February 7, 2005 - Midwest League (MWL) - Burlington Bees
Burlington, IA (February 7, 2005) - The on-line auction for Donnie Murphy's game-worn, Burlington Bees blue #3, batting practice/Sunday jersey will begin on Wednesday, February 9th, and noon on the Bees' website, www.gobees.com. The former second baseman had such an outstanding year in 2003 that he was named to the Bees' All-Time Midwest League team and last year made his Major League debut with the Bees' parent club, the Kansas City Royals, on September 18th at Cleveland. Murphy's jersey is the second in a series of three on-line jersey auctions being conducted on the Bees' home page. Bidding closed on Mitch Maier's #18 jersey on Friday with the winning bid coming in at $120. The blue #6 jersey worn by both Ruben Gotay and Chris Lubanski will be the final item up for bid starting on Friday, February 25th.
Donnie Murphy earned a secure place in Bees' history with a memorable 2003 season. The second baseman batted .313 with five home runs and a franchise record 98 RBI to earn team MVP honors. Murphy finished second in the Midwest League in RBI, tied for third in batting, second with 158 hits and third with a .397 on-base percentage. His hits rank second on the Bees' single-season list while he also now ranks fourth in total plate appearances (588) and ninth in at-bats (504). Murphy was twice named the Midwest League's Batter of the Week by Sportsticker, which at the time was the official stat service of Minor League Baseball. Murphy won the award June 2-8 for batting .500 (11-22) with four doubles, a triple, ten RBI, and eight runs scored for a .773 slugging percentage and a .621 on-base percentage. He also won the award July 21-28 for batting .370 (10-27) with three doubles, a triple, a homer, 13 RBI, and six runs scored for a .667 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. Murphy led the league in batting in both June (.365) and August (.425) and hit a team-high .340 during the second-half.
The Royals drafted Murphy in the 5th Round of the 2002 draft out of Orange Coast (CA) Community College. He made his professional debut with short-season Spokane and hit .303 in 28 games with the Indians to earn a late-season promotion to the Bees for 33 games. His .296 career batting average ranks 5th in franchise history among players with at least 500 at-bats over at least two seasons. He is tied for the career lead in sacrifice flies and ranks fourth in triples. Murphy spent the entire 2004 minor league season with high-A Wilmington and batted .254 while leading the team with ten home runs and 73 RBI.
The Bees open the 2005 season on the road at Clinton on Thursday, April 7th and play the first game in the renovated Community Field on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. For season ticket information, fans can contact the Bees' at (319) 754-5705.