Pat Murphy Ready For Big League Managerial Shot
By Tim McFadden
Pat Murphy has managed for four years in the Padres’ system, two in low-A Eugene and two in Triple-A. This comes after a successful 22-year career as a college coach at Notre Dame and Arizona State, where he had a combined record of 947-400. His minor league managerial record is 241-198.
Murphy is under contract to manage El Paso in 2015, though A.J. Preller’s hiring as the big club’s general manager may result in changes during the offseason. Some of the people that have played for him since he’s joined the Padres’ system believe his destiny lies in a big league dugout. Padres’ reliever Blaine Boyer puts Murphy in the same class as Hall-of-Fame managers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.
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Boyer and fellow Padres’ reliever Kevin Quackenbush claim that Murphy is the kind of manager that makes people want to play hard for him, which is definitely a trait that could potentially land Murphy in a major league dugout. Pitcher Jason Lane also believes that Murphy has the skills to manage in the big leagues, indicating that one of his biggest abilities is in relating to his players.