After struggling in left field in 2009, the Mets moved Daniel Murphy to first base when Carlos Delgado was lost for the season. Though no gold glover Murphy held his own and proved to be a capable first baseman. Barring a last minute deal by General Manager Omar Minaya it appears that Daniel Murphy will see the bulk of the first base duty in 2010.
After learning the position on the fly in 2009, the Mets are determined to see Murphy grow into the position. So the Mets turned to an old friend to teach Murphy the finer points of the position, Keith Hernandez. Who better to teach Murphy the position than the greatest first baseman in baseball history (at least in this writers opinion). Hernandez, who won 11 straight gold glove awards as a player, has begun teaching Murphy down in Port St Lucie and will continue to do so throughout Spring Training. The two have begun working on fundamentals such as foot work and will also work on what Murphy thought was his biggest weakness in 2009, positioning around the bag. Murphy felt that his unfamiliarity with the bag led him to play too far away which led often to his not getting back in time to receive the throw from the infield.
Time will tell what type of impact Hernandez will have on Daniel Murphy, but all initial observations appear to be promising, give the Mets and their fans some hope in 2010.