HARPER, BRYCE  
 
Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: Las Vegas, NV Team:   NATIONALS
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   L
Weight: 225 Throws:   R
DOB: 10/16/1992 Agent: Scott Boras
Birth City: Las Vegas, NV Draft: Nationals #1-2010-Out of College of Southern Nevada
Uniform #: 34  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2011 EL HARRISBURG   37 129 14 33 7 1 3 12 7 2 15 26 .329 .395 .256
2011 SAL HAGERSTOWN   72 258 49 82 17 1 14 46 19 5 44 61 .423 .554 .318
2012 IL SYRACUSE   21 74 8 18 4 1 1 3 1 1 9 14 .325 .365 .243
2012 NL NATIONALS   139 533 98 144 26 9 22 59 18 6 56 120 .340 .477 .270
2013 NL NATIONALS   118 424 71 116 24 3 20 58 11 4 61 94 .368 .486 .274
2013 EL HARRISBURG   2 7 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 3 .444 .571 .286
2013 CAR POTOMAC   2 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 .600 1.500 .500
2014 NL NATIONALS $2,150.00 100 352 41 96 10 2 13 32 2 2 38 104 .344 .423 .273
2014 EL HARRISBURG   3 10 4 6 1 0 3 7 2 2 3 1 .692 1.600 .600
2014 CAR POTOMAC   2 4 3 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 .833 1.500 .750
2015 NL NATIONALS $2,500.00 153 521 118 172 38 1 42 99 6 4 124 131 .460 .649 .330
2016 NL NATIONALS $5,000.00 27 94 18 25 6 0 10 26 5 2 17 23 .372 .649 .266
  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> T-ball CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> six-year-olds, CLASS="highlight"> partly CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brother, CLASS="highlight"> Bryan.

    And CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> nine, CLASS="highlight"> travel CLASS="highlight"> teams CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> California CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Colorado CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> calling CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Harpers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> offering CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> son CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> plane, CLASS="highlight"> lodge CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hotel CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> provide CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> meals CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> tournaments. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> travel CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> hire. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> went, CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> course. CLASS="highlight"> Most CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> either CLASS="highlight"> Ron CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> sometimes, CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> monetary CLASS="highlight"> reasons, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> go, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> alone. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> 80 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 130 CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> for seven CLASS="highlight"> years, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> states CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> remember.

    "People CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> 'Weren't CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> deprived CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> childhood?' CLASS="highlight"> " CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "No CLASS="highlight"> way. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> all. CLASS="highlight"> Everything CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> great. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> places, CLASS="highlight"> meet CLASS="highlight"> people, CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> competition. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> time."

    Bryce CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> normal CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> man. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> football CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> 2008, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he loves CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> snowboard CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter.

    "We CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> limit CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> way," CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> Mom, CLASS="highlight"> Shari said. "He CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> weekend, CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plane CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> hour CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> bored CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> 'Dad, CLASS="highlight"> let's CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> cage CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> hit.' CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> mean, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> sleeps CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat. CLASS="highlight"> He'll CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> go, CLASS="highlight"> 'Dad, CLASS="highlight"> isn't CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bee-yooty?'"

    It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> player-for-hire CLASS="highlight"> trips CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> understand CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> son CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> special. CLASS="highlight"> Bryce, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> 12, CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tournament CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Alabama CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 250-foot CLASS="highlight"> fences. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> trip CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> attend. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> phoned CLASS="highlight"> home, CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> done. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> right," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> replied.

    Later CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> called CLASS="highlight"> Sheri. CLASS="highlight"> "Did CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> you?" CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> asked.

    "No, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> really," CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> said.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 12 CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> 12. CLASS="highlight"> Eleven CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> double."

    "That," CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> says, CLASS="highlight"> "is CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> knew." CLASS="highlight"> (Tom CLASS="highlight"> Verducci-Sports CLASS="highlight"> Illustrated-6/08/09)

  • Harper CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> volunteer CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 3.5 CLASS="highlight"> grade CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> average. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> atteded CLASS="highlight"> religious CLASS="highlight"> education CLASS="highlight"> classes CLASS="highlight"> nearly CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> morning CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> school.
  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> skills, CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> attitude—he CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> models CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Mickey CLASS="highlight"> Mantle CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Pete CLASS="highlight"> Rose—perfectly CLASS="highlight"> suited CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sport.

    He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> enormous CLASS="highlight"> capacity CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> working CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> dedication. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> goals CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ballplayer, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> replies CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> unemotional CLASS="highlight"> certainty: CLASS="highlight"> "Be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame, CLASS="highlight"> definitely. CLASS="highlight"> Play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Yankee CLASS="highlight"> Stadium. CLASS="highlight"> Play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pinstripes. CLASS="highlight"> Be CLASS="highlight"> considered CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> greatest CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> lived. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> wait."

  • His CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> Ron, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> steelworker, CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mother, CLASS="highlight"> Sheri, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> paralegal.
  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2008, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> USA CLASS="highlight"> Baseball's CLASS="highlight"> 16-U CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pan CLASS="highlight"> Am CLASS="highlight"> Championships CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Mexico, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> autographs CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> 45 CLASS="highlight"> minutes, CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> wee CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> morning, CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 11th CLASS="highlight"> inning CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 3-1 CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> Cuba. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> batted CLASS="highlight"> .571 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> tournament, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> eight CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 1.214 CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> average, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .676 CLASS="highlight"> on-base CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> tries—all CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> highs CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> regular CLASS="highlight"> players—and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> MVP.

    It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> international CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> showcase CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> January CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> metal CLASS="highlight"> bat, CLASS="highlight"> walloped CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 502-foot CLASS="highlight"> shot CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Trop, CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> consecutive CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> averaged CLASS="highlight"> 469 CLASS="highlight"> feet. CLASS="highlight"> (The CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> competition, CLASS="highlight"> Babe CLASS="highlight"> Ruth's CLASS="highlight"> granddaughter CLASS="highlight"> displayed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> commemorative CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> awarded CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> longest CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> version CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> called CLASS="highlight"> shot, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Babe's CLASS="highlight"> kin, CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> bat." CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did.)

  • Harper CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> with  CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> viciousness, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> seeming CLASS="highlight"> contempt CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> whoever CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> whatever CLASS="highlight"> dares CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> victory. CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> Pete CLASS="highlight"> Rose CLASS="highlight"> did," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> rip CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> off. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> am. CLASS="highlight"> Old CLASS="highlight"> school. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> Lou CLASS="highlight"> Piniella CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Larry CLASS="highlight"> Bowa, CLASS="highlight"> I'd CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> it."

    Before CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> hits, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> lays CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> batter's CLASS="highlight"> box, CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> steps CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pitcher, CLASS="highlight"> bends CLASS="highlight"> over, CLASS="highlight"> scoops CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> dirt CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bare CLASS="highlight"> hands CLASS="highlight"> (batting CLASS="highlight"> gloves? CLASS="highlight"> Hah!), CLASS="highlight"> rubs CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> palms CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> returns CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> grab CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> box. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> dirt," CLASS="highlight"> Sheri CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> act CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> defiance, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> marking CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> territory—in CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> case, CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> plate—as CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> alone.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> crap," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> hear CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> Overrated. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> suck. CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> shut CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> up, CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> you. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> regular CLASS="highlight"> pregame CLASS="highlight"> work. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> arm. CLASS="highlight"> Just CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> go. CLASS="highlight"> Don't CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> run."

    "Bryce CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> saying," CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father CLASS="highlight"> Ron CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "Whenever CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> likes CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> 'I'm CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> yet. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do.' CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> better, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> works. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he'll CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> rest CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> laurels."  CLASS="highlight"> (Tom CLASS="highlight"> Verducci-Sports CLASS="highlight"> Illustrated-6/08/09)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2009, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America's CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sophomore. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> magazine CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> picked CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> junior CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> POY, CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sophomore.

    That CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .626 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .723 CLASS="highlight"> on-base-percentage CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 1.339 CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 115 CLASS="highlight"> at-bats, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 14 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 55 CLASS="highlight"> RBI.

  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pursue CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> GED CLASS="highlight"> rather CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> junior CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2009. CLASS="highlight"> Yes, CLASS="highlight"> he  CLASS="highlight"> skipped CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> TWO CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> drafted. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> maintained CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 4.0 CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> junior CLASS="highlight"> college. 

  • He CLASS="highlight"> gravitates CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Nationals' CLASS="highlight"> veterans CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> Mark CLASS="highlight"> DeRosa, CLASS="highlight"> Rick CLASS="highlight"> Ankiel CLASS="highlight"> ("He CLASS="highlight"> deserves CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> world CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> overcoming CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> overcome."), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jayson CLASS="highlight"> Werth.

    The CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> enjoys CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> compared CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> George CLASS="highlight"> Brett. CLASS="highlight"> (When CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> Brett CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 17-year-old CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> country CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> am.") CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> journalist CLASS="highlight"> Danny CLASS="highlight"> Knobler CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> used CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> cover CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Tigers, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Al CLASS="highlight"> Kaline, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> astounded CLASS="highlight"> Knobler CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> knowing CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> 20 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1955 CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> youngest CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> champion.

