Former Rangers outfielder and current broadcaster David Murphy joined Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] to discuss covering the team on television, how this year’s lineup compares to 2011 and the team MVP so far.
Here are highlights of the conversation, edited for clarity:
What has it been like covering this team as a broadcaster?
David Murphy: “There’s just so much to talk about every single day, I’ve kind of joked around since I jumped over to the broadcast side and started doing it back in 2017. The team hasn’t played very well, since then. So I’m finally getting my first taste of a winner as a broadcaster. Before there might be days where we might hit rough patches, where we kind of have to highlight the few things that are going well. And now everything’s going well.
“A perfect example was yesterday, we will usually highlight a player or two during our open and yesterday I basically went through the lineup and talked about all the guys on the All-Star ballot on the offensive standpoint. (I) kind of gave a few clips of what they’ve done throughout the course of the year.
“Obviously (it) started with Marcus Semien (who’s) on pace to score 100 runs and drive in 100 and then (Corey) Seager and (Nathaniel) Lowe and (Adolis) Garcia and so on. So, man to watch these guys do what they’re doing each and every night, with the consistency that they’re doing, (there’s) no let down. It’s really a lot of fun.”
How does this team compare to some of the great offensive teams you were on?
Murphy: “It’s so hard to compare, you know, even 15 years ago. I guess the comparison that I would say is the depth. You know, when you’ve got a guy like Ezekiel Duran hitting seven or eight, you know, he’s hitting over 300 with power. I think he’s got seven homers. And then even though Leody (Taveras) isn’t necessarily hitting for power yet, he’s still hitting right around 300 out of the nine hole.
“And then you kind of you go back to our teams with a guy like Mike Napoli hitting seven or eight, you know, and he had some a 30 homerun season, I believe back in 2011. And then Mitch Moreland, a lot of times would hit night for us the power-hitting first baseman. So I think that’s the perfect example of, whether we roll into town or another team comes to play us that the pitching staff knows that there’s not going to be a weak link in the lineup, and they’re going to have to have their A-game to even have a halfway decent game against these Rangers. And if they don’t, they’re probably going to get beat up pretty badly.”
Who is the team MVP so far?
Murphy: “Marcus Semien, no doubt. I’ve made a ton of comparisons, and I kind of made the comment about a week or so ago. You give me we go back through baseball history, you know whether you want to go over the long haul or even say the last five or 10 years and you give me the top five offenses in baseball or you give me the World Series matchups from the last five or 10 years. You show me who their leadoff man is on each of those teams. And that led to a good offense.
“I remember specifically when we were going well as an offense back in the day, (Ian) Kinsler was always going well. And there were times where he was slumping a little bit, and it would affect the rest of the team. The team goes as the leadoff man goes. That’s no lie right there and Semien’s getting it done all over the place.
“He’s hitting with runners in scoring position, he’s hitting with two strikes, he’s scoring runs. He’s driving in runs. And I know that speaks to the overall team because the bottom of the lineup is getting on for him. But he’s having a special season and could very well end up the MVP when it’s all said and done.”