Bryce Harper Newsbeat
Saturday, November 16, 2013
As the Washington Nationals seek to augment a roster core they believe is built for long-term success, an unusual and previously unreported aspect of outfielder Bryce Harper’s contract remains unresolved.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Attention players! Rush to aisle 1/2 for our blue light special on loose body removal! And for a limited time only get your bursa sac debrided at no extra charge!
Friday, September 13, 2013
“I’m not worried too much about his running,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “I was more worried later in the game when he started tearing up a helmet.”
‘roid rage. ::ducks::
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Didn’t James say he regrets the name, but we’re stuck with it now? If so, I think he’s right on both counts…
Bill—I ran a genuine tracer on a short story (about Joe DiMaggio) that appears in the current Penguin Classic books blog—just thought you’d like to know. Link is here: http://www.penguinusablog.com/john-oharas-bread-alone-from-a-sabremetric-perspective-by-steven-goldleaf/ It’s about one of the few stories in literature that is mostly set at Yankee Stadium from a black baseball fan’s perspective during the Depression, and I worked your word “sabremetrics” into the title of the blog piece.
We hear a lot about discrimination faced by black players in the aftermath of the color barrier, both from teammates and fans. While there was never any barrier against them, did other ethnic minorities face similar distaste from their teammates. Did Jewish Americans, Polish Americans, Italian Americans, etc face any problems in the clubhouse?
Jewish players certainly did. Polish and Italian players were subject to less invidious forms of discrimination, of which they were expected to be tolerant… LIFE Magazine wrote a famous article about DiMaggio early in his career which is replete with insulting cultural stereotypes, talking about DiMaggio greasing his hair, etc. But the discrimination that was directed at other groups, while we might look back on it and cringe, was not on a par with the level of discrimination directed at black athletes or at blacks in general.
Bill Todd Helton just got his 2500th hit. Is he a HOF to you?...
I think Helton is a Hall of Famer, yes. His numbers are so good that it’s disorienting. My son Reuben asked me this same question, and I told him a story I remember reading about Dick Stuart when I was maybe 14 years old. Stuart hit 66 home runs for Lincoln in the Western Association in 1956, didn’t make the majors for a couple of years after that. Stuart said that when some young player in the Pirate system would hit 35 homers and drive in 100 runs, the club would get all excited about him, but that when he hit 66 homers and drove in 158 runs, the numbers were so fantastic that they didn’t know what to do with them, so they just wrote them off.
That’s Helton; his numbers at his best are so fantastic that people don’t know what to do with them, so they just ignore them. But my interpretation of his numbers is that he is above the line.
Who would you rather have, Puig or Bryce Harper?
Not sure. To me, Puig is in a line marked by Vladimir Guerrero on the one end and Jeff Francoeur on the other. He’s certainly out-played Harper this year.
Is it cherrypicking to point out Ike Davis’s untapped potential in his excellent 2010 defense, and his excellent 2011 power and his excellent 2013 OBP, or do you think he’s just been able to be good at various parts of his game but putting them all together is just fantasy?... When he’s a free agent this off-season, are you clamoring to sign him at 3 Million?
It is cherry picking, yes. If you put together his lack of power one year, his strikeouts the next, his lack of speed in all seasons and a .218 batting average in his last 800-plus at bats. ... $3 million seems like a lot.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
“He’s been playing with it off and on for the last week,” Johnson said.
Does his girlfriend know???
Monday, September 02, 2013
Johnson believes there is a chance Harper is still favoring his banged-up left knee, which landed him on the disabled list for more than a month in June. Johnson said Harper may require minor surgery to remove an inflamed bursa sac.
Posted: September 02, 2013 at 06:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
It started with a small question. Scott Boras turned the conversation into a dissertation on the future of baseball’s economic structure and how it could lead the Nationals to sign client Bryce Harper – without ever mentioning his name – to a 12-year contract.
