Twitter Poll: What should the Nats do with Morgan?
I asked a question to my Twitter followers early Sunday morning: What should the Nats do with center fielder Nyjer Morgan? A) Bench him B) Keep playing him C) Send him down to the Minors for more seasoning? Why?
Of the 100 people who responded, 75 of them said keep playing him, while 15 others said bench him. Ten other people felt Morgan needed to go to the Minor Leagues. Here is what some of the Twitter followers had to say.
@Bobtimist: Move him to the 8th spot and have The Hammer lead off. Morgan is still valuable defensively. This is just a prolonged slump.
@PhillyStanatic: From your choices I’d go with B as the best option. But what about platoon with Justin Maxwell?
@nat_meg: The best way for Nyjer to get out of the slump is to play through it. We’ve all seen what he can do. He’ll find his stride.
@HendoDC: I would pick C. Not for more seasoning, but to give his head some space to get it together, not like it’s a punishment.
@Sultan_of_Stat: I hate to say it but send him down. He needs to get his confidence on the field and at the plate. It’s not happening in the big leagues.
@welovedcsports: I’d say send him down, but who would they bring up in his place to do better? I’m struggling with that part.
@ryan2499: He’s a pro. Let him play through it unless he says he wants to sit out a couple days to get straightend out.
@Natss9: I know he is in a rut, but he is not a head case like Lastings Milledge. Nyjer is an gamer.
@IND_Sports_Cubs: More seasoning? He’s old. If he isn’t seasoned now, then he’ll never be. Bench him for a week.
@tradepolicyguy: Keep playing him. No better option.
@ZaCa14: Move Morgan down to eighth in the order. Lead off with Ian Desmond or Cristian Guzman.
@ieSteveKelly: Give Desmond a shot at leadoff. He should at least be in the 2 hole.
@CDublin: Keep playing Nyjer. He hasn’t been that bad. He still is twice as good as Lastings Milledge.
@ghue: Team still backs him.
@SodaPop6548: Keep playing him. I think he will be fine once he gets his form back, which he will.
@deleowned: Have to play him. We’ve seen what he’s capable of. Who else are we going to play in CF? Maxwell? Harris? Get serious.
@jenjensn: I’m in the C category because of judgment errors — fielding and base running. Hitting slumps happen, so I am less concerned about that.
@rickyh17: Bench him and let Willie Harris play. If Morgan still can’t get out of his offensive, defensive and base stealing slumps, then demote or trade him.
@AltaKocker: Keep playing him. Give him an eye exam.
@RoscoeNats: Give Nyjer a few days off in favor of Roger Bernadina and some media coaching.
@federalbaseball: Bring back Marquis Grissom as Morgan’s mentor!
@IBALLZACH: Give him a little more time to get out of it, but not enough to lose the NL East.
@jcj5y: They have to play him. They’re already a bat short in the outfield and there’s no better option right now.
@theFrap: B. Keep playing him. He is valuable to the team.