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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: MLB.com'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
Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:38 am
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

This article is pointless and the premise of it is ridiculous. So the Brewers can only succeed if a platoon outfielder straightens out his life? I dont think so. I'm not buying it. Just has to meet his quota so hes feeding cbs readers with a bunch of garbage, and I am not one of those "critics" that comes on here constantly to disparage the writers here. I rarely criticize them.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:35 am
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

I dont know whats more awful...this asinine article or the people commenting on it.  If you have watched a single Brewers game this year you would realize T-PLush is a HUGE reason why they are in first place.  Now the rest of you hammers go find something else to gripe about....because your ball teams suck.



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:23 am
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Morgan just joined the Bradley/Zambrano loser's club. Part of being a professional athlete is acting "professional". Quite a challenge for some of these guys.  Maybe these three immature little boys can get a group rate with a shrink somewhere.. Then attend a class on character and professionalism given by Jeter or Torii Hunter.  Too bad Morgan didn't get another plate appearance.  Would have loved to have seen him take a fast ball in the melon from Carpenter.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Nyjer Morgan is a talent in the mold of Milton Bradley, explosive for no reason whatsoever.  Hopefuly he can get some anger management therapy before he just blows up again.  Mr Morgan is truly talented but his antics are a little more than cocky, like the time he ran over the catcher for the St Louis Cardinals (Not necessary) or the public argument he had with his then manager (Jim Riggleman) or when his teammates half heartly supported him during his brawl with Chris Volstad of the Marlins.

Individuals like Mr Morgan often destroy themselves, by being overly extremely confident, having a me first piss poor attitude, and those two things will work to make him unlikeable to  teammates and everyone else watching.  I just hope the strong personalities on the Brewers can explain to him that it not about him, it about the team, and if he continues with his antics he could derail or deny himself something special, getting to play in the post season.  Smart team will always know how to take him out of his game by challenging his ego, and of course his ego is undefeated.   

 



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

All the yuppy Brewer fans will protect this guy like hes God This guy needs to shut the Hell up. hes sarting to remind me of scrama the patriots fan talking out of his other behind. If the brew crew has any chances of beating the Phills and the way it looks tonight thats not happening AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOO HOO BREW CREW I WILL BE SATURDAY NIGHT HOPING BRAUNY GETS BEANEDMoney mouth




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

someone should slap this guy and put some sense into his mind..dude you struck out, you got blown away with a fastball by a pitcher who is putting up 0's against your team and instead of walking away you are acting like a tough guy. then you are asking the ump why did you get tossed? i have a question for you- are you stupid?



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Brewers are a great story!   What about  the starting pitching?   Have not been paying attention to this team but it is good to see the Cardinals looking up, WAY UP!



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Are you people serious. You take away someones character and you take away their spirit for the game. Like it or not this is what motivates a guy like Morgan. I don't agree with his antics any more than you guys but, I know damn well if you ask this guy to be someone he is not. He wil=l have a drop in his numbers and the next thing you know he will be out of the league. That will give all the people that want him to change who he is an opportunity to say "I never liked the guy in the first place". He did not just inherit this personality yesterday or three years ago.




Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Typical modern "sportswriter". Ridiculous article that contradicts itself twice.
While Morgan has been taking his Tony Plush and other personas out for regular spins, he has also served as a catalyst that ignited the Brewers to where they are. Perhaps the article should be, "Morgan spurs Brewers to new heights"? 
No, the writer takes one incident, that the Brewers are already on top of, and makes it out to be an issue when it isn't. Morgan has received the message and now it's up to him to realize where the limits are. After watching his team take it on the chin 5 out of 6 games against St. Louis, my thoughts were that he was looking to spur some emotion.
The Brewers know well what they've got in Morgan, and they'll manage him. As Pujols inferred himself, while he was calling out the actions, he recognized that Nyjer brings emotion and is a sparkplug for a team, and he would welcome that in a teammate.  
The Brewers are not only not concerned about Morgan, they are where they are largely due to him- there's the story. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Brewers need to ditch T-Plush, keep Morgan

Everyone learned last year how much of a scumbag this guy was during that September series against the Marlins. Any immature/dirtbag actions that this little bug commits should come as a surprise to no one.


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