Boras and several members of his staff will spend the next three days at Nationals Park, a routine visit with their many clients and with the Nationals’ front office. Boras held court with reporters next to the Nationals’ dugout and broached the idea, in an abstract yet clear manner, of the Nationals keeping their young stars – Harper and Stephen Strasburg – in Washington with unprecedented contracts.
Here’s hoping for that whopping $500M/12 monster contract for Hryce Barper!!
Saturday, July 06, 2013
“This was an incredible day,” Chris Rupp said. “We had to tell Gavin there were no more options. He’s going to die. That was hard. You take that day, and then follow it up with a day like today, it means the world. You’ll do anything for your kids. There’s only so much you can do as a parent. For Bryce to do what he did, you can’t put a price tag on this. You just can’t do it. For Gavin to have this honor, it’s like of those days that just doesn’t get any better.”
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Puig out for two hours!
• Rany reminds Joe that Vernon Wells hasn’t been playing too well lately.
• Will Bryce Harper’s career be affected by injuries? Maybe!
• Yasiel Puig on the All-Star team: Rany not against, Joe resolutely against.
• They agree that the Home Run Derby is lame (it would at least help if non-All-Stars could compete), a “skills competition” would be fun, and so forth.
• All-Star selections:
C: Joe Mauer, MIN (Rany & Joe). They meditate upon the mediocrity of Matt Wieters’ offense.
1B: Chris Davis, BAL (Rany); Prince Fielder, DET (Joe). Joe: “If you’re going to find a differentation between me and… the majority on this issue, the Fielder vs. Davis argument kind of encapsulates it.”
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS (Rany); Robinson Cano, NYY (Joe). Joe is insufferable about it.
SS: Jose Reyes, TOR (Rany); Elvis Andrus, TEX (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Rany’s idea that the Rangers trade Andrus to the Yankees.
3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET (Rany & Joe). Joe raises the spectre of a rerun of the Cabrera vs. Trout MVP debate, with Manny Machado in the Trout role.
OF: Alex Gordon, KC; Mike Trout, LAA; Jose Bautista, TOR (Rany & Joe)
DH: David Ortiz, BOS (Rany & Joe)
• Joe suggests banning mid-inning pitching changes in the All-Star Game. (Actually, he earlier suggested banning the All-Star Game altogether.)
C: Buster Posey, SF (Rany); Yadier Molina, STL (Joe). Joe: “Molina is running up against Chase Utley as the most underrated player of our generation… he’s gotta be in the discussion with the top short-peak catchers of all time.”
1B: Joey Votto, CIN (Rany & Joe). They agree that Paul Goldschmidt might not get any better than he is right now, but it’s impressive that he’s gotten this far (both offensively and defensively).
2B: Chase Utley, PHI (Rany); Brandon Phillips, CIN (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Utley’s spotty health record, but admits that the past couple of weeks may have changed his vote.
SS: Hanley Ramirez, LAD (Rany); Troy Tulowitzki, COL (Joe). Rany: “Andrelton Simmons plays defense better than anybody in the major leagues does any one specific skill… He is redefining the defense at that position.”
3B: David Wright, NYM (Rany & Joe)
OF: Ryan Braun, MIL; Andrew McCutchen, PHI; Carlos Beltran, STL (Rany & Joe)
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Harper doesn’t have to stop hustling. He just needs to stop crashing.
Since 2000, there have been 13 seasons of catchers playing in 150-plus games. Why can’t Harper — already one of the great outliers in baseball history based on his performance as a teenager and 20-year-old — be Jason Kendall with 80 power?
Posted: June 22, 2013 at 06:28 AM | 36 comment(s)
Thursday, June 06, 2013
“Everybody says it’s bursitis,” Johnson said. “I thought if he took some anti-inflammatory it would calm it down, but it’s kind of been lingering. When he runs it swells up. He was jogging in the pool it swelled up from that. We’re concerned so we’ll get another opinion on it.”
One possibility Johnson acknowledged was Harper getting the bursa sac removed. His bursitis is due to swelling in the bursa sac in his left knee.
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