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Low-key debut for Harper

Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:30 pm
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You could say Bryce Harper is between spotlights at the moment.

The recently signed top pick in June's amateur draft began his professional career Thursday, and for the first time in ... well, certainly a long time ... Harper played in a game featuring more people in the dugouts than in the stands. An MLB.com report from the instructional league tilt in Viera, Florida, estimated the crowd at 20.

The Nationals' prize prospect signed too late to play in the regular minor leagues, and hasn't seen live pitching in five months. Thursday he batted twice and struck out both times, leaving the game after five innings.

"I'm just trying to learn something every single day," the 17-year-old said. "That's the big thing out here -- trying to learn, trying to get better every single day."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Nationals
 
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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Low-key debut for Harper

If I remember correctly, after his 1st 2 at-bats Chipper Jones was o-for-2 with a strike out.  I think he has since shown that he belonged and now is looking at the end of a long and possibly Hall of Fame career!  Give the kid a chance!!



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:26 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

Are we reall;y commenting on 2 at bats after the kid has not seen live pitching in 2 months? Lets talk after he has a full season under his belt. All thse haters who were awful in little league are taking out there anger on this kid and his two at bats. Easy on the haterade fellas, this kid is gonna have a huge career whether you hate him for his talent and money or not.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:24 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

We're talking about 2 at bats here right? And 2 at bats after not seeing live pitching in 5 months. He's a huge talent who will have a monster career and thats a guarentee



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:19 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

He goes 0-2 after a 5 month break and people complain.  Can you already feel the pressure??



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:13 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

Or maybe it sounds like someone who has not played a game of baseball in 5+ months.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:58 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

Don't be such a hater.  Just because you're not good at baseball doesn't mean other people can't be.  The kid is amazing.  He hasn't seen any live pitching in 5 months so of course he's going to be rusty.  Once he gets his timing, he'll be mashing.  He put up stats in JC ball that were unheard of...and he was 17 playing against kids 2-3 years older...and they use wood bats in that league.  He will dominate and will be in the big leagues in 3 years.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2010 8:32 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

Watching interviews of him before the draft, he sounds like a self entitled douche, but given his obvious talents at age 17, who wouldn't be. Hopefully, like others have said he learns to be humble or all his talent is going to be a waste.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 8:16 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

Hopefully the kid is sincere with his comments. He needs to be humble and to learn something each and every day.



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 8:07 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

I agree!!!!




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:53 am
 

Low-key debut for Harper

Good to see those minor leaguers put the kid in his place. 0/2 with 2 strikeouts sounds like the beginning of a long and torturous humbling experience he very much deserves.


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