Former All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy decided to give his baseball career another chance back in March, returning to the sport after two years away. It looks like that baseball comeback is officially over, as he announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Murphy started his return to the MLB by signing with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. From there, he went on to sign with the Los Angeles Angels on a minor league contract.
He largely played for the Triple-A affiliate for the Angels, the Salt Lake Bees, where he played quite well. Murphy hit for a .288 batting average in 156 at-bats.
Despite his success, it doesn’t look like his return was ever a long-term venture for him, and that was made official on Tuesday. The Salt Lake Bees revealed that Murphy was officially going back into retirement.
“From Jacksonville to Salt Lake and everywhere in between, thank you for making us part of your baseball story. Enjoy your retirement, Murph.”
From Jacksonville to Salt Lake and everywhere in between, thank you for making us part of your baseball story. Enjoy your retirement, Murph. pic.twitter.com/ZFfmolA5vD
— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) August 15, 2023
Fans seem to think that this latest retirement will be for good, and are wishing him the best in his post-baseball life.
With the news of Daniel Murphy’s retirement, I wanted to highlight his otherworldly-stretch in 2015.
Leading up to the 2015 World Series (39PA):
.421/.436/1.026 (1.462 OPS) with 7 HR, 11 RBI, 11R, and only 6 strikeouts.
— Dan Bartels (@DanBartels2) August 15, 2023
Daniel Murphy has retired from baseball.
Murphy was most recently in the Angels' minor league system. pic.twitter.com/4vkK2YE2hr
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) August 15, 2023
Daniel Murphy officially retired from baseball today pic.twitter.com/acMSejTt1R
— Amazin' Army (@WE_ARE_MET_FANS) August 15, 2023
Daniel Murphy has officially retired, according to the Salt Lake Bees. He spent much of the last 2 months trying to make a Major League comeback in the Angels org. https://t.co/yExwX82K99
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 15, 2023
Daniel Murphy has retired. https://t.co/HFLHekXeLv
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 15, 2023
Murphy had a number of notable stints in the MLB in his lengthy, but perhaps the best years of his career came with the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals from 2008-2018, where he earned three All-Star game appearances.
He was also a big part of the Mets World Series run back in 2015, where they would come up just short against the Kansas City Royals.