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First Coast native Daniel Murphy says he's in the MLB playing for the New York Mets thanks to 'God's grace'

9:25 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thousands of kids all around the First Coast play baseball, many with the dream of playing in the big leagues one day.

That day is here for Daniel Murphy for a number of reasons.

"Why are you in the big leagues?"

"God's grace," he said. "The people i've been fortunate enough to be in contact with. This college (Jacksonville University) has always been great to me."

"I've always been a little over the top when it comes to hitting."

Hitting is what he does. Murphy had 166 hits last year and has a batting average over .300 the last two seasons.

Two seasons where he's lived through the lowest of lows and the highest of highs.

With one constant in his life.

"Is this it, is this all I worked for, there has to be something more and really with the help of family and my wife was able to humble myself and now seek daily to keep Christ at the center of everything I do."

Murphy recently invited high school kids to a free hitting clinic to give them a lot of baseball and a little bit of everything else.

And oh yeah, he has a message for all the baseball parents on the First Coast.

"Play every sport ... don't necessarily try to be a big leauger at age 9," he said. "You don't have to be the shortstop for the Miami Marlins at age 9 ... just play 'em all. That was one thing our parents encouraged us to do."

The us in Murphy includes his little brother Jonathan, another former JU dolphin now with the twins, with a carbon copy Murphy swing from the right side of the plate.

"It would be so easy for him everyone heaping praise on hiim all the time," he said. "I really respect that."

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