Sunday, July 31, 2011

Retro Mariner Sunday 7/31/11

In honor of today being the non-waiver Trade Deadline, I thought we should look at a guy who knows about being traded. Spending part of 1985, and all of 1986 and 1987 with the Mariners was "The Nomad" Mike Morgan. Mike was traded six times in his career and was signed as a free agent six times also.

His first stop would be with the Oakland A's in 1978 and 1979.

For 1980 and '81 the minor leagues would be the place to be. In 1982, it was time to be a Yankee.

For 1983, it was on to Toronto, and 1984 was spent in the minors with the Blue Jays.

Mike would spend the next three years in Seattle as a Mariner.

1988 would mean a trip back east to the Baltimore Orioles.

From 1989 to 1991, it was back out west to the LA Dodgers this time.

Travel again would come in 1992 until mid 1995, going to the Midwest to pitch for the Cubs.

In 1995 and '96 Cardinals fans probably didn't like Mike as a Cub, but were glad to have him as a Cardinal.

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Late in '96 and all of 1997 would see a stop with the Cincinnati Reds.

Why not play for two teams in 1998? The Twins used Mike, and so would Cubs for a second time.

Why not move again in 1999? I know, let's go to the Rangers this time.

From 2000 through 2002, Mike would play for his 12th and final team in the Arizona Diamondbacks. All that moving around was rewarded with a World Series ring in 2001.

Mike would retire to Ogden, UT and would start a company called World Champion Outfitters. Mike does private guides for hunters in Utah. Mike also does private pitching instruction at Ultimate Sports in Lindon, UT. He also spends time as a volunteer coach at Pleasant Grove High School in Pleasant Grove, UT.

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