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Offline HalfSmokes

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1450: August 27, 2012, 08:39:24 AM »
Sure, Harper will be a superstar, but recall that at about the same age A-Rod was benched and beat out by Luis Sojo in 1995 when the Mariners made a big run from behind to the ALCS. 

I still think we are a better team with Harper playing than on the bench. I'm just getting uncomfortable with him hitting 2d when he is in a slump.  I'd prefer him back around 6th or 7th in the order until he works things out, with spot duty for Moore against most lefties.

We need him and ALR hitting to avoid teams stacking RHP against us.

We're a better team and in a playoff run this year, but, I'd send him down to mature (sans service time) next year if the white whale presents themselves in the offseason - seeing the promise of harper at 19 makes me wish we didn't have to trade this season for age 27 because he looks like he'll be special, but he was called up when the team needed a boost so is wasn't a waste,  still I'd consider him the movable piece to make room for Moby though 

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1451: August 27, 2012, 08:52:38 AM »
It is kind of amazing to compare Bryce's age 19 season to A-Rod's.  A-Rod was brought up in early May, held SS until mid-August, then Pinnella (I think he was the manager) benched him in favor of Luis Sojo. He had spot duty in the rest of August and September.  After a good May, his slash line next peaked on 8/4 at .256 / .275 / .453. 
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=rodrial01&t=b&year=1995

Benching him did not do much to harm him in the next year, when he was runner up for MVP.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1452: August 27, 2012, 02:00:50 PM »
We're a better team and in a playoff run this year, but, I'd send him down to mature (sans service time) next year if the white whale presents themselves in the offseason - seeing the promise of harper at 19 makes me wish we didn't have to trade this season for age 27 because he looks like he'll be special, but he was called up when the team needed a boost so is wasn't a waste,  still I'd consider him the movable piece to make room for Moby though 

Aren't there like 3 games left in the minor league season?

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1453: August 27, 2012, 02:06:55 PM »
Aren't there like 3 games left in the minor league season?

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1454: August 27, 2012, 02:09:40 PM »
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Never mind.  I fell victim to the 'ole post before reading the entire post trick again.  Carry on...

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1455: August 29, 2012, 10:28:09 PM »
A night with two firsts for the phenom: One many fans will be glad to see in the next decade, and the other a multi home run game.

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« Reply #1456: August 29, 2012, 10:31:32 PM »
Fantastic night for him that I won't soon forget! Pitchers need to stop throwing fastballs to this young man.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1458: August 30, 2012, 07:15:54 AM »
Didn't ARod play for Texas ?  I don't remember Lou Pinnella being manager of Texas

It is kind of amazing to compare Bryce's age 19 season to A-Rod's.  A-Rod was brought up in early May, held SS until mid-August, then Pinnella (I think he was the manager) benched him in favor of Luis Sojo. He had spot duty in the rest of August and September.  After a good May, his slash line next peaked on 8/4 at .256 / .275 / .453. 
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=rodrial01&t=b&year=1995

Benching him did not do much to harm him in the next year, when he was runner up for MVP.



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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1459: August 30, 2012, 08:55:18 AM »
Seattle, not Texas.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1460: August 30, 2012, 09:08:15 AM »
Broke in with Seattle.  Went to Texas as a free agent for 10 years, $252MM.  That is still the 2d highest total dollar contract, behind his extension with NYY ( :lmao: ) .

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1461: August 30, 2012, 02:35:46 PM »
Larry Granillo, Baseball Prospectus, who blogs on home run trots.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18192

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Home Run of the Day: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals #2 - 19.97 seconds
Harper was one of three players to hit two home runs on Wednesday night. He was joined by Evan Longoria and Chris Heisey. This second blast of Harper's was a doozy, landing halfway up the second deck of Marlins Park. My question is, whatever happened to the quick sprints from Harper? He still two of the ten fastest trots of the year (including the single quickest non-inside-the-park home run trot), but that doesn't seem to be the norm anymore. How disappointing.


Kurt Suzuki turned in an impressive (for a catcher) 18.91.


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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1462: August 30, 2012, 07:22:35 PM »

Steve Berthiaume ‏@Steve_Berthiaume Bryce Harper 15th HR. #Natitude

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1463: August 30, 2012, 07:26:11 PM »
Byron Kerr ‏@masnKerr

Team bonding: Ryan Zimmerman wears BH 34 t-shirt in clubhouse few wks ago. Today, #UVa baseball #11 t-shirt on Bryce Harper's chair #Nats

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1464: September 01, 2012, 11:14:39 AM »
Bryce's recent hot streak has pushed him very close to the top of the All-Time 19 year old leaderboard for fWAR.



Note that I blue-boxed Mel Ott and Ty Cobb, because they were not rookies in their Age 19 season.

Bryce Harper needs just 0.3 fWAR to surpass Washington's own Buddy Lewis for the greatest rookie season by a 19 year old in major league history.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1465: September 01, 2012, 12:17:08 PM »
Nice. Needs .3 WAR to catch Todd Frasier

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1466: September 01, 2012, 12:23:19 PM »
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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1467: September 01, 2012, 01:05:50 PM »
He won't win it hitting .250 with 12 homers. Isn't half the hitter Trout is.

Because gold gloves are awarded based on hitting numbers?

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« Reply #1468: September 01, 2012, 01:06:45 PM »
Because gold gloves are awarded based on hitting numbers?

He won't win a gold glove because he's not the best defensive centerfielder in the NL. He isn't even the best defensive CF in the division.

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« Reply #1469: September 01, 2012, 01:10:09 PM »
Because gold gloves are awarded based on hitting numbers?

To an extent they are- bigger name players usually win,  and good hitters are usually bigger name players

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1470: September 01, 2012, 01:11:54 PM »
He won't win a gold glove because he's not the best defensive centerfielder in the NL. He isn't even the best defensive CF in the division.

No one said this year. The future? He sure as heck might win won. He's got the talent and ability. Consider how well he's actually played in center and how little time he has at the position. Kid just might be a natural out there.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1471: September 01, 2012, 01:12:52 PM »
To an extent they are- bigger name players usually win,  and good hitters are usually bigger name players

How many players have a bigger name right now than Bryce Harper? Like I said, I'm not suggesting that he'll win it this year or next, but he clearly has the talent to win a few.

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« Reply #1472: September 01, 2012, 02:31:10 PM »
How many players have a bigger name right now than Bryce Harper? Like I said, I'm not suggesting that he'll win it this year or next, but he clearly has the talent to win a few.

At cf,  Kemp is better and doesn't have a reputation of being a petulant punk

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1473: September 01, 2012, 02:36:26 PM »
At cf,  Kemp is better and doesn't have a reputation of being a petulant punk

Really?

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #1474: September 01, 2012, 03:13:09 PM »
At cf,  Kemp is better and doesn't have a reputation of being a petulant punk

No, he isn't better. The guy is a joke in CF. He doesn't have a positive UZR in four years. He hasn't posted a non-negative number of DRS since 2008.

Basically, Kemp should be playing LF or first base