Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Knobler: Bryce Harper decision might make all the difference

Bryceharper battery does have a nice ring to it.

He (Harper) knows his baseball history, and when I mentioned Al Kaline’s name, there was no blank stare. Yes, he was well aware that Kaline won a batting title.

“At age 20,” Harper said. “Who doesn’t know that? Winning a batting title at 20? That’s special.”

Kaline, who was in the big leagues at 18 and was a regular at 19, knows who Harper is, too.

“I hope they give him a chance,” Kaline said. “If I could do it, more guys could. From everything I’ve read, he’s a super talent who will be a big star in this game, if he stays healthy.

“I look forward to talking to him.”

Kaline knows that the baseball world of 2012 is much changed from the world of 1954, when he broke in with the Tigers. The increased attention brings increased pressure.

...But in other ways, Harper has it much better.

“I was not the most welcome person in camp,” Kaline said. “Nobody would go to dinner with me. I was basically isolated. I had a guy grab me by the shirt and say, ‘Don’t ever talk to me. You took my friend’s job. You shouldn’t be here.’”

Repoz Posted: February 29, 2012 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, nationals

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 29, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4070772)
Harper to leave baseball to try hand at sports trivia.
   2. Bug Selig Posted: February 29, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4070777)
Ichiro could be 19 or 20 if he wanted to.
   3. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: February 29, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4070785)
“I was not the most welcome person in camp,” Kaline said. “Nobody would go to dinner with me. I was basically isolated. I had a guy grab me by the shirt and say, ‘Don’t ever talk to me. You took my friend’s job. You shouldn’t be here.’”


That's pretty low class. So much for meritocracy.
   4. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: February 29, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4070789)
That's pretty low class. So much for meritocracy.

But that was the Golden Age!
   5. Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4070817)
I enjoy that Harper is a fan. I'm looking forward to this season of Nats baseball.
   6. Perry Posted: February 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4070835)
That's pretty low class. So much for meritocracy.


Pete Rose faced the same thing when he came up, with the added issue of racial division. None of the white players would have anything to do with him, because he took Don Blasingame's job. The black players were his pals.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4070836)
The person whose job Harper would be taking is ... Laynce Nix? Jonny Gomes? Either one was only on the team for a year so I don't see them having any crazed friends making threats on their behalf.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: February 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM (#4070845)
The person whose job Harper would be taking is ... Laynce Nix? Jonny Gomes?


If Werth moves to center, it would be Bernadina.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4070860)
If they try him at catcher there could be some hurt feelings on behalf of inhuman-ordeal survivor Wilson Ramos.
   10. McCoy Posted: February 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM (#4070868)
That's pretty low class. So much for meritocracy.

Well, when you are playing in age without guaranteed multi-year contracts, good medical coverage, non-outrageous salaries, and no pension most insiders are rather against most outsiders.
   11. Chicago Joe Posted: February 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4070926)
I had a guy grab me by the shirt and say, ‘Don’t ever talk to me. You took my friend’s job. You shouldn’t be here.’”


Of course, Kaline's OPS in '54 was 80, so maybe he had a point. I think he took Don Lund's job. Kaline had an OPS+ of 51 the first half of the season and 111 the second half, if I'm reading BBref right.
   12. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4071206)
Of course, Kaline's OPS in '54 was 80, so maybe he had a point. I think he took Don Lund's job. Kaline had an OPS+ of 51 the first half of the season and 111 the second half, if I'm reading BBref right.


sounds like should have been grabbing the GMs shirt, not some young kid.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4071229)

Pete Rose faced the same thing when he came up, with the added issue of racial division. None of the white players would have anything to do with him, because he took Don Blasingame's job. The black players were his pals.


Why'd the black guys all hate Blasingame? Why'd all the white guys love him?

You'd think there's be some racial cross-ove on the friends/enemies list?

And what a pity a guy named "Blasingame" was not a hard-throwing pitcher.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogJason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.
(35 - 6:52am, Mar 28)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogBoras: Cubs using business, not baseball, if Bryant stays in minors - CBSSports.com
(179 - 6:29am, Mar 28)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogCubs' Ricketts reveals Wrigley renovation might take extra year
(15 - 5:21am, Mar 28)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogThe Dome: 15 years ago Seattle blew up a giant, concrete eyesore full of memories.
(11 - 4:32am, Mar 28)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogCleveland Indians demote Salazar; McAllister, House, Tomlin compete for 2 rotation spots
(7 - 3:04am, Mar 28)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogJeff Samardzija ready for future - Chicago Tribune
(8 - 2:28am, Mar 28)
Last: Cabbage

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(3578 - 1:53am, Mar 28)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(1379 - 12:36am, Mar 28)
Last: Howling John Shade

NewsblogDavid Ortiz writes The Dirt
(30 - 12:24am, Mar 28)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogGrantland: 2015 AL East Preview
(40 - 12:04am, Mar 28)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogBBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!
(11 - 11:54pm, Mar 27)
Last: GregD

NewsblogNippon Ham ordered to pay ¥41.9 million for failing to shield spectator from foul ball
(19 - 10:20pm, Mar 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogGrantland (Keri): 2015 AL Central Preview
(27 - 9:30pm, Mar 27)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogFor Mookie Betts, milestone marks changed approach - Sports - The Boston Globe
(1 - 9:00pm, Mar 27)
Last: tfbg9

NewsblogMLB Worth $36 Billion As Team Values Hit Record $1.2 Billion Average
(47 - 6:25pm, Mar 27)
Last: dlf

Page rendered in 0.2083 seconds
48 querie(s) executed