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HBT Daily: Will the oft-injured Bryce Harper be Pete Reiser? Eric Davis? Paul Molitor?

Apr 29, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I don’t know who Bryce Harper is going to turn into, but I do know this kid is going to turn into Bryce Harper.

  2. jm91rs - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    My favorite player ever was Eric Davis. That’s all.

    • jwbiii - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      That ’85 Denver Zephyrs outfield (Kal Daniels, Tracy Jones, Eric Davis) was fun to watch on the odd occasion that they were all healthy.

  3. cohnjusack - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Oh Eric Davis…what could have been.

    One of the fun, not-so-scientific activities I liked to partake in when I was younger and my time was less valuable to me was to pace out often injured players seasons to see what their career numbers could have looked like.

    My very unscientific method:
    1. Start at first + 100 game season ( a lot of players aren’t full time starters in the beginning )
    2. If > 81 games, pace out to a 150 games season
    3. If < 81 games, average between previous and +81 game season.
    4. Stop when player has clearly become a bench player and reduced playing time is not being caused by injury

    Here are my the Eric Davis results.
    407 HR, 1290 RBI, 477 SB, .273/.362/.495

    Of course, this ignores that not getting injured is very, very valuable, that most everybody gets injured sometimes and really no one deserves credit for what they hypothetically may have done. Still, it's fun have a method to get a somewhat realistic estimate of how many home runs Ted Williams would have hit if it weren't for injuries/military service, or what Mark McGwire might have done if it weren't for constant injuries.

  4. aceshigh11 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I used to mimic Eric Davis’ “low hands” batting stance when I was skinny 11 year old geek. He looked so badass.

  5. Joe Vecchio - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Even being a Braves fan annoyed by the constant hype of the Gnats by ESPN and Gnats fans, I would hate to see this young man lose a promising career because the team isn’t responsible enough to teach him how to play the game. Baseball is not football and people who insist on playing with that kind of intensity tend to get hurt whether they’re any good or not. Pete Rose is the only guy I can think of who played like that and avoided major injuries over a long career.

    Matt Williams was clearly a bad choice for the Gnats, and I agree it was definitely sending the wrong message to the kid for not “hustling” on a play in which no amount of hustle would have mattered. In baseball you conserve your energy.

  6. bh192012 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    21 is not a “kid,” if you’re still a “kid” at 21, you’re immature.

  7. denny65 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Who? No idea. But I do predict Harper will be the subject of a “Where Are They Now” SI piece within five years.

    Glass jaw and all that.

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