Milwaukee Brewers: Has Nyjer Morgan Finally Crossed the Line?
After changing teams several times, he appeared to have put his troubles behind him when he arrived in Milwaukee. Last season, he provided energy to a team that won the NL Central and made the National League Championship Series.
Not many players have gone through as much as Morgan, but he remains in the league. After his latest incident, it is time to wonder if he is running out of chances.
While he is having a difficult season, his time in Milwaukee may be running out. The team is falling out of contention, and they may be looking to sell at the deadline.
As a player, I respect what he can do on the field. There are not many outfielders who cover the ground he does. On the bases, he can make a pitcher's life miserable. He has great speed and is always a threat to steal.
This may not be the worst incident, but it is certainly one that could draw discipline.
August 21, 2010: Philadelphia
In his first incident involving a fan, Morgan was a member of the Washington Nationals.
After being heckled by fans in Philadelphia, he threw a ball into the stands and hit a Phillies fan in the head.
MLB suspended him for seven games, but he appealed it and won. He won the appeal thanks to fans sticking up for him, and the league determined he did not intentionally harm the fan.
Nevertheless, this incident cleared the way for more throughout his career.
September 1, 2010: Florida
While his appeal for his first incident was still being going on, Morgan could not stay out of trouble.
This incident started the night before when he barreled over Marlins catcher Matt Hayes in an extra-inning battle. The Marlins thought it was unnecessary, especially since he probably would have been safe had he slid into the plate.
In the next game of the series, Florida pitcher Chris Volstad plunked Morgan in the fourth inning. With the Marlins leading 14-3 at the time, Morgan broke one of baseball's unwritten rules and proceed to steal two bases during the blowout.
When he came to the plate in the sixth inning, Volstad threw behind Morgan and started a benches-clearing brawl.
MLB suspended Morgan for eight games after the brawl, and he was traded to Milwaukee in the offseason.
September 7, 2011: St. Louis
A battle for the NL Central got ugly on this night, and Morgan found himself in the middle of it.
After he struck out against Chris Carpenter in the ninth inning, the two exchanged words. Although benches cleared, no punches were thrown. Morgan had to be restrained by his teammates and was ejected.
Where still n 1st and I hope those crying birds injoy watching tha Crew in tha Playoffs!!! Aaaaahhhhh!!!— Nyjer Morgan - T Dot (@TheRealTPlush) September 8, 2011
At that point in the season, Milwaukee was on their way to the playoffs and St. Louis was not. When the season ended, the Cardinals got the last laugh.
Should Nyjer Morgan get suspended for his incident with a Cincinnati fan?
June 27, 2012: Cincinnati
The final incident happened on Wednesday afternoon in the ninth inning of a Milwaukee victory.
When Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco hit a foul ball into the stands along the first baseline, Morgan gave a great effort to try to catch the ball. However, a Cincinnati fan also went for the ball and the two got tangled up.
While getting out of the mess, Morgan appeared to extend his arm and give the fan a shove. As he walked away, he exchanged words with the fan (who had children with him). The ump had to step between Morgan and the fan.
Now, he must wait to see if he will be disciplined.
With a .233 batting average, the Brewers may decide to get rid of Morgan sometime during the season. He has failed to produce the way he did last year, and Milwaukee is out of the race.
The 31-year-old outfielder can be fun to watch when he is not getting in trouble. When he gets on a roll, he can lead a team to victory.
The league needs to review this incident and see if anything comes from it. If action is taken, Morgan may have trouble finding a job in this league.
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