Joe Morgan (10:29 AM)
Last week I was at the HOF enjoying the Induction ceremony and the festivities. This week it's back to baseball!
Big Bill (NJ)
Hey Joe - don't you feel that it is wrong for a player to demand a trade to a specific team, thereby ruining his organization's leverage in trying to make any deal? I think that no-trade clauses are meant to protect players from going to an undesirable location, not to allow them to force trades to specific places. Will Randy's actions cause teams to no longer give no-trade clauses to players?
Joe Morgan (10:31 AM)
First of all, Randy didn't ask to be traded. They asked him if he would waive the clause. Those clauses are to protect the player and he gave up something to get it. Usually no trades you can specify 8-10 teams you won't go to. But Randy can specify if he doesn't want to go to any of them. But remember, he didn't ask to go anywhere. It's the Diamondbacks problem right now. If he demanded a trade, which he didn't, I'm sure he wouldn't demand to go to only one team.
Kevin, St. Louis
Hey Joe, I love listening to you on Sunday Night Baseball. Do you think the Cardinals could help themselves right now by making a move, or would making a move be a bad idea for this team considering how good the team chemistry seems to be? Thank you.
Joe Morgan (10:32 AM)
I'm not sure what move you would want? They are in first place and playing great. They are winning games and you have to be pleased overall with the pitching.
Max, New York, NY
What are your thoughts on Benson? Have you seen him pitch? Is he a good pitcher?
Joe Morgan (10:33 AM)
I haven't seen much of him recently. He seems to have great potential when healthy. And he appears to be healthy right now. I think the jury is still out on how good he can be. He reminds me of Beckett or Pavano. He hasn't proven he can be a 20 game winner yet.
Joe..Cubs have vastly underachieved..do you think they'll play in late october though??
Joe Morgan (10:35 AM)
I would not agree that they have underachieved. They have had some key injuries that have hurt them. Sammy's injury has been the biggest lost by far. I still believe if they can get everyone healthy, they will definitily make the playoffs, as a wild card probably.
David - Houston
Hi Joe, Read your comments the other day about your Hall Of Fame "wine club". Who brings the the most expensive wine? I thought old baseball players wouls sit around slamming beers! Thanks
Joe Morgan (10:35 AM)
This year I did! I brought a 1982 Chateau Haut-Brion first grove. But there were a lot of great ones there.
Tom K, D.C.
Do you think ARod finally "earned his pinstripes" with his game winning double in game 1 and the brawl during the Yanks/Sox series last weekend?
Joe Morgan (10:36 AM)
I don't think in terms of the brawl. I think he earned them when he decided to move to 3B. He has been a part of that team since then and said and done all the right things. I don't think in terms of fights proving you are part of the team. What a fight does is bring the whole team together as I'm sure it did with the Yankees.
Steve (Tolland, CT)
Joe, I was wondering what your opinion was on the suspensions following the Red Sox/Yankees "brawl."
Joe Morgan (10:38 AM)
I don't think the suspensions were fair in that Varitek threw the first punch and I think that in itself demands more than ARod retaliating. I don't think that was fair, no. If Varitek hadn't thrown a punch, the fight would not have happened. He should have gotten a longer suspension.
Sean Mc. (Alpharetta, GA)
I was reading your article about how you developed the backhand flip during a double play and it reminded me of when a friend once told me the second feilder in a double play doesn't actually catch the ball in his glove, but traps it against the outside. Is that true? I always forget to pay attention when I watch a game.
Joe Morgan (10:39 AM)
You never trap it on the outside of the glove. You don't neccisarily catch it though. You are just stopping it with your glove rather than catching it.
Joseph (Topeka, KS)
Eric Gregg says in his autobiography that you asked him to make more favorable calls for African-American players. Is this true, and if so, why would you ask such a thing?
Joe Morgan (10:40 AM)
First of all, that's not what he said. He said I personally called him 'brother' or something like that. Which is also a lie. I confronted him on that before he retired. People have a way of trying to say things in books that will promote sales. Eric didn't embelish on something, he lied. There is a difference. But he didn't say I asked for favorable calls.
Scott, St John, Canada
Joe, do you see any ramifications for future games overseas from the illnesses Giambi and Brown contracted while playing for MLB in Japan?
Joe Morgan (10:42 AM)
I haven't heard that the diseases were contracted in Japan. They had been back for awhile. It's not an epidimic in my understanding. Unless somebody has hard proof, we can't just stop those games. But having said that, I'm not a fan of starting the season overseas anyway. It's throws off everyone's timing.
Hey, Joe, love your work! Do you think that relieving Larry Bowa of his duties would result in better play / attitude and more wins? Or is that not the problem? If not, what is? Thanks much.