    Asked CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Network CLASS="highlight"> whom CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> meet CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> replied, CLASS="highlight"> "Jackie CLASS="highlight"> Robinson, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> through." CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> talks CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> hoping CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> meet CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Washington. CLASS="highlight"> One CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> veteran CLASS="highlight"> grinder CLASS="highlight"> Chase CLASS="highlight"> Utley.

    For CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> role CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> brash CLASS="highlight"> kid. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> scream CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stands," CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> DeRosa. CLASS="highlight"> "One CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> man CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> yelling CLASS="highlight"> obscenities." CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> happened CLASS="highlight"> throughout CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minors CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> year.

  • Just CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> the 2010 CLASS="highlight"> draft, CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> all," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> haven't. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> about. CLASS="highlight"> Everyone CLASS="highlight"> else, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> partying CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> stuff. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> stayed CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> body. CLASS="highlight"> Go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> school, CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> gym, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> home. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> eat CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> home-cooked CLASS="highlight"> meal. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> Then CLASS="highlight"> Sundays, CLASS="highlight"> I'd CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> church," CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> said.

  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> member CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Church CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Jesus CLASS="highlight"> Christ CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Latter CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> Saints, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Morman. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> plan CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mission.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> think  CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> 'He's CLASS="highlight"> LDS.' CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> 'This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> church,' CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> walking CLASS="highlight"> book CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Mormon. CLASS="highlight"> Is CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> repertoire CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mission? CLASS="highlight"> Yes, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mission, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> no, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> age," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America.

  • Harper's CLASS="highlight"> favorites:

    Movie: CLASS="highlight"> Bull CLASS="highlight"> Durham

    Musical CLASS="highlight"> Group: CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> Lil' CLASS="highlight"> Wayne, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> country. CLASS="highlight"> Tim CLASS="highlight"> McGraw, CLASS="highlight"> Kenny CLASS="highlight"> Chesney, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Big & CLASS="highlight"> Rich."

    Dream CLASS="highlight"> Car: CLASS="highlight"> "1969 CLASS="highlight"> Chevelle CLASS="highlight"> SS. CLASS="highlight"> Or CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Range CLASS="highlight"> Rover CLASS="highlight"> Sport, CLASS="highlight"> black CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> black. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> '55 CLASS="highlight"> Belair. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> old-school CLASS="highlight"> cars," CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> said.

    Celebrity CLASS="highlight"> Crush: CLASS="highlight"> Megan CLASS="highlight"> Fox

  • Asked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hobbies, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America, CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> beach. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> snowboard. CLASS="highlight"> Going CLASS="highlight"> fishing. CLASS="highlight"> Hanging CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> pops. CLASS="highlight"> Me CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> friends. CLASS="highlight"> Just CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lake; CLASS="highlight"> hanging CLASS="highlight"> out, CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> time."

  • Harper's CLASS="highlight"> uniform CLASS="highlight"> number CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> #34—3 CLASS="highlight"> plus CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> equals CLASS="highlight"> 7. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> #7 CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> Mickey CLASS="highlight"> Mantle's CLASS="highlight"> number. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Mick CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> Bryce's CLASS="highlight"> all-time CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> player.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> awarded CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Golden CLASS="highlight"> Spikes CLASS="highlight"> award.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2011 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 2012, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> organization.

  • Harper CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> eye CLASS="highlight"> exam CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> 19, CLASS="highlight"> 2011 CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> resulted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> prescription CLASS="highlight"> contact CLASS="highlight"> lenses. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> tear.

  • When CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> signs CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> autograph, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> normally CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> uniform CLASS="highlight"> number CLASS="highlight"> (34) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> LUKE CLASS="highlight"> 1:37 CLASS="highlight"> (which CLASS="highlight"> reads, CLASS="highlight"> "For CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> God, CLASS="highlight"> nothing CLASS="highlight"> shall CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> impossible.")

  • Probably CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> teenager, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> Ron, CLASS="highlight"> taught CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> drink CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> glass CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> container CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> unsure CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> chain CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> custody.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> that," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2011 CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> drink at CLASS="highlight"> all. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> I'd CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> parties CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> buddies—it's CLASS="highlight"> Vegas—I'd CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> bring CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> water CLASS="highlight"> bottle CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> I'd CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> hand CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> matter CLASS="highlight"> what. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> do. CLASS="highlight"> Anytime CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> anybody's CLASS="highlight"> house, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> closed CLASS="highlight"> container. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> up, CLASS="highlight"> drink CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> close, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> case. CLASS="highlight"> Things CLASS="highlight"> happen, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chance."

  • Arnie CLASS="highlight"> Beyeler, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pawtucket CLASS="highlight"> Red CLASS="highlight"> Sox, CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Arizona CLASS="highlight"> Fall CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> anyone CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> seen. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> him."

    That CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2011 CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> blew CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kiss CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Greensboro CLASS="highlight"> pitcher? CLASS="highlight"> Bob CLASS="highlight"> Boone CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> talking CLASS="highlight"> trash." CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> added: CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> disrespects CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> teammate."

  • Asked CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Network CLASS="highlight"> whom CLASS="highlight"> he’d CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> meet CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> replied, CLASS="highlight"> “Jackie CLASS="highlight"> Robinson, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> through.”

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> talks CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> hoping CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> meet CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Washington. CLASS="highlight"> One CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> veteran CLASS="highlight"> grinder CLASS="highlight"> Chase CLASS="highlight"> Utley.

  • Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2012 CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Rookie CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> close CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> D-backs' CLASS="highlight"> Wade CLASS="highlight"> Miley CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Reds' CLASS="highlight"> Todd CLASS="highlight"> Frazier.

  • Harper's CLASS="highlight"> game-worn CLASS="highlight"> 2013 opening CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> auctioned CLASS="highlight"> off, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> slugger was CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> happy CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> sold CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> $13,000. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> known CLASS="highlight"> sooner, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> bid CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Twitter CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> express CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> frustration CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> opening CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hands CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> else.

    Bryce tweeted CLASS="highlight"> "They CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> ask CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> anything! CLASS="highlight"> First CLASS="highlight"> opening CLASS="highlight"> day! CLASS="highlight"> Jersey CLASS="highlight"> gone!"

  • Early CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2013, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> reported CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> dating CLASS="highlight"> BYU CLASS="highlight"> soccer CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> Kayla CLASS="highlight"> Varner.

  • Sports CLASS="highlight"> Illustrated's CLASS="highlight"> Dan CLASS="highlight"> Patrick CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> "When's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> nervous CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game?"

    Bryce CLASS="highlight"> responed, CLASS="highlight"> "I've CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> nervous. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> pressure. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> fun CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> 1-1 CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 10th CLASS="highlight"> inning. CLASS="highlight"> Or CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> loaded, CLASS="highlight"> bottom CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ninth. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> live CLASS="highlight"> for. CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> dreamed CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> walk-off CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> playoffs."

    Patrick CLASS="highlight"> asked, CLASS="highlight"> "Is CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> live CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> life?"

    To CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> support CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> home. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> fun CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> person CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field."

  • In CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 2013, CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame CLASS="highlight"> outfielder CLASS="highlight"> Al CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> said that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> fascinated CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals' CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> all-out CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> impressed CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> handled CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pressures CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> age.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> supposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> played," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Kaline, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> currently CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> assistant CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Tigers CLASS="highlight"> general CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Dave CLASS="highlight"> Dombrowski. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> tremendous CLASS="highlight"> ability CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> expect CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> on—if CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> right—to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> game."

    Kaline CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> reaching CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> middle CLASS="highlight"> ground CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> avoid CLASS="highlight"> injuries.  CLASS="highlight"> "If CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> pop CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> infield, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> easy CLASS="highlight"> out, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> 110 CLASS="highlight"> percent. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> base," CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "And CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> course CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walls CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> fortunate CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> outfield CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walls CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> padded. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> played, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> concrete.

    "There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> times—instead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> belt CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walls, CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> hurt CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> good—you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> careful. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> teach CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> taught CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> played. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time."

    Kaline CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> share CLASS="highlight"> something. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> entered CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> teenagers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> on. CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> 19, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> East CLASS="highlight"> title CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> N.L. CLASS="highlight"> Rookie CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> Award. CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> 20, CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> title.  CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> Kaline's CLASS="highlight"> opinion, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> stronger CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> was.

    "I've CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> fascinated CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> stronger CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> was, CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 150, CLASS="highlight"> 155 CLASS="highlight"> pounds," CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> does; CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> body; CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> leave CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> gain CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> teammates, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> job. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> all-out. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> hope CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> stays CLASS="highlight"> healthy."

    Kaline CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> impressed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> swing. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Famer CLASS="highlight"> believes CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> capable CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> winning CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> title. CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> outfielder CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> title CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1955.

    "It CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> swings CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs," CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "To CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> lead CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> hitting. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> certainly CLASS="highlight"> capable CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> puts CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mind CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> thinks CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> needs CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do, CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> power CLASS="highlight"> hitter, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> Whether CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> [win CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> battle CLASS="highlight"> title CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> title], CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> know, CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> very, CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> aggressive CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate." CLASS="highlight"> (Ladson CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 8/01/13)

  • Harper, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> attended CLASS="highlight"> seminary CLASS="highlight"> classes CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 5:00 CLASS="highlight"> a.m. CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> weekdays CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school, CLASS="highlight"> writes CLASS="highlight"> "Luke CLASS="highlight"> 1:37" CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> autograph CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> signs. CLASS="highlight"> "For CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> God, CLASS="highlight"> nothing CLASS="highlight"> shall CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> impossible." CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> spreading CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> gospel.

