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HBT Daily: What does Bryce Harper’s return do for the Nationals?

Jul 1, 2014, 1:30 PM EST

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Nice job, Craig. Two essential points, in particular:

    1. Harper’s return gives the Nats depth. It’s been portrayed as some sort of problem, as if no one ever gets hurt, and no one goes into a slump. It’s still up to Matt Williams to show he can manage the depth.

    2. Teams have won World Series with more dysfunctional clubhouses, and more guys popping off to the media. Improved offense, leading to more “curly W’s,” will more than make up for any damage done by anything Young Mr. Harper says to the media.

    BTW, interesting poster behind you.

    • karlkolchak - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      I am extremely skeptical that there can be any “damage” done from anything a player says to the media–in fact, I think the very idea originated with the media hyping its own self importance.

      Funny how the Nats looked more energized last night than they have most of the season. I know they were playing the Rockies, but they have sleepwalked against poor opponents plenty of times these past two seasons. Here’s to young Mr. Harper stirring the pot. Hope he keeps doing it.

  2. lphboston - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    There is no problem in Washington.

    Harper deepens the lineup and gives the Nats one thing they have lacked all season — passion.

    If the pitching remains anywhere close to what it produced in the first half, the Nats will give the Braves all they can handle. And if Harper catches fire for a 2- or 3-week period, they could open things up in the NL East.

    The only possible fly in the ointment is Ryan Zimmerman’s arm.

  3. westcoastredbird - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    It makes him trade bait!

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