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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. RedLeg15 - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    I didn’t see it but from the description Morgan was first plunked in retaliation for the shot to the Marlins catcher tuesday. The Nats were down at this point so he steals 2nd&3rd. So they attempt to throw at him again? Seems like both teams are at fault.
    Didn’t see it but that’s how I read it.

  2. malmstorm - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Gearing up for the hockey season, is he?

  3. Giant Space Ants - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    I guess Listach got caught up in the moment or something; no reason for him to have thrown himself in the middle of that.

  4. murd - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    I just saw the replay,and Morgan is to blame here. Volstad hit him in the 4th to retaliate for last night. Morgan then stole 2nd and 3rd with his team losing 14-3. The only reason to steal right there is to try to piss off the Marlins. If he scores, they’re still down 10, not worth the injury risk to himself or the fielders. He was obviously being a dick because he couldn’t take his punishment like a man. So Volstad threw behind him in the 6th and the ball hadn’t even hit the backstop before Morgan was halfway to the mound. He got in a weak punch on Volstad but he got his shit lit up by Sanchez. And then after the whole thing he was yelling at the fans. Screw this guy, Pudge or somebody needs to tell him to calm his shit down before he gets somebody hurt.

  5. ahbronco30 - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    I think it’s time Morgan gets suspended for a while. Someone needs to knock some sense into this piece of trash

  6. Xpensive Wino - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Gonna be fun to watch Morgan get nailed in the head by someone tired of his act.

  7. Matt S. - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Suspend him for the rest of the season for the sum of his recent crimes. That’s probably a realistic scenario at this point, although the union might not like that…

  8. bugaboo - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    so the guy tries to steal bases in a blowout in the 4th and it’s bushleague. the last time i checked the score it was 16-10 in the eighth; still a mighty lead, but nothing that hasn’t been overcome before. he was still trying to generate a run. i don’t get it. they end up scoring 6 runs since the incident. why not throw at the rest of the players for continuing to play the game? didn’t they get the memo that they were losing and should concede the game?

  9. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Yeah, guys like Morgan either wise up or they wind up getting crippled. If no pitcher takes him out, some catcher who is wise to the jackass will be waiting for his nether gut with a well-aimed knee. Looks like Gaby Sanchez really flattened him, though. He probably would be well advised to work on his hitting instead of his crosschecking. As things stand, he’s not nearly good enough to be worth all the trouble he’s causing.

  10. jumanji11 - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    I don’t care what his intent was, throwing at a guy for stealing bases when he’s DOWN a bunch of runs is uncalled for.

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    In order to win a baseball game, runs need to be scored. In order to score runs, players need to get themselves into scoring position, which includes stealing bags. Whether it’s a retaliatory plunking or not, getting hit by a pitch entitles the batter to get on base, which makes the act a free pass. Morgan got on. Then he made the most of it and stole two bases to get himself as close to scoring as he could. There is nothing wrong with that.

    That said, this guy is an out-of-control punk who is spiraling. He’s only going to get himself, his teammates or opponents hurt with the idiotic crap he’s been pulling recently. The commissioner’s office and the union need to step in and do something before somebody gets hurt. Morgan should be suspended for the rest of the season. Volstad should be suspended–as much good as suspending a starting pitcher does or means. Riggleman needs to be admonished.

    Maybe Morgan needs to be required to go see Zambrano’s buddies in anger management, or Bradley’s “personal issues” management team.

  12. Utley's hair - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    The union may not like it, but Morgan is not the union’s only concern here. That jackass is pulling crap that is bound to get other players hurt. I would say that the greater good trumps defending this individual punk.

  13. mumdrum - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    His own team needs to call a code red. If they don’t sit him down, other teams will get the message that the way Morgan plays is the way the Nats play, and any any close play will put a target on his teammates.

  14. hnirobert - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Dunn needs to put him back in his pocket. That’ll take care of him, he’ll never be able to climb his way out.

  15. mashoaf - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Blanket party time! It will be interesting when he gets cut and no one picks him up becuase he will be black listed for all of the crap he has pulled.

  16. hubakin - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Morgan should, rightly so, receive a lengthy suspension but was it really that big of a deal that he stole the bases? He got hit, took his medicine for a BS play. Sure they were down by a bunch but does that mean he is supposed to just quit playing? If you don’t like, stop him from doing it. He did score on it. I think the marlins pitcher/manager should receive suspension for throwing at him. As for Morgan, I think he should be suspended for the rest of the season. Only 30 or so games left, he clearly hasn’t learned a lesson. This Reminds me of LeGarrette Blount, punched an opposing player then taunted fans. He was suspened for entire season (and was later reinstated at the very end of the season). Time to come down harsh on this non-sense.

  17. FrankZappa - Sep 2, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    if i was managing the fish, i would have ordered legitimate chin music all night long for that punk…put him out for the season like he did to Hayes

  18. murd - Sep 2, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    No it’s not.

  19. murd - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    30 games is a bit much, even for the crap he’s done. And maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think so. Stealing those bases is a big deal. They’re down 11 runs. They need more than a sac fly to stage a serious comeback, they need a bunch of hits. If those hits come, then Morgan scores no problem, and you don’t have plays at 2 bases that could lead to injury in a meaningless game. At least he didn’t go in spikes high I guess.

  20. Megary - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Morgan may be a punk and a dirty player, but I say good for him for stealing 2nd and 3rd after he took his medicine like a man. Last I checked, the unwritten rule is to not steal when you are up a bunch of runs and to not QUIT when you are down. The guy is a base stealer. What is he supposed to do when he’s on the bases and his team needs runs? Stand there? Doing nothing would piss me off if I were his teammate.
    Morgan comes out of this in better shape than the Marlins and the Marlins had the high ground.

  21. Joe - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    In the fourth inning? There’s still a lot of time to come back.
    It’s bush league to steal a bunch of bases when you are AHEAD by ten runs. When you steal bases when you are BEHIND by ten runs, it’s called “defensive indifference.” If the Marlins were retaliating for that, I think they are in the wrong.
    Then again, Morgan deserved to get hit a second time for his bull— hit on Tuesday night.

  22. Joe - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    “Bound to”? He’s already accumulating a body count.

  23. Easy Ed - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Morgan will self-destruct at some point in his pathetic existence. What a POS.

  24. murd - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Bush league or not, like I said before it just doesn’t make sense to steal right there. So he gets to 3rd, it doesn’t matter. They need hits to sustain a rally, not just a sac fly to score 1 run. You can’t play for 1 run an inning when you’re down by 11 with 5 innings to play. What if he gets thrown out? Then his whole team is pissed at him for killing a potential rally before it starts. It’s just not smart baseball.

  25. mike wants wins - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    So, someone that is not hurting another human being should be thrown at? Why? Why is the response to someone else being stupid trying to hurt them? How is that justified?

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