Found July 12, 2012 on Diamond Hoggers:
[Box Score] [HBT] [ESPN Diary] -It wasn’t a banner All Star debut for Bryce Harper. Still, the gold cleats and a couple mighty hacks off Jered Weaver and company was good to see. VIDEO -Chipper Jones walked off into the sunset with his single and his win. His pre-game speech was a memorable one, the NL clearly dominated for Chipper. -Mike Trout singled, walked, stole a couple of bags in his AS Game debut. He’s unbelievable. Good read from the OC Register if you have time. Great read from Baseball Prospectus about Trout v. Harper debate that you might as well give a whirl to. Video of the pre-game presser available too. -Quiet night for all Cincinnati Reds involved in the game. -Even quieter night for Adam Dunn, the only regular not to appear in the game. When I read this, I realized possible reasons why. Baseball is doing something right: #bbpBox_223050451409567745 a { text-decoration:none; color:#79B6E7; }#bbpBox_223050451409567745 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Despit...

Bryce Harper admits he is arrogant but says it is a necessity

The more we see of Bryce Harper in the majors, the more we get the impression he is not such a bad kid after all. Whether you agree with the way he carries himself or not, you’d be lying if you said he doesn’t play the game the right way. And as for carrying himself, the 19-year-old has done a better job of that since joining the Nationals as well. One of the biggest criticisms...

Bryce Harper with George Brett

Here's a photo of Bryce Harper with George Brett before the All-Star Game tonight. Certainly not as special a moment as Bryce Harper meeting with Frank Robinson on Monday night, but still special nonetheless. (Photo via @NationalsPR) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Mike Schmidt Is Sad About Bryce Harper’s All-Star Appearance

Mike Schmidt wrote a thing about the demise of the All-Star Game, which is fine, because I like Mike Schmidt, and he played in another time, a time in which of course the All-Star Game had more meaning. But I can’t agree with this: Enter the selection of Bryce Harper as a replacement in this year’s game. First, understand I have a great respect for Harper’s game and his presence...

Boy Wonder?: Bryce Harper Misses Pop Up

In what turned out to be a lackluster All-Star Game, the moment of the game may have been a mental lapse by one of the league's brightest young stars. Mike Napoli hits a lazy flyball to left and it should be an easy play for Harper, right? Wrong. Harper loses sight of the ball and Napoli ends up on SECOND after hitting a routine fly. I know this is just an All-Star game...

Chipper Jones Receives Standing Ovation at All-Star Game As Farewell Tour Continues (Video)

Chipper Jones said in a speech before Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game that he wasn't going out losing. He and the rest of the National League squad made sure that was the case, dominating the American League and walking away with an 8-0 victory and home-field advantage in the upcoming World Series. Jones received just one at-bat in the contest, and it came in the sixth inning...

Bryce Harper’s gold shoes distracted him from making a routine play

Mike Trout Has Stolen The Show, But Don’t Forget About Bryce Harper

Throughout the first half of the 2012 MLB regular season, one of the hottest topics has been the rookies. Phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were both called up in late April, and neither has disappointed. We all know that Mike Trout’s numbers are nearly unheard of from anyone, let alone a rookie. He deserves all the credit in the world, and I think he’ll continue to be in the...

Chipper Jones' Hall of Fame Resume Includes Evoking Childhood Memories for At Least One Baseball Fan

If you're a diehard baseball fan and your younger years land somewhere in the 1990s, chances are you have a soft spot for Chipper Jones. OK, maybe Mets fans feel a little differently, and perhaps cable wasn't readily available in some households. But for most others, Jones was the face of Braves baseball on TBS, and you watched Braves Baseball on TBS. Don't lie. You know...

Chipper Jones Gives A Cool Speech Before The All Star Game

You gotta love it. He’s 40 years old and still has a love for the game that most people would be lucky to feel once in their life. The All Star game may be a poorly run show, but it’s certainly a special moment for the newbies and the older players. Of course Chipper got a hit in his only at bat and now he’ll head back to Atlanta where every 5th game is a scheduled off day...

Yankeetorial: At the half, let's enjoy the lead that we might not be seeing in future All-Star breaks

Used to be, a Bryce Harper blossomed in another market, and it was only a matter of time before he would become a Yankee. Old George always had hooks in the water - even if they snagged Steve Trout rather than a Mike Trout - and the baseball world always grimaced and awaited our inevitable signing. But remember: In the movie, when they capture King Kong, they don't bring...

Chipper Jones enjoys quite the All-Star sendoff

KANSAS CITY, MO.-- This wasnt another alleged conspiracy, the equivalent of the fastball that Chan Ho Park supposedly grooved to Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001, enabling Ripken to hit a home run in his final All-Star Game. Let the record show that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler actually did try to field the slow, five-hopper by the Braves Chipper Jones through the first-base hole on...

For the Gipper

Watch as Chipper Jones gives an inspiring speech before his final All-Star Game appearance.

Jered Weaver, R.A. Dickey Early Favorites to Win Cy Young Award

With Major League Baseball on its All-Star Break until regular season games resume on Friday, Bovada has posted updated MLB player awards props involving the Cy Young and MVP in each league. The Red Sox thought they had two potential Cy Young candidates in the spring in Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, but pitchers have disappointed as Boston was just 12-20 in their 32 starts during...

MLB Midseason Awards

The first half of the baseball season has come and gone, and so we pour out some of our malt beverage and bow our heads in silence in honor of the eighty-five or so games that have passed for each team. Or we could just pick some mid-season awards. THE WHY-DID-THEY-WAIT-SO-LONG-TO-CALL-HIM-UP AWARD (ROOKIES) American League: Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels National League: Bryce...
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