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(SB Nation)   Bryce Harper makes an impact on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of impact the Nationals want to see   (sbnation.com) divider line 59
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2013-05-14 01:21:58 AM
That play was painful to watch. The fact that they haven't updated his status by game's end is not a particularly good sign.
 
2013-05-14 01:27:19 AM

nmrsnr: That play was painful to watch. The fact that they haven't updated his status by game's end is not a particularly good sign.


They asked him about it post game. He answered "That's a clown question, Batman."
 
2013-05-14 02:05:08 AM
Man, he just runs straight into that thing full force. I almost expected a comedy noise.
 
2013-05-14 02:38:45 AM
Well he made a feeble attempt to catch it with his throwing hand, seemingly forgetting this big glove thing on his other hand, and then runs full speed into the wall, ignoring that whole warning track thing. Other than that was a great play.
 
2013-05-14 03:08:41 AM
Nats are saying 11 stitches with no concussion.
 
2013-05-14 07:00:17 AM
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2013-05-14 07:48:36 AM
They should consider adding something to the field to warn players that they are nearing the wall.
 
2013-05-14 08:00:43 AM

HotWingConspiracy: They should consider adding something to the field to warn players that they are nearing the wall.


Yes, some kind of track, of warning. A warning track, as it were.
 
2013-05-14 08:02:39 AM
My buddy loves Harper because he plays like a guy with no talent who has to get by on heart and hustle, except he's got loads of talent. I hate Harper because he never looks like he's enjoying himself. Still sad to see him get hurt. He didn't look good after bouncing off the wall.
 
2013-05-14 08:04:21 AM
Looked like he didn't even try to brace for the impact. I knew basketball players who would dive into the stands even though there was a 1% chance of getting to a ball in order to show the coach how "intense" they were. Harper seems out there enough to do a little attention whoring of his own.
 
2013-05-14 08:27:04 AM

HotWingConspiracy: They should consider adding something to the field to warn players that they are nearing the wall.


Perhaps a track of some kind?
 
2013-05-14 08:29:56 AM
Someone needs to cue up a GIF of Bump running through the fence in The Natural...
 
2013-05-14 08:37:42 AM
I'm amazed this doesn't happen at the Rodgers centre more often. Sorry for Harper.
 
2013-05-14 08:43:58 AM

farkingismybusiness: Nats are saying 11 stitches with no concussion.


No way he wasn't concussed, he might have even been lights out for a bit there. I hope he comes back by Saturday when Werth is scheduled to.

On a related note:

"He is not worried about the wall or anything. He should know that he is on the warning track and back off a little bit, but that is not his nature," Johnson said. "I don't want to change him. I feel sorry for the wall if he keeps running into it."

I love Davy Johnson.
 
2013-05-14 08:44:48 AM
Looks like he almost beheaded himself. There can be only one!
l3.yimg.com
 
2013-05-14 08:46:07 AM
This guy knows all about running into and through fences.
 
2013-05-14 08:49:17 AM

Walker: Looks like he almost beheaded himself. There can be only one!
[l3.yimg.com image 630x466]


Good thing he had that beard there to absorb the blow.  Now we know why Werth grows his out so long, it is like a built-in airbag.  If Harper didn't have any chinfuzz, it is extremely likely he would have been decapitated.

/Fact.
 
2013-05-14 09:03:21 AM
Maybe he was distracted by that link at the top of the page about Morganna, the Kissing Bandit.
 
2013-05-14 09:14:48 AM
Man, that was funny.
 
2013-05-14 09:20:07 AM
He is just upset about being the second best 20 year old player in MLB.
 
2013-05-14 09:24:44 AM
Damn kid plays hard....
 
2013-05-14 09:47:23 AM

MFAWG: HotWingConspiracy: They should consider adding something to the field to warn players that they are nearing the wall.

Yes, some kind of track, of warning. A warning track, as it were.


make the surface different than the surface of the rest out of the outfield so the player can be warned without taking his eyes off the ball.
 
2013-05-14 09:48:21 AM

nmrsnr: On a related note:

"He is not worried about the wall or anything. He should know that he is on the warning track and back off a little bit, but that is not his nature," Johnson said. "I don't want to change him. I feel sorry for the wall if he keeps running into it."

