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Morgan Paul Ensberg (born August 26, 1975) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball. Ensberg bats and throws right-handed. He was previously a member of the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and New York Yankees. From 2011-12 he was the co-host of MLB Roundtrip on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio.[1] As of 2019, Ensberg is the manager of the Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League.

Morgan Ensberg
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Third baseman
Born: (1975-08-26) August 26, 1975 (age 44)
Hermosa Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2000, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
May 25, 2008, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs110
Runs batted in347
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Ensberg was born in Hermosa Beach, California. He attended Riviera Hall Lutheran School during elementary and middle school. Ensberg was an All CIF Basketball and Baseball Player at Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach, California). Ensberg was also named to the Daily Breeze All Area Team in both basketball and baseball his senior year.

College careerEdit

Ensberg attended the University of Southern California and played third base. In 1997, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Ensberg was a 1998 All-American and Team MVP for USC's 1998 National Championship team. Ensberg is the only Trojan who has compiled 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season.[2] Ensberg holds top 10 records in 10 offensive categories. While attending USC, Ensberg joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Professional careerEdit

Ensberg was drafted in the 9th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. In spring training of 2000, Ensberg and five of his teammates were in their hotel room when two gunmen burst in. Aaron Miles was in the next room and wrestled one of the gunmen to the ground before the other one fled, only to be caught later on. The other players involved were: Derrek Nicholson, Keith Ginter, Mike Rose, and Eric Cole.[3]

Ensberg enjoyed a stellar 2005 season, and was among the league leaders in home runs. He was also named Team MVP for the World Series Astros team.

Ensberg was named to the National League All-Star team at the last minute in 2005, replacing the injured Scott Rolen. Ensberg had a career year in 2005, batting .283 while hitting 36 home runs and compiling a career high 101 RBI.

 
Ensberg with the Astros

Other than Barry Bonds, Ensberg was the only major league player to record at least 100 walks and have fewer hits than walks in 2006.

On July 31, 2007, the Astros traded Ensberg to the San Diego Padres. This was only days after the Astros traded pitcher Dan Wheeler to the Tampa Bay Rays for utility man Ty Wigginton. Houston paid the remainder of Ensberg's $4.35 million salary. Ensberg hit two home runs and a single in his Padres debut. [1]

Ensberg was not offered a new contract by the Padres and became a free agent on December 12, 2007. On January 31, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees with an invitation to spring training, anticipating to compete for the first base position.[4] On March 22, Ensberg was added to the Yankees 40-man roster.[5]

In 2008, Ensberg hit .203 with a home run and 4 runs batted in for the Yankees. The Yankees designated him for assignment on June 1, and released him on June 8. On June 17, Ensberg signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

On February 9, 2009, Ensberg signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and was invited to the major league camp.[6] However, he was released at the end of spring training.[7] After the 2009 season, Ensberg decided to retire from baseball due to lack of interest from any major league teams.[citation needed] Ensberg started a public blog and announced his intent to transition into a broadcasting career.[8]

Ensberg is the only MLB player in history to have won championship rings in College (USC '98), Rookie league (Auburn '98), Single A (Kissimmee '99), AA (Round Rock '00), AAA (New Orleans '01), and to have played in a World Series (2005, Houston Astros).

Coaching careerEdit

For the 2011-2012 baseball season, Ensberg was hired as a hitters and infielders coach for the UC San Diego Tritons.[2][9]

Beginning in the 2013 season, Ensberg rejoined the Houston Astros organization as a developmental specialist at Class A Lancaster.[2][10] The Astros announced his new role as a Minor League special assignment coach in 2014.[11]

On January 9, 2017, Ensberg was named manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats, Class A Short Season affiliate of the Astros in the New York–Penn League.[2]

On January 19, 2018, Ensberg became the manager of the Buies Creek Astros, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Astros in the Carolina League.[12]

On January 18, 2019, Ensberg became the manager for the Tampa Bay Rays AA affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Manager and Coaches". Houston Astros. Retrieved January 25, 2019. Ensberg ... from 2011-12 was the co-host on SiriusXM's MLB Roundtrip radio show.
  2. ^ a b c d Tri-City ValleyCats (January 10, 2017). "ValleyCats, Astros announce 2017 field staff: Morgan Ensberg to manage the 'Cats". Minor League Baseball. Troy, New York. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ Friend, Tom (October 22, 2008). "Six years after he was held at gunpoint, Morgan Ensberg is still facing down his fears". ESPN Magazine. ESPN. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Hoch, Bryan (January 31, 2008). "Yanks sign Ensberg to Minors deal". MLB.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Hoch, Bryan (March 21, 2008). "Ensberg nets spot with Yanks for now". MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2008.
  6. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (February 9, 2009). "Ensberg reaches minor league deal with Rays". ESPN.com.
  7. ^ "Rays Release former NL All-star Ensberg". SI.com. Associated Press. March 31, 2009.
  8. ^ "About Me". Morgan Ensberg's Baseball IQ. February 25, 2010.
  9. ^ "COLLEGE BASEBALL: UCSD hires ex-big leaguer Ensberg as assistant coach". North County Times. September 20, 2011 – via The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  10. ^ Smith, Brian T. (January 4, 2013). "Ensberg, Everett, Coleman join Astros' minor-league system". Ultimate Astros – via Houston Chronicle.
  11. ^ McTaggart, Brian (January 9, 2014). "Astros announce minor league staff". MLB.com.
  12. ^ Holland, Monica (January 19, 2018). "Buies Creek Astros get new manager". The Fayetteville Observer.
  13. ^ "Rays Name Minor League Coaching Staffs For 2019". MLB.com. January 18, 2019.

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