March 4, 2024

I owe newly acquired Indians right fielder David Murphy an apology.

I wasn’t so hot on the signing to begin with, and when Murphy struck out in two out of his first three at bats in an Indians uniform…let’s just say I was not so nice about it on our Cleveland Sports Talk Twitter. I even went so far as to say “Send Murphy back to Texas,” which was quickly deleted by another writer. I have the tendency to overreact, forgetting the concept of the season being a marathon and not a sprint.

Six games into the year, and the man that I simply trashed is batting a stellar .316. His four-hit game against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday was very impressive to watch. To be clear, these definitely were not easy hits on gift-wrapped pitches right down the middle. The former Texas Ranger actually had the concentration to, with his bat, fork and flick pitches that hit their corners all the way to the outfield grass. It’s something that even the best hitters cannot do.

It’s early, but the “Murph Man” hitting over .300 is a lot better than his abysmal .220 average last year deep in the heart of Texas.

If Murphy can sustain or go beyond his career average of .275 this year, I’ll be extremely happy. He’s the type of guy that could make a huge difference in the Indians making a second consecutive post season appearance this year. He just needs to find his place and his roll on this 2014 team.

Once again, sorry David. I hope we can still be friends.

-Zach Shafron

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