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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
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2013-05-14 08:00:43 AM  
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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 07:48:36 AM  
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They should consider adding something to the field to warn players that they are nearing the wall.
2013-05-14 02:38:45 AM  
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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 11:47:28 AM  
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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 11:40:04 AM  
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chimp_ninja: Aaron Hicks made the greatest catch OF ALL YESTERDAY.

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This reminds me of this:

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/my all-time favorite Oakland A's moment
2013-05-14 11:25:02 AM  
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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 09:48:21 AM  
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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.
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