Joe Morgan (10:32 AM)
Good morning, let's go!
Emerson (Kansas City)
How about the Reds, Joe? But is there any chance that they can keep it together without adding more pitching? I think the A's may have exposed them a bit...
Joe Morgan (10:33 AM)
Well, there's no doubt that the As exposed their pitching staff and they definitely need more arms. But, the A's were playing very well at home winning 12 of 13 before that final game there in Cincinatti, but the Reds certainly need some more pithcing.
Tony (Danbury, CT)
Tampa seems to be playing better of late taking 3 of 4 from Minnesota and 2 of 3 from San Francisco. Think there is any chance they make Pinella's prediction come true and finish out of the basement in the AL East???
Joe Morgan (10:34 AM)
THey are definitely improving, but they still have a ways to go before they can get out of the cellar. They seem to play well in stretches and then play poorly in stretches.
Barry Bonds and the Giants are at Camden Yards this weekend, wouldn't it be special to see if Barry could hit the Warehouse past the right field wall? Can/will he do it?
Joe Morgan (10:36 AM)
Well, it would only be special to Giants fans, I don't see how it would be special to the Os fans trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The only one to ever hit it is Ken Griffey Jr. I think Barry is definitely capable but everything would have to be perfect for that to happen.
Joe (Yardley, PA)
As a Hall of Fame 2b, Joe, is the sophomore jinx simply a result of opposing pitchers adjusting to you and you not to them? See Angel Berroa.
Joe Morgan (10:37 AM)
Well, it's obviously a combo of a lot of things. MOre is expected the second year. There is more responsibilites and more pressure. Then, as you said, pitchers are familiar with a second year guy, they know where to pitch him.
Jesse (Ithaca, NY)
Could the "Crime Dog" Fred McGriff be the first player with 500 home runs to not be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Joe Morgan (10:39 AM)
I don't get a vote, but in the past, 500 HRs have been almost automatic. Maybe not first ballot, but it will usually eventually get you in. Writers are taking a closer look at players rather than just their numbers these days, that's for sure.
Lake Tahoe, NV
can you tell me how much players get from the league for winning the world series?
Joe Morgan (10:41 AM)
Well, those numbers vary b/c of stadium size. The first four games, the players get a percentage of the gate. They do not get any percentage of the last three games. There would be any thought of players extending the series so that they can get more money. The last I saw is an average about 180,000 for winning. But it depends on the ballpark capacity. Boston and the Cubs would probably get the least. But, I'd say for most guys, anywhere from 150,000-250,000 I guess.
Juan (San Antonio)
Joe, Did you ever, or do you currently, collect sports memorabilia (including autographs)? If so, what is your most prized piece of memorabilia?
Joe Morgan (10:42 AM)
I've never actually collected, I have things that are important to me. PHotos with players and trophies. I don't really collect autographs or anything, just things that relate to my carreer.
Alex (Lincoln in England)
Hi Joe, I really enjoy your work on Sunday Night Baseball, which we receive live in the UK. My question is this, who of the following three returnees is most likely to drive their team to the postseason? Mark Prior, Nomar Garciaparra or Garrett Anderson? Thanks for taking my question.
Joe Morgan (10:44 AM)
I would say Garrett Anderson or Nomar b/c players that play every day have more impact than a pitcher -- no matter how great he is -- that pitches every five days.
Jimmy, Brooklyn, NY
I think that making the All-Star game result determine which league has home-field advantage is ridiculous for an exhibit game. What is your opinion?
Joe Morgan (10:45 AM)
I won't go as far as to say ridiculous but I think it's not fair and it goes against the traditions of the All-Star Game and it's just another reality TV show. That's what it is. ... And I never liked any of those.
Dennis Landi (La Palma, Ca.)
Can you think of any of today's closers that are capable of pitching as many innings as the Mike Marshall's and Rollie Fingers's of your playing days. Do you feel Eric Gagne could do this? Thank you. Dennis Landi
Joe Morgan (10:46 AM)
You can't compare eras but Rollie and Mike were different kinds of closers. The managers have made closing a 3 out proposition today when it used to be a 9 out three innings deal. Just think, that would be 3 saves to every one.
Kevin Aumiller (Park Ridge, IL)
Is Jose Vidro simply going through a huge slump or are we finally seeing how important Vlad was to protect Vidro in the lineup? Will his numbers stay down or will they return to those of an all-star second baseman?
Joe Morgan (10:48 AM)
Well, he has been a very consistant hitter the last few years. I'm surprised that he's not doing so well. Taking Vlad away, yes, that had a huge impact, that would effect any team. Take away Barry Bonds and what happens to the Giants. It's the same thing. But, that said, I still think Vidro is a good solid hitter who will get his numbers back.
