Here's to you, Matt Murton.
We may not have a Tyler Colvin tag here at GROTA, but we sure as hell have one for Matt Murton.
Murton was a good baseball player -- which is to say, he wasn't a great one. His power was unimpressive, his defense was sort of roundabout, and he wasn't exactly quick. But if Matt excelled at any of the five tools so often referenced in baseball, it was hitting for average.
In 160 plate appearances at age 23 (that is really, really young), Murton hit .321 with just 22 strikeouts. The next year, he hit .297 in 508 plate appearances over 144 games. Unfortunately, his MLB career would assume a downward trend from there, but the guy does have 272 more major league hits to his name than most people on this earth.
So if he's not in the major leagues anymore, why am I writing about him?
Congratulations, Matt, on a job well done!