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Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 1:19 pm
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

Nyjer Morgan told MLB.com on Friday that he thought he was on his way out of Washington, and he's probably right.

Nyjer Morgan

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he was "disappointed" by Morgan's comments. From the Washington Post:

“Somebody brought it to my attention, and I did read it,” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “The thing about it is, Nyjer has been a tremendous worker this spring. He’s been the first guy here. He’s putting in the time in the cage, working with [third base coach] Bo Porter on his base running. He’s been an outstanding all-around guy. So I’m disappointed that he feels that.

“I’m sure it’s based on seeing the two or three other guys he’s competing with. Maybe he feels like we’re sending him a message that he’s not our center fielder. We’re still determining that. We’re still determining where he fits on the club if he’s not our center field. So, yeah, I’m disappointed. I understand where it’s coming from.”

Friday, Morgan said he could see the writing on the wall with Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. getting the bulk of playing time in center field.

"I'm a realist," Morgan told MLB.com's Bill Ladson. "I'm not going to sit here and be like, 'Oh, no. I want to finish my career here.' I just think this place isn't for me. I'm not saying there are bad people here. It's just that, maybe, I'm not a fit here anymore. It's time to move on."

The Nationals have made it clear that Morgan is on the block. He didn't do himself any favors with his comments on Saturday, but the reaction seems to prove his point.

Morgan is hitting .241/.328/.315 with a home run and six stolen bases this spring. Ankiel, his main competitor, is hitting .229/.288/.500 with three homers this spring. Hairston is hitting .174/.235/.304.

Morgan was the center of several incidents last season, including a brawl with the Marlins. Florida, incidently, may be the best fit for Morgan. The Marlins don't think Matt Dominguez is ready at third base and are unsure if Chris Coghlan can play center field. He could return to third base and the team would be able to use Morgan in center.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:19 am
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

This Washington team could have had both Nyjer Morgan, the malcontent, anchoring CF this season along with Elijah Dukes patrolling RF if he had stuck around.  Can you imagine those two roaming the countryside as teammates?  I wonder if Milton Bradley was available in a trade to mentor the two of them at the same time...?

Seriously, the ones who seem to be most affected by this are Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth.  The one thing Morgan has the potential to do is get on base and distract the pitcher.  At this rate, who will Zimmerman and Werth have on base to drive in?  I don't have enough confidence in Desmond to get on base consistently enough to be a threat and neither Rick Ankiel or Jerry Hairston are top of the lineup hitters.  Werth is going to get the money he wanted but it wouldn't surprise me to see him lead the league in solo HRs this season since most pitching staffs will say, "Screw it-- let him hit the ball.  There's nobody on base and we're up by five in the sixth."



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:39 am
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

He made his way to the Brewers.....Now they can play the game of Carlos Gomez or Nyjer Morgan.....Pick your poison.....For the Brewers sake I hope something positive comes out of this.




Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:41 am
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

Trent, are you throwing the Marlins name out there just to throw a name, or do you have some evidence of interest? Morgan can fit in a lot of places, but his attitude and mouth are going to take him out of the major leagues if his bat and defense cant back it up. Hitting only .249 in sping is nothing to get excited about if your a team shopping for a CF. Truth is, Morgan needs to learn to keep his mouth shut and take the opportunity the Nat's have given him and renew his relationship with his team. Last year's incident was a joke and a mockery, if Morgan can learn anythign from that, it will help him turn his career around.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:53 am
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

Uh, it 's Nyjer Morgan.  Really?  I just hope my Marlins don't pick up this guy.



Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:34 am
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

I don't get why the Nats are handling this situation so poorly. Nyjer is a hard worker and a stand up guy, regardless of teh misunderstandings of last season. Ankiel is a much bigger head case, and Hairston is a journeyman. Neither of then have anything close to Nyjer's speed. If the Nats deal Nyjer, put Desmond in lead-off and bat (gasp) LaRoche in clean-up, then it's going to be a longer season than I thought.



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

"I'm a realist," Morgan . "I'm not going to sit here and be like, 'Oh, no. I want to finish my career here.' I just think this place isn't for me. I'm not saying there are bad people here. It's just that, maybe, I'm not a fit here anymore. It's time to move on."


Don't really get how this is a big deal. It's not an immature statement. It's not even a flamatory statement. It's basically a statement of fact.

Regardless of where Morgan players the Nationals are not a good ball club. Maybe they'll get lucky and somehow not finish in last place.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

If you look at bare numbers Morgan Nyjer has everything you would want in a center fielder. Rick Ankiel is always hurt but Washington looks to have their minds made up. To bad the Brewers do not want him but the Florida Marlins might Chris Coughlan is not ready nor is Matt Dominguez. The Marlins could use him if he has worked as hard as the Nationals Jim Riggleman has said.



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

In 2 years [2013], Washington is where you will want to play! Morgan is a selfish & immature player. Until he grows up and plays like he did in 2009 when he got there he is useless to the Nats. Team would be better off with Werth in center,Morse in right,& the 4th outfielder in right.[forgot his name,starts with B!}
Although they will not be in contention this year,they will be enjoyable & competitive on the field!
Can you see into the future...Strasberg, Zimmerman, Stammen, & 2 others,with Storen closing! Flores, Morse, our 2nd & SS, WITH Zimmerman? That with #1 draft pick in right?
The future is bright,you can BOOK IT!!!!!



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments


Although he may want a chance to win, remember he came from Pittsburgh.  So any team, to include Washington, is a better chance!



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

ANYONE in his right mind would want OUT of Washington.  Ballplayers want a "chance" to win the pennent--not with a team with a losing history.


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