Found July 01, 2014 on Los That Sports Blog:

TweetJust one game back from the disabled list, and outfielder Bryce Harper already has an opinion on how to improve the lineup card Nationals manager Matt Williams put together. Before the Nationals beat the Rockies 7-3 Monday, Harper was pretty open about who he would have put out on the field and where. “I think [Ryan Zimmerman] should be playing left. Rendon’s a good third baseman. He should be playing third. We’ve got one of the best second basemen in the league in Danny Espinosa,” Harper told reporters. “Of course, we want the best-hitting lineup in there. [But] I think Rendon playing third and Zim playing left is something that would be good for this team. I think that should be what’s happening.” The Nats played Harper in left — away from center field, his preferred position — Zimmerman at third, Anthony Rendon at second and Danny Espinoza was on the bench. Zimmerman had been moved to left field to ease his throwing shoulder after playing the bulk of his career at third. Harper also subtly criticized the lineup, where Williams penciled him to hit sixth instead of the heart of the order. “I’m in the lineup. That’s all that matters,” he told reporters. “If I had the lineup, it would maybe not be the same. He’s got the lineup card. He’s got the pen. That’s what he’s doing. So there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m hitting sixth tonight.” Harper ended up going 1-3 on the night with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Williams acknowledged that he may change the lineup again going forward, but Harper openly criticizing his decisions can’t sit well with the old school manager, who benched Harper earlier in the season for not hustling to first on a ground ball. We’ll see how Williams reacts to this latest exhibit of subordination from the Nationals young star outfielder. -ALR

1 Comment:
  • The title of this article should be 'Bryce Harper Thinks Wonders Who The Hell He Is'. First of all he is a talented player, but he needs to just shut the hell up and do as he's told. He's obviously more about himself than he is about the team and that speaks volumes about his lack of character. I'm sick and tired of this punk and I'm not even a Nationals fan. But one thing is for sure...Matt Williams is not a man to be messed with. You either play the game right under him or not at all. I can see the Nationals trading him soon for some other pieces they need because if they let him get away with this crap it will only hurt the team in the long run.

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