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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bryce Harper benched for ‘lack of hustle’ despite quad injury

If only someone had done this with Yaz when he was 21…

Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper was pulled from Saturday’s game and benched for a “lack of hustle,” manager Matt Williams told reporters. Harper grounded out back to pitcher leading off the sixth inning but did not run hard down to first base.

...Yeesh, tough call by Williams. He’s clearly using Harper to set an example for the rest of the team. I don’t think any player would run out that ball hard.

More...“We made an agreement,” Williams said. “He and I made an agreement. This team made an agreement that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times, that we play the game with intensity and the willingness to win. As it turned out, his spot came up. Kevin Frandsen put on a nice a-b against [Trevor] Rosenthal. But his spot came up with the ability to win the game. That’s a shame for his teammates.”

Harper said he “absolutely” understand Williams’s decision and “I respect what he did. It’s part of the game.”

Repoz Posted: April 19, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 130 comment(s)
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