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Former Wright State Raider Sean Murphy to start in 2023 MLB All-Star Game

Wright State University, Press Release

Former Wright State baseball standout Sean Murphy will be the National League's starting catcher in the 2023 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11, at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners. The Midsummer Classic will begin at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast live on FOX and the FOX Sports app.

Murphy has been a force in his first year with the Atlanta Braves, as he is slugging .306/.400/.599 with 17 doubles, 17 homers, 55 runs batted in and 42 runs scored while leading MLB catchers in wins above replacement (3.7), on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS (.999), total bases (139) and batting average. He stands with Javy Lopez (1999 and 2003) as the only Braves catchers to tally 15-plus HR and 50-plus RBI through the team's first 86 games.

Murphy came to Wright State as a walk-on from nearby Centerville High School and started 150 games over three seasons, earning Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors in 2014 and all-league accolades all three years as a Raider. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft and made his big-league debut for the organization on Sept. 4, 2019, tallying his first MLB hit with a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

After finishing fourth in AL Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2020, Murphy made history by becoming the first A's catcher to win a Gold Glove in November 2021. He signed a six-year, $73 million contract extension with the Atlanta Braves in December 2022, which includes a $15 million club option for the 2029 season.