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Eddie Murray
Eddie Murray
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 2003
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 163 of 984 players
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Eddie Clarence Murray
Born: February 24, 1956 at Los Angeles, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.02 Weight: 222

Eddie Murray was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on May 23, 2011, and August 26, 2014.

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First Mets game: April 6, 1992
Last Mets game: October 3, 1993

Brother of Rich Murray





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Chris Messner
Eddie was constantly ragged by the baseball media because he wouldn't talk to them. But I saw him at '92 spring training, and when he was signing autographs, he was both talkative and polite with the fans.

Big E
I have an Eddie Murray signed ball, and it's one of my prize possesions. Didn't talk to the media, but when he was forced to, after getting 3,000 hits, he was nothing but gracious.

Mackey Sasser
December 18, 2000
Eddie was a Great player. I was disappointed when he left the Mets

Mr. Sparkle
January 8, 2001
Maybe it's me but when Eddie was with the Mets he seemed to be just going through the motions. It didn't seem like he cared if they won or not and at the time they were pretty bad. Still he had a great year in 93.

kinerskorner
June 4, 2001
whenever I think about eddie murray in a Mets uniform I get profoundly depressed. not that I hate him or anything, especially since he was pretty solid '93, but ill always remember his connection to the most overrated, overpaid, and pathetic team ever. funny to think that management actually thought that assortment of clowns would be a respectable follow up to the 80s teams. awful.

Roger Adams
August 23, 2001
I followed Eddie's career from the very beginning, with the Mets he was past his prime, but he still had good seasons, people say he didn't care but you know he always played, through some pretty bad injuries I might add, unlike Big Mac, Canseco, and Fred Lynn, to name a few. In his prime there was no one better at the time, he led the league in MVP votes from 80-85, and led the decade in RBI's, Jim Palmer once said they threw him nothing but slop his whole career, today they just groove it right down the middle for these guys it seems. I always wonder what numbers he'd put up in today's era.

Larry Burns
June 10, 2002
Mr. Surly! All his teammates used to extol on the awesome nature Eddie possessed. Unfortunately he felt he needed to act like a jerk to the media and fans. Never won an MVP award. Had a very productive 1993 with the Mets. He seemed to be on the verge of becoming a really popular player. So he left. I know those closest to him said he was a pretty solid guy, but you have to wonder, why do athletes act like idiots to fans and the media then get all bothered when those same groups do not offer the hero worship they need? Have you noticed that he and Apollo Creed from Rocky have never had their pictures taken together? Interesting. With his 3000 hits a case can be made for him in the Hall of Fame, but I think he falls a tad short for inclusion.

Feat Fan
June 20, 2002
A great career and the model of consistency. Every year, .285-.300 25-28 95-110 and a great glove at first base early on.

rich
July 30, 2002
Lifelong Mets fan I finally went to spring training in 1992 and I was appalled at how nasty this guy was. I'll never forget a bunch of kids asking for his autograph and he just walked by not even acknowleding their existence. An absolutely miserable excuse for a human being.

Kevin McLaughlin
August 23, 2002
I loved the guy. He was called a "cancer in the clubhouse" because he never talked to the press. In my opinion, that's nonsense. He played hard every day, and performed at a high level (during a time when very few Mets did). I don't blame him (or any athlete) who doesn't want to sign autographs all the time. But he seemed to me to be singled out as a bad guy. Steve Carlton never talked to the press, but he wasn't a "cancer". I'd take his 90-100 rbi's and consitent play in the field this year, over what we have now. Never got the credit he deserved.

Robert
September 12, 2002
Anybody remember the time in Atlanta Eddie Murray was on second base - pitcher attempts to pick him off - the throw sails into center field - Otis Nixon throws him out by about 15 feet at third base - they show the replay of Murray running toward third - Ralph Kiner says - "this is NOT the slo-motion replay you're watching!".

Jonathan Stern
September 25, 2004
He may have been unpleasant to reporters and autograph-hounds, but I could care less. The Eddie Murray who played for the Mets was a first-ballot HOF-er. It was plain to be seen even then. The man did everything he could to play the game productively and intelligently. No at-bat was wasted, no play in the field taken for granted. On one occasion, he made a rare mental mistake. He immediately yelled and stamped on the grass in frustration, knowing before everyone else what he had done.

How often in this era of Generation X posing and preening do you see a guy care that much about the game itself? And how often throughout their history have the Mets brought in a star only to watch him regress into near-total incompetence?

The Mets were losers when Murray was here and he may not have made too many friends off the field. On the field, I saw nothing but greatness. In fact, I am not sure I have seen anything like it since. This man was a ballplayer. He was truly Old School. It was an honor to watch Eddie Murray perform on a daily basis.

