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Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:14 pm
I met this Tony Plush dude in another life.

And I'm here to give the Brewers plenty of advance warning: If he's not fenced in, and soon, this is a guy who will sabotage all the great things happening in Milwaukee this summer.

Know where I got that idea?

From Tony Plush himself.

Yeah, I met Nyjer Morgan's alter ego, sort of, this spring when he was with the Washington Nationals. Back then, Morgan was going to be an important piece of the puzzle for the Nationals. Then-manager Jim Riggleman even said Morgan had been "outstanding" so far in the spring after a disappointing and controversial 2010.

Now, here's what Morgan told me in early March:

"I want to prove to myself and to the organization that the player in '09 is who they're going to get in '11, instead of the immature player from '10. I left Tony Plush behind."

That was my introduction to T-Plush.

"Tony Plush," Morgan told me, grinning. "That's from back in the day. Me and my friend. It's like Jekyll and Hyde.

"It got to the point where it was time to grow up. It's time to turn into a true professional. It's time to kick some ass."

And in Milwaukee, he has been kicking butt. He's hitting .313 with a .360 on-base percentage. He's stolen 12 bags in 15 attempts. He's sparked the Brewers.

But as we saw Wednesday night in St. Louis, Morgan has regressed badly in the professionalism department.

The uncalled for showdown with Chris Carpenter was bad enough. But referring to Albert Pujols as "Alberta" on Twitter later that night? Come on.

Clearly, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin does not plan to tolerate the antics. He said as much during a radio interview Thursday, noting that manager Ron Roenicke would talk with Morgan.

That conversation apparently has happened:'s Adam McCalvy spoke with Morgan on Thursday afternoon and tweeted that Morgan told him, "I'm Tony Hush today."

The guy is smart and clever (Morgan, not McCalvy, though Adam has his moments, too). He's a wonderful talent and great fun to watch.

But by his own admission to me in March, he needed to mature and he vowed he had "left Tony Plush behind."

Next thing we know, Tony Plush is back, and raging.

Both the Brewers and Morgan need to figure this out and get a handle on it pronto. Because this could be the most special season in Brewers' history.

Or, the man Melvin smartly acquired in late March -- just 3 1/2 weeks after Morgan promised me it was time to grow up -- could torch it all by himself.

Or, all by himselves.

Likes: Stephen Strasburg back in action. ... Texas-Angels, still close (hey, we've got to have at least one good race, don't we?). ... Ian Kennedy flourishing in Arizona. ... The way Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain have continued to pitch lights out and not uttered a word about the criminal lack of run support they've received in San Francisco this year. ... Always look forward to Michigan-Notre Dame. ... Looking for my guys at Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central to earn another W this Friday night, over Grosse Ile, and run that record to 2-1. ... Bob Seger back out on the road this fall.

Dislikes: Tim Wakefield's got to get his 200th win one of these starts, doesn't he? Poor guy is 0 for 7 in trying to get No. 200. ... Eddie Murphy hosting the Oscars. What's next, the Yankees starting a game at 11 p.m.? ... Finally catching up to this season's Entourage, which I thought jumped the shark last summer. Through the first couple of shows and it's lackluster enough I may not even finish this season.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"It seems that all my bridges have been burned
"But you say, 'That's exactly how this grace thing works'
"It's not the long walk home that will change this heart
"But the welcome I receive with every start"

-- Mumford & Sons, Roll Away Your Stone

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:53 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

go brewers.. i"ve been a fan ever since i can remember. nyger morgan is a great center fielder. i love his fire for the game. i was super excited to get a player like him on the team. always entertaining. keep entertaining us to a world series title.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 5:56 pm

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

It was Carpenters fault the whole thing happened. Period.

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:16 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

This Guys a has talent to show to be a star but for now he should kick his ass before he can make some overconfident show.And consider him as a Mr.Clown and give him a special treatment to be serious in his career and be on his self.I am fan of this talented brew team but sadly this fella just came it with no permission what the hell.

"That it's time to kick some ass.Maybe you can kick his big butt for saying those immature words.He has a talent though he need to be sefl reliant at all times because the team will surely down becuse of this clown.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:40 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Hey Pifer68,

The shocking news that you will no longer be a Brewers fan due to the antics of T-Plush has rocked Milwaukee and really Wisconsin sports to its very foundation.  I really have no idea how the franchise will continue without your support.  Judging from your post you have been one of the most loyal fans in Brewers history and you will be missed.

Now step aside and please don’t let us real fans catch you posting how much you love the crew when the roll into the playoffs.

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:32 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

I was Brewer fan until they got this clown on there team...Down with the Brew Crue

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:27 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

All I hear about how smart Morgan is, If that was the case he wouldn't be bashing one of the top 10 hitters in baseball history, When Albert goes into the hall of fame..Nyger will be watching on TV

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:18 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Scotty Another bs piece. U making 25k per year impresses no one. Get a real paying job and let players play. Next game t-plush wins a game you ,,, errgh, another cheap arse will applaud him.

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:08 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

This guy is a complete moron. Good player but he is just idiotic. Challenging Pujols saying he's never been in the "ring". Pujols would absolutely kill this clown in about 5 seconds. I hate him more than any other player in the history of sports. He thinks hes on pujols level when really hes on michael bornes.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:07 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Geez man how old are you...13? Thats what you sound like here. Who actually wishes for a baseball player to get beaned? I'm a diehard Red Sox fan who absolutely detests the Yankees, but I have no desire to see Derek Jeter get beaned. What exactly does that prove? What a d-bag comment.

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:07 am

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

This proves once again our education system has failed T-Plush.  What an idiot.  I was rooting for the Brewers but now I find myself rooting against them.   

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