This hill doesn't look too steep. Let's get a-pushin'!
Joe Morgan: The fact that the Mets lost another game proves to me that the last three outs are sometimes tougher than I've ever thought they were.
English Language: [explodes
]Cole (California): Hey Joe, im a HUGE D'backs fan. By trading for Dunn, did they make a mistaking trading for him since they already have a hitter like him in Mark reynolds?Hey Cole. KT here. Real quick: Mark Reynolds is nothing like Adam Dunn. Mark Reynolds has a .335 OBP in 223 career games (.324 this year, in 113 games). He has 81 walks in those 223 career games. Adam Dunn has 82 walks so far this year. He has a career OPS of .900. He hits 40 HR a year, every year, like clockwork. He is, and I know Mark Reynolds is young, a far better hitter than Mark Reynolds.
Thanks for your time.
Joe Morgan: They do have a lot of hitters that strike out.
They are also 19th in OPS. Dunn immediately becomes their team leader in OPS. It is a good thing for their team that they got Dunn.That's one of the problems on that team. But Dunn helps because he will supply power that they also do not have. It will make for a frustrating offense, but he will definitely hit the ball out of the park on a consistent basis.
This marks the first time I have ever supported Joe Morgan using the word "consistent."
Darek (Chicago, Il): Good day Joe. What are the chances of Ken Griffey Jr. playing in 2009 ? Do you see him retiring or returning to Seattle ? He might call it quits if the White sox go on to win the series, but it's a longshotJoe Morgan: Griffey is in a situation now where he will have to decided as the season goes along.
English Language: [weeps
He has had some bad stretches, but the last time I talked to him, he told me he felt much better. It's yet to be determined what he's going to end up doing.
KT: I hate to beat a dead horse --
Universe, Speaking from 2006: Too late.
KT: -- but the man asking this question asked you for your opinion on what Ken Griffey, Jr. is going to do next year, and your answer was to say: "It's yet to be determined what he's going to end up doing." Which the guy -- and everyone else -- knew already, which was why he asked for your opinion.
Universe, Speaking from 2006: Dump your financial stocks. They're going to tank.
KT: Now you tell me.Springfield,Massachussets: will the redsox make it to the world series again
Joe Morgan: Their chances of making it back took a big shot when they traded Manny. I don't think people realize how valuable he was, and how much pressure he took off the other players. Without him hitting behind Big Papi, they will pitch around him in big situations.
KT: There's something poetic about the fact that the night this chat took place, Ortiz hit two 3-R HR in the first inning of a baseball game.
Joe Morgan: I have felt all along that the Cuvs were the best team in the NL,
Me tov.and the Red Sox in the AL, but now the Angels have proven to be the best by far in the AL.
Angels: 75-44, +63 run differential.
DRays: 72-47, +65
Sox: 70-51, +118
Wins are all that matters, really, but I wouldn't say the Angels are "the best by far."
Mark: Joe, as of right now who is the AL MVP?Joe Morgan: That's difficult to answer because the season is not over,
KT: The question was "as of right now."
Theoretical Joe Morgan: Right, and it's hard to answer because of what will happen in the future.
KT: But...the question is: right now, who's the MVP. Like, now
. At this moment.
TJM: But I can't answer that, because I can't tell the future.
KT: Hang on. Let me try something. What time is it.
TJM: No way to tell.
KT: Because you don't know what time it will be in the future?
KT: Fair enough.and the last month usually determines that. I keep hearing about Josh Hamilton's great story, but that's not what the MVP award is all about.
Amen. The guy might lead the league in RsBI, but he's also had a ton of RsBI chances, and there's a better candidate on his own team: AL OPS leader Milton Bradley.Carlos Quentin has kept his team in the mix since Day 1. But there are other guys who should be in the mix. Dustin Pedroia in Boston should get some votes.Pedroier
is having an excellent year. But how about Kevin Youkilis, and his .960 OPS, excellent defense (2 errors last night notwithstanding) and 58 XBH?Justin Morneau is still the leader of the Twins.
Trent Reznor is still the leader of Nine Inch Nails. Doesn't mean he should be MVP.Someone like A-Rod could get hot and carry the Yankees to a playoff berth, so he could be in consideration.Look at the guy's stats
and tell me he shouldn't be "in consideration" right now. I don't think he should win, but he is most effing definitely "in consideration."I would say, as of now, Quentin would get my vote.
Not a bad choice. After all that.
Nick (Brooklyn ,NY): Hey Joe, I just wanted to get your opinion on the Yankees. They've been a little shaky lately since losing Joba, How do you think the last month and a half is going to turn out for them ?
Joe Morgan: They've been shaky in general. The trade that sent Farnsworth has made them unreliable in the 8th inning, and their starting pitching needs to be more consistent, like Mussina has been and Joba was. Their offense hasn't been consistent either. They'll have a good game, a couple of poor games, then another good game--they just haven't been consistent.
Look at how many "consistent"s we have. Here. I'll reprint that, and bold the "consistent"s.
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Mike (NY,NY): Are the Rays done without Evan Longoria? Do they go out and try something bold like getting Shef or Barry?
Joe Morgan: They definitely need to try to get another hitter. They are shorthanded now, but so are a lot of teams. They have stayed the course, so to speak, without making trades at the deadline that could have brought them another hitter. I hadn't thought of him, but Sheffield would be a great fit for that team.
Joe's Brain: Got in a bunch of "consistents," mentioned Sheff...what else do I have to do today? Oh -- eat. I should eat something.
Nick (Brooklyn, NY): Joe, If you had to make your prediction for who's going to make the AL Wild Card at this point in time, who do you believe it would be?
Joe Morgan: I would pick Boston at this point, but the White Sox and Twins are right there as well. The Rays also have a chance if Boston surges past them.
Joe's Brain: Why do I feel weird?
Joe's Guardian Angel [Tony Perez]: You just made a prediction.
Joe's Brain: Yuck. I hate it. Never again.
Joe Morgan: See you next week, everyone!
Why not, I guess.
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