Nyjer Morgan

Nyjer Morgan

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Nyjer Morgan is a retired professional baseball player. Moreover, Nyjer Morgan played as an outfielder in the MLB  for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cleveland Indians, in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, and in the KBO League for the Hanwha Eagles.

Early life

Nyjer Jamid Morgan best known as Nyjer Morgan was born on the 2nd of July, 1980, in San Francisco, California. According to his birth date, he is 42 years old and holds an American nationality. Moreover, he has a birth sign of Cancer and he belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

Besides that, he has not shared other information regarding his parents, siblings, and childhood life. We can assume that he might have been raised well as a child by his parents.

Education

Regarding his academic background, Nyjer has not disclosed his information about his academic qualification. We may presume that this player has completed his graduation from a well-known University in America.

Professional Life

Ice Hockey career

Nyjer Morgan signed Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League when he was 16 years old after competing in several tournaments around the US and Canada. After taking part in the Vipers’ training camp, he was not selected for the team, but he did play in two games for the Vipers as an affiliate player in the 1996–1997 season, collecting 10 penalty minutes.

He played with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s North Okanagan Knights for the remainder of the 1996–1997 season. Moreover, he participated in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League with the Nelson Leafs the next year. He once more played for a different team in the 1998–1999 season, this time for the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Delta Ice Hawks.

In addition, he moved up to the major junior Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League the following year from the junior “B” Ice Hawks (WHL). He has two goals and 20 penalty minutes in seven games with the Pats in the 1999–2000 WHL season.

The first WHL game of his career had him score both of his goals, for which he was given the game’s first star. After playing seven games for the Pats, he was released and played three games with the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL, recording one assist and 15 penalty minutes.

Baseball career

The following year, he focused on baseball, and in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, he was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates. On September 14, 2007, he made one of his first significant contributions when he made a catch that enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Many people noticed his grab, including Houston Astros manager Cecil Cooper. It was also compared to Willy May’s famous “The Catch,” which was heavily broadcast on the ESPN sports news program SportsCenter. In the end, he was successful in baseball.

Additionally, he was traded by the Washington Nationals to them on June 30, 2009, along with pitcher Sean Burnett, for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Joel Hanrahan. He finished third in the league with 34 steals, although got caught stealing the most in the league in 2010.

Moreover, he ended the 2010 season with a.253 average and 34 stolen bases, leading the National League once more in times caught stealing. He was issued a seven-game suspension for allegedly throwing a ball at a supporter during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 25, 2010, although he appealed the decision.

He led the National League in times caught stealing for the second year in a row as he ended the 2010 season with a.253 average and 34 stolen bases.

Milwaukee Brewers and Yokohama DeNA BayStars

On March 27, 2011, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for prospect Cutter Dykstra. In the ninth inning, he fractured his middle finger on a sacrifice bunt against Jonny Venters. He batted.304 in 2011 and finished third in the National League in hit by pitch (14) and sacrifice hits (15).

Later, he was heavily criticized for shouting obscenities twice on live television after the Brewers won the National League Division Series on October 7, 2011. He signed a one-year, $2.35 million contract on January 16, 2012, during his first round of arbitration eligibility. Moreover, he batted.239 in 122 games in 2012, with 12 stolen bases.

Nyjer Morgan

Caption: Nyjer Morgan photograph while diving (Source: Curly W Live)

He signed a contract in January 2013 to play for the Nippon Professional Baseball team Yokohama DeNA BayStars in the Central League. He played 108 games for the BayStars and batted.294 with 11 home runs.

Cleveland Indians

Morgan announced that he had signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, which included an invitation to Spring training, on January 14. Morgan was given a spot on the 25-man roster when Michael Bourn was placed on the injured list to start the season, and he began the 2014 season as the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. Later, he was freed on 5th August 2014.

Played for more this culbs

He signed a $700,000 one-year contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League in December 2014. In addition, he joined the Mexican League team, Pericos de Puebla, in December 2015. He had a.306 batting average, stole 22 bases, and displayed surprising power with 11 home runs during the 2016 season.

In exchange for RHP Joaquin Lara, the Acereros de Monclova received Nyjer Morgan, Chad Gaudin, Daric Barton, Manny Rodriguez, Rodolfo Amador, and Willy Taveras on February 21, 2017.

Awards and Net Worth

During his playing career, he earned fame and money. But as a baseball player, he has not yet earned any major awards and recognition in his career.

As a former baseball player, he has a net worth of $1 million and has not disclosed his salary and income in public yet.

Relationship Status

Talking about his personal life, he has a daughter whose name is Niah. While playing for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, Niah was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Moreover, Nyjer has not revealed information regarding Niah’s mother.

To focus on his sports career, he gave up custody of Niah. In past, he was in a relationship with his girlfriend, Jordana Lenz. But, they spilt and the reason behind it is not available.

Body Measurements

This former player is 6 feet tall and weighs around 84 kg. Moreover, he is bald with brown eyes color and there is no other information regarding his body physics.

Nyjer Morgan

Caption: Nyjer Morgan running for a run (Source: The Game Haus)

Social Media

On his Facebook page, there are more than 1.7k friends. Likewise, he has 39 followers on Twitter and he is not active on Instagram. But, there is an Instagram page,’nyjermorganfanclub,’ and there are 228 followers.

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