May 13, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES — Monday night seemed close to perfect for the Washington Nationals , until it veered close to catastrophe. A blistering afternoon yielded to a warm Southern California night, Jordan Zimmermann further asserted himself as one of baseball's elite starting pitchers, Ryan Zimmerman stayed hot and first place beckoned. And then Bryce Harper was there on the Dodgers Stadium warning track , lying still on his back as trainers rushed toward him and the ballpark hushed.
May 11, 2013 |
According to video analysis, Bryce Harper has been bestowed the Sultan-of-Swat's legendary swing. That's right: Bryce Harper hits like Babe Ruth. This important discovery comes months after it was learned the Nationals' young slugger has Mickey Mantle's swagger and Mel Ott's morning breath. Further, it clearly illustrates the need to stop putting this kid into a box and comparing him to merely otherworldly 20-year-old baseball players, which only serves to reduce expectations. The Post instead sought out real ...
May 15, 2013 |
A vague memory drew me to my bookshelf to find a book published 50 years ago. I flipped pages, until I saw "The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete," by W.C. Heinz in 1958 about Pete Reiser. Then I knew what I was seeking: a story to tell Bryce Harper before it's too late to save him from himself . At age 22 in 1941, Reiser finished second for National League MVP. In just 137 games, he had 70 extra-base hits and led the league in runs (117), batting (.343), doubles (39), triples (17), total bases,...
November 12, 2012 |
At every level of his career, from Little League to junior college, Bryce Harper has found a way to excel and become the best player on the field. On April 28, he was unexpectedly thrust into his dream, into the major leagues at the age of 19. And over the next five months, Harper produced one of the finest seasons ever for a teenager, while many his age were in college. On Monday, the top overall pick in the 2010 draft who became a mainstay in the Washington Nationals' lineup was honored...
April 9, 2013 |
City business slowed dramatically Tuesday morning when Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper and team officials visited the D.C. Council to receive a ceremonial resolution. Council members, staffers and reporters crowded around Harper as he walked through the John A. Wilson Building into the council chamber. Nationals manager Davey Johnson, general manager Mike Rizzo and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, chairwoman of the Lerner family foundation, accompanied Harper. During their visit, the council presented...
May 5, 2013 |
Harper is ejected in the first inning Bryce Harper was ejected in the first inning of the Nationals' 6-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon after he drew the ire of umpiring crew chief John Hirschbeck with his reaction to a check-swing third strike. The incident left the Nationals without their best player and, owing to behavior from Hirschbeck that Manager Davey Johnson deemed overaggressive, raised the issue of contentious relations between umpires and players.