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Former Nats CF Nyjer Morgan attempting comeback

Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues.

The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012.

Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in 108 games according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN who first reported his hopes to return. For a comparison, Morgan has exactly 11 career homers in 583 total MLB games.

Morgan’s agent told Crasnick that 6-8 teams have expressed interest in the former National. It’s unclear whether he has a legitimate shot at a major league deal or if a minor league contract is his best bet.

Morgan played parts of two seasons in Washington, coming over in a trade from the Pirates and leaving in a trade to join Milwaukee. He has a .280 career batting average and 117 stolen bases in six seasons.

  1. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Good luck, T. I don’t care what they say. Balls-to-the-walls crazy is the true Old School.

  2. Doc - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Go for it Nyj!!

    Good to see that you’re developing into a power hitter! LOL

  3. Another_Sam - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Sofa — right on. I’m all for NM. In an era where we needed excitement here, he provide plenty. I wish him all the best.

    • sjm308 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Sam, we will disagree on this one. Excitement is one thing. Being a bad teammate is something different. I heard things I will not disclose here that let me know I can guarantee you he will not get any kind of major league offer from this franchise.

      • Another_Sam - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        SJM – I know not what kind of person he might be. But yes I agree, some of his bush league moves on the playing field and childish comments to the press made me cringe. Of course, the whole franchise was often cringe-worthy in those days.

  4. JayB - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    A very bad person…..a worse baseball teammate

  5. scnatsfan - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I wish nothing good for him. Classless side show. You would think of all the people who would love to be in his spot yet he acts the way he does.

  6. ArVAFan - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Does that mean that the value of his bobblehead (currently available on ebay for $5.95 “buy it now”) will go up? If it hits $9.95 I should probably sell, hm?

  7. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Well, you know the old saying: If you can’t say something nice about a person, say it on the Internet.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Cn’t you just see Jayson Werth and Nyjer Morgan in the same locker room today?

    • Sonny G 10 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      That would be brutal. Luckily that will never happen.

  9. sjm308 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Not sure how good peoples memories are but I chose to forget the many plays where Nyjer decided he wasn’t going to give it 100%. Will also forget some of the things I heard about his clubhouse tirades. Those of you that want to wish him luck, go for it. I wish him luck as long as its with another team in our division because if he somehow makes it to one of those teams, our chances of beating them just got a whole lot better.

  10. sjm308 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Have to post one more thing on Nyjer. If he did not have the worst arm in Major League baseball, I would certainly like to know who did.

    Go Nats!!

  11. Section 222 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    A major league contract for Nyjer Morgan? Hahahahahahaha. There is nothing major league about that guy.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      heheh ! :)

    • scnatsfan - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Actually he would have fit right in in the movie major league

      • sjm308 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        +1

  12. unkyd59 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Sigh…. So this is the offseason…. Two mornings in a row, it’s Nyjer…. C’mon Pitchers & Catchers!!!

    (Nyjer…. I think I finally got that right, Sofa?)

  13. micksback1 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    I wish him well, but, is there any historical aspect of a player of his ability or lack of ever making a comeback?

  14. micksback1 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    agree UnkyD, P and C’s reporting can’t come soon enough

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      FWIW, another ex-Nat, Joel Hanrahan, a href=”http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/01/joel-hanrahan-to-work-out-for-teams-in-spring-training.html”>is also looking for a job.

      He went to the Pirates in trade, with Lastings Milledge, for Morgan and Burnett, as you all no doubt recall.

  15. natsguy - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    If you want to have some fun get on the MASN site and flood their comments with requests about the crappy TV contract. They don’t like it very much. If they get enough fan push they might just have to do something.

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