Former MLB outfielder David Murphy reportedly retired from baseball Monday, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News

Murphy, 34, hit .274 with 104 home runs and 472 RBI in 10 MLB seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels.

Murphy had been playing with the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate, Rochester. When young outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler were sent back down from the majors, however, the minor league club didn’t have playing time for Murphy, according to Fraley.

He was granted his release by the Twins on Monday, per Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, and Murphy had all but made up his mind to retire at that point.

“I think I’m done playing,” Murphy told Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press on Monday evening. “It was definitely a tough decision, but it wasn’t an emotional decision I made over a few minutes or even an hour. A lot of time went into it, and I know I made the right decision.”

The outfielder spent the majority of his career with the Rangers, staying with the organization for seven years and hitting .275 with 85 home runs and 362 RBI. 

He was at his best in the 2011 postseason, when he hit .351 with five runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base as the team reached the World Series, and he was a big part of the teams that made consecutive runs (2010-11) to the Fall Classic.


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