I love Davy Johnson.


I'm not sure it's possible to tell Bryce Harper to hold back a little.  Watching him run out routine ground balls like his pants are on fire is fun.  I think he'd play to win at Connect Four with kindergartners.

That level of hyper-competitiveness can be very helpful (Pete Rose, Michael Jordan), but it comes with downsides (Eric Davis, Bo Jackson).  Hopefully he learns to protect his head.
 
2013-05-14 09:49:37 AM

farkingismybusiness: Nats are saying 11 stitches with no concussion.


and he jammed his left shoulder.  who knows, it might be sprained.  fortunately his face took the brunt of the impact.

this guy is going to wear down quickly if he keeps up this aggressive style.  he is also going to get hurt a lot.
 
2013-05-14 10:31:30 AM
Glad he is not dead.

I hope the Nationals don't do what the Skins did and let him come back before he is healthy.
 
2013-05-14 10:46:06 AM
Hey Bryce, you might want to preserve yourself until after you sign your 8 year / 220 million contract.
 
2013-05-14 10:58:01 AM
Yeah, Yoenis Cespedes did the same thing in Seattle, but HE MADE THE CATCH!
 
2013-05-14 11:06:11 AM

chimp_ninja: That level of hyper-competitiveness can be very helpful (Pete Rose, Michael Jordan), but it comes with downsides (Eric Davis, Bo Jackson). Hopefully he learns to protect his head.


The downside of Bo Jackson was that he literally ran his left hip out of its socket (with 200 pounds of DB hanging off him). If Jordan had rolled his ankle the wrong way, or if Rose had concussed himself into CTE at 31...

I think this is what you said, but it's more about luck in avoiding injury than any sort of balls-out play. Junior Griffey might have been the anti-Bonds if he hadn't broken every bone he has in a 2 year span.

// pitchers are a different beast - your arm can either take throwing 3,000 pitches in a season, or it can't
 
2013-05-14 11:07:08 AM
Harper might want to investigate the career of Pete Reiser.
 
2013-05-14 11:12:47 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Yeah, Yoenis Cespedes did the same thing in Seattle, but HE MADE THE CATCH!


I'm sorry, and Imma let you finish, but Aaron Hicks made the greatest catch OF ALL YESTERDAY.  (Video at bottom.)  Bonus points for trolling everyone regarding whether or not he actually came down with the ball.

He also hit 2 HR, raising his career total to 3, and boosting his SLG to .286.
 
2013-05-14 11:13:09 AM
How does kissing the outfield wall affect his WAR?
 
2013-05-14 11:15:26 AM
If I had more time to find the right frame, Bryce is crying out to be photoshopped smacking into a Wile Coyote fake tunnel.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-14 11:21:53 AM

Walker: Looks like he almost beheaded himself. There can be only one!
[l3.yimg.com image 630x466]


I'll never look at a Bryce Harper bobblehead the same way again.

I'm thinking they can do Bryce Harper Pez dispensers, too.
 
2013-05-14 11:25:02 AM

Dr Dreidel: The downside of Bo Jackson was that he literally ran his left hip out of its socket (with 200 pounds of DB hanging off him). If Jordan had rolled his ankle the wrong way, or if Rose had concussed himself into CTE at 31...


My point was more that you had to be crazy to try to play in the NFL and MLB in the same season, and playing both sports with that kind of crazy balls-out athleticism.  There was no shortage of diving Bo Jackson catches, either.  Bo acted like he was invincible, right up until he wasn't.

And yeah, both Jordan and Rose were lucky to avoid that kind of injury, and it wasn't because they took any particular precautions.  The "flu game" could have ended up with Jordan blacking out and banging his head.  Hell, if interleague play had existed at the time of the Ray Fosse incident, I suspect the Indians would have gladly given Rose CTE via repeated fastballs.

Harper seems to have avoided the worst of the impact in TFA, but if he tempts fate like that 10 or 20 times a season, he'll eventually shorten his career.
 
