Know your left fielder: Mike Morse edition
Apr 28, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Morse (38) catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout (27) (not pictured) during the 8th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
As you may have heard, the San Francisco Giants signed Mike Morse to a one-year, $5+ million deal today to be their everyday left fielder.
When healthy, the guy can mash. Morse’s best year came in 2011 when he was roaming the outfield and playing first base for the Washington Nationals. He hit .303/.360/.550 while slugging 31 homeruns, 36 doubles and 95 RBI that season.
His defense is described as beyond suspect, and he most likely will be substituted in favor of Gregor Blanco more-often-than-not late in games. In 9 Major League seasons, Morse has played in over 100 games only twice and managed just 88 in 2013 with the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles due to injury.
So, there is that.
Beyond that, who is Mike Morse? Well, he is 6’5″, 245 lbs. and his nickname is the “the Beast”. The hash-tags on Twitter — and I can envision this on signs at AT&T Park now — of #MorseCode have begun.
In an interview with MLB Network’s Intentional Talk back in 2011, we found out that Morse keeps his bats in a bat humidor given to him by former teammate Ichiro Suzuki. Morse seems like a good-natured, funny guy that will fit right in with the Giants clubhouse.
Check out the full interview below:
Morse does indeed walk up to the plate to A-ha’s “Take on Me”, so we could be seeing this at AT&T Park this coming spring. Looks like a party to me:
See where our own Chris Corbett thinks Morse fits in the 2014 Giants lineup by clicking here.