The file on Michael Morse
High school standout
Michael Morse was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His mother Arlene Morse was a sprinter and tennis player in Jamaica. Michael lived with his grandparents in Jamaica until he was five years old. His stepfather, Stan Crisson, was a baseball and football player at Duke, and played two years in the Canadian Football League. Michael attended Nova High School in Davie, Florida, where he made the Florida Sportswriters Association All-State first team as an infielder. He was selected by the Chicago White Sox (82nd overall) in the third round of the 2000 MLB Draft.
Morse was dealt from the White Sox to the Seattle Mariners on June 27, 2004. The Mariners also received Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed in exchange for Ben Davis and Freddy Garcia. He made his major league debut on May 31, 2005. However, four months later, Morse was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's PED policy. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound shortstop apologized to fans, teammates, the Mariners organization, and to his family. He explained that the violation occurred in 2003 when he was 21 years old and playing in the minor leagues.
Between 2006 and 2008, Morse suffered two devastating injuries. He had surgery on his right knee (torn meniscus) in 2006, and season-ending surgery on his shoulder (torn labrum) in 2008. "The Beast," as he is referred to, played only five games for the Mariners in 2008, the fewest games he's played in his 10-year career.
New home in Washington
After spending four seasons with the Mariners, Morse was traded to the Washington Nationals for Ryan Langerhans on June 28, 2009. It marked the second time Morse was moved, but his first time switching leagues, leaving the American League for the National League.
Morse was named to Sports Illustrated's "All-Underrated Team" in 2011. He went on to help the Nationals by producing at the plate and filling in for injured first baseman Adam LaRoche. He finished the season with a .303 batting average, 31 home runs, 36 doubles, a .550 slugging percentage, and a .910 OPS. Morse also hit the club's longest home runs that season -- a 466-foot shot at Wrigley field and a 455-foot upper-decker at Nationals Park.
Morse returned to the team that drafted him in a three-team trade on Jan. 16, 2013. Morse rejoined the Mariners, who shipped John Jaso to Oakland. The A's sent three players to Washington to complete the three-way transaction. Morse played 76 games in his second Seattle stint before he was shipped to the Baltimore Orioles in a mid-season trade.
Morse was granted free agency on Oct. 31, 2013. Two months later, he signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. Morse started the year in a left field platoon with Gregor Blanco, but he has assumed the first baseman responsibilities after Brandon Belt suffered a broken thumb. Morse played 131 games for he Giants, batting .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI.
Sealing the deal
Michael Morse was unavailable to start the 2014 postseason due to a strained oblique, but he made it count when he returned. Morse went 6-for-20 (.300) in the NLCS and World Series with a number of big hits. His game-tying home run in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS put the Giants in position to eliminate the Cardinals and advance to the World Series. Then he delivered the game-winning RBI in Game 7 of the World Series.