Logan Morrison

Logan Morrison is no longer a Twitter titan, but he’s still fan friendly

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Logan Morrison is no longer a Twitter titan, but he’s still fan friendly

Back in September 2011, when he was a member of the Florida Marlins, Logan Morrison arrived at Citizens Bank Park riding in a fire truck, complete with sirens blaring. The ride was compliments of one of Philadelphia’s bravest, an old friend of his dad.

Morrison’s arrival on Wednesday was more understated. The veteran slugger was called up from Triple A. He is expected to be here for a few days to add some pop off the bench until the Phillies need a roster spot for newly acquired reliever Jared Hughes over the weekend. Morrison will likely end up back at Lehigh Valley for a couple of weeks and return when rosters expand in September.

Morrison, 31, is only two seasons removed from a 38-homer campaign with Tampa Bay. He struggled with the Twins last season, became a free agent and signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees in April. He split this season between the Yankees’ and Phillies’ Triple A clubs and hit .308 with 18 homers, 49 RBIs and a 1.009 OPS.

“It’s been a long road for sure,” the first baseman/outfielder said of his return to the majors. “Just getting out to the dugout was pretty cool. Seeing the third deck, the lights, the daytime in the night. Triple A lights aren’t as great, you know? The atmosphere, the energy, I definitely missed it.”

Morrison was a frequent visitor to Philadelphia early in his career with the Marlins. He bonded with Philadelphia fans on Twitter.

“I just interacted with them,” he said. “I’m not quite sure how that actually started. Being a Marlins player, we didn’t really have a big market. I didn’t even do appearances in Miami, but I did an appearance here in Philly (at a collectibles shop in Delaware County). It’s crazy.”

Despite his interaction with Philadelphia fans, Morrison still heard it from them when he took the field. He loves how Philadelphia fans get on opposing players.

“I still got heckled,” he said. “I’ll never forget this until the day I die. I heard the best one from a fan in left field. It was here in Philly. He was like, ‘Morrison, you went to junior college. So you’re dumb and you suck?’ That was pretty good. They can bring it.”

Morrison is happy to be on this side now. He’s happy to interact with fans in the stadium, but he’s not as active as he once was on Twitter.

“Just Instagram now,” he said. “The Twitter thing became a hassle. Back in the day, it was how can you work hard and be on Twitter. Now it’s like you have to show people you work hard on Twitter. There’s a different dynamic there. A lot of negative stuff there. People get behind keyboards and say whatever they want to say. I try to stay away from that stuff. Instagram is more of a barrier to that. It doesn't come out as often. I don’t know why."

There's one drawback to Morrison's switch in social media platforms.

"I have way less followers," he said.

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With Corey Dickerson dinged, Phillies call up another veteran hitter in Logan Morrison

With Corey Dickerson dinged, Phillies call up another veteran hitter in Logan Morrison

A day after Corey Dickerson was hit by a pitch on the hand and forced to exit a game early, the Phillies selected the contract of first baseman Logan Morrison.

Jake Arrieta, not Dickerson, is headed to the injured list. Dickerson is day to day.

Morrison, a nine-year vet, was playing well at Triple A, hitting .356 with five doubles and three home runs in 18 games with the IronPigs.

Morrison recently expressed a bit of frustration to the Morning Call, saying he didn’t belong in Triple A. It was just two seasons ago, 2017, that Morrison hit 38 home runs with an .868 OPS for the Rays.

The left-handed hitting Morrison played only first base at Lehigh Valley but has more than 2,000 innings of big-league experience in left field.

The Phillies could have recalled Nick Williams, who they’ve optioned to Triple A on four different occasions this season, but they were likely looking for the better pinch-hitting option. Williams has not produced in that role this season, going 5 for 34 (.147) with 14 strikeouts.

With Jay Bruce also on the injured list, the Phillies are thin on starting outfielders. Their healthy options beyond Bryce Harper are Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn. Brad Miller and Sean Rodriguez can play the corner outfield, and Morrison may be an option in left.

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Recently signed by Phillies, Logan Morrison says 'I don't belong' in Triple A

Recently signed by Phillies, Logan Morrison says 'I don't belong' in Triple A

A potential opportunity in the big leagues opened instantly for Logan Morrison when he signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on July 15. Jay Bruce suffered an oblique injury and was placed on the injured list two days later.

Morrison, a left-handed hitting first baseman/corner outfielder, seemed like a ready-made replacement. Though he had not played in the majors all season, Morrison had been very productive for the Yankees' Triple A affiliate, hitting .289 with 15 home runs and a .999 OPS before opting out of his deal when an opportunity never came in New York.

Morrison did not get the call to replace Bruce. Instead, the Phillies brought Nick Williams back after a Triple A hot streak of his own.

Morrison proceeded to go 5 for 12 with a homer and five RBI in his first six games with Triple A Lehigh Valley.

"In my heart of hearts, I don't belong here," Morrison told Tom Housenick of The Morning Call. "I belong in the big leagues. I've proven that over and over again. I'm not a Triple A player."

Just two seasons ago, in 2017, Morrison hit 38 home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays. What followed was a disappointing, injury-plagued season with the Twins in which he hit a career-low .186.
 
Morrison underwent season-ending hip surgery in 2018. He was placed on the injured list again this week with a hip injury. Had he been healthy, he may have gotten the call to replace the injured Brad Miller on the Phillies' active roster.

Instead, Morrison will need to show the Phillies he can stay healthy. He could still help the big-league club at some point this season as a power bat off the bench, but it won't happen this week.

He says the injury is not a big deal.

"If there's some shake-up in the big leagues, I'll be ready to go," Morrison told The Morning Call. "I had a setback with the hip, but it’s not a long-term thing."

It would be an understatement to say the Phillies haven't gotten much out of their pinch-hitters. Collectively, Phillies pinch-hitters rank 27th in the majors with a .180 batting average and 28th with a .565 OPS.

Their two most productive pinch-hitters have been Miller and Phil Gosselin, who is now with the IronPigs. Remove those two and the rest of their pinch-hitters have hit .144.

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