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.’”
Posted: February 29, 2012 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
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