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Online KnorrForYourMoney

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #2: March 26, 2010, 03:46:55 PM »
I was kind of worried about him, but after reading this:

"You can't take an at-bat and just jog it out," Harper said. "You have to play it like Pete Rose would, run every ball out, run every ball hard. Hit a popup to the pitcher, make it to second before he catches it. It's all those little things that make you a better player."

I'm in.  Draft him.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #3: March 26, 2010, 05:55:11 PM »

I'm in.  Draft him.

That's all it takes?

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #4: March 26, 2010, 09:41:40 PM »
Yep.

Well not exactly.  I'm more interested to know how much time he puts in practicing.

But I can totally live with the arrogant antics if it comes with an attitude of wanting to play all-out that much.  I like hustle.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #5: March 26, 2010, 09:42:28 PM »
That is such a refreshing attitude. Great quote. 

That's all it takes?

That and being the best prospect in the draft?

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #6: March 27, 2010, 12:28:32 PM »
:az:

I think that smiley should be retired or a Curly W should replace the picture of Dukes.

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #7: March 27, 2010, 12:33:43 PM »
Harper also said this in an SI article:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1156215/1/index.htm

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When asked about his goals as a ballplayer, he replies, "Be in the Hall of Fame, definitely. Play in Yankee Stadium. Play in the pinstripes. Be considered the greatest baseball player who ever lived. I can't wait."


freak him if he is just going to jump ship in four or five years.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #8: March 27, 2010, 02:31:07 PM »
I'm not really too concerned about that quote for two reasons.  First, I am sure playing for the Yankees is a dream of many a ballplayer, I'm not going to hold it against him for wanting to play for the historically best team in baseball (even though I hate the team).  And second, if Stras and Harper (given they draft him) both live up to their potential, I can't really see any scenario where they would be able to afford to keep both of them long-term anyway.

Having said that, none of his quotes really affect my opinion of him much.  I am a lot more concerned about what he is doing on the field.

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #9: March 27, 2010, 02:34:25 PM »
I'm not really too concerned about that quote for two reasons.  First, I am sure playing for the Yankees is a dream of many a ballplayer, I'm not going to hold it against him for wanting to play for the historically best team in baseball (even though I hate the team).  And second, if Stras and Harper (given they draft him) both live up to their potential, I can't really see any scenario where they would be able to afford to keep both of them long-term anyway.

Having said that, none of his quotes really affect my opinion of him much.  I am a lot more concerned about what he is doing on the field.

If that makes you sleep better at night, go right ahead and believe all that. :lol:

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #10: March 27, 2010, 02:35:21 PM »
I think that smiley should be retired or a Curly W should replace the picture of Dukes.

A blinking "man love" would be funny.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #11: March 27, 2010, 02:37:52 PM »
If that makes you sleep better at night, go right ahead and believe all that. :lol:

I just think it is funny how people try to derive so much from a silly quote.

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #12: March 27, 2010, 02:40:28 PM »
I just think it is funny how people try to derive so much from a silly quote.

Not that hard to derive that he wants to play for the Yanks.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #13: March 27, 2010, 02:41:37 PM »
Not that hard to derive that he wants to play for the Yanks.

Good luck finding someone that says they want to play for the Nationals (excluding Drew Storen after they drafted him).

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #14: March 27, 2010, 02:42:58 PM »
Good luck finding someone that says they want to play for the Nationals (excluding Drew Storen after they drafted him).

Umm, okay.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #15: March 27, 2010, 02:43:40 PM »
Good luck finding someone that says they want to play for the Nationals (excluding Drew Storen after they drafted him).

Ryan Franklin said he did then denied it. Hudson was lying. Livan said it over and over. Marquis said it.

As for draft picks, the "courtesy" draft picks for sons of coaches probably said it.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #16: March 27, 2010, 02:46:51 PM »
Umm, okay.

My point is should we draft only people that express interest in playing for the Nationals?  I'm sure every kid dreams of playing for a certain team when they grow up and a lot of them dream of playing for the Yankees because of their success.

As for sleeping at night, I don't need to tell myself anything to get that done.  That's what the whiskey is for.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #17: March 27, 2010, 02:50:11 PM »
We should draft Bryan Harper too. I bet that would give Bryce some warm fuzzies.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #18: March 27, 2010, 02:52:08 PM »
We should draft Bryan Harper too. I bet that would give Bryce some warm fuzzies.


Technically they already did last season.  He is getting a lot more exposure because of his brother, that is for sure.  He even has a scouting report on MLB.com.

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7222479

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #19: March 27, 2010, 02:54:49 PM »
My point is should we draft only people that express interest in playing for the Nationals?  I'm sure every kid dreams of playing for a certain team when they grow up and a lot of them dream of playing for the Yankees because of their success.

And should we draft kids that we know aren't going to be with the franchise for more than the required time? I don't know about you, but I know I don't like my MLB team treated like a farm system team for douche teams like the Yanks and Boston. Sure, plenty can happen those years with the team. He could fall in love with DC or completely loathe it.

But when he blatantly states his intentions, I find it wise to pay attention to them.


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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #20: March 27, 2010, 02:55:35 PM »
Well, we could trade him to the Yankees for Robinson Cano.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #21: March 27, 2010, 02:57:07 PM »
And should we draft kids that we know aren't going to be with the franchise for more than the required time? I don't know about you, but I know I don't like my MLB team treated like a farm system team for douche teams like the Yanks and Boston. Sure, plenty can happen those years with the team. He could fall in love with DC or completely loathe it.

But when he blatantly states his intentions, I find it wise to pay attention to them.



Whatever helps you sleep at night  ;)

(seriously, though, I think we just differ on opinions here.  I'm not much into quotes and whatnot, but I can admit that there is certainly times when the quotes may be relevant.  I just happen to believe this isn't one of them)

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #22: March 27, 2010, 03:12:34 PM »
Though I am curious, NOTLD, do you believe that this revelation by Harper would be enough to skip on drafting him?

Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #23: March 27, 2010, 03:24:11 PM »
Though I am curious, NOTLD, do you believe that this revelation by Harper would be enough to skip on drafting him?

I am a firm believer in taking the best player possible, but I think this insight is very damaging. Because really, what is the point in spending the time and resources on a guy you know or have a strong feeling is going to jump ship to some other team the first chance he gets? It is one thing if he keeps such desires to himself (which smart ballplayers do if they have them), but to announce such a thing publicly before even getting drafted and a paycheck? Stupid.

His agent needs to reel that puppy in and put a muzzle on him, IMO.

It is still a wee bit early for me to be worrying about the Draft. Right now he seems to be "the #1" but that has time to change and my gut feeling hopes it does.

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Re: MLB.com Article on Bryce Harper
« Reply #24: March 27, 2010, 03:27:36 PM »
I am a firm believer in taking the best player possible, but I think this insight is very damaging. Because really, what is the point in spending the time and resources on a guy you know or have a strong feeling is going to jump ship to some other team the first chance he gets? It is one thing if he keeps such desires to himself (which smart ballplayers do if they have them), but to announce such a thing publicly before even getting drafted and a paycheck? Stupid.

His agent needs to reel that puppy in and put a muzzle on him, IMO.

It is still a wee bit early for me to be worrying about the Draft. Right now he seems to be "the #1" but that has time to change and my gut feeling hopes it does.

Fair enough.  I can at least agree that it was not a smart thing to say.  But, yeah, Taillon and Harper are currently leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the crop and I can't see the Nationals taking a HS pitcher at number one overall.