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Nyjer Morgan Seeks MLB Return


Former 2011 NLDS hero Nyjer Morgan is looking to return to the major leagues after spending the 2013 season in Japan with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars, his agent told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Morgan, also known as his alter ego Tony Plush, hit .294 with 11 home runs in 108 games with the BayStars last season. In the majors, he is a career .280 hitter, mostly known for his energetic play and on the field antics.

According to Morgan’s agent, Jonathan Maurer, 6-8 clubs have shown interest in signing the left-handed hitter.

“We’ve had interest from teams who see him as a guy who could come in and spell a starter or possibly earn more playing time,” Maurer told Crasnick.

Morgan’s claim to fame came in the 2011 NLDS when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. In the bottom of the tenth inning during Game 5 versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Morgan laced a base hit up the middle, scoring Carlos Gomez from second and sending the Brewers to the National League Championship series.

After a subpar season in 2012, the Brewers outrighted Morgan to Triple-A Nashville and in turn, Morgan claimed free agency and severed his ties with the club.

With the Brewers having so much depth in the outfield, there doesn’t seem to be much steam to a Morgan-Milwaukee reunion. Yet, signing Morgan would skyrocket sales and the team would be an absolute joy to watch.

Until then, I GOTTA GO.

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  • Dennis Hippert

    I would think he will end up with a one year deal, I just wonder how much money. I’d love to see him back, more for nostalgic reasons than any, probably.

    He was awesome interacting with the very small amount of Brewers fans in AT&T Park the few times I saw him play there (most memorably the time he was falsely accused of flipping off the whiney Giants fans after a running catch. I was there and saw that it didn’t happen, spent the next game in the CF bleachers among the roaring boos, my wife and I exchanging T Plush signs with the man each time he was in the field. Whiniest fans on earth, God, I hate the Bay Area and its inhabitants. But I digress…)

    I certainly wouldn’t be upset to see the Brewers check in on him at least, even given their AAA+ level outfield depth.

    • Justin Schultz

      Realistically, I think he signs a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. But hey, if Casey McGehee got a major league contract after a season in Japan, maybe Morgan will too.