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Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:57 pm
Nyjer Morgan
Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan will serve an eight-day suspension for a series of on-field incidents, beginning Friday.

Morgan had originally been given a total of 15 days, but appealed to Major League Baseball officials last Friday. MLB threw out a seven-game suspension handed down for an incident in which Morgan had an exchange with fans in Philadelphia and threw a ball into the stands. An eight-game suspension for later incidents, including charging the mound against the Marlins, was kept intact. Morgan was also fined $15,000.

The outfielder said he was pleased that the seven-game ban was tossed. His position, supported by several fans who witnessed the incident, was that he was engaging in some good-natured ribbing with fans and threw the ball to someone, not at them.

"Mainly, what I'm really happy about is that," Morgan told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. "I'm a fan player. When anybody says something about the fans, I get a little disappointed on that one. I'm fans first. I'm just glad to get all this [stuff] over. Now I can focus on doing what I do."

Morgan will continue to travel and work out with the Nationals, but must leave the dugout and clubhouse areas when the games start. He'll be eligible to return for Washington's final seven games.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:29 pm

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Morgan is a trashy and immature player for the Nationals.  Suspension should had stood.  If I recall, he had just played a game against the Cardinals and ran into Yadier Molina at home plate for no apparent reason.  The ball wasn't even close to home plate.  I think Yadi wanted to punch his lights out that night.   That happened less than a week before the Marlins incident.  It was during his appeal time for the other suspension.

Bud Selig (who is completely worthless) needs to make an example out of some of these players.  Even if he was being playful to the stands, he has to realize he has to stay professional.  I don't think he was being playful.  He had just charged the mound and got drilled by Gaby Sanchez.  That was hilarious though.  Volstad throwing his glove like little girl when suddenly Sanchez comes in and tackles

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:21 pm

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Just in regards to me, I'm not defending Nyjer in any case other than the one in Philly. The reason I feel the way I do about Philadelphia and their fans comes not only from what I hear about what they've done from the media, but from message board regulars on this site and others, as well as personal experience. Philly fans booed the freaking national anthem on opening day in Washington and even cheered when Strasburg got hurt. There is also the case of the phan who intentionally threw up on another fan and his daughter. I do understand that they aren't all bad (that would be a totally naive attitude), but for every good Philly fan i've met, I have met 2 or more jerks (to say the least). I also I am not defending Nyjer in situation other than in Philly and it really is mostly on the fact that i've read multiple articles that have stated that a fan argued in favor of Nyjer throwing a rainbow toss into the stands, and I believe multiple non-Nationals sources over one source from a Philly site.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Let me tell you something. I live in Nat's Town and I watch just about every game they play and go the ballpark as well. I love the Nats and root for them every game execpt when they play my home town Phillies. This team is exciting and underated it has the potential to be in the running at any time when they get a little pitching help. When I see the young talent coming up to the big team and mix with the vets they have like pudge it is a great thing to watch but when I see nyjer and his me me me attitude around these players it really gets to me the Nats need leadership and role players and this guy is not the guy. If he would put his god given speed with hard work to get better at the plate and stopped all the showoff and stupid antics he could be a great player. I watch him all the time and I just don't see it happenning.You can say whatever you wish about me, Philly or their fans you wish and you probably believe all that crap---fine go ahead. But when I see a Player that doesn't know there is no I in team I don't like them This guy is a one way punk-- if you don't see it take a closer look.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:13 pm

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Say what you want about Philly fans, but this animal clearly has no place on a baseball field. His antics are bad for baseball, bad for the kids, and bad for sports in general. Athletes can be criminals all they want off the field/court but the level to which Morgan has taken it deserves much more severe punishment than an 8 game suspension. I for one would be EMBARASSED to be his teammate or to call my self a fan of his in anyway. He is a perfect example of what you want an athlete NOT to be.

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2010 11:29 am

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

It's obvious you are not a fan of Nyjerball bornphila.  Nobody has any visual evidence of Nyjer beaning a fan in Philly.  Tons of heresay.  He does act like a "punk" sometimes, but you are forgetting the entertainment aspect that comes with "Nyjerball."  His bad news bears impersonation vs Baltimore earlier this year.  His freighttrain hit on the Marlins catcher.  Starting a brawl to spark his teammates.  His one-on-one policy with opposition fans that includes a free baseball (make sure you bring a glove!).  I have to be honest bornphila;  I can't wait for the return of Nyjerball.  You just never know what he is going to do next!!

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:40 am

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

this is pathedic. he is  piece of trash that our children are forced to watch if we chose to see a game. These type of players need examples made of them. 15 games without pay, public apology to MLB, Washington fans, Philly Fans, Marlins fans, and a stinnt in anger managment. $15k fine for each game as well. Athletes make way to much money and fans spend way to much money for guys like this to be allowed to do things he does and get wrist slapped. Bud Selig needs to take charge and put an end to this behavior.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:08 am

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

You're kidding.  You joined so you could dis Nyjer Morgan?  The guy has 75 steals in two years and plays way above average defense in the outfield.  He definitely needs to get his caught stealing numbers down and needs to get a bit better at the plate, but the Nats have him under control for the next few years and there's no reason not to let the young talent mature a bit in the minors. 

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:38 am

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Philadelphia Philly fans have become, most likely have already been there for quite a while, among the WORST in baseball.  They have become a bunch of classless thugs on the NET as well as apparently in their own home ball park.  Nijer Morgan is young and very playful with the fans on a regular basis.  Philly fans are quick to dish out the crap but when it comes to taking it they are cry babies and wine monsters.

Sure the Philadelphia team has talent and they are going to postseason.  It would be wonderful for the game and the league if the Braves swept the remaining six games with Philly and put a dent in that and their over blown egos.

Philly is the perfect fan base to support low life's like Michael Vick.  In addition, the Philly fans run a close second to NY fans in bum-man-ship and by the way, good luck beating the Yankees this year too, you have about as good a chance of that as Vick does in leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl. 

Philly fans, do everyone a favor and put duck tape over your mouths and bags over your heads and give the world a good case of "shut the H_LL UP!" 

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2010 2:51 am

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

From the Washington Post "Nationals Journal" blog, Aug 26:
Not wanting to copy and paste, a Phillies fan wrote in to the Post to give his version of the events. He said Morgan was playful with the hecklers earlier in the game, and added the ball was tossed "rainbow-style" to a kid who looked to be about 12. He missed though, as is his wont, and hit someone else who wasn't looking.
There is a comment from a Phillies fan later in the section confirming this, while also mentioning that Shane Victorino's numerous lobbed balls into the stands do not always hit their intended targets, but sometimes unsuspecting ones, with no repercussions.
Bottom line, this is the right call to do away with this suspension. Because it was a visiting player and because it was a guy the fans out there had been riding all game, they made the leap that he must have done it on purpose. If they had seen as much of Morgan as Nationals' fans have all season, they would have understood -- he hasn't hit the cut-off man all season, there's no reason to believe he would start now.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2010 2:02 am

Nats' Morgan gets eight games

Where are you people getting your information from? There is no reliable source that says that. The only source of nyjer being innocent is from nyjer. Did David Andriesen or you or anyone else get this information from a reliable source? If so where? Besides from nyjer there has been no release from MLB or any where else that states there were any fans that testified to that. Or for that matter that the fine levied was not for this violation. As far as I understood it was the suspension was reduced from 15 games to 8 games and $15000 fine period every thing else reported as far as I can tell came from nyjer then picked up by the media.

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