The 8 game suspension issued to the Washington Nationals’ Nyjer Morgan after he charged the mound was far too severe. After my post last week where I levied for a far more strict penalty for the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh after his dangerous tackle on Jake Delhomme, I thought his would be a good opportunity to compare the incidents.
First and foremost, Morgan has a reputation for being a punk. He was once involved in an altercation with a fan,he bowled over the Marlins’ catcher in a dirty play, and in general seems to be a nut. That being said, I think that throwing at hitters is a part of baseball. Whether you want to admit it or not, it’s just part of the game. Pitchers stick up for their teammates, end of story. The problem with this incident is simple — Morgan was thrown at, got hit, and took his base without incident — the first time. He then proceeded to steal both second and third base, which is pretty cool. However, when he was thrown at again in his next at-bat, his actions were warranted. Once he was hit the first time the score should have been evened, the issue dropped.
While obviously MLB can’t condone fighting, I look at the Suh and Morgan issue this way — Suh’s hit could potentially have caused severe harm to Jake Delhomme in the form of a neck or spinal cord injury, putting him clearly in the wrong. When you look at a pitcher throwing at a hitter, you have to think about it this way — a 90-mph fastball is moving a lot faster, and is much harder, than the fist that Morgan threw back at him. That ball can do a lot more damage than a fist, and given the fact that the score should have already been settled, Morgan’s actions were not out of line. The guy is a nut, but I think the pitcher should have received a longer suspension for continuing a beef that didn’t need to go any further. Commissioner howiGit would have suspended the pitcher 5 games, and Morgan 2 games.
What do you think?
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