  • The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> traveled CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Toronto CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Blue CLASS="highlight"> Jays CLASS="highlight"> midway CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2012 CLASS="highlight"> season. After one CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> reporter CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> advantage CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Ontario's CLASS="highlight"> lower CLASS="highlight"> drinking CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> (19, CLASS="highlight"> versus CLASS="highlight"> 21 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> U.S.) CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> drinking CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> celebratory CLASS="highlight"> beer CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates.

    Harper, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Mormon CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> drink CLASS="highlight"> alcohol, CLASS="highlight"> replied, CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> answer CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> clown CLASS="highlight"> question, CLASS="highlight"> bro."

    The CLASS="highlight"> comment CLASS="highlight"> quickly CLASS="highlight"> developed CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> Internet CLASS="highlight"> meme, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> phrase CLASS="highlight"> itself CLASS="highlight"> repeated, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> response CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> question, CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Senate CLASS="highlight"> Majority CLASS="highlight"> Leader CLASS="highlight"> Harry CLASS="highlight"> Reid. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> filed CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> application CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> trademark CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> phrase.

  • Harper announced CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> January CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> Ultimate CLASS="highlight"> Fighting CLASS="highlight"> Championship belt. No, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> doesn’t CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> become CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fighter. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> wear, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> willing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> practice CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> UFC CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> one. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> UFC CLASS="highlight"> responded CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> sending CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> belt CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> picture CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> it.

  • Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training CLASS="highlight"> 2014: CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> wear CLASS="highlight"> all-out, CLASS="highlight"> warrior CLASS="highlight"> face CLASS="highlight"> paint CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> anymore, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> enjoy CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> amount CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> eye CLASS="highlight"> black. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> natural CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> eye CLASS="highlight"> black CLASS="highlight"> company.

    WarriorBlack CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> available CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> spring, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> teased CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> company's CLASS="highlight"> unveiling CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> re-tweet CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> advertising CLASS="highlight"> photo CLASS="highlight"> featuring CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 21-year-old CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> product, CLASS="highlight"> plus CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hat CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> T-shirt CLASS="highlight"> sporting CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> company's CLASS="highlight"> name.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> photo CLASS="highlight"> shoot CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> ago CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Viera, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> latest CLASS="highlight"> commercial CLASS="highlight"> endeavor.

    WarriorBlack CLASS="highlight"> touts CLASS="highlight"> itself CLASS="highlight"> as: CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> premiere CLASS="highlight"> anti-glare CLASS="highlight"> under-eye CLASS="highlight"> formula CLASS="highlight"> available, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> choice CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> superstar CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper."

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    He CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Tony CLASS="highlight"> Conigliaro CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leaguers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pair CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 20-homer CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> 21st CLASS="highlight"> birthday.

  • Bryce's CLASS="highlight"> diet CLASS="highlight"> veers CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> world-class CLASS="highlight"> athlete CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> overgrown CLASS="highlight"> kid, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> sense CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> pours CLASS="highlight"> glutamine CLASS="highlight"> powder CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> yogurt-and-fruit CLASS="highlight"> shakes CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> drops CLASS="highlight"> amino CLASS="highlight"> vitamins CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> homemade CLASS="highlight"> organic CLASS="highlight"> juice. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> scarfs CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mom’s CLASS="highlight"> made-from-scratch CLASS="highlight"> cooking. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> sneaks CLASS="highlight"> Klondike CLASS="highlight"> Bars, CLASS="highlight"> Starbucks CLASS="highlight"> pumpkin CLASS="highlight"> spice CLASS="highlight"> lattes, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Double CLASS="highlight"> Stuff CLASS="highlight"> Oreos. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> drink CLASS="highlight"> Red CLASS="highlight"> Bull CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Five-Hour CLASS="highlight"> Energy, CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> sugar CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> caffeine CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> “absolutely CLASS="highlight"> terrible CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> you,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> submit CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> craving CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Mountain CLASS="highlight"> Dew CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> offseason, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> sip CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> throws CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> trash.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> mean, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> perfect,” CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> laughing CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> sat CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> Nationals’ CLASS="highlight"> dugout CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2014 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> eat CLASS="highlight"> ice CLASS="highlight"> cream CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> Outside CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> smart.”

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> avoids CLASS="highlight"> sugary CLASS="highlight"> drinks, CLASS="highlight"> treats CLASS="highlight"> pain CLASS="highlight"> relievers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> skepticism CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> abhors CLASS="highlight"> performance-enhancing CLASS="highlight"> drugs. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> turned CLASS="highlight"> 21 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> October. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> not—will CLASS="highlight"> not—drink CLASS="highlight"> alcohol.

    “My CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> with,” CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “It’s CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> sitting CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> desk CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> hands CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> body. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> single CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> in, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> good. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> you’re CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> drinking CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> partying, CLASS="highlight"> you’re CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> eight CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> eat CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> meals CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> sluggish CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that.My CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> temple, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> that.”

    In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> relies CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mother CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> brunt CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> nutrition. CLASS="highlight"> Protein CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> grilled CLASS="highlight"> chicken. CLASS="highlight"> Healthy CLASS="highlight"> carbohydrates CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> pasta. CLASS="highlight"> She CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> everything, CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> ranch CLASS="highlight"> dressing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> spaghetti, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> putting CLASS="highlight"> artificial CLASS="highlight"> sugars CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> body. CLASS="highlight"> “She’s CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable,” CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I’m CLASS="highlight"> very, CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> lucky.”

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> adds CLASS="highlight"> sophistication CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mom’s CLASS="highlight"> cooking. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> researches CLASS="highlight"> vitamins CLASS="highlight"> online CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> determine CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> supplements CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> uses CLASS="highlight"> creatine CLASS="highlight"> powder CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> cycles CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter, CLASS="highlight"> typically CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> on, CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> off. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> amino CLASS="highlight"> vitamins, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father CLASS="highlight"> turned CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> to, CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> “the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> body.” CLASS="highlight"> After CLASS="highlight"> workouts, CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> maximize CLASS="highlight"> recovery CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> eliminate CLASS="highlight"> cramping, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> uses CLASS="highlight"> glutamine CLASS="highlight"> powder. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> adds CLASS="highlight"> liquid CLASS="highlight"> protein CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> drinks.

    He CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> drink CLASS="highlight"> black CLASS="highlight"> coffee CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> needs CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> jolt CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> uses CLASS="highlight"> off-market CLASS="highlight"> Gatorade CLASS="highlight"> products CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> contain CLASS="highlight"> sugar. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> making CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> juice CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> loved CLASS="highlight"> it—kale, CLASS="highlight"> cucumber, CLASS="highlight"> green CLASS="highlight"> apple, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> green CLASS="highlight"> tomato CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> favorite. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> late-night CLASS="highlight"> snack, CLASS="highlight"> he “crushes” an CLASS="highlight"> avocado CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> cucumber CLASS="highlight"> sandwich.  CLASS="highlight"> (Adam CLASS="highlight"> Kilgore CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> Post CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 3/27/14)

  • "You CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> question CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game," CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Williams CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> hard."

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 21, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> typically CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> old-school CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> approach. CLASS="highlight"> Charlie CLASS="highlight"> Manuel, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> managing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phillies, CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> old-school CLASS="highlight"> covered. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> contemporary CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> played. CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> fielder CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Washington," CLASS="highlight"> Manuel CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> meaning CLASS="highlight"> Harper.

    There CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> notable CLASS="highlight"> break CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> wall-to-wall CLASS="highlight"> effort CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> failed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> comebacker CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pitcher. CLASS="highlight"> Williams CLASS="highlight"> removed CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> thing. CLASS="highlight"> All CLASS="highlight"> parties CLASS="highlight"> rapidly CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> episode. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> stood CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> surprise, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> differed CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> dramatically CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> usual CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> effort, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> issue CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> festered, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> lingered, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> created CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long-term CLASS="highlight"> problem.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> suffered injuries CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> result CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> nonstop CLASS="highlight"> approach. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> 44 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2013 CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> knee CLASS="highlight"> injury, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> result CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> running CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> outfield CLASS="highlight"> wall CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Dodger CLASS="highlight"> Stadium. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> risk CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> injury CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> continue CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> all-out, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> neither CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> nor CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> club CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> well-served CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> somebody CLASS="highlight"> else, CLASS="highlight"> somebody CLASS="highlight"> less, CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> running, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> running CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> office. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> public CLASS="highlight"> comments CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> candid, CLASS="highlight"> perhaps CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> candid CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> good. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> candor CLASS="highlight"> beats CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> alternative.

    Asked CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> comparisons CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> Mike CLASS="highlight"> Trout CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Angels CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> himself, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> pull CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> punches. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> care," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> couldn't CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> opinions. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> us, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> don't, CLASS="highlight"> they're CLASS="highlight"> crazy."

