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Bryce Harper is not very good at cornholing

Oct 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

OK, so the actual story is less dirty than it probably sounds, but still.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post checked in on No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper’s early experience in the Florida instructional league and got some amusing details from Nationals director of player development Doug Harris:

At the Nationals’ player development complex in Viera, Fla., the officials running the Nats’ Instructional League team set up a bracket-style tournament in which pairs of players compete in the game Cornhole, in which teammates try to throw beanbags filled with corn into through a hole in a wooden board. “Just to break up the monotony a little bit,” Harris said. They started today, and Harper — the first overall pick, apparently, for reasons other than his skill at Saturday morning tailgates — did not make it out of Round 1.

As for Harper’s actual performance on the field, here’s what Harris had to say:

Good days and bad days. He’s had some days with a couple homers. But he’s also swung through some balls. He’s still a 17-year-old. As physical and athletic as he is, it’s easy to overlook that at times. He looks like a 21-year-old college kid. He’s taken a lot in regarding defense, base running, his approach to hitting, all the finer points of the game.

Kilgore notes that Harper is unlikely to play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins next week. So he’ll have plenty of time to work on his cornholing.

  1. klbader - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    ¡Soy loco por los Cornballs!

  2. Mr. Heyward - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    He should ask for advice from The Great Cornholio.

  3. PaulKersey - Oct 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Everyone’s laughing and riding and cornholing, except Bryce.

  4. jimbeetle - Oct 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Wouldn’t a “beanbag” full of corn be a cor…ah heck…nevermind.

  5. Nikoli - Oct 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Did he wear that ridiculous eye black while participating in this cornhole event?

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