Nyjer Morgan charges mound, benches clear as Washington Nationals fall to Florida, 16-10 – The Post
Nyjer Morgan charges the mound – DC Sports Bog, The Post
A sad and predictable turn of events – Nats Insider
CF Nyjer Morgan continues to be the story when it comes to the Washington Nationals. After taking out Florida Marlins catcher Brett Hayes the previous night, Morgan had to face the music in the 4th inning. After being plunked, he took first base and then proceeded to steal second and third. The Nats were down 14-3 at the time. I agree with manager Jim Riggleman who said “the Florida Marlins will not decide when we run. We will decide when we run. Nobody will decide when we run.” However, taunting the crowd after scoring was another poor decision by Morgan given his recent run-ins with fans (Nationals Journal) and pending 7 game suspension for throwing a ball into the crowd in Philadelphia.
The Marlins took exception to the running and taunting, so in the sixth when Morgan came up again, Chris Volstad threw behind Morgan. Morgan looked over to the Nats dugout and then charged the mound.
Recently fired Rob Dibble must be heartbroken he was not doing the game.
Morgan isn’t much of a fighter when his opposition is 6-8. Both dugouts emptied and when it was over, Morgan beat his chest and raised his arms as he walked off the field as public enemy #1. He was ejected. In the following inning Doug Slaten threw at Gaby Sanchez, earning an ejection. Riggleman also got tossed.
The Nats have a real problem with Morgan. the centerfielder’s instability is hurting himself and his team. Morgan really needs to sit, perhaps for the rest of the season, and is certainly going to be suspended for his actions last night. While there is a question about how bad the Philadelphia incident was he probably won’t get a reduction in the suspension now. I don’t have a problem with that necessarily because Morgan is too volatile right now. Also, Riggleman’s handling of the situation has been poor. Apparently, neither Morgan or Riggleman has lost he clubhouse, but maybe they should have — the team doesn’t need to deal with any of this nonsense. I don’t think I have a problem with Morgan never playing for the Nats again.
You know who is probably really happy about the brawl? Scott Olsen — he gave up 9 runs in 1 2/3 innings last night. He probably won’t be around much longer.
Wil Nieves hit an upper deck home run. Who knew?