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Another day, another lineup spot for Bryce Harper

May 10, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper is on the move in the Nationals’ batting order again.

Harper debuted as a No. 7 hitter, moved to the No. 3 spot after four games, shifted to the No. 2 spot for the past two games following Ryan Zimmerman‘s return, and is now batting No. 5 tonight.

That makes four different lineup spots in 11 games for the 19-year-old. And because I’ve done this for each of the previous spots: Harper will be just the sixth 19-year-old to hit No. 5 in a big-league game since 1980, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones, Justin Upton, Juan Gonzalez, and Adrian Beltre.

At this point I’m actually hoping that manager Davey Johnson will keep moving Harper around the batting order until he’s started at least one game in each spot, just so decades from now when someone is looking up the same stuff I’ve been looking up about 19-year-old lineup placement he’s on every single list.

  1. seanatch - May 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Most electric start to a career. Dude is on SportsCenter every night

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    With LaRussa gone, there’s little chance Bryce bats 9th in his career.

  3. jlovenotjlo - May 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    That person looking up 19 year old lineup placements decades from now is probably going to be you…

  4. crnvic847 - May 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Well looks like Strasburg is gonna have to hit in the 8th spot in his next start.

  5. mybrunoblog - May 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    When asked about the batting order Harper said ” I’m just here to help the team and the good lord willing we can win some ball games”

    • braddavery - May 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      What an arrogant, cocky a-hole.

    • jimbo1949 - May 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Crash has taught him well.

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