The rules require a player to have 3.1 plate appearances for every game his team has played. The Rangers went into Sunday having played 132 games. That means Murphy needed 409 plate appearances. He had 407.
"That's not my quest," Murphy said. "We're playing to win a division title. It would be cool to qualify, but at the end of the day, it doesn't get you any more wins."
Murphy has never had enough plate appearances to qualify, but should this year. He remains one of the Rangers' hottest hitters. He went into Sunday hitting .436 (24-for-55) in his past 15 games with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine RBIs and 14 runs scored. He is hitting .358 since the All-Star break, the third-highest average in the Major Leagues.