    After CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> recent CLASS="highlight"> injury, CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> undoubtedly CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> calls CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> ditch CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> head-first CLASS="highlight"> slides CLASS="highlight"> and/or CLASS="highlight"> generally CLASS="highlight"> curtail CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> full-tilt CLASS="highlight"> style CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> play. CLASS="highlight"> Swell. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> somebody CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> halfway CLASS="highlight"> measures CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper. CLASS="highlight">  (Bauman CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 4/29/14)

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2014: CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Williams CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> eliminate CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> perceived CLASS="highlight"> tension CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse CLASS="highlight"> regarding CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> comments CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lineup.

    Before CLASS="highlight"> returning CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> missing CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> torn CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> thumb CLASS="highlight"> ligament, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> addressed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> media CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> displayed CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> dissatisfaction CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Williams' CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 21-year-old CLASS="highlight"> slugger CLASS="highlight"> sixth CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> order.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> disagreed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> individuals CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> stating CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Ryan CLASS="highlight"> Zimmerman CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> Danny CLASS="highlight"> Espinosa CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> second, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> "should CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> what's CLASS="highlight"> happening." CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> proposed CLASS="highlight"> lineup CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> presumably CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Denard CLASS="highlight"> Span.

    Instead, CLASS="highlight"> Williams CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> second, CLASS="highlight"> Zimmerman CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> third, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Span CLASS="highlight"> retaining CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> starting CLASS="highlight"> job CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> rookie CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> proposed CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> comments CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> context.

    "What CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> question CLASS="highlight"> asked?" CLASS="highlight"> Williams CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "And CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> respond CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> particular CLASS="highlight"> question? CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> hear CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> question. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> response. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> regard CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> scrutiny CLASS="highlight"> regarding CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lineup, CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lineup. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> said: CLASS="highlight"> 'He CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lineup. CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> wherever CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> wherever CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> to.' CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> proper CLASS="highlight"> response. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> different. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> 'If CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pen, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> different.' CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> perfectly CLASS="highlight"> fine. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> perfectly CLASS="highlight"> fine. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> mean CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> disagrees CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> issue CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> me."

    In CLASS="highlight"> reality, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> question CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> prompted CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> response CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> appreciative CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Zimmerman's CLASS="highlight"> unwavering CLASS="highlight"> willingness CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> move CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> position. CLASS="highlight"> After CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> return CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> 3, CLASS="highlight"> Zimmerman CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> 25 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> field—a CLASS="highlight"> brand CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> returned CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> though CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> clear CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> multiple CLASS="highlight"> occasions CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> prefer CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> stay CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> left. CLASS="highlight">  (Daniel CLASS="highlight"> Popper CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com, CLASS="highlight"> 7/2/14)

  • January CLASS="highlight"> 3, CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Ohio CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> soccer CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> Kayla CLASS="highlight"> Varner CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> planning CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> weddings CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Jan. CLASS="highlight"> 2-3 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> southern CLASS="highlight"> California.

    They CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> married CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Church CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Jesus CLASS="highlight"> Christ CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Latter-day CLASS="highlight"> Saints CLASS="highlight"> ceremony CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Jan. CLASS="highlight"> 2 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> follow CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> traditional CLASS="highlight"> wedding CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Jan. CLASS="highlight"> 3.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> measuring CLASS="highlight"> process CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Stitched CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Cosmopolitan CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> October CLASS="highlight"> 2014. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wedding CLASS="highlight"> party, CLASS="highlight"> nicknamed CLASS="highlight"> “The CLASS="highlight"> Holy CLASS="highlight"> 7,” CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> wear CLASS="highlight"> brilliant CLASS="highlight"> Navy CLASS="highlight"> sharkskin CLASS="highlight"> Bespoke CLASS="highlight"> tuxedos CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Cognac CLASS="highlight"> colored CLASS="highlight"> leather CLASS="highlight"> shoes.

    “He CLASS="highlight"> proudly CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> charge CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> designing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> tuxedos. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> dreamed CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> loud CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> matched CLASS="highlight"> that,” CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Eamon CLASS="highlight"> Springall, CLASS="highlight"> founder CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> president CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Stitched.

    “The CLASS="highlight"> Holy CLASS="highlight"> Seven” CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> reference CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Mickey CLASS="highlight"> Mantle’s CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 7. CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> Mantle, CLASS="highlight"> wears CLASS="highlight"> 34, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> adds CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> seven.

     Varner CLASS="highlight"> was Nevada’s CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> soccer CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2009 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 2011. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> grew CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Henderson.

  • January CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> submitted an CLASS="highlight"> audition CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> appear on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sit-com CLASS="highlight">  "Modern CLASS="highlight"> Family."

  • March CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> voted CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> "most CLASS="highlight"> overrated CLASS="highlight"> player" CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> poll CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> peers CLASS="highlight"> conducted CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> ESPN CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Magazine. Harper CLASS="highlight"> garnered CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> whopping CLASS="highlight"> 41 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> vote, CLASS="highlight"> according CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> Post's CLASS="highlight"> DC CLASS="highlight"> Sports CLASS="highlight"> Bog. CLASS="highlight"> (Editor's CLASS="highlight"> note: CLASS="highlight"> Then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> MVP.)

  • Until CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> gains CLASS="highlight"> complete CLASS="highlight"> control CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> on-off CLASS="highlight"> switch, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> grips CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> combustibility CLASS="highlight"> quotient. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hair CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> fire, CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> simultaneously CLASS="highlight"> maintaining CLASS="highlight"> control. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> delicate CLASS="highlight"> balancing CLASS="highlight"> act CLASS="highlight"> amid CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> heat CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> competition.

    Amid CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> helmet-flinging CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ejections, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> engaged CLASS="highlight"> presence CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> receptive CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> constructive CLASS="highlight"> criticism, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> immersed CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> private CLASS="highlight"> cocoon.He CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bait CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> umpires, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> resisted CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> temptation CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> lash CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> keyboard CLASS="highlight"> antagonists CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> decreed CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> punk CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> villain.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> sound CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> wrong CLASS="highlight"> way. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spotlight, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> bothered CLASS="highlight"> me,” CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I’ve CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> microscope, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> problem CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> “OK, CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be.”’

    In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> final CLASS="highlight"> analysis, CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> wish CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> cease CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> blowups CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> happy CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> welcome CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> fantasy CLASS="highlight"> rosters. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> yet CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> ascend CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> podium CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> graduate CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> wunderkind CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> finished CLASS="highlight"> product. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> what-have-you-done-for-us-lately CLASS="highlight"> world, CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> share. CLASS="highlight"> (Jerry CLASS="highlight"> Crasnick CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 6/19/15)

  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> strong CLASS="highlight"> dude.  CLASS="highlight"> Actually, CLASS="highlight"> no, CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> rephrase: CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> equivalent CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> days—the CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> physically different you'd CLASS="highlight"> swear CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> actually CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> already. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> bats CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> twigs, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> provide CLASS="highlight"> enough CLASS="highlight"> wind CLASS="highlight"> power CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lights CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> D.C. CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> decade CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> raining CLASS="highlight"> dingers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> reckless CLASS="highlight"> disregard CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> welfare CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> upper CLASS="highlight"> decks. CLASS="highlight"> Even CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> popups CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs. 

    So, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> fitting CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> ESPN CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> tap CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> "Body CLASS="highlight"> Issue" CLASS="highlight"> of ESPN CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Magazine—like CLASS="highlight"> fellow CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> East CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Harvey before CLASS="highlight"> him—because CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> nation CLASS="highlight"> demands CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 22-year-old CLASS="highlight"> incarnation CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Wolverine. 

    And CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> course, Bryce CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> Bryce, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> disappoint. CLASS="highlight"> Some CLASS="highlight"> highlights:

    1. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> squat CLASS="highlight"> 405 CLASS="highlight"> pounds CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> everyone CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> proud CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> that—that's CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> favorites."

    2. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> "about CLASS="highlight"> 8 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> fat CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> now," CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> case CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> guilty CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> sitting CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> couch CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> reading CLASS="highlight"> this. 

    3. CLASS="highlight"> After CLASS="highlight"> tearing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ligament CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> thumb CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> sliding CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> simple CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> challenge. CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> shirt, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> 'Mom, CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> shirt CLASS="highlight"> on.'" CLASS="highlight"> Remember CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> call CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> mom CLASS="highlight"> today, CLASS="highlight"> everyone.

    4. CLASS="highlight"> Elsewhere CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> "Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> mom CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best": CLASS="highlight"> She CLASS="highlight"> apparently CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> delicious CLASS="highlight"> cookies, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> ice CLASS="highlight"> cream CLASS="highlight"> sandwich CLASS="highlight"> methodology CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> seriously. CLASS="highlight"> "I'll CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> cookies CLASS="highlight"> inside CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> microwave CLASS="highlight"> for, CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> 12 CLASS="highlight"> seconds. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> 12 CLASS="highlight"> seconds. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> grab CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ice CLASS="highlight"> cream CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> ice CLASS="highlight"> cream CLASS="highlight"> sandwich. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> mean CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable." CLASS="highlight"> Again:8 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> fat

    5. CLASS="highlight"> Here's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> real CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Robinson CLASS="highlight"> Cano: CLASS="highlight"> "There's CLASS="highlight"> nobody CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> sexy CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> Robinson CLASS="highlight"> Cano CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> box. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> coach, CLASS="highlight"> Chris CLASS="highlight"> Sheff, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> sexy CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> box. CLASS="highlight"> And, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> mean, CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Cano CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> smoothest, CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> swings CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> seen." CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> agree, CLASS="highlight"> Bryce.  CLASS="highlight"> (Landers CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 7/2/15)

  • Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> elected CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game. 

