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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:58 pm 
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Check out the write up from the Nationals beat writer from the Washington Post...I am speechless!



Nyjer Morgan, One Month After the Trade

When Nyjer Morgan joined Washington via a trade from Pittsburgh one month ago, several uncertainties about his game came along with him. Would Morgan be able to hit above .280? Could he minimize his mistakes on the basepaths? Could his defense, dazzling in left field, translate to center field, where Washington planned to play him?

Well, we've seen Morgan for a month now. The answers, in order: Yes, yes and yes.

As a Nat, Morgan has exceeded all hopes; he has basically been Ichiro with a better slap shot. Though the trade officially went down on June 30, Morgan first played with the Nats on July 3; thus, his stats with Washington are identical to his stats in July. So check out the MLB leaders this month. Morgan is hitting .389 (22 games), fourth-best in baseball for July. His 13 stolen bases are tops. Just as relevant: The metrics that measure fielding, even as the sample size increases, only reaffirm the best-case hopes. UZR/150 measures how many runs above or below average a player is defensively over 150 games. Among the 45 players who've played at least 200 innings in center this year, Morgan's UZR/150 (25.8) is second-best in baseball. (DeWayne Wise of the White Sox has a 28.8 UZR/150.)

Defensively, pitcher Collin Balester said, Morgan is "unbelievable. Like I told him, 'They've got to hit it over the fence to get it by you.' He runs down everything, and it really, as a pitcher, makes you feel more comfortable to let them hit the ball in play."

"Nyjer, he's just been outstanding in every facet since he's been here," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "Defense. Base running. Driving in runs."

Nobody expects Morgan to maintain his incendiary pace -- especially at the plate. But even when one backs up and looks at Morgan's entire season, the numbers are promising. He's hitting .304, on pace for around a 180- or 190-hit season. On the bases, he's a professional agitator -- jumping, dancing, causing pickoff throws and pitchouts, allowing hitters behind him to see more fastballs. Defensively, he glides toward balls; he covers so much ground that even Josh Willingham and Adam Dunn are benefiting.

Said Morgan: "It feels good just finally being able to show what I have."

By Chico Harlan | July 29, 2009; 9:58 AM ET


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Chico Harlan is a former writer for the PG.

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Must be the superior coaching for the Nats. :o :o :o :o


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He will be playing Center field here in a few days. Ugh! He hit a lead off homer last night.


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I am listening to the Nats feed. Nyger just got a glove on a ball that was called a home run. Replay reversed the call!


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I hope he gets a standing ovation when he is introduced. What a fine human being and a damn good ballplayer.

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 Post subject: Re: Nyger is coming to town
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No, no, no... he can't play. His minor league numbers say so... :roll:

Perfect example of a great athlete who also has learned as he goes along. An example that one must temper the "slotting" of players based on age.

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Didn't he play Hockey into his twenties then took up baseball?


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