Kiwiwriter
September 25, 2004
The Mets signed him based on his baseball card statistics, not realizing that he was emotionally incapable with dealing with New York's crushing media presence.

Oddly enough, he's now being looked at as a potential manager, which would put him in the media's sights on an hourly basis. I don't know if he could handle that part of his job.

But his Hall of Fame credentials are richly deserved.

Bluto
October 14, 2004
I'm glad to see that most of you who have posted memories of Eddie Murray on this page haven't "drank the sportswriters' Kool Aid" and fallen for the b.s. that he was a bad guy because he didn't talk to the media. Everything I've ever read about Eddie from non- media sources indicates that he is a great guy who was loved by teammates and opponents. I really get annoyed when the press labels someone a "bad guy" because he doesn't speak with the media, while David Cone, who completely kissed the media's collective a**, was a "good guy."

Mets2Moon
October 21, 2004
My favorite Murray Memory comes after he left the Mets. He was the DH for the Cleveland Indians team that went to the World Series in 1995, against the Braves. In game 5, Maddux had given up a HR to Albert Belle, then threw one high and tight to Murray. Murray's eyes went red, and he looked about ready to take Maddux's head off. The benches emptied, but the situation was quickly defused before it got ugly. But Murray definitely got a few choice words in.

Tom Shannon
May 3, 2005
I never liked this guy...he was intimidating. Maybe he was never hugged as a child.

Anyway, people forget that he did hit his 400th home run with the Mets in 1992....exactly 13 years ago today!

James Damion
July 12, 2005
I always love Eddie Murray. I followed him throughout his career and collected his baseball cards. He always got trashed for not being "press friendly" which is a death nail on any NY career. I once remember him saying in an interview after he retired, "I never had a problem with the press. I just have a problem with stupid questions." One of the game's true greats.

jeff d
July 26, 2005
He was not press friendly and also not fan friendly. I tried to get his autograph in 1979. I was nine years old. He would not sign, which is his prerogative, but he was also mean about it. I have never forgotten his rudeness and it clouds my opinion of him to this day.

Shawn Shaw
August 27, 2005
Back in 92, me and a couple of my homeboys cut school to sneak into Shea and watch the Mets take batting practice, we got there so early the Braves were still on the field taking BP, we chatted and joked with Dale Murphy and felt so relaxed talking to MLB players, when the Mets came on the field we tried to start a conversation with Eddie and he cursed us out. Great ball player, nasty MF!

jamey bumbalo
November 17, 2005
There's no question that Eddie Murray compiled some amazing stats and was an absolutely great player. However, as someone who watched him at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, during his glory years, I have to say that he always seemed to be going through the motions (granted, not bad motions at all); he never seemed to get his uniform dirty or dive for the line shots down the first baseline. I always wanted him to do a litle bit more--just one dive. I feel bad about being negative, because he was a great ballplayer, for the O's and Mets and others, but he never seemed to go all out.

Putbeds 1986
February 22, 2006
He may have hated the press; didn't sign autographs at times but my memory of Eddie was when during a rain delay at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami and the grounds crew was having a heck of a time putting the tarp on the field; the Ch. 9 camera focused on the Mets dugout and there was Eddie laughing like it was slapstick comedy (Which It Was!!!). Probably the funniest thing at a Mets game until the night Pedro was on the mound and the sprinklers went off.

Pock Markz
October 15, 2008
As I posted in my Jeff Kent remarks, Murray had to deal with the same issues with the press. If you are unpleasant or uncooperative to the press the press will brand you a 'bad guy' and then they will brand you a 'bad ball player' choosing to focus on absurdly small samples of batting and fielding stats to prove their point. Gee guys its too bad you have to deal with these kind of players but don't insult the fans' intelligence by trying to diminish Murray's accomplishments simply because you didn't like him as a person. That is called unprofessional.

DailySkew
February 26, 2011
Should have never left Baltimore...his stats took a dive.

One of the few productive Mets (at least from he RBI standpoint) during a horrible era. Didn't realize that he was past his prime with the Mets, but he was.

I liked him being with Cleveland against the Braves- one of the few non-NY World Series I watched in full.

Never bought into the media blacklist.

Mr. Roboto
February 6, 2013
Just a flat-out great ballplayer! Eddie reached both the 500-homer and 3,000-hit marks in his career, something that only Willie Mays and Hank Aaron had done previously. He was also an inspiration on his teammates in coming to the ballpark and being ready to play every day. Cal Ripken has given him much credit in setting his record for consecutive games.

In discussing who the greatest switch-hitter of all-time might be, I don't care what people would have to say about Mickey Mantle or Pete Rose. Eddie was the best among all who batted from both sides of the plate.









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