Tuesday, September 7, 2010
#529) KEVIN MORGAN
Kevin Morgan was traded to the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Joe Dellicarri on February 18, 1994. The minor-league shortstop was faced with a dilemma during spring training of 1995. A Major League Baseball strike that started on August 12, 1994, had the regular players not participating. Forcing the use of "replacement players" and selected minor-leaguers. Kevin was instructed to play in the exhibition games leading up to Opening Day. He was sent to Double-A Binghamton when the strike was ended on April 2nd.
Morgan split time between Binghamton and Triple-A Norfolk before his promotion to New York. Kevin made his major-league debut with the Mets on June 15, 1997. "Floating to the plate" as a pinch-hitter facing the Boston Red Sox at Shea Stadium. He would pop-up to the shortstop to end the seventh-inning, but remain in the game as the New York third-baseman. That game and at-bat would be his only appearance of his major-league career. "I definitely thought there would be more opportunities," said Morgan. The 27-year-old would finish the season with Norfolk. His last as a professional baseball player.
Kevin has remained with the New York Mets first serving as the Director of Minor League Operations in 1998, and more recently the Coordinator of Instruction and Infield. Morgan became the Binghamton Mets interim Manager in May 2006. Filling in for an injured Juan Samuel who missed time after being struck in the face by a batted ball.
Kevin Morgan signed his card in the set for my friend, Allen when the Kingsport Mets visited the Bristol White Sox at Boyce Cox Field on July 7, 2010.