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 14, CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> Don't CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> wrong. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> harbors CLASS="highlight"> future CLASS="highlight"> ambitions CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Home CLASS="highlight"> Run CLASS="highlight"> Derby, CLASS="highlight"> despite CLASS="highlight"> declining CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> invitation CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> asked, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Diego, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017. CLASS="highlight"> "[Stanton] CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Miami," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> year. 

    But CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Derby CLASS="highlight"> comes CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> plans CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> participate. CLASS="highlight"> "I'd CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> D.C.," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight">  

    Earlier CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> lounged CLASS="highlight"> inside CLASS="highlight"> Great CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> Ball CLASS="highlight"> Park's CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse, CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> corner CLASS="highlight"> locker CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> used CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> belong CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Ken CLASS="highlight"> Griffey CLASS="highlight"> Jr. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> spoke CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> influence CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball's CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> superstars, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> Griffey CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> was, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> Mike CLASS="highlight"> Trout CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> now. CLASS="highlight"> Trout CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> generated CLASS="highlight"> grander CLASS="highlight"> headlines, CLASS="highlight"> homering CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> lead CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Midsummer CLASS="highlight"> Classic, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> plenty CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> general CLASS="highlight"> managers CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> choice. CLASS="highlight"> (A CLASS="highlight"> DiComo CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2015)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> named  CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> today CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 22-year-old CLASS="highlight"> slugger's CLASS="highlight"> impressive CLASS="highlight"> 9.5 CLASS="highlight"> WAR CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> campaign. 

  • Harper earned CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> Hank CLASS="highlight"> Aaron CLASS="highlight"> Award, CLASS="highlight"> representing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> offensive CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League.

  • Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> honored CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> peers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Players CLASS="highlight"> Choice CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Outstanding CLASS="highlight"> Player.The CLASS="highlight"> Players CLASS="highlight"> Choice CLASS="highlight"> Awards, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> Players CLASS="highlight"> Association CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1992, CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> voted CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> exclusively CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> players.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> MVP.

  • December CLASS="highlight"> 17, CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kris CLASS="highlight"> Bryant CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> honored CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> keys CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> city CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Las CLASS="highlight"> Vegas.The CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> winner CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> Rookie CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> winner CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> Las CLASS="highlight"> Vegas CLASS="highlight"> natives.
  • Going CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2016 CLASS="highlight"> season:

    Before CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> added CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> name CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> registry CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2012, CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 35 CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> 450 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> conclusion CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> respective CLASS="highlight"> age-22 CLASS="highlight"> seasons. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> ranked CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> OPS+, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> list CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 35 CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> need CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> introduction. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> Ty CLASS="highlight"> Cobb CLASS="highlight"> (163 CLASS="highlight"> OPS+), CLASS="highlight"> Jimmie CLASS="highlight"> Foxx CLASS="highlight"> (159), CLASS="highlight"> Mickey CLASS="highlight"> Mantle CLASS="highlight"> (148), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Mel CLASS="highlight"> Ott CLASS="highlight"> (147).

    With CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> completing CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> fourth CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> pre-2012 CLASS="highlight"> list CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 35 CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> expanded, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> legendary CLASS="highlight"> quartet CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> bookended CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> active CLASS="highlight"> players: CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sparkling CLASS="highlight"> Mike CLASS="highlight"> Trout CLASS="highlight"> (who CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> surpassed CLASS="highlight"> Cobb CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> leads CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> blazing CLASS="highlight"> 167 CLASS="highlight"> OPS+) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 143 CLASS="highlight"> OPS+.It CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> sometimes CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> easy CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> overshadowed CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Trout, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> carved CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> path CLASS="highlight"> previously CLASS="highlight"> marked CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game's CLASS="highlight"> goliaths. CLASS="highlight"> For CLASS="highlight"> example, CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> age-22:

    • Harper CLASS="highlight"> ranks CLASS="highlight"> seventh CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs, CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Famers CLASS="highlight"> Ott, CLASS="highlight"> Eddie CLASS="highlight"> Mathews CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Frank CLASS="highlight"> Robinson, CLASS="highlight"> contemporaries CLASS="highlight"> Alex CLASS="highlight"> Rodriguez CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Trout, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> fellow CLASS="highlight"> teenage CLASS="highlight"> phenom CLASS="highlight"> Tony CLASS="highlight"> Conigliaro.

    • Harper CLASS="highlight"> stands CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tie CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Famer CLASS="highlight"> Al CLASS="highlight"> Kaline CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ninth CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> extra-base CLASS="highlight"> hits. CLASS="highlight"> Those CLASS="highlight"> ahead: CLASS="highlight"> Ott, CLASS="highlight"> Rodriguez, CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Famer CLASS="highlight"> Ted CLASS="highlight"> Williams, CLASS="highlight"> Trout, CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Famer CLASS="highlight"> Ken CLASS="highlight"> Griffey, CLASS="highlight"> Jr., CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> Cedeno, CLASS="highlight"> Foxx, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Vada CLASS="highlight"> Pinson. CLASS="highlight"> Perhaps CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> impressive CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fact CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> stats CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 22 CLASS="highlight"> match CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> quite CLASS="highlight"> nicely CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Mickey CLASS="highlight"> Mantle, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> considered CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> dynamic CLASS="highlight"> stars CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> history. CLASS="highlight"> Imagine CLASS="highlight"> that: CLASS="highlight"> Mantle CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> side. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> imagine.

    Now, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> single-season CLASS="highlight"> accomplishments:

    • Through CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> age-22 CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> Mantle's CLASS="highlight"> single-season CLASS="highlight"> highs CLASS="highlight"> included CLASS="highlight"> 67 CLASS="highlight"> extra-base CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> (in CLASS="highlight"> 1952), CLASS="highlight"> 37 CLASS="highlight"> doubles CLASS="highlight"> (1952), CLASS="highlight"> 27 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> (1954), CLASS="highlight"> 291 CLASS="highlight"> total CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> (1952), CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .311 CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> (1952), CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .408 CLASS="highlight"> OBP CLASS="highlight"> (1954), CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .530 CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> mark CLASS="highlight"> (1952), CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .933 CLASS="highlight"> OPS CLASS="highlight"> (1954), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 162 CLASS="highlight"> OPS+ CLASS="highlight"> (1952);

    • Through CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> age-22 CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> single-season CLASS="highlight"> apexes CLASS="highlight"> (all CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015): CLASS="highlight"> 81 CLASS="highlight"> extra-base CLASS="highlight"> hits, CLASS="highlight"> 38 CLASS="highlight"> two-base CLASS="highlight"> hits, CLASS="highlight"> 42 CLASS="highlight"> homers, CLASS="highlight"> 338 CLASS="highlight"> total CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> .330/.460/.649/1.109, CLASS="highlight"> 195 CLASS="highlight"> OPS+ CLASS="highlight"> line.

    And CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> notable CLASS="highlight"> edge CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Mantle: CLASS="highlight"> Through CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> 22, CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> wins CLASS="highlight"> above CLASS="highlight"> replacement CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> 9.9, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> accomplished CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> en CLASS="highlight"> route CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> winning CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year. CLASS="highlight"> Mantle's CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 6.9, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 22 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1954.

    Mantle's CLASS="highlight"> 1955 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees' CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> fielder CLASS="highlight"> soar CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> higher CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> before. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 10-year CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> claim CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> awards CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> Triple CLASS="highlight"> Crown, CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> 37 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 109 CLASS="highlight"> walks CLASS="highlight"> per CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> assemble CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .314/.443/.614/1.057 CLASS="highlight"> slash CLASS="highlight"> line CLASS="highlight"> (188 CLASS="highlight"> OPS+).

    Squint, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Mantle's CLASS="highlight"> 10-year CLASS="highlight"> destruction CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> 1955 CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> 1964 CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015. CLASS="highlight"> Last CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> looked CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> awful CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> Mantle CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> (extended) CLASS="highlight"> peak. CLASS="highlight"> Let's CLASS="highlight"> hope CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals' CLASS="highlight"> outfielder CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> similar CLASS="highlight"> types CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> history-making CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> plans. CLASS="highlight"> (Roger CLASS="highlight"> Schlueter CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com. CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Feb.20,2016)

  • Career CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> Harney CLASS="highlight"> Middle CLASS="highlight"> School, CLASS="highlight"> Las CLASS="highlight"> Vegas.

    A CLASS="highlight"> nice CLASS="highlight"> lady CLASS="highlight"> stands CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sixth-grade CLASS="highlight"> classroom CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> discuss CLASS="highlight"> professions CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> boys CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> girls CLASS="highlight"> seated CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> her. CLASS="highlight"> Each CLASS="highlight"> student CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> declare CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> career, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rundown CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> usual CLASS="highlight"> suspects: CLASS="highlight"> firefighter, CLASS="highlight"> doctor, CLASS="highlight"> veterinarian. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> nice CLASS="highlight"> lady's CLASS="highlight"> enthusiastic CLASS="highlight"> reaction CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> answers CLASS="highlight"> triggers CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chain CLASS="highlight"> reaction; CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> slightest CLASS="highlight"> clue CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> figure CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> wrong CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those. CLASS="highlight"> Around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> room CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> goes. CLASS="highlight"> Doctor. CLASS="highlight"> Veterinarian. CLASS="highlight"> Sure, CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> not?

