Found February 20, 2012 on Nationals Enquirer: least...he does in the video above, which supposedly shows Bryce Harper hitting in a batting cage at the age of 12. Today, seven years later, Harper arrived in Viera, Florida, for his second Spring Training as a professional. In his meeting with the media, the kid said all the right things, registering an early contender for best quote of the spring: "I'm going to come in here, work as hard as I can, keep my mouth shut and play." (Bryce Harper, via Nats Insider, 2/20/2012) So does keeping his mouth shut mean no more inciting riots on Twitter? "I’m going to get blown up either way. f I say something right or say something wrong, that’s just how it’s going to be. There’s nothing I can really do about that. Some things, maybe I shouldn’t say. Some things I’ve got to learn from. And there’s some things I should just keep my mouth shut on. I need to grow up in that aspect, I guess. I feel good with what I say and I’m not going to back dow...

About Bryce Harper's interview with Harold Reynolds on MLB Network

(Bryce Harper's sweatshirt carried on a proud Washington Nationals tradition of misspelling. Screen cap via video.) "I want to go up there and be a game changer. I don't wanna go from big leagues, triple A, up to the big leagues back to triple A again. I want to go up there, stay there, be a game changer, play hard, try to win that rookie of the year...

Harper aiming to make Nationals roster

Bryce Harper arrived at spring training with the same goal he had last season: to make the Washington Nationals' opening-day roster. This year the 19-year-old outfielder knows manager Davey Johnson is going to give him a chance. ''It's huge to have a manager on your side,'' Harper said Monday. ''I'm really excited to come in here and play. I...

Bryce Harper Wants To Make Team, But Probably Not Ready

Bryce Harper reported to Nationals spring training camp yesterday and already, before he has had even one exhibition game at bat, teammates, coaches, and the media are speculating whether the 19-year-old can make the MLB squad. When pressed about it, Harper himself told the Washington Post all the right things: “I’m going work as hard as I can, keep my mouth shut and play,”...

Bryce Harper Works Out, Chats With Harold Reynolds

Your browser does not support iframes. Some takeaways: - Bryce Harper sounds like a lot of 18/19-year-old kids I played baseball with. The good thing is he sounds like the ones that were destined for stardom. There are too many incredibly talented athletes who do not care about their gift, who wish they were doing something else. But as Harper says he doesn't care about the...

Top prospect Harper's time has almost arrived

Bryce Harper's locker is next to that of Jason Michaels, and that's surely no accident. The Nationals are Michaels' fifth Major League team, and at 35, he arrived at Spring Training with a Minor League contract and no guarantees.

Harper aims to be on Nats' Opening Day roster

VIERA, Fla. — For months, Bryce Harper waited for this day. The disappointment over being cut from major league spring training in 2011 stayed with him so long that in his first comments to the media in 2012, he mentioned it. It's not something he'd like to experience again. Just ...

Harper focused on breaking camp with Nats

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is only 19, but talk to manager Davey Johnson about his left-handed-hitting slugger and he talks as if Harper is ready to play in the big leagues now.

Johnson backs Harper, who aims to make Nats

Bryce Harper hopes to make the Nationals out of spring training.

Edwin Jackson has a nice car

I first learned about Edwin Jackson’s car the same way I learn about most things — from Bryce Harper’s Twitter account. “E-Jax is for sure in the running for the best car in the big leagues, if not the best! #Swaggedout,” Harper wrote on Tuesday. Read full article >>

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, 19, pursues major-league goal | Baseball

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, 19, said he will be disappointed if he doesn't make the team's big-league roster. The outfielder was the first player drafted in 2010.

Video: Nationals on the rise

With Stephen Strasburg anchoring a strong rotation, super-prospect Bryce Harper on the way, and manager Davey Johnson touting their potential, the Washington Nationals are drawing a lot of attention. (NBC Sports)
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