Veteran Infielder Daniel Murphy Ends His MLB Comeback Bid, Retires for the Second Time

Daniel Murphy with Washington Nationals in 2017.
Daniel Murphy with Washington Nationals in 2017. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9019914ca)

Veteran infielder Daniel Murphy decided to give up on his attempts to return to MLB and is retiring for the second time. Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels in June.

Murphy didn’t get a chance to play for the Angels this season and instead spent time with Salt Lake Bees. He batted .295 with one homer and 25 RBI in 38 games he played for the Bees.

Murphy made his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 2008, spending eight years with the organization before embarking on stints with the Washington Nationals, the Chicago Cubs, and the Colorado Rockies. He was an All-Star three times and received the NLCS MVP award in the 2015 postseason, which saw him hit a home run in six straight games.

Murphy initially retired from baseball after shortened 2020 MLB season, which he spent with the Colorado Rockies. He walked away with a .296 batting average, 138 homers, and 735 RBIs for his MLB career.

 He unretired earlier this year, suiting up for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The 38-year-old had a batting average of .331 with two home runs and 19 RBI during his time with the Ducks, which prompted a call from the Angels.