A former Astros slugger is now getting a chance to prove his managing chops.
All major league managers had to get their start somewhere to achieve their post-playing career dream. Much like former Astros third baseman, Morgan Ensberg, is about find out. Or should we call him the new manager of the Class-A Tri-City ValleyCats?
Morgan Ensberg lands first managerial position with the Class A (Short season) Tri-City ValleyCats in the #Astros organization.
Flash forward now to 2017, and the franchise feels like giving Ensberg a shot to prove his skills as the manager in Tri-City.
As he embarks on this new campaign in life, I can’t help but think back to Ensberg’s playing days.
For those who may have fuzzy memory, or may not even remember, Ensberg was once a key cog in the Astros lineup. In fact, he helped carry the team to its first ever, and only, World Series berth in 2005 in his best season as a professional.
In conjunction with Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, and Jason Lane, Ensberg’s contributions made it possible to push the Astros to new heights. Thanks to his 6.1 WAR that season, he ranks third in overall WAR for Houston third baseman (14.4 WAR).
The unfortunate part of his Houston and major league career was that it did not last too long afterwards. Ensberg only lasted one more full season in Houston before being traded to the San Diego Padres in 2007. He then signed with the Cleveland Indians then New York Yankees for the 2008 season. The former third baseman then appeared in 28 games for the Bronx Bombers that same season. That season was his last appearance in the majors.
We do not forget his contributions to an Astros franchise that finally accomplished what was once seen as near-impossible: winning a postseason series in 2004 and advancing to the World Series in 2005. While it is fun to reminisce about his playing days, I am looking forward to Ensberg’s managing days in Tri-City. Who knows, maybe he will be part of the staff at Minute Maid one day.