Tag Archive: Bryce Harper

Apr 23

The Harper Issue

Having been on vacation the last several days and “disconnected,” we read the email from our friend Dave with some interest. We had seen the box scores and the video of Bryce Harper being pulled, televisions are everywhere of course. But we missed out on the story threads that have been generated since, especially the …

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Apr 21

Espinosa’s play should win fans’ hearts as well as games

For those who are afraid the Nationals 2014 season will be a sad repeat of 2013, take a good look at last weekend’s four-game split with the St. Lois Cardinals. The knock on the Nats has been that they can rack up cheap wins at the expense of the Marlins and Mets, but come up …

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Mar 29

Nationals 2014 Preview: Hitters

Let’s get the predictions out of the way first. I’m calling “World Series or Bust” for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The defending National League West champions have two wins under their belts before most other teams have even played a game, and there should be many more to come. In fact with all their talent …

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Jul 08

Harper joins elite company with All-Star start

Bryce Harper made history last season when he became the youngest position player selected to the major league All-Star game at the age of 19, and he’s doing it again with his second appearance at the age of 20. Not only will Harper be the youngest position player ever to start for the National League, …

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Jul 01

Nationals Midseason Report Card

The halfway point of the season is an ideal time to take stock of what the Nationals have accomplished so far and what they need to improve. Here are the grades so far: Starting Pitching: B-plus. Jordan Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28) is the main reason the Nats are still in contention in the National League East. …

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Jun 17

“Can’t anybody here play this game?”

As the Nationals struggled again to bring runners home in their 2-0 loss in Cleveland on Sunday, their fans must have been fuming. With apologies to Casey Stengel, or whoever initiated the quote that became the title of Jimmy Breslin’s book chronicling the 1962 Mets, the question “Can’t anybody here play this game?” comes to …

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Jun 10

Jayson Werth: The straw that stirs the Nats’ drink

The Nationals have been hit hard in recent weeks by injuries to key players like Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos, Ross Detwiler and Stephen Strasburg. But perhaps the most important injury to hit the Nats this season was the hamstring injury that kept Jayson Werth out of the lineup from May 3 until last Tuesday’s game …

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May 26

Looks like Strasburg has learned his lesson

Two weeks ago, Stephen Strasburg was taken to task in this space for basically acting childish on the mound. He lost his composure after a throwing error in a scoreless game  against the Chicago Cubs, allowing four unearned runs to score and letting the game get out of hand. It was a game he – …

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Apr 28

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – Harper’s Major League Debut

April 28, 2012 Washington Nationals left-fielder Bryce “Bam-Bam” Harper went 1-for-3 with one run batted in during his Major League Baseball debut. The 19 year-old Harper, the top pick of the 2010 draft, was called up from the minors two days earlier to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Harper’s lone …

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Apr 26

Bryce is Nice… Happy Anniversary, Harper.

Of all the red-letter days in Washington’s baseball history, Nationals fans may well look back on April 28, 2012 as the most important date of all. It was on that date that a 19-year-old rookie named Bryce Aron Max Harper made his major league debut, amid the media spotlight of Los Angeles. He singled and …

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