David Murphy (baseball)

David Murphy (baseball)
David Murphy

Texas Rangers — No. 7
Born: October 18, 1981 (1981-10-18) (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 2, 2006 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average     .280
Home runs     58
Runs batted in     258
Career highlights and awards

David Matthew Murphy (born October 18, 1981, in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball outfielder with the Texas Rangers.

He played high school baseball with fellow Major League Baseball player, Josh Barfield, at Klein High School, and played college baseball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He was drafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox. In 2007 Murphy was traded to the Texas Rangers.


Boston Red Sox (2006-07)

Murphy played for the Single-A Lowell Spinners, Single-A Sarasota Red Sox, rookie-level Gulf Coast Red Sox, Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, AFL Peoria Saguaros, and Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox[1] in the Red Sox organization.

In 2006 Murphy played 42 games for the Sea Dogs before being promoted to Pawtucket on May 26. While at Portland, Murphy had 47 hits in 172 at-bats (.273 batting average), with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 25 RBI, and 11 walks. Murphy appeared in 84 games, going 85-for-318 (.267), with 23 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs, 44 RBI, and 45 walks.[2] In 2006 he appeared in 20 games for the Boston Red Sox. He hit a 1–2 pitch into center field at Fenway Park in his first major league at-bat for his first major league hit (a single) on September 2, 2006. He hit his first MLB home run against New York Yankees pitcher, Jaret Wright, on September 17, 2006, at Yankee Stadium.

On July 31, 2007, Murphy was traded to the Texas Rangers in a package that sent relief pitcher Eric Gagné to Boston.

Texas Rangers (2007–present)


On April 25, 2008, the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 6–5 on Murphy's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. It was Murphy's first career walk-off hit. On August 1, 2008, Murphy capped a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 9th, hitting a walk-off 2-RBI single off B.J. Ryan as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9–8. In 2009 Murphy hit a walk-off single against Houston Astros closer, Jose Valverde. On August 7, 2008, Murphy was placed on the 15-day DL after suffering a knee injury in a collision at home plate with Iván Rodríguez of the New York Yankees. Murphy did not play another game in the 2008 season, when swelling to his knee cut his attempts at rehab short.

Murphy has continued to play well for the Rangers, often in a backup role. Despite not playing every day, his clutch hitting and strong performance in the 2010 post-season made him a fan favorite.


On opening day against the Boston Red Sox, Murphy hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run double in the eighth inning that put the Rangers up, 7–5. Texas went on to win that game, 9–5. Two days later, in his first start of the season, he hit a home run against Clay Buchholz.

In 2011, he batted .275 with 11 home runs.[3]


Murphy and his wife, Andrea Hill, were married on January 1, 2005, and have two daughters.


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