Does Jim Rice belong in the HOF in your opinion ? I think he's clear cut and the media is getting it wrong. His numbers are almost identical to your former teammate Tony Perez.
Joe Morgan (10:50 AM)
This is about the third week somebody tried to compare these guys. It's not just numbers, there are a lot of intangible that you have to consider. I happen to think Jim Rice deserves to be in the HoF -- becuase he was one of the most dominant players in the National League -- NOT because he had Tony Perez-like numbers.
Some reports say Griffey has begun to resurge because of how close he is to hitting 500...that he swings for the fences every time...is this true or do you think its because he's finally healthy?
Joe Morgan (10:51 AM)
Well, he's just finally healthy. It's very healthy to chase numbers when you are on the disabled list. If he stays healthy I think he'll hit closer to 50 HRs this year. As long as he stays healthy he'll put up big numbers. I think he wants to hit these two home runs and get it over with.
Brett (Houston, TX)
Will there be a better pitching matchup this season than on Monday when Prior goes against Clemens? Who will get the better of the other??
Joe Morgan (10:53 AM)
First of all, people think that Mark PRior is back -- well, I think you have to wait before you see how Mark Prior is going to pitch before the rest of the year. Roger has been pitching well all year. He's 9-0. Prior is still trying to find his groove but, you're right, if they were both healthy, this is a great matchup.
Joe, I read your article on the modern day 'save'. You don't mention Mariano Rivera once. Don't you think he would hold his own with the closers of yesteryear? Didn't you see his performance in Game 7 of the AL Championship last season? His total career (postseason included)?
Joe Morgan (10:56 AM)
Well, the whole point is, we weren't comparing closers, we were talking about Rollie Fingers' and MIke Marshall's comments about Eric Gangne's performance. I didn't mention Lee Smith or Bruce Sutter OR Mariano Rivera -- who I feel is the best post season closer in the history of the game. But that wasn't the gist of the column.
Tim (Bloomington, IN)
I saw a comparison of Griffey and Bonds in an article the other day and it made me sick. "The Kid" has been rejuvenated and I'm happy for him. But in case you didn't notice Barry Bonds in 80 less ABs Barry has 1 less homer. Bonds does deserve to be drug into these comparisons with anyone in this era. He is in the pantheon of players in greatest of all-time argument with Mays, Ruth and Aaron.
Joe Morgan (10:59 AM)
I didn't write the article and I didn't see it so I don't . Griffey was the player of the decade in the 90s. Bonds is definitely the player of the millenium. I agree with you. Bonds is definitely one of the best players of all time ... but so is Griffey. Griffey was the only EVERYDAY player voted onto the All-Century team. (Roger Clemens was on it too, but he's not everyday).
Nick (Philly, PA)
Is Manny Ramirez a legitmate triple crown candidate. With the way he's playing playing, I think he is.
Joe Morgan (11:00 AM)
Yes, I think he is because he is the one of the best hitters in the game today when you consider power, clutch hitting and batting average. He's won a batting title, he's capable of winning a RBI title and a HR title, but I don't think it's likely. Guys are so specialized these days. It was always difficult but I think it's especially difficult now. More people hit home runs now than ever before.
Devin (Milwaukee, WI)
Joe, do you consider yourself the best 2nd basemen of all time? if not, who do you think is?
Joe Morgan (11:02 AM)
I have been asked this several times recently. I don't make those distinctions, but obviously Rogers HOrnsby, Jackie Robinson ... Roberto Alomar in the modern era. How I stack up against them would have to be calculated by someone else. But I'm very very pleased and happy with my carreer as they are with theirs I'm sure.
How is it that chats after chats can go by with nobody mentioning Albert Pujols. Shouldn't we be savoring him now. He has to be the most underrated player of all time. The guy's probably the 2nd best player in the game, but you'd never know it. Will he ever get the respect he deserves playing in St. Louis?
Joe Morgan (11:04 AM)
I don't think he's underrated, he's just a great great player who is going to get better. He's been on the All-Star team, he's finished second to Barry Bonds in MVP voting. If it weren't for Barry he probably would have won a couple.
Andrew, Glendale, CA
Do you think players of the 70's and 80's are getting enough serious HOF consideration? i.e. Dale Murphy, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Garvey etc?
Joe Morgan (11:05 AM)
That's hard for me to say b/c as I said, I don't vote, and I am vice chairman of the board of HoF so I try not to criticize the writers for what they've done or the way they've voted. I do believe that there are guys out there -- we mentioned Jim Rice -- who have been slighed. To start to get into guys who have been overlooked for votes would take me all day.
Joe Morgan (11:06 AM)
My time is up. Thanks for your questions everybody. See you next Friday.