David Murphy retires

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He gave it the old college try, but David Murphy has announced his retirement from baseball.

This comes a day after he opted out of his contract with Minnesota, which itself came after the Twins sent Byron Buxton down to Rochester without purchasing Murphy’s contract. You don’t have to be an idiot to see that he wasn’t in the Twins’ plans and Murphy cannot be begrudged his decision to be with his family rather than riding busses in the bush leagues at age 34.

Presuming this truly is the end for Murphy, he played for four teams across 10 major league seasons. He spent most of his career with Texas, appearing in both the 2010 and 2011 World Series. In 3,467 major league at-bats, Murphy hit .274 with 104 HR, 472 RBI and 54 SB.