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 (11:01 AM)
We've got Joe!
Joe Morgan (11:03 AM)
I was a part of an interesting game on Sunday, where both pitchers had a chance to pitch a no-hitter. It was a special event. Both pitchers were pretty special in that they weren't striking out a lot of hitters, but they were dominating each lineup. It was an excellent game. Fortunately or unfortunately, neither was able to pitch a nine-inning no-hitter, but it was fun to watch.
how u doin joe and todays my birthday and first lilly and floyd what a pithin machup sunday can u tell me going into the 7 inning whod u think would give the first hit thank u
Joe Morgan (11:04 AM)
I actually thought that Floyd would give up the first hit. They had some good swings on him. They weren't getting good swings on Lilly.
Love ya Joe - prediction for the LA-Bos game and series?
Joe Morgan (11:05 AM)
I'm looking forward to doing it, because I think the Dodgers are one of the great franchises in the National League and Boston is one of the great AL franchises. Those are the matchups fans want to see.
conshymatt (philly, pa)
Chase Utley is hitting just .256 for the year? Are you hearing that he's injured, or just having a hard time finding a consistent swing?
Joe Morgan (11:07 AM)
That's an excellent question. Jon Miller and I were talking about this before the game on Sunday in Chicago. It's surprising to me because he got off to a great start. He seems to get off to a great start every year, but then cools off and bounces back. But I don't remember him dropping this low and not producing runs. I have not heard anything about him being injured. But in the past, he has not disclosed injuries to the media. I am definitely surprised, because I felt that he's the most consistent run producers as a second baseman.
Matthew (Columbia, NJ)
Do you expect a good series between the Phillies and Yankees?
Joe Morgan (11:08 AM)
The Phillies are not the Phillies they were in the World Series last year from an offensive standpoint and the Yankees shut them down in the World Series. The Phillies are going to have some excellent pitched ballgames to win.
Joe Morgan (11:08 AM)
But there's nothing like a good series to get the Phillies playing well. Playing on a big stage in New York could get them going.
Drew (Poughkeepsie, NY)
With all of the Strasburg-debut hoopla from last week, we never learned your thoughts on the Jim Joyce / Armando Galarraga failed perfecto... Should Selig, league have reversed the call?
Joe Morgan (11:12 AM)
You're right, we didn't talk about that last week. I watched the ESPN Wednesday night game that week and they cut into the broadcast. I was pulling for him, even though I'm a hitter. I couldn't believe it that the call of safe was made. On TV, it looked like he was out. It may have looked like a close play, but I've seen thousands of plays and it was clear to me that he was out. We had such a play in New York a couple of weeks ago. I feel bad for Jim Joyce, because he made a mistake in front of a lot of people. But I feel worse for Galarrage, because as an athlete you go out and perform at your highest level. He had a chance to do something that only 20 other players in MLB history have done and you deserve to get your accolade. I'm not as easy to give Jim Joyce a pass because everyone in the ballpark knew the situation and everyone, including all of the defensive players, the fans, everyone should have been on red alert to make sure they didn't make a mistake and he did.
Joe Morgan (11:12 AM)
I'm not giving him a pass for missing the play. I will give him credit for being a standup guy afterwards and admitting the mistake, but the mistake should have never been made.
I think Sunday night's game was more about two lousy offenses than two great pitching performances. Is that your take too?
Joe Morgan (11:14 AM)
That's a great comment and there's no doubt that both teams were struggling offensively. But I choose to give the pitchers credit, because no matter how bad an offense is going, if you throw a lot of fastballs down the middle, they will get hits. But you're 100% accurate that both offenses were struggling and have been all year long.
Dan (New York)
Joe, remember all the hype about Mark Pryor and his "perfect, injury avoiding delivery"? Is there such a thing as perfect mechanics in hitting or pitching that can help players avoid injury and do you see that in Strasburg?