    When CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> winds CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> biggest CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> room, CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> says, CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player."

    "Well," CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lady CLASS="highlight"> says, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> jagged CLASS="highlight"> shard CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> disapproval CLASS="highlight"> seeping CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> tone, CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> maybe CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> profession. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> happen CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> often."

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stony CLASS="highlight"> silence. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> words CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> You've CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> clue CLASS="highlight"> teed CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mind CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> BP CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> says, CLASS="highlight"> "Yeah, CLASS="highlight"> well, CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> dream."

    Chauncey, CLASS="highlight"> seated CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> desk CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> woman CLASS="highlight"> needs CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> act CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> kindness, CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> mercy, CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> part.

    "No, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> understand," CLASS="highlight"> Chauncey CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> 12-year-old CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> country." CLASS="highlight"> (Tim CLASS="highlight"> Keown/ CLASS="highlight"> ESPN CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Magazine CLASS="highlight"> /March CLASS="highlight"> 2016)

  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> change CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> change CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> perception CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> players, CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> become CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> single-name CLASS="highlight"> icon CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> LeBron CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Beckham CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Cam.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Bryce," CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> manager, CLASS="highlight"> Dusty CLASS="highlight"> Baker, CLASS="highlight"> "but CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hippest CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> around."

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> elevate CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> sport's CLASS="highlight"> profile CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> play, CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> fashion, CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> charisma CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> personality, CLASS="highlight"> maybe CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fascination CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> size CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agent CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> ($400 CLASS="highlight"> million? CLASS="highlight"> $500 CLASS="highlight"> million?) CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he'll CLASS="highlight"> sign CLASS="highlight"> shortly CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 26th CLASS="highlight"> birthday. CLASS="highlight"> Is CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> prodigy's CLASS="highlight"> natural CLASS="highlight"> urge CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> innovate CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sign CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> youthful CLASS="highlight"> hubris?

    "Endorsements, CLASS="highlight"> fashion CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> see," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "In CLASS="highlight"> soccer, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> Beckham CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Ronaldo. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> basketball, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> Curry CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> LeBron. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> football, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> Cam. CLASS="highlight"> Football CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> fashion."

    There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> impediments CLASS="highlight"> endemic CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sport. CLASS="highlight"> Everyone CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Russell CLASS="highlight"> Westbrook's CLASS="highlight"> unique CLASS="highlight"> couture CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> interview CLASS="highlight"> room. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> hand, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> interviewed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> locker, CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> shirtless CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sporting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hat CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> ruin CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> unique CLASS="highlight"> follicle CLASS="highlight"> landscaping. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> Ryan CLASS="highlight"> Zimmerman CLASS="highlight"> says, CLASS="highlight"> "We're CLASS="highlight"> uniformed CLASS="highlight"> personnel."

    And CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> larger CLASS="highlight"> obstacle: CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game's CLASS="highlight"> stern CLASS="highlight"> code. CLASS="highlight"> Case CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> point: CLASS="highlight"> Papelbon CLASS="highlight"> vs. CLASS="highlight"> Harper. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Orioles CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> Manny CLASS="highlight"> Machado CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> September CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> reacted CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> excitement, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> Jonathan CLASS="highlight"> Papelbon CLASS="highlight"> drilled CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> Machado CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> bat, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> caused CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> suggest CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reporters CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> baseball's CLASS="highlight"> code CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> "tired," CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Papelbon CLASS="highlight"> berating CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> choking CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> closer CLASS="highlight"> found CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammate's CLASS="highlight"> hustle CLASS="highlight"> lacking CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Rube CLASS="highlight"> Goldberg CLASS="highlight"> display CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball's CLASS="highlight"> grim CLASS="highlight"> underside.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> admitted CLASS="highlight"> fault CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reporters CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> speaking CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Papelbon CLASS="highlight"> directly CLASS="highlight"> ("If CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> problem CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Pap, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> gone CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Pap," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> says), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> men CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> beyond CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> now.

    "Baseball's CLASS="highlight"> tired," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tired CLASS="highlight"> sport, CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> express CLASS="highlight"> yourself. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> sports CLASS="highlight"> do. CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> saying CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> is, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> know, CLASS="highlight"> boring CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> excitement CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> flair. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Harvey CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Jacob CLASS="highlight"> deGrom CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Manny CLASS="highlight"> Machado CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Joc CLASS="highlight"> Pederson CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Andrew CLASS="highlight"> McCutchen CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Yasiel CLASS="highlight"> Puig CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> fun.

    "Jose CLASS="highlight"> Fernandez CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> example. CLASS="highlight"> Jose CLASS="highlight"> Fernandez CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> strike CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> stare CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dugout CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pump CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> fist. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> homer CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pimp CLASS="highlight"> it? CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> care. CLASS="highlight"> Because CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> old CLASS="highlight"> feeling CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> hoorah CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> pimp CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> homer, CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> teeth. CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> pimps CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> homer CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game-winning CLASS="highlight"> shot CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> mean CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> sorry."

    He CLASS="highlight"> stops, CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> around. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> hell CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> in.

    "If CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> pumps CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> fist CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> mound, CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go, CLASS="highlight"> 'Yeah, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> Good CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> you. CLASS="highlight"> Hopefully CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> time.' CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> right? CLASS="highlight"> What CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> days? CLASS="highlight"> Football, CLASS="highlight"> basketball. CLASS="highlight"> Look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> Steph CLASS="highlight"> Curry, CLASS="highlight"> LeBron CLASS="highlight"> James. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> exciting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> sports. CLASS="highlight"> Cam CLASS="highlight"> Newton CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> Cam CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> smiles, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> laughs. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> flair. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> dramatic."

    The CLASS="highlight"> question CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> this: CLASS="highlight"> Can CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> enzyme CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> quicken CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chemical CLASS="highlight"> reaction CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> eradicate CLASS="highlight"> baseball's CLASS="highlight"> old-school CLASS="highlight"> thinking CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> unwritten CLASS="highlight"> rules, CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Code, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> century CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> half CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> shut-up-and-play CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> create CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> retain CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> express CLASS="highlight"> themselves CLASS="highlight"> fully CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> fear CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ear CLASS="highlight"> hole?

    It's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> dream. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> who? CLASS="highlight"> Mike CLASS="highlight"> Trout CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> equal CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> publicly CLASS="highlight"> charismatic CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> sand. CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> true CLASS="highlight"> prodigy CLASS="highlight"> fashion, CLASS="highlight"> demands CLASS="highlight"> attention. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2014 CLASS="highlight"> division CLASS="highlight"> series CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Giants, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> stood CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> deck CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> seventh CLASS="highlight"> inning CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Giants CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> 2-1. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sunken CLASS="highlight"> seats CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> feet CLASS="highlight"> away, CLASS="highlight"> holding CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> glass CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> red CLASS="highlight"> wine, CLASS="highlight"> berated CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> intensity CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> couldn't CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> ignored.

    "Hey, CLASS="highlight"> buddy," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "How's CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> glass CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> wine?"

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> remembers CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> sputtered CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> saying, CLASS="highlight"> "You're CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> strike CLASS="highlight"> out."

    "You CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> here, CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> you, CLASS="highlight"> buddy?"

    Seconds CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> drove CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> Bay. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> touched CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> turned CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dugout, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> fixed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> eyes CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fan, CLASS="highlight"> holding CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> stare CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> longer CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> necessary.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> devastated CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> life," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> says.

    It's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> certainty, CLASS="highlight"> right? CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> problem CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Harper. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> we're CLASS="highlight"> fine CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> good. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> homer, CLASS="highlight"> sure, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> admire CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> stare CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> gives CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> wine-drinking CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> extra-long CLASS="highlight"> linger CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> sinks CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> needle CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bit CLASS="highlight"> deeper CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> changes CLASS="highlight"> everything. CLASS="highlight"> (Tim CLASS="highlight"> Keown/ CLASS="highlight"> ESPN CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Magazine CLASS="highlight"> /March CLASS="highlight"> 2016)

  • Bryce has CLASS="highlight"> "Pop" CLASS="highlight"> tattooed CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> underside CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> wrist CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> "Mom" CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> left. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> surname CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> "Luke CLASS="highlight"> 1:37" CLASS="highlight"> ("For CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> God CLASS="highlight"> nothing CLASS="highlight"> shall CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> impossible") CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Bible, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> elongated CLASS="highlight"> script CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> side, CLASS="highlight"> stretching CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> taffy CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> underarm CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hip.

    Luke's CLASS="highlight"> message CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> God's CLASS="highlight"> Word CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> recurring CLASS="highlight"> theme: CLASS="highlight"> Limits CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> unwelcome. CLASS="highlight"> (Tim CLASS="highlight"> Keown CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> ESPN CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Magazine CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> March CLASS="highlight"> 2016)

  • Bryce CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight">  failure CLASS="highlight"> story: CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> summer CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> freshman CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Area CLASS="highlight"> Code CLASS="highlight"> Games CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Long CLASS="highlight"> Beach, CLASS="highlight"> California. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> drove CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> facing CLASS="highlight"> lefty CLASS="highlight"> Tyler CLASS="highlight"> Skaggs, CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> eventual CLASS="highlight"> first-round CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Angels.

