Chat with Joe Morgan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Hall of Famer and ESPN baseball analyst Joe Morgan will drop by to take your questions!
An analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. He won back-to-back MVP awards with the Reds in 1975 and 1976 along with two World Series rings. He also is a special advisor to baseball operations for the Cincinnati Reds, where he will assist in player development and work on the Reds' community outreach and diversity initiatives and other promotional activities.
Send your questions now and join Morgan Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (11:05 AM)
Hey everyone. Joe just landed back on his flight home from last night's game. We're going to give him some time to get his bags and get to his car, then we can chat in about 30 minutes.
Buzzmaster (11:22 AM)
Joe should be here in another minute!
Joe Morgan (11:25 AM)
The Series was shorter than I anticipated it to be. But I still think it was interesting. Not great, but interesting. The Giants proved that not only were they playing the best, but they were the best team. The best team won and the Giants are world champions.
Jose (The Bronx)
Do you think Edgar Renteria deserved to be the MVP? Did Tim Lincecum get robbed?
Joe Morgan (11:26 AM)
No, he didn't get robbed. Lincecum gave up a lot of runs in the first game. He only won because his team outscored the Rangers. In Game 2, Renteria hit a home run that broke open a tie. He had three hits in Game 4. He also played great defense. He and Moreland were the only two consistent hitters in the whole series.
What was wrong with our hitting? Was it the Rangers hitting or the Giants pitching?
Joe Morgan (11:28 AM)
I think it was a combination of both. What you need to understand is when a guy like Hamilton hits .359 and a lot of the other guys have high batting averages, they have a chance to hit against the mediocre pitchers as well. It's an average. Hamilton might hit .400 against some of the worse teams, but he's not going to hit .400 against the better teams. They just ran into better pitching and the better pitching stopped them. However, they did not make a lot of adjustments either. It didn't seem like they made a lot of adjustments to how the Giants were getting them out. Lincecum was just great yesterday. He wasn't as good in Game 1, but he was fabulous yesterday.
Jose (The Bronx)
Who do you think is the better manager: Bruce Bochy or Ron Washington?
Joe Morgan (11:30 AM)
I would have to give the edge to Bochy, as far as this series is concerned. I think there are two points to be made here. Ron Washington's bullpen was not nearly as good as Bruce Bochy's. So the moves that he made with the bullpen were not going to look as good as Bochy's. Otherwise, I'm not sure there were enough great manager moves or poor manager moves to make a difference in this series. The Giants just played better. They're the better team at this moment.
Speaking of adjustments Joe, do you think that maybe guys rely too much on technology or the video of their at bats to look at how to make adjustments and therefore haven't developed the ability to do it ath the platE?
Joe Morgan (11:31 AM)
It sounds like you've been listening to some of the things I've been saying all year. They get too much information about what pitch a guy might throw in this situation or that situation, instead of being in the moment in the batter's box. They try to anticipate what the pitcher will do. I see the players in the clubhouses watching video and trying to figure out everything. Once they get in the batter's box, they don't know how to adjust.
Jose (The Bronx)
With the strong pitching of the Rangers and Giants, will this World Series usher in a new era of dominant pitching?
Joe Morgan (11:34 AM)
We go through cycles in baseball. Sometimes the hitters catch up with the pitchers and the pitchers respond with something new. I think every pitcher has a changeup now. That's the most important pitch to keep the hitters off the fastball. And other pitchers are throwing the cut fastball. Now, the hitters will have to adjust. We've gone through cycles where the split finger fastball was getting everyone out. The hitters make the adjustments. I don't think the pitching will be as dominant two years from now as it is now.
Joe Morgan (11:34 AM)
But remember, hitting a baseball is always the hardest thing in sports to do.
Joe, how was the flight? Were there any happy Giants fans on the plane?
Joe Morgan (11:34 AM)
There were quite a few. We left at 6:40am from Texas and there were quite a few. They were very happy.
Richard (Stratton Mountain, Vt.)
I think the Yankees and Phillies will be back in 2011 playoffs. Do you think the Rangers and Giants will be back next year as well as the Reds, Red Sox and Rays?
Joe Morgan (11:36 AM)
No one is guaranteed a spot, probably other than the Yankees and Phillies. I thought the Phillies were the best team in the NL for a long time. I thought the Yankees were the best team for a spell, but then I thought the Rays and the Red Sox for a time. It makes you think, is the AL East as good as we give it credit for? It's supposed to be the best division in baseball, but after what happened this year, do you still think that way.