2013-05-14 11:32:23 AM

chimp_ninja: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Yeah, Yoenis Cespedes did the same thing in Seattle, but HE MADE THE CATCH!

I'm sorry, and Imma let you finish, but Aaron Hicks made the greatest catch OF ALL YESTERDAY.  (Video at bottom.)  Bonus points for trolling everyone regarding whether or not he actually came down with the ball.

He also hit 2 HR, raising his career total to 3, and boosting his SLG to .286.


Yeah, I watched that game while waiting for the A's game to start. Brilliant catch, but I still gotta go with Yoenis.  http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27045699&c_id=mlb  His first point of contact with the wall was his face. But that Aaron Hicks has a bright future.
 
2013-05-14 11:39:14 AM

chimp_ninja: My point was more that you had to be crazy to try to play in the NFL and MLB in the same season, and playing both sports with that kind of crazy balls-out athleticism. There was no shortage of diving Bo Jackson catches, either. Bo acted like he was invincible, right up until he wasn't.


If anyone could do be an all-star in 2 sports, Bo could. He walked from September baseball into football pads and still creamed the league. If he had a good enough crossover dribble or slapshot, he probably could have played major pro sports year-round.

// Deion Sanders wept
// just watched the 30 for 30 on Bo
 
2013-05-14 11:40:04 AM

chimp_ninja: Aaron Hicks made the greatest catch OF ALL YESTERDAY.


www.gannett-cdn.com

This reminds me of this:

farm8.staticflickr.com

/my all-time favorite Oakland A's moment
 
2013-05-14 11:45:36 AM

star_topology: HotWingConspiracy: They should consider adding something to the field to warn players that they are nearing the wall.

Perhaps a track of some kind?


Perhaps a track made out of dirt
 
2013-05-14 11:47:28 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Yeah, I watched that game while waiting for the A's game to start. Brilliant catch, but I still gotta go with Yoenis. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27045699&c_id=mlb His first point of contact with the wall was his face. But that Aaron Hicks has a bright future.


I hope so.  I like that MLB has returned to a game where super-glove CFs are coveted, and he has a hell of an arm to boot.  (Vs. the late-1990s plan of putting 3 linebackers who hit 35 HR each in the OF.)  But he's always been a "Wait until you see what he develops into!" athlete.  Two years ago, he hit .242/.354/.368 in A+ ball.  One good AA season with the bat (for a defensive star), and because he's in the Twins' system, it's off to the majors!

He's over his head thus far, but it's Minnesota, so no one is watching.  It will be interesting to see if they have the patience to let him take his lumps for a while this year so he's a solid contributor next year.
 
2013-05-14 11:53:56 AM

chimp_ninja: I hope so.  I like that MLB has returned to a game where super-glove CFs are coveted


It's why Brett Gardner is a starter (sure as hell ain't his bat. Word is when Granderson returns, it's -Ichiro- that's the odd man out, not Gardner or Vernon Wells.
 
2013-05-14 11:57:08 AM

chimp_ninja: He's over his head thus far, but it's Minnesota, so no one is watching. It will be interesting to see if they have the patience to let him take his lumps for a while this year so he's a solid contributor next year.


Twins could win it all next year. They have the tendency to sneak up on World Championships, and no one ever sees 'em coming. And if my A's don't win it all, I'd just as soon it be the Twins. Great fans (I've had a lot of fun in the Metrodome) great manager, and once again, a great team (Heh, I'm wearing my Saint Paul Saints hockey-style jersey even as we speak).
 
2013-05-14 11:57:13 AM
Hey, maybe there should be a warning track, made out of dirt.  That way, outfielders will know they're getting close to the wall.  Because there currently isn't one, and therefore outfielders are at great risk of hitting the wall.  With no warning.

/I mean, since we're beating that joke into the ground, might as well go all the way
 
2013-05-14 12:09:40 PM

Super Chronic: Hey, maybe there should be a warning track, made out of dirt.  That way, outfielders will know they're getting close to the wall.  Because there currently isn't one, and therefore outfielders are at great risk of hitting the wall.  With no warning.

