Former Pirates outfielder and current knobjob Nyjer Morgan has seen his opportunities in MLB diminish as no one seems to have a need for a foul-mouthed outfielder who can’t hit, field, or throw. The former Pirate will now be taking his mediocre act to the Far East as he has been signed by the Yokohama DeNA BayStars who are now the owner of a bad outfielder/former bad hockey prospect.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com,
Nyjer Morgan has signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). Morgan, a Turner Gary Sports client, will earn $1.6MM to play for the BayStars in Japan’s Central League.
Morgan played for the Brewers in 2012, posting a .239/.302/.308 batting line in 322 plate appearances. The 32-year-old played all three outfield positions and stole 12 bases in 17 attempts. His best season at the big league level might have been 2011, when he hit .304/.357/.421 for a Brewers team that won the NL Central.
Morgan elected free agency in early November, after being outrighted off of Milwaukee’s 40-man roster. If he drew interest from MLB teams it wasn’t chronicled on the pages of MLBTR.
Here is a video of class act Nyjer Morgan explaining a fight that saw him lose favor with American baseball owners.
At the beginning of last season The Onion took a pot shot at Morgan and his fading star. From their article.
Since crash-landing in Milwaukee in 2011, Nyjer Morgan has become the Brewers’ most eccentric, unlikely star. A litany of delightfully bizarre “alter egos,” a knack for gonzo publicity stunts, and a general air of giddy insanity have made Morgan a fan-favorite in a team already overflowing with them. But as the Brewers’ 2012 season inches into its third week, it’s clear that Morgan has changed. His antics have been less pronounced, he seems to have laid off on his multiple-personality shtick, and, well, he’s been hitting for shit. But change is good, right? With that hopeful thought in mind, we round up a few of the differences between the batshit-crazy Nyjer Morgan of 2011, and the possibly less-batshit Morgan of 2012.
Then: Finished the 2011 season with a .304 batting average
Now: Starting the 2012 season with a .125 batting average
The man who would be Tony Plush has been putting up respectable numbers ever since his rookie year with the Pirates in 2007. When he split his time between the Pirates and the Nationals in 2009, his combined batting average topped off at a not-too-shabby .307. His average after his first season with the Brewers—.304—was just as impressive. Unfortunately, the first few weeks of this season have been a wash. Morgan is currently hitting a miserable .125, with only four hits and zero RBI. But it’s early—really early—so we’ll assume that it’s only a matter of time before he shows up in a press conference wearing that weird victory army helmet again.