Found July 11, 2012 on
IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught:
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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 him to Kansas City. There's only one place where he belongs.But MLB's defacto salary cap is gradually going into effect on every level. This month, it knocks down the amount of money big market teams can spend on young talent. (So the owners will bank more, by the way.) Eventually, this will pinch the Yankees in a way that makes the 1980s look like the Age of Aquarius. We will be Chrysler without a bailout, your local newspaper without a web site. The Yankees will have four to six players with massive contracts that seem to extend into the next millenium, and when free agents hit the market, it won't...
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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...
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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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...
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, 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...
The Los Angeles Angels' first half featured an old double-play combo. "We've been, in the first half, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. "We know the really poor start that we got off to. We also know the untapped potential that was in this team early. We're seeing it start to surface." The Texas Rangers -- with the...
By Christian Ilten - AngelsWin.com Contributor
Trout, 20, leads the American League with a .341 (88-for-258) batting average and 26 steals for the Angels while Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo boasts a sick .306/.358/.608 slash line, with 22 Trumbombs and 57 runs batted in.
#44 made it to the second round tonight in the home run derby, his first of the slugger's bright...
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...
Mike Trout couldn't have enjoyed a better night for his first All-Star Game.
The Angels rookie got a single off New York Mets knuckleballer RA Dickey, stole a base and caught a fly ball in left field. All in all, he couldn't have asked for anything more.
Trout and teammates Jered Weaver and Mark Trumbo all got playing time Tuesday, as did Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw...
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 AL Rookie of the Year award really isn't much of a race right now. In fact, our winner was unanimous....
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]
Before the season, Bryan Doherty and I dished out awards and final standings based on player and team projections we felt were logical assumptions. Now that we both see how terribly wrong we both were, like most preseason projections in the history of preseason projections world wide, I can now step back and re-assess the MLB at the All Star Break. Like every season of every sports...