October 2, 2012
The first teenage position-player All Star in decades. A bundle of nerves (and occasionally rage) whose personal standards reflect the hoopla surrounding him. A 19-year-old who swilled apple cider while his teammates drank beer and Champagne last night with the Washington team he helped lead to first place for the first time in 79 seasons. Here are excerpts from "The Bryce Harper Story: Rise of a Young Slugger," an e-book published today by the staff of The Washington Post The first thing you do is, you go over and grab one of those...
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 historians — not just...
August 26, 2013 |
In the eighth game of his major league career, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was drilled intentionally on the backside by Cole Hamels. It was an "old baseball" move, the Philadelphia Phillies starter said, intended to teach the 19-year-old rookie a lesson. But Harper is in his second season now, so by the third time he was hit in a span of nine games this month , all by Atlanta Braves pitchers, an obvious question arose: Is he being targeted by opposing teams? Ask around the Nationals...
June 14, 2013
Harper is expected to test knee soon Bryce Harper likely will test out his injured left knee while the Nationals are in Philadelphia early next week, and he'll perhaps perform baseball activities, according to Manager Davey Johnson. And if all goes well, Harper could play in rehab games and rejoin the Nationals after that, Johnson said. Harper was instructed to rest his left knee for a week after his Monday visit with orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for a second opinion.
June 30, 2012 |
New York Giants Manager John McGraw was once asked why he didn't let Mel Ott earn his way to the major leagues instead of bringing the kid up to the Polo Grounds just a month after his 17th birthday. "Cause I didn't want some hack ruinin' his swing," McGraw replied. "No minor league manager is gonna ruin the talent that this kid has. " Be it 1926 with Ott, 1951 with Mickey Mantle or 1989 with Ken Griffey, Jr., baseball has always had different rules for transcendent teenagers.
July 16, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper finished second in baseball's Home Run Derby Monday night in New York, behind Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics. Harper was hitting balls thrown by his father : It was always him and his dad. That's how Bryce Harper remembers it. He would wait for Ron Harper to come home from his shift as an ironworker, a 5-year-old bundle of energy pleading for a pitcher. Out they would head, either into the family garage or to one of the dusty Las Vegas diamonds near...