Donnie Murphy

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Donnie Murphy
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Murphy with the Florida Marlins
Cincinnati Reds
Born: (1983-03-10) March 10, 1983 (age 31)
Lakewood, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through June 17, 2014)
Batting average .215
Hits 178
Home runs 33
Runs batted in 119

Donald Rex Murphy (born March 10, 1983) is an American professional baseball infielder in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He attended Riverside Polytechnic High School and Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa, California[1] and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 5th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.[2]


Kansas City Royals (2004–2006)[edit]

In 2004 and 2005, he appeared in 39 games for the Royals, hitting .163 with one home run and eleven RBI. He was acquired by the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash on November 28, 2006.[3]

Oakland Athletics (2007–2008)[edit]

Murphy batting for the Oakland Athletics in 2007.

He began the 2007 season at Sacramento, the A's Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate. He hit .342 for the River Cats and was recalled to Oakland June 8 when Milton Bradley was placed on the disabled list.[4]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Murphy was signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation for the 2009 season.[5]

Florida/Miami Marlins (2010-2012)[edit]

On December 14, 2009, Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins with an invitation to spring training. He was called up on July 3, 2010. He hit a walk-off home run to defeat the Colorado Rockies on July 19, 2010. It was the first walk-off home run by the Marlins that season. Five days later (July 24, 2010), he hit a walk-off single to defeat the Atlanta Braves. Continuing to play with the Marlins in a utility role, Murphy's season was cut short on September 1 when he dislocated his right wrist on a tough catch in the 4th inning.[6] He had surgery the following day, ending one of his most successful seasons.

Murphy became a free agent on October 15, after refusing a minor league assignment. He was re-signed to a minor league contract on October 18.

In 2012, Murphy ended up on the 25-man roster for the Marlins going into opening day. On June 10, 2012, the Marlins designated Murphy for assignment to make room for Gaby Sánchez. He passed waivers and was sent to the New Orleans Zephyrs. On July 27, he was recalled by the Marlins after a trade sent Hanley Ramírez and Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. On August 3, he pulled his left hamstring against the Washington Nationals. Five days later, he was placed on the 15-day DL. On August 19, he and Emilio Bonifacio were both reinstated. Murphy ended the year with three homers, six doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs, nine walks and 1 stolen base batting .216 in 116 at-bats.

On October 18, 2012, Murphy was outrighted off the Marlins' 40-man roster and elected free agency.

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On December 17, 2012, Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was released on March 27, 2013.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

In April 2013, Murphy signed with the Chicago Cubs. Murphy hit a career-high 11 home runs in 2013 with Chicago, leading to him signing a one-year deal worth $825,000 with the Cubs after the season.[7]

Texas Rangers[edit]

On March 26, 2014, Murphy was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs by the Texas Rangers.[8] He was designated for assignment on July 7. With the Rangers, he hit .196, with 4 homers, 14 RBIs, 11 walks.[9] He was released on July 9.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On July 18 Murphy was signed as a Free Agent by the Cincinnati Reds, and began at AAA Louisville.


  1. ^ 2007 Oakland Athletics Media Guide (PDF). MLB Advanced Media. pp. pgs. 145–147. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Donnie Murphy Statistics - - Transactions". Sports Reference, Inc. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  3. ^ Quinn, Ryan (2006-11-28). "A's acquire Murphy from Royals". Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  4. ^ Urban, Mychael (2007-06-09). "Notes: Calf strain puts Bradley on DL". Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  5. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (2008-11-14). "Orioles agree on minor league deal with former A's utility man Murphy". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  6. ^ Donnie Murphy dislocates wrist day after Marlins lose John Baker
  7. ^ Twitter / ESPNChiCubs: Now official. Murphy signs for $825k plus incentives
  8. ^ Durrett, Richard; Rogers, Jesse. "Rangers acquire Donnie Murphy". Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rangers demote slumping Choice in flurry of moves". Associated Press. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 

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