The 2014 All Star Game rosters were announced tonight, and the New York Mets will have only one player representing them. This year's game, which will be played at Minnesota's Target Field on July 15th, In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the Mets' lone All Star representative will be second baseman Daniel Murphy, who was named to the squad by National League manager Mike Matheny.
Murphy has had a fantastic season for the Mets, hitting .294 with seven home runs and 35 RBI's in 86 games. Murphy has been the Mets' most consistent hitter this season, and has been arguably the squad's most valuable player. Murphy faced tough competition at second base, being passed over by both the fans and player votes. The fans chose Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley (.286, 6, 40), while players voted in Dodgers' second baseman Dee Gordon (.302, 2, 25, 42 Stolen Bases).
The door opened for Murphy to make the team when David Wright lost the fan vote at third base to Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez. With Wright not winning the fan vote or the player's vote (that went to Cincinnati's Todd Frazier), Matheny had to choose between the two for the lone Mets' spot. While Wright is a popular player around the league, Murphy is having a far better year and was rightfully named an All Star for the first time in his career.
With Murphy's selection, this season marks only the second time in nine seasons that David Wright will not be attending the All Star Game. Last year's other Mets representative, Matt Harvey, also will miss the festivities this season while continuing to rehab from Tommy John surgery.
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