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Nyjer Morgan is punching his ticket out of Washington

Sep 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

Shocking, I know. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com alluded to the inevitable earlier this week, when two scouts told him that the chances the Nationals will keep Morgan are “nonexistent.”

Let’s just say that Morgan isn’t doing anything to change their minds. Take last night’s game against the Marlins, for instance. Batting eighth, Morgan reached on a two-out single in the bottom of the second inning. For some reason, he thought it was be a wise idea to attempt to steal with the pitcher batting. He was snuffed out at second base, leaving John Lannan to lead off the third.

Recent history between the two clubs aside, this is just bad baseball. Even a little leaguer knows not to run there. Perhaps more shocking than the act of attempting to steal the base, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman failed to call him out on it, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.

“That’s his game. I can’t ask him to hit eighth
but don’t run. I really thought he would get that base. The pitcher
wasn’t real quick to the plate. But the catcher made a great throw, and
he got him. That’s Nyjer’s game. I can’t take that away from him.”

Hey, Jim, there is this thing called a “stop sign.” When somebody only has a 66 percent success rate in stealing bases, you should probably look into it, regardless of where they hit in the lineup. Just another example of confusing aggressiveness with stupidity.

Fortunately, MLB is about to levy a lengthy suspension on Morgan, so the Nats won’t have to deal with his distractions and poor fundamentals much longer. 

  1. Glenn - Sep 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Is there any way the Mets can get this guy?

  2. Old Gator - Sep 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Considering that Morgan and Riggleman have been trading barbs themselves this week, I think Riggleman was looking at the calendar and trying to cast a little balm on the waters so he could get through September with his sanity intact – and, also, mindful of all the criticism (justly) piling on Morgan, probably trying to be Uncle Manager and cover a guy who, for better or (mostly) worse is, after all, one of his players.

  3. FrankZappa - Sep 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    this guy has chicago cub written all over him…

  4. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Sep 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Not gonna lie, I’d be a-okay with Morgan plying his trade in Minnesota next year.
    Dude showed last year he’s got legit skills, he’s having a down year and one bad week full of stupid decisions has turned him into a public enemy number one.
    If nothing else, it’d be nice to have his defense spell Delmon Young late in games.

  5. willmose - Sep 12, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    The Cubs are interested, but only if he signs a long term contract for big money with a no-trade clause. The Mets aren’t interested because he doesn’t have a history of injuries and time on the DL.

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