SportsNation Blog Archives Nyjer Morgan
Do the Brewers have to reserve postseason rosters spots for Nyjer Morgan and Tony Plush? Morgan's alter ego, a character named Tony Plush, blasted Albert Pujols on Twitter after the Cardinals slugger stepped between Morgan and Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter in Wednesday's game. Carpenter took exception to Morgan's throwing his chewing tobacco on the field after striking out, a rather tame incident in Morgan's history of drama.
Can you count on him in October?
Morgan is hitting .313 in 102 games this season and is third on the team in stolen bases. Does that outweigh his history of unpredictable behavior?
Nyjer Morgan or Ron Artest?
After helping the Lakers win a ring, Ron Artest may be the unofficial spokesman of enigmatic players on championship-caliber teams.
Do you agree with Albert Pujols?
Pujols drew Morgan's ire, but the Cardinals slugger also said he likes Morgan and doesn't mind having guys like that on his team.
Are you a Tony Plush fan?
We liked the fake persona most of all, but is Morgan's alter ego entertaining?
Baseball loves its statistics, and what the Marlins and Nationals lack in VORP, WAR, OPS and other measures of actual success, they more than make up for in entertainment-per-customer (EPC). That the Marlins won Wednesday's game 16-10 is, frankly, irrelevant, even if it does leave them 7.5 back of the wild card. The story is Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan and whether the Marlins overreacted or did the rest of the league a favor.
Let's set the scene with some of Morgan's highlights since throwing a ball at a fan in Philadelphia on Aug. 22 (he's appealing a seven-game suspension).
Aug. 28: Morgan goes out of his way to run into Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, despite there being no play at the plate. In the process, he missed home plate, is called out for contact and separates Anderson's shoulder. See the video from MLB.com.
Aug. 31: Morgan tries to score from second on a grounder to second base and collides with Marlins catcher Brett Hayes when the ball easily beats him home. Like Anderson, Hayes ends up with a separated shoulder. See the video from MLB.com.
Wednesday: The Marlins hit Morgan in the fourth inning, presumably as retaliation for running into Hayes the night before. With his team trailing 14-3, Morgan stole second and third and eventually scored. When he came up again in the sixth, pitcher Chris Volstad threw behind his back, setting off the fracas in the video at the top of this post.
So was Morgan in the wrong on all occasions? Did the Marlins overreact? And does Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez have a future in wrestling? Vote on Nyjer Morgan vs. Marlins!
Morgan is just a bonehead who never thinks before he acts, i dont care about "unwritten" rules... play smart, make good decisions and be a classy player, he is none of those and he needs to be released” -- pvjv725
He's done a complete 180 from last season and deserves a non-tender IMO...the stupid mental errors and all of a sudden the choice to hit catchers whenever given the chance makes me wish he wasn't in a Nationals uni” -- LUWahooNatFan
We've spent considerably more time over the last couple of months talking about the Pirates than their basement-dwelling peers like the Royals and Orioles, but they just make it so easy. After all, an inability to field a competitive team is one thing -- Elgin Baylor made a nice living out of it -- but trading away a potential contender over the course of two seasons? That takes a certain something special. Surely, Pirates GM Neal Huntington deserves to be ranked ahead of Royals GM Dayton Moore for chutzpah alone.
The latest to leave the fold were shortstop Jack Wilson, second baseman Freddy Sanchez and pitcher Ian Snell. And look, this whole rebuilding thing might work, even if SportsNation isn't buying it. The haul for Sanchez was Tim Alderson, the Giants' No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, and the guys at USS Mariner, who are right more often than they're wrong about these things, weren't thrilled about how much Seattle gave away for a good defensive shortstop in Wilson and an enigmatic pitcher in Snell.
But even if Alderson, Jeff Clement, Lastings Milledge and Andrew McCutchen are the second coming of the "We Are Family" Pirates, the franchise has a serious credibility problem. Just ask SportsNation blogger Fairsoldier50, who says it's time for Huntington to buy a cabin in the woods.
Any Pirates fan that doesn't like either of these trades is not really a Pirates fan.” -- redguy12588
I GIVE UP!!!!!! How can I watch and cheer for a team that wants to suck. I just gave all my stuff to a bum because thats how i feel about the Pirates. Pirates ownership sucks soooo bad, pay me half the money those guys make and I can do just as good as them and maybe better. oh, I just threw up in my mouth. I am so glad that football is starting soon so i can watch a team that wants to win in Pittsburgh, THE STEELERS!!!!” -- BrianLarry
The Pirates ownership continues to bilk the fans buy putting out a terrible product in a nice package (PNC Park). They wouldn't even spend to a salary cap, if there was one because they don't care enough. How long can you continue to rebuild a team for? The last time they were any good, Barry Bonds was a skinny young man. They have gone beyond rebuilding. It's a constant cycle. Pathetic..” -- bus3668
When do you give up on a franchise? It's a simple question, but that doesn't necessarily mean it has an easy answer for baseball fans in Pittsburgh these days.
The city has championship teams in the NFL and NHL, and while there's some rebuilding to do without DeJuan Blair, the University of Pittsburgh basketball program gives hoops fans something to look forward to in the winter. What the Steel City doesn't have is a competitive baseball franchise. And while the folks running the show say they're trying to change that, should Pirates fans -- or the remaining players -- believe it after Tuesday's pair of trades makes it four starting outfielders dealt since the beginning of last season?
I understand the reasononing behind the trades. Their farm system is unproductive and they are on pace for another losing season. However with only six games behind the nl leading brew crew I dont think its time for a fire sale. Getting rid of the talent is only going delay them another season of making the playoffs. All I gotta say is they better be active in free agency next year because we have the pitching now we need the power.” -- steelsityswammi
Pittsburgh fans should boycott this organization and do not buy any tickets for the remainder of the year.” -- iceman4342