“But I’ve got to run with my head up. I can’t get doubled off right there. I was going. With one out I thought we were going to try to send him. I figured either he cuts it and we get the run, or he lets it through and Jose and I both end up in scoring position. I got too far off the bag. Niese stopped, which probably wasn’t a bad play, because it looked like a good throw. I got doubled off. And that wasn’t a very good play.” -Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy has a problem. And that problem is over aggressive base running.
We’ve talked about a time or two here at midwestropolitan.com. The good news is that he is aware of the problem (based on the comment above). Over time we can hope that he will work to fix this issue and it will be a thing of the past.
Reading Between The Lines
Terry Collins had this to say about Murph’s latest base running blunder,
“Miscommunication. We thought Jon was going to try to go to home.”
Don’t let this fool you my friends. The responsibility for the double play falls directly on Murph’s shoulders. He has to notice Jose stopping more quickly, plain and simple. If this weren’t the case, you would see double plays like this more frequently.
I have a feeling Terry Collins let Daniel Murphy know this shit has to stop. He’s just not going to air it out in the media. A quality that I respect about the Mets’ current skipper. I find this to be an interesting challenge managers face. You know this type of play has to eat at Collins. Yet, he has to go out and defend his player to the media knowing Murph blew this one.