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Chipper Jones texts Bryce Harper, calls him “very classy”

Jul 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT


Bryce Harper and Chipper Jones are pitted against each other in the “Final Vote” contest for an All-Star spot, with most people assuming that the Nationals phenom will win.

Harper said Sunday that he’d vote for Jones because “I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star game his last year.”

Once word of that got back to Jones he texted Harper to say thanks and then had plenty of praise for the 19-year-old rookie, telling Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

That’s a very classy thing for a 19-year-old kid to say. I think he’s going to be in his fair share of All-Star games throughout the years. He’s an unbelievable talent and I just let him know that I appreciated what he said. It was classy.

Players inevitably dropping out due to injuries could mean that there’s room on the NL team for both Harper and Jones, but the other “Final Vote” candidates (Michael Bourn, David Freese, Aaron Hill) seemingly have zero chance to finish higher than third in the balloting.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Bryce Harper, now classier than Fred Astaire and PBR.

  2. T Pot - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Player A (250 plate appearances): .274/.348/.471 (OPS: .819), 8 HR, 22 RBI, 8 SB, fWAR: 1.4

    Player B (180 plate appearances): .278/.344/.562 (OPS: .906), 8 HR, 27 RBI, 1 SB, fWAR: 1.5

    Player A is Bryce Harper.

    Player B, is Todd Frazier.

    While I think Harper is the better player, it is worth noting how good Frazier is doing. Both were called up mid April, Frazier has a little more defensive flexibility although not great at any one position.

    • redguy12588 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Player A is 19

      Player B is 26

      So ya…

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Any percieved down talk of Bryce Harper could carry a sentence of hanging until you’re dead, dead, dead.

      • T Pot - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Did not put down Harper. Was just pointing out that Frazier is putting together a solid year and neither the Reds nor the rest of baseball seems to notice. I would take Harper in front of Frazier all day everyday.

    • Alex K - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Todd Frazier is 26 and this isn’t his first taste of MLB action. He and Harper are not comparable players.

      Also, if you add in his PA last year he is at .259/.322/.511 over 301 plate appearances.

      • pmcenroe - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        I don’t think he was comparing them in the sense of their overall skill but rather how deserving they each are for an All-Star selection. While we can all agree that Harper is more talented, his larger point remains that since Opening Day Frazier’s output has been ever so slightly better than Harpers and thus there is an argument to be made on who is ‘more’ deserving. Personally I wouldn’t put either in on first crack but that’s just me

    • paperlions - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Player C (175 PA): .322/.394/.651 (1.046 OPS), 13 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB, 1.8 fWAR

      Player C is Allen Craig.

      Who cares?

      • T Pot - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Frazier qualifies for ROY, Craig does not – plus you cared enough to look up his stats

      • T Pot - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        pmcenroe – was not saying Frazier deserved an All Star nod. Just trying to bring light to an underappreciated player. Didn’t realize it would cause such an uproar.

      • nightman13 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        T Pot-

        It’s a comment board ANYTHING can cause an uproar, lol. Comment boards = online powder kegs

  3. saucepaws - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Hard to believe it was a few months ago this guy was dubbed “MLB’s new villain”.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      I’m an old guy that was ready to hate Bryce Harper. I’m definitely becoming a fan.

    • number42is1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Balls in your mouth on the cover of SI will do that to you

  4. patbocam - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Just voted for chipper, hope he goes out on top with a hit in the all-star game and great run for the playoffs at the end of the year.

  5. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I’ve voted probably 3,000 times for Harper on the final vote just in down time, waiting in line and during traffic lights. Chipper, you have no hope.

    • mybrunoblog - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      You actually voted in an online poll 3000 times? You think this is a positive life experience?
      Get a hobby bro, get a hobby.

      • TheNaturalMevs - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Have one, not saying it’s healthy. Only positive if Harper gets in.

    • CJ - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      you say that like it’s something to be proud of.

    • rooney24 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Using your phone to vote while driving is not cool. You should be paying attention to driving only when behind the wheel. And, don’t give me the “during traffic lights” bit. If you are doing it during traffic lights, you are texting and accessing the web while driving. That will lead to accidents and you might injure or kill someone. Is that possibility really worth it just to be voting for someone? No.

      • TheNaturalMevs - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        It’s worth getting Harper to the All Star Game.

  6. kopy - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I’m Ron Burgundy?

    • florida727 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Who put the question mark on the tele-prompter? You know Ron reads exactly what’s on there.

      ANY Ron Burgundy reference makes an HBT article worth reading.

      • seanthegreatest - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Milk was a bad choice

  7. Jonny 5 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Once again I agree with Harper. How dare he be a nice kid with a good head on his shoulders?!?!

  8. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    All that’s left for Harper to do to burnish his halo is to start a nonprofit foundation for unwed mothers. Gotta hand it to the kid. He’s gone from being a loudmouthed bore with a “drill me” sign on the back of his trousers to the moral bellwether of baseball within the scope of one season. Either he’s hired himself the world’s greatest P/R coach, or he’s suffering from a case of late-onset progeria. No matter. He’s coming off like a credit to his team and a credit to baseball in general.

    • kkolchak - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      My bet is that Boras assigned one of his best PR people to Harper in order to coach him on how to “behave” in public. Harper’s image could swing the value of his first free agent contract by $50 million given how much he’ll likely get paid. That said, some guys are stupid enough that they NEVER get it, so at least Harper is proving that he is not an idiot.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      I don’t know about all the Gator.
      But I do know he has certainly turned his image around…lickety split like.

  9. mikecubbie69 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Id say hes learned the art of kissing butt……..thats doesnt change my feelings about the stuck up little punk……

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      I understand. None of us really needs an actual reason for an opinion. That entails thinking about it, and clearly, it’s a process you must find very painful.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      …but he doesn’t act like a stuck up little punk. Maybe a wicked witch turned him into a stuck up little punk when he was 16, but he got better.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      We need actual reasons for our opinions? Sorry, didn’t get that memo.

    • kkolchak - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Just the kind of level headed “thinking” you would expect from someone who follows a team that hasn’t won a World Series in 105 years.

  10. psuravens19 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I’m still not sure why anyone disliked Harper to begin with?

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Is your real name Rip Van Winkle? Nice day, isn’t it?

  11. jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I stayed at the Rip Van Winkle Motel in Catskill, NY once. I’m an insomniac, but I slept great in the little cottage they call rooms there. Rip Van Winkle: biggest sleepyhead of ALL time.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Famous sleepover spot for folks who enjoy being humiliated by trout. Beautiful countryside up there.

      • jimbo1949 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Oh sure, I knew somebody would drop Trout into a Harper post.

  12. quickj21 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    “…but the other “Final Vote” candidates (Michael Bourn, David Freese, Aaron Hill) seemingly have zero chance to finish higher than third in the balloting.”

    Absolutely ridiculous! Really? You didn’t think Cardinal Nation would get David Freese voted into the game? The game-saving, clutch-hitting, World Series MVP of the St. Louis Cardinals? This remark makes me question your credibility as a baseball writer. Are you the Skip Bayless of NBC Sports? By the way, you can find Freese in Kansas City next Tuesday. Go ahead and tell him all about how perplexed you are that he actually won the Final Vote. GO CARDS!!

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