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Contrary to popular belief there are two 20 year old studs playing in the DMV. I will start this article off by saying this is not a compare and contrast between Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Harper is a stone cold stud and what he is doing to live up to expectations none of us know anything about is pretty incredible. Harper is the best player on his team at 20 years old. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen often in any sport let alone baseball. So now with that out of the way so no one can say I am Harper hating, Manny Machado is a stud in his own right and doing things that people need to notice. Late last season when Machado came up he had played 5 games at third base in the minors, and now at the start of the 2013 season I would say he is in the running for a Gold Glove. That is not bad for a guy who in 2-3 years could be the starting shortstop for the O’s, or at the least stay at third base and give the Orioles more options to sign or trade to bring in a shortstop when JJ “Ball So” Hardy is done playing. Okay, this is the only time I will compare Harper and Manny; when Harper got switched to an outfielder he got a whole season of reps in the minors before he was brought up, Machado got about 12 hours at third base. Where Machado has really shown improvement is at the plate. Entering play today he is 5th in the league in hits, 5th in doubles, and is rolling on a 10 game hitting streak. The astounding thing about Machado at the plate is his knowledge of the strike zone, it’s not very often you see Machado chase a pitch out of the zone before he has two strikes and is forced to protect. It seems like every time he is up it is a quality at bat. He also has given the Orioles a solid number 2 hitter which is huge considering the O’s rotate Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth in the lead off spot depending on whether or not the other opposing team throws a righty or lefty. Having some sort of consistency in the line up is huge for a team trying to get to the playoffs. The Orioles have a bright future with Machado on the roster because he (much like Harper) is all about winning and doesn’t care how it gets done. While Bryce may get the big time head lines and ESPN Covers (which he deserves all of), Machado just needs to simply keep hitting, fielding, and winning, and as an Orioles fan I will love every second of it. Related posts: The Future Is Now For The Orioles The Lack of Off-season Moves May Help The Orioles Down The Road The Orioles Have Their 1st Winning Season in 15 Years
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So Bryce Harper left last night's game in the sixth inning, causing quite a scare. In the video above, Harper and Davey Johnson discuss the injury. Good news: it's not his oblique. Bad news: it's a bad bruise. Bad enough to sit him in tonight's series finale?
(Screencap via MASN/MLB.com)
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Washington Nationals outfielder and reigning NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper has given Washington fans a scare after leaving last night's 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, with what apparently looked like an oblique injury, but in fact was a result of a play Harper tried to make on Tuesday night, says James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Harper seemed to have hurt...
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was in the lineup Thursday night against Atlanta after X-rays on his left shoulder were negative.
Harper winced on a check swing in the sixth inning of Washington's 2-0 victory on Wednesday and soon left the game.
Harper said he was diagnosed with a bruise under his left shoulder blade. Washington manager Davey Johnson said Harper...
The swelling in Bryce Harper's left knee isn't getting any better, so the Washington outfielder will see a specialist next week and won't be coming off the disabled list when he is eligible.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Harper visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the knee that has been troublesome ever since the 20-year-old...
Bryce Harper should be credited with an assist on Tim Hudson‘s home run Tuesday night.
In the fifth inning of the Nationals-Braves game, Harper nearly made a highlight-reel catch on a fly ball off the bat of Atlanta’s starting pitcher. But instead of hauling it in, the ball bounced off the young outfielder’s glove and over the right-field fence.
It’s embarrassing enough...
Some Washington Nationals fans want to see "The Wave" abolished, but star outfielder Bryce Harper says not so fast.
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has only three home runs in his career, and his most recent big fly may not have made its way into the stands without a little help from Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.
During the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the 37-year-old Hudson proved that he still has the strength to send a ball...
That would be Bryce Harper vs. Bob Gibson, as imagined by For The Win. Harper loses the battle, but FTW thinks he’d win the war. Click through for the full commentary, and check out Yu Darvish vs. Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols vs. Nolan Ryan too. I love the Internet so much.
In the bottom of the fifth inning of Tuesday's Nationals-Braves game, Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson hit a ball to deep right field. Washington right fielder Bryce Harper went back on the ball, leapt up to make the catch, and inadvertently knocked it over the fence, giving Hudson his first home run of the season and the third of his career. Hudson's homer pushed Atlanta's...
Here’s a post from our friends at TiqIQ.
Following a series split with the Atlanta Braves to stay within two and a half games of Atlanta in the NL East, the Washington Nationals turn their focus to a new month with the first 29 games of their season behind them. With Bryce Harper returning to the lineup just one day after leaving early with an injury to his left side, the Nationals...
I love baseball but watch games very infrequently. I’m more of a fantasy baseball, watch Baseball Tonight and MLB Network highlights, stat nerd type of fan (which could stem from me rooting for the Pirates). Here are 5 baseball videos that entertained me.
Will Clark fights Ozzie Smith and Jose Oquendo
Back in the day baseball fights used to be so much better. Unless Kyle Farnsworth...
On night of film debut, Bryce Harper flub gives Tim Hudson a HR. [FTW]
Bryce’s HR giveaway didn’t matter; Nats drilled 8-1 by Braves. [NI]
Don’t worry, Boz says everything is fine, including Strasburg’s arm. [WP]
On a very bad night in Atlanta, at least Gio made this diving catch. [NE]
Nats Park embroiled in a serious battle over the Wave. [For, Against]
Orioles rebound from...
(Dan Haren's hair was trying to be like Bryce Harper's in his postgame interview Thursday night. Screencap via MASN/TV)
Nationals 3, Braves 1: Split! Another solid start from Dan Haren; and suddenly the guy Mike Rizzo thought he was getting has arrived.
Dan's problem? Trying to throw gas like Strasburg, Gio, and J-Zimm:
"That was the problem. I was...
The Nationals have had a rough go of it against the Braves going back to September last season. Until Wednesday, the Nats had lost their last eight against their rivals, but the Nats new stopper, Jordan Zimmermann, was on the mound to take care of business in a 3-2 victory that allowed them to return to the .500 mark at 14-14.
Jordan Zimmermann has quickly emerged as the Nationals...
The opener of the four-game series between the N.L East-leading Atlanta Braves and the second place Washington Nationals, left baseball fans in the nation’s capital with more than just frustration due to the 3-2 loss at the hands of the Braves on Monday night. Unfortunately, fans in Washington were also given what some are saying is good reason to worry regarding starter Stephen...