Former Ranger Murphy Calling it Quits

Former Rangers outfielder and fan favorite David Murphy has yet to play in a big-league game this year and is currently playing in the Twins' farm system.

Now, as The Dallas Morning News reports, Murphy has decided to call it quits, following up on a proclamation he made when he was released by Cleveland during the spring that he'd retire if he couldn't get a big-league deal from another team.

The Twins' demotion of star prospects Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, both outfielders, to Triple-A basically meant Murphy would be riding the pine in the minors, and for someone of Murphy's caliber, that generally isn't cool.

The 34-year-old spent seven years with the Rangers and had several big moments in Texas, including a red-hot September with Josh Hamilton on the disabled list that pushed Texas over the top and into the postseason en route to one of their two World Series appearances.

Murphy hit .275 with 85 home runs for the Rangers and had a big 2011 postseason when he hit .351 as the Rangers fell in seven games to the Cardinals for the world title.

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