base percentage (.344).

Murphy was selected to the All-Star team despite not cracking the top 5 in the fan voting portion of the selection process. Philadelphia's Chase Utley cashed in on a strong start to his season, earning his sixth trip to the summer classic. It is his first All-Star appearance since 2010.

Neil Walker (PIT), Dee Gordon (LAD), Rickie Weeks (MIL) and Brandon Phillips (CIN) rounded out the top 5 in the fan vote. Since Murphy was not voted in by the fans or his fellow players, he was personally selected by NL and St. Louis Cardinal's manager Mike Matheny.

The MLB stipulates that each team must have at least one representative at the All-Star game. Though David Wright received the most fan votes of any Met player, finishing second behind Aramis Ramirez (MIL) by over 300,000 votes, he was ultimately left off of the NL roster for only the second time in the past 9 years. Wright, who led NL third basemen before being over taken by Ramirez, was left off the roster in favor of Todd Frazier (CIN) and Matt Carpenter (STL). This decision should ultimately come as no surprise as he is mired in one of the worst offensive years of his career. His batting line to this point in the season stands at .277/.332/.397. Last season David's slugging percentage was 117 points higher at .514.

Murphy told ESPN's Adam Rubin, "I’m very excited, but the word I’d use is humbling. And the other word is blessed.” (Rubin, ESPN). The 29-year old second baseman seemed shocked to have been selected over his teammate David Wright, who is certainly more of a household name around the MLB, being selected as the "Face of the MLB" just this offseason.

You can catch Murphy represent the Mets on Tuesday, July 15, 8:00 PM at Target Field in Minneapolis. The game will be aired on FOX.

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