Tag:Milwaukee Braves
Posted on: August 23, 2008 2:01 pm

Mets Riding Daniel Murphy into the Playoffs...

Daniel Murphy is playing left field, even as the franchise thinks of converting the one-time third baseman to second. Wherever he plays, the rook can hit.

He’s gone at a .296 clip his last 10 games — and his average has plummeted.

If Murphy leads the Mets into the postseason he won’t be the first player to come out of nowhere and energize a team late in the season.

Meet Bob “Hurricane” Hazle.

In 1957, Hazle was a late-season call-up by the Milwaukee Braves. Despite having all of six games of prior Major League experience, Hazle tore up National League pitching, hitting .403 over 41 games and leading the Braves to the pennant and eventual World Series crown.

Hazle whose nickname came from the devastating 1954 hurricane never did much after that, and Murphy appears to have a very bright future. But the Met could be the lastest in a line of unexpected heroes — has it really been 30 years since Brian Doyle hit .438 in the World Series - who lead their teams to titles.

Who are some other late-season acquisitions or unknowns who ended up as heroes?

A late-summer run in 2005, Aaron Small, going 10-0 in the second half of the season.

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