Open Thread: Morgan Ensberg

Freddy Garcia wants to pitch in New York
Garcia, Yanks agree to minor league deal
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Long before the days of the Mark Teixeira, the Yankees used a number of stopgap first baseman during the end of the Jason Giambi era. There was Doug Mientkiewicz, Josh Phelps, Andy Phillips, and even Morgan Ensberg. Ensberg had some huge years in Houston (.391 wOBA in 2003, .395 wOBA and a fourth place finish in the MVP voting in 2005), but he signed with the Yanks three years ago today after an ugly 2007 season (.318 wOBA) with the ‘Stros and Padres. He was supposed to be a righty hitting option of the bench that could fill-in at the infield corners, but that never materialized. Ensberg had just a .228 wOBA in 80 plate appearances for New York before being designated for assignment on June 1st. He finished out the year in Cleveland’s minor league system, and was out of baseball for good by Spring Training of the following season. Ensberg is now on Twitter and runs a fantastic blog, but like many before him and what will surely be many after him, his Yankees career was completely forgettable.

Anywho, here is the night’s open thread. The Nets are the only local team in action tonight, so you’re on your own when it comes to entertainment. You all know what to do, so go bananas.

Freddy Garcia wants to pitch in New York
Garcia, Yanks agree to minor league deal
  • bexarama

    Player A is Frenchy. Who’s Player B?

    (Don’t look in the comments section if you are gonna guess.)

    • Bryan L

      Cesar Izturis?

      • bexarama

        It’s a much, much better player than Cesar Izturis.

        • Bryan L

          I cheated and looked it up. Wow, that blows me away.

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      I must say, I was a bit surprised, even if I shouldn’t have been.

    • Slugger27

      melky cabrera

      • bexarama

        Nope. Much better than Melky, too.

        • Slugger27

          final guess – jimmy rollins… now ill go look

    • Matt Imbrogno


      /runs to comments

      • Bryan L

        How the hell did you guess that…

        • Pat D

          I guess it’s not all that surprising given his overall lackluster season in 2008 and his well remembered RISP struggles in 2009.

        • Matt Imbrogno

          Mostly just ’cause everyone bitched and moaned about his crappy numbers w/RISP in ’08/’09

          • Bryan L

            True dat.

      • Slugger27

        heh, nicely done. btw…. .273 in 2008?


      • bexarama


        Really, it’s not that surprising in terms of which great player you would expect to be that low. He had a terrible year in 2008 and sucked with RISP in 2009. He was a lot better in 2010, obviously (He was at .273 OBP in 2008 with runners on, .288 in 2009, and .388 in 2010). Plus, he doesn’t walk a whole lot.

        • MikeD

          Hmmm…good trend line. He should be anywhere from .410 to .500 in 2011.

          Thinkin’ positive.

    • vin

      .273, .278, and .388.

      Those are the player’s OBP in ’08, ’09 and ’10.

      The important thing for him is that he was plenty good in 2010. Also, he had a .362 OBP in ’07.

  • Bryan L

    Me and Morgy got the same birthday. I feel special.

    Ok, not really that special…

  • squishy jello person

    Bloody snow.

    • CP

      Don’t eat the yellow red snow.

  • Pat D

    Stupid snow and ice is going to ruin my birthday tomorrow.

    Grumble, grumble, grumble…

    • bexarama

      well happy birthday in advance :)

      • Pat D


  • MikeD

    So any feelings on Neyer leaving ESPN to parts unknown?

    I haven’t been as big of a fan the last couple of years since they had him create the SweetSpot section since I don’t think it really maximized his skills, plus too many jerks would post, but I will miss him. He and Law are really the main reasons I’d circle back there. He’s done probably as much as any writer to popularize sabermetrics over the years, first with his work with Bill James, and then to a wider audience at ESPN.

    Any guesses on where he’s going?

    • Accent Shallow

      I’ll miss him.

      My inside information is that it’s not Baseball Prospectus.

      • MikeD

        The timing of Goldman taking over as Editor in Chief, and his promise for high-profile writers had me wondering if Neyer might be one of them, but the more I thought about it, I doubt BP could afford him. (Not that I have any knowledge of their finances.)

        I’m sure we’ll know soon enough where he’s going.


    actually, the nets are sticking it to carmelo right now

    • Dave the Ox

      What means sbgl?

  • Monteroisdinero

    KLong working with Jeter on a new approach at the plate. No more front foot toe tap timing mechanism for the Captain. Hopefully all will be fixed and we can begin the march to 4000 hits and a new contract in ’14.


  • Brian


    • mbonzo

      Nah he just changed his swing like Bautista did. O_o

  • Miked

    Anywho??? What are you a sassy woman from the nursing home?

  • Avi

    Yankees signed Freddy Garcia

    • Avi

      Minor league deal according to Crasnick. I have no problem with it if that’s the case.

  • TopChuckie

    I missed it, what was the big Yankee related story Ensberg was gonna drop Saturday?