    "That's CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> taste CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> top-level CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> about," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> lights-out. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> times, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> walked CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dugout CLASS="highlight"> thinking, CLASS="highlight"> 'Wow. CLASS="highlight"> These CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> good.'"

  • Prodigies, CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> instrument CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> piano CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 34-inch CLASS="highlight"> Marucci, CLASS="highlight"> share CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> trait CLASS="highlight"> Boston CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> psychology CLASS="highlight"> chair CLASS="highlight"> Ellen CLASS="highlight"> Winner CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> dubbed CLASS="highlight"> "the CLASS="highlight"> rage CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> master." CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> anger CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> persistence.

    "You CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> tear CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> away," CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> says. CLASS="highlight"> "They're CLASS="highlight"> single-minded. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> better."

    Bryce's CLASS="highlight"> dad CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> upright, CLASS="highlight"> puglike CLASS="highlight"> man CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> decades CLASS="highlight"> swinging CLASS="highlight"> 300-pound CLASS="highlight"> bundles CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> rebar CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> above CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Vegas CLASS="highlight"> Strip.

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    "Baseball CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long, CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> ago," CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

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    "It's CLASS="highlight"> truly CLASS="highlight"> incredible CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> attended CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> museum CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Wednesday CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Dusty CLASS="highlight"> Baker CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates, CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> Gio CLASS="highlight"> Gonzalez. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> "They CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> loved CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> single CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> point. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> [The CLASS="highlight"> Negro CLASS="highlight"> Leagues CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> Museum] CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> site. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> need CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> check CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> about. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    "Those CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> them, CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> 'Oh, CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> God, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> serious. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">' CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> fun CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> serious CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> well, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> truly CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> enjoyed CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> did. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">" CLASS="highlight">  (Ladson CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 5/3/16)

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    Harper, CLASS="highlight"> 23, CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> youngest CLASS="highlight"> unanimous CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">330 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 42 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> scored, CLASS="highlight"> on-base CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> slugging. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> initially CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Under CLASS="highlight"> Armour CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> 2011, CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> overall CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2010 CLASS="highlight"> Draft. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

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           CLASS="highlight"> TRANSACTIONS

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2010: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round, CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Southern CLASS="highlight"> Nevada.

    August CLASS="highlight"> 16, CLASS="highlight"> 2010: CLASS="highlight"> Just CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> midnight CLASS="highlight"> deadline, CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> five-year, CLASS="highlight"> $9.9 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> contract, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> includes CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> $6.25 CLASS="highlight"> signing CLASS="highlight"> bonus. CLASS="highlight"> Mitch CLASS="highlight"> Sokol CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> him.

  • December CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2014: CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> agreed CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> two-year CLASS="highlight"> $7.5 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> contract, CLASS="highlight"> avoiding CLASS="highlight"> a scheduled CLASS="highlight"> grievance CLASS="highlight"> hearing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> week. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Players CLASS="highlight"> Association CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> filed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> grievance CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Harper's CLASS="highlight"> behalf CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> void CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> terms CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> final CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> $9.9 CLASS="highlight"> million, CLASS="highlight"> five-year CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> drafted.

PERSONAL:
 
  • Harper has a real knack for squaring up the barrel of his bat on the ball. He has faster bat speed than Mark McGwire in his prime.

    He hits lefties and righties, offspeed stuff and hard heat.

  • His power is some of the best ever seen in a prospect, and is rated a legitimate 80 on the 20–80 scouting scale. It is almost entirely a function of his tremendous natural bat speed and the enormous torque he generates. Harper has the ability to easily backspin the ball over the fence to any part of the park.

    But occasionally, Bryce with shift his hands downward and into his body, eliminating leverage. And he does have some extra movement in his swing. Sometimes he jumps out on his front foot too early. But when he stays down and lets the ball travel, he sees pitches well and can drive them hard to the opposite field. (Spring 2012)

  • Bryce's Dad has been his lifelong hitting coach. Up at 2:00 a.m. to lay rebar to help build the Strip in Vegas, Ron Harper, a former high school baseball and football player, spent many afternoons, evenings, and weekends on the field and in the cage with Bryan and Bryce. To further sharpen Bryce's hand-eye coordination, Ron pitched him sunflower seeds, bottle tops, dried red beans—just about anything small that didn't move straight.
  • Harper has quick, strong hands and a superb bat path. But he has had some issues with getting out in front on his swing. His swing pat can be inconsistent.

    Pitches on the outside corner at the knees give him trouble.

  • Bryce is quirky. Prior to entering the batter's box, he rubs his palms in the dirt, spits in his hands and then rubs his palms in the dirt once more. He enters the box and rubs more dirt on his hands. He takes his stance, touches the corners of the plate with his bat, and taps his front toe with the bat barrel.
  • Harper is incredibly intense and aggressive in all phases of the game, including at the plate. Some scouts wonder if he'll hit for a high average because of his propensity to take huge swings with a high, exaggerated leg kick, and jumpiness at the plate. But at other times he shows a much quieter, more efficient swing. Those flashes, coupled with his uncanny hand-eye coordination and impeccable work ethic, give other scouts reason to believe he'll eventually become more selective and produce for average as well as power.

    And in 2011, he improved his two-strike approach as the season progressed.

  • Harper is a throwback. He doesn't even wear batting gloves.
  • Bryce swings a 36-inch, 47-ounce bat, it was reported in February 2011.
  • He flat-out attacks the baseball. He plays aggressively in all aspects of the game.
  • Harper's dedication to preparation runs so deep that he breaks down opposing outfielders the way most hitters break down pitchers. He knows which ones take a bad at bat with them to the field and thus might get a slightly slower break to field a base hit, allowing Harper to know that one of his mad dashes to turn a single into a double isn't the risk it appears to be.  (Tom Verducci-Sports Illustrated-2/25/13)
  • Part of the reason for this success is his ability to observe and analyze opposing starting pitchers.

    "As I've seen him mature from last year to this year (2013), I think he's learned not only more about the competition that he's facing but he's learning more about himself," hitting coach Rick Eckstein said. "He learns what he needs to do and what he needs to focus on and how he processes that information, and uses it for his advantage."

  • 2014 Season: Harper hit .309 on first pitches during the season, which appears as a good average. But the NL average was .336 in 2014. And, Bryce swung at the first pitch 42% of the time.

  • October 8, 2014: With four postseason homers, Bryce became just the fourth player to have four postseason homers before the age of 22. The others are Mickey Mantle, Miguel Cabrera, and Andruw Jones.

  • April 18, 2015: Bryce hit the longest home run of his career (thus far). The dinger was measured by Statcast at 461 feet, topping his previous best: a 444-foot shot on Sept. 8, 2012.

  • May 6, 2015: At 22 years, 202 days, Harper is the youngest player to hit three home runs in a game since Boston's Joe Lahoud (22 years, 53 days) on June 11, 1969. It was Harper's sixth multi-homer game of his career.

  •  At 22 years (plus 204 days) old, Harper is the youngest player in MLB history to hit five home runs in a two-game span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He surpassed Mark McGwire, who had done so at the age of 23 years, 270 days.

    Harper is the 34th player since 1914 with five homers in a two-game stretch. He's the first to do so for the Nationals' franchise (meaning no one accomplished the feat for Montreal, either). May 7 and 8, 2015.

  • June 8, 2015: Bryce Harper had the best 50 consecutive plate appearances in modern MLB history from late in May until early in June.

  • Bryce's bat is one of baseball's most feared weapons, but  at Nationals Park, the slugger's lumber was just one more observer.  Harper put together a performance unlike any other in Major League history in the Nationals' 15-1 winover the Braves, reaching base four times and scoring four runs, all without an official at-bat.   

    His final batting line—zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks—was truly unique. It's the first time in modern history that a hitter has drawn at least four walks and scored four runs and driven in a run without a hit or an at-bat.  

    "I've got confidence in everybody on our team to get a job done behind me," said Harper, who was removed in the sixth inning of the blowout after watching his walk total jump to 104 for the season. "I'll take my walks when I can. And when they throw the ball over the plate, I'll take my hits, too."

    But if getting on base was a result of Harper's patience, the runs he scored were a product of the players behind him.  "That's why Bryce didn't swing at a pitch and scored four runs," manager Matt Williams said. "There's your proof in the pudding right there."

    Harper joins Ricky Henderson, Joe Morgan, and Larry Doby on an exclusive list of players to go 0-for-0 with at least four runs and walks. 

    "He's taking the steps necessary to make himself the player he wants to be, knowing that he's got to be aggressive in the strike zone," Williams said. "If they throw him one to hit in a situation where he can drive a baseball or get a knock or get on there for us, he's ready to do that."

