The Philadelphia Daily News has a new Phillies beat writer. And the new writer has launched a new blog.

David Murphy is a local boy who’s worked for the St. Pete Times and Myrtle Beach Sun-News, two very respectable mid-sized rags. His new blog is called High Cheese. So far, Murphy has been a prolific blogger, posting just about everyday. It’s good stuff.

David Murphy

I sent Murphy an email the other day asking if he’d be interested in doing an interview with our site. You may remember another Daily News sports writer, Paul Hagen, gave us an interview back in November. I thought it would be interesting to see how the new guy compared to Hagen, who is pretty old school in his thinking about the game, especially when it comes to MVP voting.

I haven’t heard back from Murphy yet. But if a recent article about Jimmy Rollins is any evidence, he and Hagen have a few things in common.

From High Cheese:

(Rollins is) coming off a year in which he set career highs in hitting (.296), home runs (30), RBI (94) slugging (.531), triples (20), runs (139) and converted 41 of 47 stolen base attempts.


Looking back, it is hard to imagine how any one else could have won the MVP trophy against those kind of numbers.

Here at Umpbump, we don’t think it’s that hard to imagine somebody else could have won the MVP. But that’s okay, David. We don’t have to agree on everything. And we’d still love to pick your brain and hear what it’s like covering the Phillies. So when you get a chance, shoot us an email. Let’s talk some baseball!

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