News Who is Bryce Harper?
Baseball phenom Bryce Harper will be the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft. He has been dubbed “The Chosen One” bySports Illustrated.
Who is this guy? Here are some facts about Bryce Harper.
Despite being only 17 years old, Harper stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds.Harperhas already received numerous endorsement contract offers from makers of husky jeans.
Harper hit the longest home run in the history of Tropicana Field, a 502-foot blast that would have flown farther had it not hit the back wall of the dome.Thanks to his aluminum bat, Harper has also hit 16 ground-rule doubles in his career while attempting to bunt.
The phenom has been compared to Justin Upton, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr.A career .268 hitter who strikes out once every three at-bats, a cheater/choker/she-male lover who fancies himself a centaur, and a chubby guy who was injured for half his career. With scouts like these … bada-BOOM!
According toSports Illustrated, Harper “has faster bat speed than Mark McGwire in his prime and runs so fast that he scored on wild pitches six times [ ] from second base. As a catcher he picks off runners from his knees, and when he pitches, he throws a fastball that has been clocked at 96 mph. He also does volunteer work, holds down a 3.5 grade point average and attends religious education classes nearly every morning before school.”And he is an accomplished artist who has earned rave reviews for his works depicting Tim Tebow’s dainty, pink vagina.
Harper already is known for his trademark eye black, which covers both of his cheeks. While Tebow can only write a Bible verse on his eye black, Harper is able to post entire Bible chapters.
Harper and his parents are being advised by Scott Boras and the 17 year-old says his dreams include to “Play in Yankee Stadium. Play in pinstripes.”As an added part of his large frame, Harper has packed extra muscle into the place where his soul used to be.
Despite his obvious baseball gifts, Harper has drawn criticism for angry outbursts and repeated poor behavior. Clearly he knows he is being drafted by the Nationals and will require some counseling.
In his freshman season of high school, Harper hit a 570-foot home run.570-foot home run as a freshman. Only a 502-foot home run as a sophomore. Violent rages. Looks like someone is coming down off of the steroids-fueled middle school years.
You know, I am actually kind of surprised that A-Rod didn't behave this way after he lined that ball off of David Huff's head. Well done, Alex! You'll be classy yet.
I don't care what he said, it still wasn't as bad as that umpire's call.
It's a good thing baseball umpire Jim Joyce was only calling a regular season baseball game. Here is what he would have done at other moments in history.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say they have agreed upon a regimen for former phenom Joba Chamberlain that will enable him to keep building up his arm strength.
"It's similar to how we have handled Joba before when we were trying to make him into a starter," Girardi said of his setup man, who has a 5.82 ERA on the season. "Only now, instead of increasing his stamina so he can throw 100-plus pitches, we're building it up for eight-hour shifts of manual labor, like picking up boxes and carrying around two-by-fours."
Cashman says that preparing Chamberlain for employment following his bust of a major league career is evidence of what a class organization the Yankees are.
"We treat everyone like family," he said. "Do you think Bernie Williams just picked up the classical guitar? Right. Like professional athletes are interested in things. No, what happened was in 2003, Joe Torre saw someone blow a 86 mph fastball past Bernie and, that very night, signed him up for guitar lessons."
While that led to Williams' post-baseball musical career, other such efforts have not proven to be as fruitful. The Yankees tried to train Hideki Irabu to be a competitive eater, "but he wouldn't enter any contests that weren't for soup," said Cashman. "He said chewing made him too tired."
With it now obvious that Chamberlain will never live up to the hype that surrounded his call up to the major leagues back in 2007, the Yankees assume he'll be out of baseball and back in Nebraska before long.
"But we want Joba to know that there is still hope for him," says Girardi. "With hard work, maybe he won't end up in a construction job. Maybe he could be a steamfitter. They actually make pretty good money, you know."