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Nyjer Morgan charges mound, incites brawl in Florida

Sep 1, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

The same player who threw a ball at a fan in Philadelphia in mid-August, steamrolled an unsuspecting Cardinals backup catcher last week, and gave Marlins catcher Brett Hayes a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday night with a ridiculous hockey-like check at home plate is back at it again.

Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan started a benches-clearing clearing brawl on Wednesday night at the Marlins’ Sun
Life Stadium when he charged the mound after Florida right-hander Chris
Volstad threw behind him in the sixth inning. 

Morgan was hit by a Volstad pitch earlier in the night that served as retaliation for his cheap shot on Hayes, but the Fish took exception again when he stole second base and stole third base in a blowout. 

He headed straight toward Volstad after the pitch whizzed by him in the sixth, threw a punch to the pitcher’s face, then was clothes-lined by Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez. 

Volstad got a few grazing shots in on Morgan before Nationals third base coach Pat Listach jumped on the right-hander and held him to the ground.  Listach, while mostly serving as a peacemaker, is sure to see some discipline from Major League Baseball for interfering so violently with a player scuffle. 

Morgan was ejected and screamed at the fans in south Florida before making his exit, pumping his chest in pride.  Volstad was also tossed and is likely to be handed a lengthy suspension.

The Marlins have a series in D.C. in mid-September that should feature even more fireworks.

  1. Jaxeagle - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Well if he wasn’t supposed to steal then why hold him on, baseball kills me with all these unwritten rules, your supposed to dial it downif your up big please how many teams have come back from huge deficits this year? Just play the game I love they way Gabby Sanchez got hit and then took his base he knew it was coming, by the way did anyone notice that the Nationals closer was warming up prior to Sanchez getting hit?

  2. Mike Gianella - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Drew, I’d go back and watch the film on Listach (if you can find it). He didn’t run out there to play peacemaker; he took two swings at Volstad after Volstad was on the ground and then it looked like he was trying to rip his ear off. For a coach, that behavior is entirely unacceptable.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Which is why I said “other.”

  4. hubakin - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    I dont know, I know the sac fly is more than they needed to come back, and realistically they weren’t going to. But does that mean you just stop playing the game and stop trying because you’re not going to come back? Granted he probably stole the bases not to get himself in scoring position, but more to shove it back at them. As for the suspension, 30 games is a lot, and maybe unrealistic, but look at other leagues. The NFL will hand down 2-3 game suspensions, doesn’t sound like much, but that is almost 1/5 of the season. It may be much, but this kind of stuff should not be tolerated. Then again, maybe this is why I’m not the commish :-)

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