Jose (The Bronx)
With the Phillies missing the World Series, do you think their dynasty is coming to an end?
Joe Morgan (11:37 AM)
Well, it's not a dynasty, because they only won one championship. You're measured by championships. As good as the Braves were in winning division titles, they only won one world championship. That's not a dynasty, even though they were winning their division. You can't be called a dynasty by only winning one. The Yankees were a dynasty earlier this century. Just having a good team is not a dynasty.
What did you think of the overall umpiring this postseason?
Joe Morgan (11:39 AM)
There weren't as many obvious missed calls as there were last year, but there were some. The easiest call is out/safe at first base. There were two calls missed in Game 5. I just think they need to be held more accountable and that they can be better. I'm not for all of the replays, because you will never get through a whole ball game with all of the calls that could be reviewed. It would ruin the rhythm of the game.
Jason (Long Island, NY)
Hey Joe! Thoughts on the Rangers CEO comments before the game yesterday about Yankees fans. I totally respect his opinion and excitement over his team and fans, but to attack Yankees fans as a whole right before an elimination game in the World Series. Isn't the timing a bit poor with that?
Joe Morgan (11:41 AM)
I had heard that there were some incidents in New York with some of the players' wives, specifically with Cliff Lee's wife. That's inappropriate behavior for any fan, not just New York fans. Yesterday was not the best time to talk about it. I think there should have been more important things on their minds than Yankees fans. There are always fans with inappropriate behavior in any stadium, whether it's New York, Texas or at a football game.
What do you think the Reds need to do in order to have the best chance to get to the World Series next year?
Joe Morgan (11:43 AM)
I thought the Reds intensity level in the playoffs wasn't high enough. By that, I mean it seemed they played the game the way they played during the regular season. You have to turn it up a notch in the playoffs. That's what we say with the Rangers in the World Series. The Reds needed a higher intensity level. Sometimes teams that haven't been there or haven't been there in a long time, sometimes you're just happy to be there.
This post-season confirmed my belief that the Twins will never get past the first round of the playoffs. They simply don't have the pitching.... It's amazing that they're there every year, but never seem to advance...
Joe Morgan (11:45 AM)
You're right in a way, because in 162 games, you can have enough depth to get through 162 games. But to go deep in the playoffs, you need at least one dominant pitcher. The Twins end up facing the Yankees every year and last year the Yankees had three dominant pitchers and this year they had Sabathia and Hughes pitched well. The Twins haven't had that. Jack Morris was that guy a while ago. And Santana was that guy before he left. You have to have at least one. The Rangers had Lee. The Giants had Lincecum and Cain.
Joe Morgan (11:46 AM)
There are teams that are built for 162 games, which the Twins are. There are teams built for the short run, which the Yankees always are.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who do you think will win the Rookie of the Year,Manager of the Year,Cy Young & MVP in Both the A.L.
Joe Morgan (11:48 AM)
I have my own opinion. My opinion is that Cano should win the AL MVP, but there are a lot of people that believe it's Josh Hamilton. But he missed a month of the season. I think Sabathia should be the Cy Young award winner, because he won the most games. But others are saying Felix Hernandez, but he was only 13-12, I think and he was pitching in a more pitcher friendly park, and wasn't pitching in a playoff race.
Joe Morgan (11:49 AM)
In the NL, I think it's Halladay, even though he lost 10 games. In the MVP race, I think Joey Votto of the Reds. Pujols was the leader most of the year, but he had a struggle toward the end of the season.
Hunter (New Jersey)
In 07, 08, and 09 I think we could I say the best team won the World Series, but this year I'm thinking luck played a huge part in the Giants winning the WS. Can you honestly say the BEST team won?
Joe Morgan (11:51 AM)
I agree with you in that you need some luck along the way. The Giants got lucky in that they got some contributions from guys that played well. You look at it in two seasons. The 162 game season and then the short playoff season. I've said this for a long time that any team that gets into the playoffs can win. Obviously, there is a certain amount of luck that goes along with it.
Joe Morgan (11:52 AM)
It's 3.5 months until spring training. All of those teams saying wait until next year, that's when the next year will start. As every year, when the season is over spring training comes up quickly. That's the way baseball is. It was a good season. We did see two teams in the World Series that hadn't been there in a long time, even one that hadn't been there. Even though the ratings were down, in some ways, I think it was good for the game. We did find some new stars.
Buzzmaster (11:52 AM)
Thanks for chatting Joe!