Joe Morgan (11:17 AM)
You'd have to go to a kinesiology professor to look at the strain that goes on each muscle and joint when Strasburg throws. I don't think there is perfection from any pitcher. There has to be some strain some place. Throwing the baseball is an unnatural movement. I say that because I did take a class in kinesiology in college. It is a more natural act to throw a baseball underhand. So, I don't think there is a perfect delivery that's injury proof. And I don't think there's any hitter with perfect mechanics. Every hitter has a weakness because you can't swing the bat the same each and every pitch. It's not like a golfball where it sits there and you swing at the same spot every time.
Do you think that the struggles of Zach Greinkie are because of his team or is he just not pitching well?
Joe Morgan (11:18 AM)
I think it's a combination of both. Last year he got in a groove from the beginning of the season and his confidence level remained high all year long. He struggled this year, part because of the team and part because he hasn't pitched well so his confidence has gone down. When you're winning, you're invincible. When you're losing, you think you have a target on your back.
Dan (New York)
Joe, from a former players and fan perspective do you get more enjoyment seeing a young team like the Rays who have built themselves from internally or a team of veterans (some perhaps bought) like the Yankees win?
Joe Morgan (11:21 AM)
From a fans perspective, I like to see a good team, an exciting team, young guys grow into roles of stars and play well. But I also like to see a dominant team. When a team becomes a team that everyone looks at, a team that everybody wants to beat or emulate, I like that as well. Everyone in the AL starts the season saying they need to beat the Yankees to get to the World Series and I like that. But I also like a team like the Rays that people say can be dangerous. It just depends. They both bring a lot to baseball. The Yankees have been great all these years and have been great for the game. The Rays have become an up and coming team and they're good for the game. I'm just a fan of the game and like to see it played well, whether young or veteran players.
Dedric Flowers (memphis TN)
do you think the redsox will make a run for the world series?
Joe Morgan (11:24 AM)
The Red Sox are an interesting team to me. I still say and I said it opening day and I said it when he was struggling, that David Ortiz is the key to that team. They don't want him to be the key, but he is. Pedroia is a good player, but he's not like Ortiz in the big moments. That's the problem. At one time they had Manny and Papi. But, that said, there are not that many great teams in the league anyway. All teams have weaknesses now. When Boston's not in Boston, their offense is challenged. I really have to give them a lot of credit for how they bounced back. They were off to a horrible start and they've played back into the division race. I still think they have to do it with their pitching. Lester is a star. Buccholz was pitching well. They're going to have to get the pitching staff straightened out.
Dan (New York)
Joe, given the missed call in the no hitter, I was very surprised to see that something like 75% of current players dont want any instant replay in baseball. Whats your take?
Joe Morgan (11:27 AM)
First of all, it wasn't a scientific survey. It was just 50 guys taken from each league. There are 750 players. I think it was something like 13% of the players were polled. There wasn't big enough sampling. I have never liked replay and I don't like it because there are far more plays that have a bearing on the game more than home run calls or fair/foul plays. There are short hops in the outfield. There are plays at second. If you're going to only replay some and not all of them, I don't think that's the right way to go. I can live with them just doing the home runs. The games will be too long. While you're reviewing the plays, the pitcher is just standing on the mound. It's not an ideal situation. It works in football, because guys need a rest sometimes after a play.
Joe Morgan (11:29 AM)
I thought the commissioner could have overturned the play because it was the last play of the game. If it were the 23rd or 24th out, they couldn't have done that, but it was the last play so he could have overturned it. One umpire said that he shouldn't change the call because that was the umpires call. But we change calls all the time on home runs. We changed the call on George Brett. I think that would have been for the good of the game, to change the call.
Joe Morgan (11:29 AM)
But the commissioner has a lot more to look at than just that one play.
Joe Morgan (11:30 AM)
Great questions. It was interesting to see Strasburg look more like a rookie phenom than a rookie superstar. J.R. Richards struck out 15 in his debut, but I'm sure he walked some hitters. But he was great in his first start and was very good on Sunday.