    The Braves didn't throw him one to hit. Harper saw 20 pitches from three pitchers in his four at-bats, and the bat stayed put on his shoulder for all 20. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was the second-most pitches without a swing in a game in the past 10 seasons (Juan Uribe, 21, 2010). (Emert - mlb.com - 9/3/15)

  • September 5, 2015: Harper produced the  500th hit of his Major League career. He became the 30th Major Leaguer to reach that mark through his age-22 season, and only the third to do it since 2000, joining Starlin Castro and Mike Trout.

  • September 16, 2015:  Harper made history when he became just the sixth player to hit 40 home runs in a season before his 23rd birthday.

  • September 22, 2015: Harper had his 117th walk, which broke Adam Dunn's Nats' club record of 116 set in 2009.

  • In 2015, Bryce was named the National League MVP by the BBWAA. Harper became the youngest MVP in history.

  • April 14, 2016: Harper's 100th home run was something to remember. At 23 years, 181 days, the Washington Nationals star became the eighth-youngest player in major league history to reach 100 home runs, Elias Sports Bureau research shows.  The youngest to reach 100 home runs was Mel Ott, who got his 100th at 22 years, 132 days in 1931.

    Harper's 100th career home run, also his first grand slam, was calculated at 429 feet.  Since his debut in 2012, he has 21 home runs calculated at 425 feet or longer, including his 429-foot shot Thursday. The major league leader in homers of such length since 2012 is Giancarlo Stanton, with 48. Bryce is the only major-leaguer whose first grand slam came on his 100th career home run, Elias research shows.

  • What Bryce did in the batter's box in early April 2016 was remarkable.

    Harper was so locked in, maybe teammate Gio Gonzalez said it best, "Let him be Bryce
    . He knows his body, he knows the way he is. The way he is going out there is unreal. It's next-level stuff."

    Harper's homerun in a loss to the Phillies, marked the sixth straight game he had homered in Philadelphia, which tied Hall of Famer Ernie Banks' MLB record for a visiting player, according to Elias. Harper also homered in four consecutive games overall, which was a career high.  (Ladson - MLB.com - 4/17/16)

  • As of the start of the 2016 season, Harper's career Major League stats were: .289 batting average, 97 home runs  with 528 hits and 302 walks, with 248 RBI's in 1,830 at-bats.

BATTING:
 
  • Bryce displayed solid tools behind the plate. His receiving skills were good, as are his hands and agility. He moves around well back there.
  • Harper has an exceptionally strong arm, consistently posting glove-to-glove times of 1.85–1.95 seconds when he was a catcher. His throws have terrific velocity and are on a straight line to second base.

    And he could pick off runners from his knees. He has been clocked off the mound at 96 mph. Because his throws are also accurate, his outfield arm gives him a second 80 tool, in addition to the 80 he gets for his power.

  • In the outfield, he has the arm for right field. He is working at taking more consistent jumps and routes to the ball. He has slightly above average speed.

    Bryce is learning to stay under control when he throws. Entering 2013 spring training, it was no secret that Harper needs to learn to hit the cutoff man more often, something he worked on in spring drills a lot. (Spring 2013)

  • Harper's hustle to back up plays in the outfield is impressive.
  • In 2011, Bryce played all three outfield positions. He learned the importance of staying closed and using his legs when he throws, and he racked up seven assists in just 37 Double-A games while seeing his first action in left field.

  • One reason for shifting Harper from left to right field in 2015, swapping places with Jayson Werth, was Harper's powerful right arm. The ultra-confident 22-year-old certainly doesn't mind if opponents want to test him.

    "Of course you want to get that out," Harper said. "That's huge. But if I can leave [the runner] at first base, that's something that is going to help us out.  But if he goes, he's out. There's no doubt in my mind he's out. We'll see that this year, if guys are going to do that. Time will tell. We'll see."

    Harper's ability to nip potential doubles in the bud is crucial.  When the Mets' Lucas Duda ripped a liner to right, Harper caught a break when the ball one-hopped the wall near the corner and caromed right back to him, and he capitalized with a one-hop rocket of his own, right to second base. Duda, not exactly fleet of foot, never had a chance and was forced out on the next play.

    Two innings later, David Wright hit a liner over the head of second baseman Dan Uggla and into the gap. Harper raced over and cut if off in front of the warning track, then fired a strike to the right side of second. Wright slammed on the brakes and retreated to first, then was doubled off when Duda lined out to the mound.

    "It's great for our team to have him out there," manager Matt Williams said, "and potentially be able to stop those guys going from first to third and have it in the back of the opposing team's mind that, 'Hey, listen, he's out there,' and they think twice about it."  (Simon - mlb.com - 4/9/15)

  • All Major League teams should be warned—never run on Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. The Giants received a taste of it in the third inning during a 3-1 victory over the Nationals in August 2015.

    After Buster Posey knocked a one-out double, Hunter Pence singled to right field. With the Giants looking to add on to a small lead, Posey was waved around third base, but Harper's throw, tracked at 91.3 miles an hour byStatcast™, nailed the Giants' catcher at the plate.

    It was Harper's fifth-fastest recorded throw and fifth assist during the 2015 season. According to Statcast™, Posey went from second to home in 7.9 seconds, which wasn't fast enough with the Nationals' superstar in right. (Ladson - mlb.com - 8/13/15)

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  • Bryce lacks quick first step speed, but it is above-average. He runs well under way. He rates as a 55 or 60 on the 20–80 scouting scale.
  • He is an aggressive baserunner, taking the extra base. He always goes all-out, so his good speed plays up.

    He has an intense nature on the bases (and on defense).

  • On May 6, 2012: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels intentionally hit Harper with a pitch, and admitted it. And Bryce was not upset.

    "(I'm not mad] at all," Harper said. "He is a great guy, great pitcher, he knows how to pitch, he is an All-Star. It's all good. Hamels threw a good game tonight. You have to give all the props to him. He came out there, he threw the ball well. There is nothing we can do about it."

    After getting drilled, Harper advanced to third on a single by Jayson Werth. Harper was then able to pay Hamels back by stealing home while the pitcher tried to pick off Werth at first base. Harper is the second player in Nationals history to steal home, and the first to do so on a straight steal. Ian Desmond stole home as part of a double steal on April 20, 2011, against the Cardinals.

    Before Bryce did it, the last swipe of home by a teenager occurred 48 years before, when Angels catcher Ed "Spanky" Kirkpatrick stole home against the Kansas City Athletics.

  • In 2015, Bryce stole six bases in 153 games.  Then he met Davey Lopes.  Now in 2016, with the help of the former Dodgers speedster-turned Nationals first-base coach, Harper has swiped a National League-best three bases in five games.

    "It's just the confidence he instills in the guys," Harper said of Lopes during Spring Training 2016. "Every single time you get on base, if you get a good jump and you steal a bag or even if you get thrown out, it's always, 'Keep going.'"  (Putterman - MLB.com - 4/12/16)

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  • August 18, 2011: Harper strained his right hamstring while  while running from first to third on Harrisburg Senator teammate Archie Gilbert's double. Harper had to be helped off the field. With two weeks left in the season, his season was over.
  • Harper left the field on May 13, 2013 after crashing into the right-field wall. He was listed as day to day with a jammed left shoulder and a cut under his chin that required 11 stitches.

    Bryce is a hustler, and that's one of the many things to love about him. He doesn't hesitate or meditate or otherwise complicate a sport that often rewards instinct, and Harper's instincts are wildly and often wondrously aggressive.

    Of course, it is Harper's infectious zeal that also serves to ruffle some feathers—sometimes even his own. After all, he certainly looked ruffled after his intimate moment with the out-of-town scoreboard at Dodger Stadium.

    Chasing an A.J. Ellis fly ball, Harper ran smack-dab into the chain-link fencing in front of the video board, a la Wile E. Coyote. They asked Harper, once the stars had stopped spinning around his head, if he would do it any differently now that he knew the outcome. If he'd hang back and play the ball off the wall—heck, the Nats were up, 6-0, at the time—rather than run it down.

    "I'm going to play this game the rest of my life and try to play as hard as I can," Harper replied. "That's my life being on the line, trying to kill myself on the field for my team, trying to win the World Series. People can laugh about it all they want, but at the end of the day, I'm going to look at myself at the mirror and say, 'I played this game as hard as I could.'"  (Anthony Castrovince-MLB.com-5/16/13)

  • May 27-July 1, 2013: Harper was on the D.L. with bursitis in his left knee. The knee had bothered him since he crashed into the wall in a May 13 game at the Dodgers.

    An MRI showed no structural or cartilage damage. It was just soft tissue in the bursar that was inflamed. He received cortisone and PRP injections to help with the recovery. The cortisone reduces the inflammation in the knee, while the PRP—a mixture of his own white blood cells spun down and concentrated—reduces the risk of infection.

  • October 23, 2013: Harper underwent successful surgery to repair the bursa in his left knee. Harper hurt the knee on May 13, when he slammed into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo. Harper will resume workouts in four to six weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training in 2014.

  • April 27-June 30, 2014: Bryce was on the D.L. with a sprained left thumb. He hurt his hand with a head-first slide into third base after hitting a third-inning, bases-loaded triple in Washington's 11-1 victory. He stayed in the game for an inning before he was replaced.

    "It's part of baseball. You slide into the bag and sometimes you get your fingers," Harper said. "It's a bummer, but hopefully I'll be back soon."

    An MRI showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb that would sideline him. He underwent surgery to repair the torn ligament.

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