Joe Morgan (10:43 AM)
I have not seen enough of the Phillies this year or seen how he has handles his staff to really say. I know they underachieved last year but I'm not really sure if it was all his fault. Truthfully, it would be unfair for me to make an analysis of what is going on there. I haven't done a single Phillies game this year.
Matt (Oxford, Ohio)
First of all I want to say how huge of a fan I am. I love watching Sunday Night Baseball for you and Jon Miller, because you add an education on baseball to broadcasting. Anyways, I read your article the other day on the best infields of all time. I was wondering who you though was the best double play tandem of all time. Was it you and Dave Concepcion? As an Indians fan, how far up do Vizquel and Robby Alomar rank? Thanks a lot. -Matt
Joe Morgan (10:44 AM)
Well, if we are talking tandems, Mazeroski and Alley were probably the best. They come to my mind first.
Gilbert (Oswego, NY)
Real quick, friend -- how did you end up faring in the Hall Of Fame golf tourney last weekend?? Good pic. of you and Winfield on the Hall's site!
Joe Morgan (10:44 AM)
I did not play very well. I shot 78. I've been playing better of late, but not that day.
Joe Morgan (10:45 AM)
Johnny Bench shot 73. Fisk shot 74.
A-Rod Fan, Seattle
Joe, You state that "I have to believe that part of Texas' success this season has been the addition of Soriano and his winning attitude." How come when A-Rod, who everyone states has a "winning attitude" went to Texas from a winning organization (Seattle), they didn't win? Did he lose it in Texas and then regain it in NY?
Joe Morgan (10:47 AM)
No. You have to remember, ARod is a superstar and went there as a superstar. When a superstar joins a new team, inevitably, for some reason, the rest of the team expects that player to lead them, instaed of doing it themselves. Since ARod left, they have realized they can't just depend on the superstar. That is the difference in Texas. They are truly playing as a team now. They all realize they have to chip in.
Joe Morgan (10:47 AM)
Also, Texas has better players now than when ARod first went there. Young is better now, Blalock, Texieria, etc.
Tigers Fan, Detroit, MI
Joe, I debate with my younger brother on whether or not the Tigers should acquire a player before the trade deadline. I'm against moving Urbina because we'd have no experienced closer, and I'm against acquiring a starting pitcher now because I don't think it will be enough to put us over to even a wild-card spot. I think they should wait until the off-season to make moves. What are your thoughts on this?
Joe Morgan (10:49 AM)
The problem with waiting is the mixture may not be the same next year. Players who are playing well now might not be playing well next season. The point is, if you have a chance, you have to take it. That's been the theme of this game for over 100 years. You can't say wait until next year.
John Kerry (US)
Are you going to vote for me Joe?
Joe Morgan (10:50 AM)
I don't talk religion or politics in my chat!
Seamus (San Jose)
Mr. Morgan: Don't you think it's a tad too early for Pittsburgh to host another All-Star Game; they just had it 1994?
Joe Morgan (10:52 AM)
I think part of the enticements for cities to build new stadiums if they will get a chance to host an All-Star Game. All the new stadiums have been hosting them. I think it's just part of the deal for taxpayers paying for these stadiums.
Is Derek Lowe the X-factor for the Red Sox becoming more than a .500 team as they have been for the past couple of months?
Joe Morgan (10:53 AM)
He's made himself the X factor because he hasn't pitched well. If he had been pitching well, you wouldn't be asking the question. He hasn't lived up to expectations. To answer your questions, yes, he is part of what needs to happen. A big part.
Mathew (NY, NY)
Joe, Kind of a strange question. Back in the mid 70s in Cincy, my mother lived in Grandin Ridge apts. (w/Concepcion, Perez, et al.) and my father lived in Alpine Terrace (where I've heard you lived). I've somehow gotten the impression that professional salaries exploded following Curt Flood / the beginning of free agency. How was it then that a social worker and a high school teacher could afford the same buildings as pro athletes? I can't imagine something like that happening now.
Joe Morgan (10:55 AM)
I lived in places because I thought they were nice, not because it was where we were expected to live. I didn't choose places for status. Mainly convenience to the ballpark or the community around it. So I guess I can't really answer the question.
Joe Morgan (10:55 AM)
If I had it to do all over again, I would live in all the same places.
Ee Sef (New Jersey)
Hey Joe, Is Joe Torre asking for trouble by using his relievers this much? Quantrill seems to be OK with the workload but both 'Flash' and Rivera had problems with injury
Joe Morgan (10:57 AM)
I would never, and I mean never, question Torre's handling of his team. He knows them better than I do. He has won four championships so it's hard to question him. They haven't won recently though. He always had his teams set up to win the short series in the playoffs and I'm not sure that's the case now. He has had to fend off Boston and some other teams of late so his philosophy might have changed. But if he maintains a big lead, he will get his relievers rested.
Brett (Gaineville, FL)
Hey Joe, I don't think the Braves have the money to go after Larry Walker. What do you think the odds of them getting a much needed left-handed setup man for John Smoltz in the bullpen are?
