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HBT Daily: Taking stock of Bryce Harper

Aug 8, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

  1. pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I’m just going to refrain from making any comments about this guy this time around. I was eaten alive by some fellow HBT readers earlier in the week for comments I made from another article and I’m pretty sure one of them was Bryce’s dad. I’ll just say Bryce is a gentleman and wise beyond his years.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      You sure you don’t want to go ahead and double down on your “he wears too much eye black for my liking so I’ll make other silly presumptions about him” line of thinking?

      • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        I’ll pass, but thanks. I do stand behind the too much eye black comment though.

      • thenaturalmevs - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Here’s what I’ll “double down on”: It’s always something with Harper. And I liked Harper as much as I’ve liked anyone as a person and prospect. But lets be honest, if he’s not hurt, he’s saying something stupid in the media or controversial, or getting tossed from a game, or has the flu, or is getting a day off, or wants to hit here in the order, or wants to play center field, or he’s dinged and needs a few days off, or he’s slumping terrible and needs to call dad to find his swing, or his agent won’t accept Mike Trout dollars, or …..

        It’s always something.

        Just go like, three months and play the game quietly and be productive. Is that too much to ask? Man he could learn from Trout in that respect. He’s never done that and I’m not sure he’ll ever be able to do that. It’s always something.

  2. Bob Loblaw - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    “He’s got more promise than any young player in the game, but injuries have hampered him. What does the future hold?”

    I guess Mike Trout is just some old guy now. ;)

    • jss1330 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Trout is passed the promise stage and is into the delivering portion

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Trout turned 23 yesterday. Yeah, I guess he’s an old man now. Harper and his 100+ days of youth behind Trout are clearly what makes him have more promise than any other young player.

      • thenaturalmevs - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Um, Bob. Harper is a year and two months younger than Harper.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      When Craig has a man crush, nothing can get in his way. Certainly not the facts or the play on the field.

  3. taosravenfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I’ll take manny Machado.

  4. teejayss - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    LOL.. haters… EVERY team except for LAA would give away the farm to have Harper on the team

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I give up. Craig simply refuses to follow The Narrative(tm), and insists on being reasonable.

    Hmmm, maybe that is some advanced form of trolling…

  6. denny65 - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Soon to be an entry in SI’s “Where Are They Now?” column.

    Lede: “Although he consistently failed to live up to the hype, beset by injuries and possessing what in hindsight is now seen as only mediocre talent….”

  7. thenaturalmevs - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Abreu is not young.

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