Why Murphy Sat

There was a lot of grumbling on Twitter, the blogosphere, and other media outlets about Terry Collins’ decision last night to pinch-hit Chin-Ling Hu instead of Willie Harris or Dan Murphy during a key moment in the game.

I’m not sure about Harris, but the reason why Collins didn’t send up Murphy could have been to “send a message”. This from Bob Klapisch, reporting on what happened after Murphy was thrown out at third base on an attempting steal on Saturday:

Terry Collins watched in quiet rage as Murphy was thrown out — waiting while his player collected himself and returned to the dugout — before exploding.

“What the [bleep] are you doing?” Collins shouted, according to a person who’d been made aware of the exchange.

“Mike [Nickeas] was up, [Mike] Pelf[rey] was on deck; I was trying to get something started,” Murphy responded.

“So now you’re the manager? I was going to pinch-hit [for Pelfrey],” Collins shot back. “I’m the manager, not you. Get your head out of your [bleep].”

Murphy sat on Sunday and sat again last night. Maybe it was a coincidence, or maybe Collins held out Murph to teach him a lesson.

What do you think? Coincidence or lesson? If the latter, do you agree with Collins’ method of behavior modification? Post your opinion in the comments.

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