/I mean, since we're beating that joke into the ground, might as well go all the way


It's always been weird to me that every MLB team hasn't added at least a little padding to their OF wall.  (Maybe not the Cubs, given the historical appeal of Wrigley's look.)  Your average team probably pays their outfield $20M per year, and then leaves all kinds of chainlink fence, brick, sharp corners, a hill, that stupid flagpole in Houston, etc. for them to run into.  Maybe they'll include a dome with a white interior so there's risk of their outfielders taking a routine fly ball to the face.

In the meantime, I do not get paid anywhere near that kind of money, but my employer hands out padded wrist rests and ergonomic chairs so I don't get injured while sitting still and typing.

Adding a scoreboard there is weird too.  When I'm at an MLB ballpark, I'm generally not wondering where the scoreboard is, after seeing the first 15 or 20.

Note to self: Design a way to display scores on a soft surface without the potential for blinding OFs with laser projection.  License this patent to MLB.
 
2013-05-14 12:39:51 PM
This is how seasons implode.
 
2013-05-14 12:56:35 PM

thesharkman: This guy knows all about running into and through fences.


I crack up everytime I see that.
 
2013-05-14 01:27:42 PM

chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: Hey, maybe there should be a warning track, made out of dirt.  That way, outfielders will know they're getting close to the wall.  Because there currently isn't one, and therefore outfielders are at great risk of hitting the wall.  With no warning.

/I mean, since we're beating that joke into the ground, might as well go all the way

It's always been weird to me that every MLB team hasn't added at least a little padding to their OF wall.  (Maybe not the Cubs, given the historical appeal of Wrigley's look.)  Your average team probably pays their outfield $20M per year, and then leaves all kinds of chainlink fence, brick, sharp corners, a hill, that stupid flagpole in Houston, etc. for them to run into.  Maybe they'll include a dome with a white interior so there's risk of their outfielders taking a routine fly ball to the face.

In the meantime, I do not get paid anywhere near that kind of money, but my employer hands out padded wrist rests and ergonomic chairs so I don't get injured while sitting still and typing.

Adding a scoreboard there is weird too.  When I'm at an MLB ballpark, I'm generally not wondering where the scoreboard is, after seeing the first 15 or 20.

Note to self: Design a way to display scores on a soft surface without the potential for blinding OFs with laser projection.  License this patent to MLB.


What a coincidence, I have padded walls here.  They tell me it keeps me from hurting myself.
 
2013-05-14 01:48:28 PM

chimp_ninja: It's always been weird to me that every MLB team hasn't added at least a little padding to their OF wall. (Maybe not the Cubs, given the historical appeal of Wrigley's look.) Your average team probably pays their outfield $20M per year, and then leaves all kinds of chainlink fence, brick, sharp corners, a hill, that stupid flagpole in Houston, etc. for them to run into.


this has always confused me.  They pay a guy $10M/ year and expect him to dive into walls for a ball.  Then they put a metal electronic scoreboard on that wall.  At least this time the wall injured the opposing team's player.
 
2013-05-14 02:12:07 PM

yequalsy: Harper might want to investigate the career of Pete Reiser.


eerily similar so far.

and his response is:

 Bryce Harper @Bharper3407
I will keep playing this game hard for the rest of my life even if it kills me! Ill never stop! #RespectTheGame
 
2013-05-14 02:15:24 PM

SlothB77: yequalsy: Harper might want to investigate the career of Pete Reiser.

eerily similar so far.

and his response is:

 Bryce Harper @Bharper3407
I will keep playing this game hard for the rest of my life even if it kills me! Ill never stop! #RespectTheGame


I like this guy more and more. Good on him!
 
2013-05-14 02:26:20 PM

chimp_ninja: It's always been weird to me that every MLB team hasn't added at least a little padding to their OF wall. (Maybe not the Cubs, given the historical appeal of Wrigley's look.) Your average team probably pays their outfield $20M per year, and then leaves all kinds of chainlink fence, brick, sharp corners, a hill, that stupid flagpole in Houston, etc. for them to run into. Maybe they'll include a dome with a white interior so there's risk of their outfielders taking a routine fly ball to the face.


You'd have loved this ballpark: http://www.sulphurdell.com/index.htm
 
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