Bryce Harper Newsbeat
Sunday, June 14, 2015
He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
This is amusing.
“Are the Yankees in Bryce Harper’s future?” asked the New York Post. “Fut-ure Yank-ee” and “20-19″ chanted fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium during New York’s 6-1 win. (Harper is under the Nationals’ control through the 2018 season.)
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
“Truly, I don’t care,” Bryce Harper said.
He wasn’t even being cocky. Well, not any more cocky than is inherent for someone who was splashed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old and touted as “Baseball’s Chosen One.”
“I’m not saying that just to say that,” he added, genuinely. “I know what I can do and I just don’t really care what people think or say or anything like that, because at the end of the day it’s what I think, it’s what my teammates think and what my family thinks.”
Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Some notice being taken:
Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four years of service time.
. . .
The early numbers are staggering. Barely past the season’s quarter mark, Harper leads the major leagues in runs (39), extra base hits (26), walks (40), OPS (1.198), isolated power (.393) and Wins Above Replacement (4.1). He’s even wielding some serious leather. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Harper leads big league right fielders with 10 Defensive Runs Saved. St. Louis’ Jason Heyward, the confirmed gold standard at the position, has four DRS.
On pace for 14+ WAR this season. Is that good?
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Come for the arrogance:
When Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, he told the magazine that two of his goals in baseball were to play in Yankee Stadium and to do it in pinstripes.
When I reminded Lerner, one of the Nationals’ owners, of those comments this week, he laughed.
“Every 16-year-old kid says that,” he said.
But not every 16-year-old kid is Bryce Harper. And what Bryce Harper wants, Bryce Harper seems to get.
Stay for the random shots at A-rod, who had literally nothing to do with the topic of the article:
Today’s Yankees are aging and aching, with their biggest star, Alex Rodriguez, a serial liar pushing 40 (years, not homers). The rest? C. C. Sabathia and Carlos Beltran are on the downside of their career. Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Red Sox star, cannot seem to stay healthy and is now on the disabled list, where Mark Teixeira has also spent substantial time in recent years.
Like it or not, Rodriguez is the face of the Yankees, whether he is bashing homers and striking out in the ninth or repeating, over and over again, that “I just want to play baseball.”
If Harper does join the Yankees Mancur will no doubt suddenly find that she loathes him because of the same qualities she’s lauding him for in this article.
Marvin Hudson is, by most accounts, not a bad umpire. He’s been in the league since 1998, and has been largely forgettable, which is one of the qualities an umpire should strive for.
He has been these things to most every team. Most every team except, that is, for the Washington Nationals.
Hudson was born in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This is interesting only because since 2012, when the Nats flipped the switch from perennial doormats to contenders and forged their rivalry with the Braves, Hudson has been a bizarre thorn in their side.
Consider this: Hudson has ejected just eight players or managers since September of 2012, a number that is quite reasonable and fewer than a good number of his peers. But of those eight, six have been Washington Nationals.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple. Plain and simple. I mean, I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees.
“The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. And, I mean, the way I’m hitting, I don’t want to get tossed,” Harper said. “I don’t think I really did anything bad to get tossed. But maybe he just had a bad morning. Maybe he didn’t get his coffee.”
Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 68 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I just hope A-Rod didn’t give him any advice on supplements Harper can take to become a record breaker.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Saturday, March 07, 2015
“You know, I say the things I say because I have confidence in my team,” Harper said. “I have confidence in their ability to go out there and play every single night. And some people don’t have confidence in us, so we’ve got to have all the confidence in the world. We’ve got to have that chip on our shoulder going out there, because people want to see us fail. Other teams want to see us fail. And that’s just baseball. That’s just how it is.
“And I want to go out there, I want to succeed, I want my team to succeed, and I want to have all the confidence in the world,” Harper went on. “So I’m gonna build them up, I’m gonna talk as much as I can to them and tell them hey, I’ve got confidence in you. We’re going out and playing every single night under these lights, and we’ve got to bust our butt and play hard and have the confidence in our abilities to go out there and win. And if we have that, then we’re ahead.”
Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 109 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Harper spent a lot of his offseason working out after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he isn’t reporting to spring training “as big as a house,” as he vowed to do after the 2013 season. Harper, who was listed at 225 pounds last season, says he arrives in Viera with about 7 percent body fat and as light as he’s been since he weighed 205 pounds in college.
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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