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Doug Harris clarifies his comments on Bryce Harper-Jackie Robinson comparison

Jul 26, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

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You knew this was coming. After taking plenty of heat for his ill-advised comments to Sports Illustrated comparing the scrutiny Bryce Harper faces to that of Jackie Robinson, the Nationals released a statement this evening from director of player development Doug Harris.

Here’s the statement in full, via Ben Goessling of

“I’d like to clarify my remarks as they appear in Tom Verducci’s recent Sports Illustrated feature story on Bryce Harper. In talking to Tom, my sole intent was to speak to the scrutiny that Harper faces on a daily basis.

“That said, the hardships that Mr. Robinson endured in/around 1947 were unique and historical in context. While Harper’s current situation is extraordinary by most measures, it pales in comparison to the life of Mr. Robinson, nor will it approach the lasting impact. I regret making this ill-fated correlation.”

Nobody will question that with the internet, Twitter, blogs, smartphones and, among other sources, we’re going to know more about Harper when (or if) he reaches the majors than probably any prospect before him. Hopefully Harris has learned that he could have supported his larger point (and had a lot less of a headache) without resorting to silly and pointless hyperbole.

  1. tashkalucy - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    People under 30 tend to exaggerate most things and have little understanding of history. Everything they were forced to learn is only something they use to help make themselves and their buddies look like great hero’s. There is little real respect for what went down before them.

    This gentleman’s comment is so off-base and incredibly dumb, that he belongs on a sports blog saying things like “grow a pair” and “rip me a new one.”

    If this generation weren’t so stupid and their parents more engrossed with sports and TV rather then reality, the US economy would not have have been falling apart the last 15 years and young people would have a future rather then waiting for the big collapse that the older people in America know is inevitable.

    • tashkalucy - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:26 AM

      P.S. Who is Doug Harris?

      • cktai - Jul 27, 2011 at 2:32 AM

        The 41 year old director of player development.

    • humanexcrement - Jul 27, 2011 at 1:43 AM

      Just some advice–nobody likes to hear bitching about KIDS TODAY and all that rubbish. The only thing worse than bullshit trumped-up controversies over something some random person said are people who become curmudgeonly, crotchety, bitchy cynics at 32.

    • President Miraflores - Jul 27, 2011 at 2:14 AM

      Troll harder.

  2. hcf95688 - Jul 27, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    The guy made a mistake and owned up. Good for him.

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