Found July 10, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days.
The National League Rookie of the Year award is going to be a very polarizing award. Of our seven voters, we had eight players receive votes on the three man ballot (awarding points in a 3-2-1 system). However, despite eight players getting votes...only one received first place votes. Yep, another clean sweep.
NL Rookie of the Year
1) Bryce Harper (21 points, seven first place votes)
2) Wade Miley (six points)
3) Todd Frazier (four points)
4) Zach Cozart (two points)
5) Lance Lynn (two points)
6) Andrelton Simmons (two points)
7) Norichika Aoki (one point)
8) Michael Fiers (one point)
What can you say about Bryce Harper that hasn't been said (or mumbled begrudgingly) before? Despite being...
BEST OF MAXIM
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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...
Up above: video of Bryce Harper receiving his NL All-Star jersey from Mike Rizzo on the field at Nationals Park before Sunday's game (video via NatsTown2K10).
And here's Harper, via Washington Post, on his upcoming trip to KC:
"Going home would have been pretty good. I still get to see my family out there and that’s the biggest thing. I think I’m still...
And so, Bryce Harper walked in his first AB as an All-Star. Oh, and he wore golden cleats. Perfectly fitting.
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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)
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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...
Bryce Harper remembered back to Oct. 27, when just 414 fans were at Scottsdale Stadium to watch his Scorpions play the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Down 7-5, Bryce Harper vowed to teammate Brandon Crawford to hit a game-winning home run.
''I'll drop a bomb and walk off the field, tell them we own this place,'' Harper said. ''I promise you...
Bryce Harper, the kid yes I said kid who asked others to vote for Chipper Jones instead of himself will find himself in a All-Star uniform anyway. Harper has been named to the All-Star team to replace Giancarlo Stanton who has an injury. The youngest position player in the history of baseball is excited to get there and take it all in with his family. The 19 year old All-Star said...
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?
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...
"Look grandpa! Baseball!"
And so, 19 year old Bryce Harper is apparently glued to 80 40 year old Chipper Jones' side on the top step of the NL dugout during the All-Star Game. That's a good thing.
Interestingly, during his pregame speech to the NL All-Stars Chipper Jones revealed that Harper nearly killed one of his kids with a line drive during BP. Still...
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...
Does it get any better than this video (via CSN Washington.com) of Derek Jeter and ex-Nat Adam Dunn gushing about Bryce Harper? Well, yes, it does. But, still, it's pretty cool to hear Jeter talk about Harper. Dunn, too. Won't be long before Harper hits one up into the third deck at Nationals Park like Dunn used to, you know?
"You know what I like about him...
Important political news, y’all: President Obama is officially on the Nationals bandwagon. And we welcome him with open arms. From Nats Enquirer:
“We were talking about one of the biggest stars right now in Washington, is Bryce Harper, who comes out of Nevada, and I know folks are really proud of him. He’s doing great. And it’s my second favorite team now, after the Chicago...
I don’t think Bryce Harper will ever hear the end of this.
Ian Desmond earns All-Star berth but sits out, citing oblique pain. [WT, NJ]
After failed fan vote, Bryce Harper makes All-Star team. [Big League Stew]
Nats prospect Alex Meyer looks sharp in MiLB Futures Game. [Fed Baseball]
P-Nats mascot Unlce Slam goes to 60-day DL with burns. [Big League Stew]
Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy look good in MiLB Futures Game. [Balt. Sun]