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2011 season was both an outstanding year and a terrible year for Daniel Murphy.
On one hand, he was on his way to having one of the five best batting averages National League. On the other hand, it was yet another season ended early because of injury.
At the end of the day it was another year that left us wondering, just who is Daniel Murphy?
Is he the guy from 2011? A .320 hitter capable of producing anywhere in the Mets lineup. Or is he the .266 hitter from 2009? A player without a home defensively, relegated to a super utility role or a platoon DH for another team.
These are important questions for Murphy to answer heading into 2012. This could be his last chance to establish himself as an everyday second baseman for the Mets because for the first time in a long time, the Mets have minor league depth in Jordany Valdespin and Reese Havens that will be Major League ready come 2013.
2011 was Murphy's best season as a ball player. Being able to play every day was great for his game, as his numbers and comfort level improved every month as the season progressed.
Let’s not forget, Murphy is still a young, developing player.