Michael Morse

Washington Times columnist refers to Michael Morse as “dumb,” gets Morse’s stats completely wrong

Michael Morse SF Giants

I don’t make a habit of reading the Washington Times, and I’m generally distrustful of anyone who goes by “Thom.” But neither of those things stopped me from clicking on one of the worst columns I’ve ever read.

Thom Loverro, a writer whose story titled “Nats much better off with Michael Morse gone” starts with “ANALYSIS/OPINION,” seems to have problems with the former.

He has reunited with his old teammates this week as an opponent with the San Francisco Giants, where his career has been resurrected with 15 home runs, 57 RBI and a .275 average.

Morse hasn’t gotten any smarter, though. He told USA Today that he still has issues with the Nationals’ decision two years ago to shut Stephen Strasburg down as part of their Tommy John surgery recovery plan — a decision that looks better in light of the Atlanta Braves sending two of their pitchers back for second surgeries.

Morse has 13 home runs, 42 RBI and a .279 average. When it comes to statistical blunders, Loverro wins the Triple Crown!

Morse was a fan favorite in Washington, because sometimes dumb can be cute and fun. His connection with fans here manifested itself in his signature song, “Take On Me,” which became the team’s seventh-inning stretch song. The team continued to play it even after Morse was gone — until recently, when it stopped.

Morse told the Washington Post on this visit to San Francisco that it’s a connection he’ll always have with Washington fans. But he also said the connection with Giants fans is better.

“I still got it here,” he said. “It’s incredible … it’s something I’ll always have with the people of D.C. But you know? It’s to another level here. It’s a whole other level.”

A smart man might have realized that was an insult wrapped in a compliment.

A smart man would also realize that Morse might not care much for the Washington Nationals, since they traded him. And he probably doesn’t lie in bed at night wondering if Nats fans still love him or his trademark ’80s tune.

Morse is right. It is a “whole other level” in San Francisco. The Giants sell a higher percentage (99.6%) of their available tickets than any other team. Their average attendance is over 11,000 higher than Washington’s, just as it was in 2012. The Giants drew an average of 17,000 more fans per game than the Nationals in 2011, Morse’s best season.

But he was a defensive liability, and there was no place for him moving forward in Washington. Morse’s idea of running down a ball in the outfield was waiting until it stopped rolling. When you have a starting rotation like the Nationals’, you don’t want to compromise it with bad defense.

Washington traded for Denard Span to shore up the defense in center field, and he has done just that. That meant moving Bryce Harper to left field, and, with Adam LaRoche at first base, there was no position for Morse.

You see where he is playing in San Francisco? First base, primarily.

There’s a pretty good chance Loverro has never heard of Brandon Belt, so no surprise that he appears to have no clue as to why Morse is playing first base. Just another lazy insult in a thinly-veiled hack piece written by someone who doesn’t like Morse for whatever reason.

Maybe Loverro wanted to get an exclusive interview a few years ago and Morse declined, or perhaps some girl declined Loverro’s invitation to dance with A-ha playing in the background back in 1985. Either way, this column proves once again that even if someone is part of the so-called “mainstream media,” he or she is more than capable of producing terrible articles full of misinformation and immature insults.

15 Comments
15 comments
Robert Burns
Robert Burns

Yeah, but Loverro is considered a very good writer.  You West Coast guys just don't get it.  He did like Morse, but weighing the defensive liabilities vs power, this is what the new manager decided. I loved Morse and was pissed when they let him go, then the O's, my favorite team, let him go too and I said it would be a mistake.  Sure enough was!

SN
SN

Loverro is still a kid in high school that's jealous of the popular, charismatic, and athletic Morse that everyone loves. He needs to grow up.

EricValverde
EricValverde

Hello BASG. I have a question. I am under the impression you personally write the commentary here (aside from the quotes of course). Is that true or do you relay commentary from different sources too?

Tod in Austin
Tod in Austin

Duane Kuiper should set him straight and tell him it's "Morris". 


ThayneBelasco
ThayneBelasco

I was really shocked to hear on the radio in my car while driving the analysis while driving what a writer in What I thought was The Washington Post! Wrote about Mike Morse!

Now I find out it came from a writer on The Washington Times! I've never heard of them!

But that explains whose pencil is sharpest in the be box! The writer has no idea what Mighty Mike has done for The Giants! He and Brandon Hicks are a Baseball God Send! And we sure couldn't be sitting on a cloud without Hudson's pitching combined with the rest of the starting line up!

Thomas Thumb from The Washington Sun hath no idea what this means to our ball club!

Did I say Sun? I meant to say Times! But you guys are not THE POST and you are really not in THE TIMES! You guys come from where THE SUN never shines!

Please don't put Mighty Mike down in your writings, because he does not deserve your love!

Thom Thumb shows who really is the sharpest pencil in the box!

Is there a DL for Sport Writers at the Wash. Times? Does The Washington Times have an IQ Test?

Thom Thumb get ready for some hardcore Obama Care!

justme21
justme21

Well, at least the San Francisco Giants are better with Morse out of Washington.


And Morse wasn't alone in his disappointment that Strasburg was shut down so early; a lot of national commentators shared the opinion, or thought that the Nationals should have given Strasburg an extra day off between starts to keep him fresh for the post-season. Of course it really didn't matter in the NLDS because it was the bullpen that blew that game 5, but when you're a player facing the chance of a World Series with no way of knowing you'll ever get back there, it's only natural to do the "what if" routine when you fall short. 

owlcroft
owlcroft

Who considers theWashington Times "mainstream"?

Eric
Eric

Well, its always good when 'dumb' has an exhibit A readily available.....

The_David_Show
The_David_Show

Just google Thom Loverro, and you'll see why he is so bitter. 

GabbyInCa
GabbyInCa

This reporter needs to get his facts straight! He needs to be traded to grammar school reporting, where personal opinions count!

Beaver
Beaver

Maybe Thom is a time-travelling columnist from the future where Tom is spelled Thom, Morse has 15 bombs and 57 rbi and Brandon Belt doesn't exist.  Did you ever stop to consider that?  I doubt it.

ErikBulichi
ErikBulichi

haha this is sad.. When you insult someone the only "rule" is get the facts correct BEFORE you try and spin the numbers to prove your case.  Also, A LOT of people don't agree the decision to sit him.. Hes got better numbers then 3/4 of the nats team.

Dave
Dave

Reminds me of the classic (classically bad) column written by Bob Nightengale before the 2012 world series, in which he called the Giants' batters "pea shooters".

AdrianReynolds
AdrianReynolds

Good take, but I am more pissed the Nats seem to have the Giants number. I don't have fond memories of the series they played in D.C. in 2011...I went to all 4 games.

Bay Area Sports Guy
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@owlcroft It's a newspaper with a circulation of 100,000. It's not the Washington Post, but it's not exactly an independent blog either.

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