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Milwaukee Brewers: Has Nyjer Morgan Finally Crossed the Line?

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 27: Nyjer Morgan #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers battles for a foul ball with a fan in the ninth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 27, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers won 8-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2012

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan has made headlines throughout his MLB career, but he may have finally gone too far with his latest incident involving a fan in Cincinnati.

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.

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 12: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets Nyjer Morgan #1 of the Washington Nationals out at first base on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on April 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 7-4. (Photo by D
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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.

After the game, he decided to send out a tweet and called out the Cardinals:

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Conclusion

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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