Murphy is true student of the game

Murphy is true student of the game

There are 13 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Murphy is true student of the game. In it, Newsday reports that:

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The green-covered CVS -brand notebook sits deep in Daniel Murphy's locker at the Mets ' spring training site, Tradition Field.

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Lou

Snellville, GA

#1 Mar 17, 2009
Murphy's zealous pursuit of excellence at the plate should be a lesson to all ballplayers. I was excoriated (yes even Met fans can use some of those multi syllabic words) a few days ago when I expoused how overrated batting coaches are. Murphy proves my point. Not once did he mention coaching. What he talked about was his own desires as a batter and what HE can do for himself to improve his hitting and contribute. All the good hitters have it within themselves and with most things in life we all do.

“Anthony NYR”

Since: Jun 07

New York

#2 Mar 17, 2009
Lou wrote:
Murphy's zealous pursuit of excellence at the plate should be a lesson to all ballplayers. I was excoriated (yes even Met fans can use some of those multi syllabic words) a few days ago when I expoused how overrated batting coaches are. Murphy proves my point. Not once did he mention coaching. What he talked about was his own desires as a batter and what HE can do for himself to improve his hitting and contribute. All the good hitters have it within themselves and with most things in life we all do.
I agree with you, Lou. I think hitting coaches are there more for the times hitters develop glitches in their swings. I would imagine that their primary focus is studying tapes of opposing pitchers and passing the info down to the players. But in terms of the overall hitting ability, most of these guys are in the majors because of their ability to just hit, and a coach most likely has little to do with that.
Todd Schuster

New York, NY

#3 Mar 17, 2009
This Murphy seems like a good kid who has the potential to be a very good player. He's still a baby but seems mature beyond his years, kind of like David Wright. Hopefully a bright future is in store for the kid.
Barney Rubble

Boxborough, MA

#4 Mar 17, 2009
Just be careful here, we don't want another Kelvin Chapman or Benny Ayala.
NYERNFLA

Irving, TX

#5 Mar 17, 2009
I'm rooting hard for Murphy to make it, seems like a good kid in interviews, seems like a natural hitter & although he seems a little awkward in the field (not a natural outfielder) I don't remember him making a bad play out there, and he's a product of the Mets system, whats not to like ?
Bill

Bostic, NC

#6 Mar 17, 2009
Good for him, learning from proven big league hitters(Delgado)
I compare Murphy to Wright,a product of the farm system,let's hope he has the same success.
Will

Hollis, NY

#7 Mar 17, 2009
Can't wait to watch this guy play everyday. He's the type of player they didn't have to start the season last year and hoping he makes a big difference.
Enjoying watching K-Rod in WBC, best FA they've ever signed.
Metsfan86

New York, NY

#8 Mar 17, 2009
Like I've told other Met fans, we did not need Manny. I have a feeling Murph will turn out to be a special player.
Todd Schuster

New York, NY

#9 Mar 17, 2009
Barney Rubble wrote:
Just be careful here, we don't want another Kelvin Chapman or Benny Ayala.
Speaking of Ayala, I remember his very first at bat in the majors, circa 1974. He had hit a home run in his very first at bat. the late Bob Murphy called it & it looked like he was going to tumble out of the broadcaster's booth, he was so excited. sadly, there wasn;t much after that. ayala was pretty much an average utility player. that's what I remember best about Benny.
TEM-rM

United States

#10 Mar 17, 2009
This guy is going to be on the 2009 All Star team.
TEM-rM

United States

#11 Mar 17, 2009
Lou wrote:
Murphy's zealous pursuit of excellence at the plate should be a lesson to all ballplayers. I was excoriated (yes even Met fans can use some of those multi syllabic words) a few days ago when I expoused how overrated batting coaches are. Murphy proves my point. Not once did he mention coaching. What he talked about was his own desires as a batter and what HE can do for himself to improve his hitting and contribute. All the good hitters have it within themselves and with most things in life we all do.
I disagree. This is like saying we don't need teachers if everybody reads books and tests themselves. Yes it is crucial for these hitters to keep records like this as sort of home work and to study the pitchers but they still need to be taught when they are making mistakes in their form, approach, technique, etc.

Francouer is a perfect example. The hitting coaches corrected his stance and now the guy is hitting 10 times better than last year.

Besides... if you don't have a coach, who on the team has the right to tell a player that his mechanics are wrong?
rcoolc

Easley, SC

#12 Mar 17, 2009
Daniel Murphy and David Lee are kinda the same type of player, no?
Lou

Snellville, GA

#13 Mar 17, 2009
Tem-rm: appreciate your response and the need for a batting coach. The late Charlie Lau was considered the best batting coach in the history of the game yet if you read his rules of hitting the five mistakes most batters make, you will see many very good major league hitters not following these rules. For example he preached having control of the bat, yet you see many hitters with their bottom hand partially off the bat and holding their hand below the knob of the bat. I could give other examples. Some batters have open stances, some closed, some hold bats in less than optimum positions for follow through, and on and on. Some stand close to the plate and others so far away that have trouble with the outside pitch, All these guys have batting coaches. As far as francouer goes, I think his problem was mental and until he straightened his head out then he would continue to be a 220 hitter.

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