Joe Morgan (10:58 AM)
Well, I think what I was reading was about a 3-way deal in which the Rockies would pay part of his salary. I wouldn't discout the fact that Atlanta could still acquire him.
Mike (San Diego, CA)
Hi Joe. I'm a Giants fan who lives in San Diego. I just watched the Padres own the Giants in a four game series. What do you think about the Giants chances of making a run at it for the rest of the season? Who do they need to get before the trade deadline?
Joe Morgan (11:00 AM)
With the team as it is constructed right now, I don't think they can win. They have one great pitcher, Schmidt, and one great player, Bonds. You need more consistency than they have showed. But I'm surprised they have done as good as they have and that's a credit to Felipe Alou. I just think they are the third best team in the division right now.
You would never question Torre huh? What, you mean the man who failed miserably with the two teams he coaches before he got to a team that gave him all-star teams year after year after year. I'm sure its the coaching, and oh yeah captain intangibles too right?
Joe Morgan (11:02 AM)
Why are you sure? I'm not sure, but you are? : ) I see and talk to more people in the game. I'm speaking from someone in the inner circle who asked asked the players personally, talked to Torre himself, etc. It's my job. I have to tell you I disagree that coaching is the reason the Yankees haven't won a championship of late. I guess you are saying he was smart when he won 4 of 5 and he's dumb now? It's tougher now for one team to dominate and win as they did winning 4 of 5. It's not always the coaching.
Joe, would you put Sosa in the same catagory as Pujols, Bonds, Rolen, A-Rod? His homeruns are there but, I have seen him have some dreadful at bats with men in scoring position this year. The consistancy just doesn't seem to be there. Cubs have too many inconsistant hitters.
Joe Morgan (11:04 AM)
I don't put anybody in a category with Bonds. He has more impact on a game anyday that any player in history other than maybe Babe Ruth. Consistency is a problem with Sosa though if you compare him to those other guys. I think part of his inconsistency gets him more pitches to hit. Pitchers think they can get him out and pitch to him more than say Barry Bonds. Sosa could play for me anyday.
Scott (Naples, FL)
Hi Joe. I am a long time Astros fan, and noticed they just hired Enos Cabell. What do you think he will bring to the orginization, and is this a sign of this team needing a shake-up? Thanks
Joe Morgan (11:05 AM)
If that is true, Enos brings a lot of knowledge to the game and passion. He was a teammate of mine in Houston and San Fran and he brings a great work ethic everyday. If he works for them, I'm sure he will bring all those things to the organization.
Even with the suspensions received by the Red Sox for the fight with the Yankees, do you think it could be a good thing for them? Could it light a ignite a fire within this team to go on a run instead of playing .500 which they had been doing.
Joe Morgan (11:06 AM)
There is always an after effect of any brawl, but it's usually a short term thing. Once you move on and start playing other teams, I don't think it has an effect anymore. But it definitly has a short term effect that you can try to build on.
Can you honestly say that A Rod didn't start that fight? He got hit by a CHANGE UP, said a certain something not once, not twice, but three times, followed by "come on" or "bring it", I can't remember which. In my opinion, ARod said everything to Varitek but "punch me in the face"
Joe Morgan (11:09 AM)
It wasn't a change-up. If you have ever been hit by a baseball, it hurts. How did he start the fight? Players yell and scream all the time. But until you take a swing or do something that starts the fight, it's just lip service that we see every single day. I've never watched a whole series of games where I haven't seen a player yell at the pitcher for something. When he hit ARod, the players on the Yankee bench were yelling at him to. But Varitek's job was to stand between the two and that's not what happened.
Mike, Florham Park NJ
Are you watching the Tyson Fight tonight? and who will you be rooting for?
Joe Morgan (11:10 AM)
I won't be watching. I'm spending some time at my home in Tahoe and I'll be driving back tonight. But if I was home I would watch. I think he will win just because it's set up for him to win. If he loses this one, the fan interest won't be there. I still think he's a pretty good fighter when he sets his mind to it.
what trades do you think are gonna happen by 4pm tomorrow?
Joe Morgan (11:16 AM)
I don't think we will see as much as people are anticipating. People can still make trades through the waiver wire and many teams feel solid on their chances to make the playoffs. Many teams will wait awhile to see how they do and work through the waiver wire. I have to run but I appreciate the great response today. I'm glad someone asked me about the Eric Gregg thing .. I remember reading that excerpt and he said he called me out on a third strike and I said "Brother, that was outside" and he supposedly said "I'm not your brother, I'm an umpire". It made me very upset because it was a bold-faced lie. I've been upset about many things that end up in books .. but that was by far the worst. It was never about me asking for favorable calls for African Americans, I just simply questioned a call. Thanks for all the great questions today.. I'll be back next week to do it again. Take care.