Morgan Ensberg

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Morgan Ensberg
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Third baseman
Born: (1975-08-26) August 26, 1975 (age 38)
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
Career statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 110
Runs batted in 347
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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. Ensberg is a devout Christian and speaks in churches across the country. He is currently a co-host of "MLB Roundtrip" on SiriusXM radio with Jeff Joyce . [4]

Early life[edit]

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 career[edit]

Ensberg attended the University of Southern California and played third base for the 1998 National Champions. Ensberg was a 1998 All American and Team MVP for the 1998 National Champions. Ensberg is the only Trojan who has compiled 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season. Ensberg holds top 10 records in 10 offensive categories. While attending USC, Ensberg joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

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.[1]

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. He is a San Diego, California native where he resides with his wife and two kids. Ensberg hit two home runs and a single in his Padres debut. [5]

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.[2] On March 22, Ensberg was added to the Yankees 40-man roster.[3]

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.[4] However, he was released at the end of spring training.[5] After the 2009 season, Ensberg decided to retire from baseball due to lack of interest from any major league teams.[citation needed] Ensberg recently started a public blog and announced his intent to transition into a broadcasting career.[6]

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) to have played in a World Series (2005, Houston Astros).

Coaching career[edit]

For the 2011-2012 baseball season, Ensberg was hired as a hitters and infielders coach for the UC San Diego Tritons.[7]

Beginning in the 2013 season, Ensberg rejoined the Houston Astros organization as a developmental specialist at Class A Lancaster.[8] The Astros announced his new role as a Minor League special assignment coach in 2014 [9]

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