Nyjer Morgan made himself very hard to like in the second half of the 2010 season. First, he was suspended for allegedly throwing a ball at a Phillies fan. A week later, he started a brawl with the Florida Marlins after a pitch sailed behind him at the plate. And in October, he was named one of the 12 dirtiest athletes by FOX Sports.
We're talking the epitome of class here, people.
Depsite looking forward to rebounding from what "wasn't a Nyjer Morgan year" in 2010, it seems that Morgan may start the season on the bench because the Nationals have "reached a near-final decision" in favor of journeyman Rick Ankiel. Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk has the skinny on the two players:
Ankiel grades out considerably worse than Morgan defensively and has hit just .232 with a ghastly .298 on-base percentage and .388 slugging percentage in 196 games over then past two years. Morgan has hit .279 with a .343 OBP during that time, although certainly Ankiel brings far more power to the table.
Heh. Morgan was also tied for third in stolen bases last year, and he still will probably get benched (that is if he's not sent to the minors or traded). Did you see that tidbit there that Ankiel doesn't even have a .300 OBP? I'm laughing to myself right now.
I guess karma is a bitch for real winners like Nyjer Morgan. You can't allegedly throw a baseball at a Phillies fan if you're not on the field… or the team.