LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals speaks to the media in his major league debut during practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
I mean, yeah, he's awesome. His middle name is Aron. Cool.
Last season he hit .256/.329/.395 in AA. This year, in AAA basically because he's famous, he's hit .250/.333/.375. Sure, it's a tiny sample, but it's still .250 with no mediocre power.
I live in DC and I'm watching his debut because, well, why not, but I just don't understand this move. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is one of the weirder GMs in the game. They've done some things well, they've made some odd moves. And look, he's a former Brave wizard too. This is like Dayton Moore prematurely calling up Eric Hosmer, only a year earlier. Why?
Now, I'm not one of these folks that hate Bryce Harper, who think he's a jerk, or a d----e or whatever. This is not unique amongst athletes or young men, or men. Have you ever walked down the street? And honestly, I don't care. I will never hang out with Bryce Harper. I just don't think he's ready to be a helpful Major League player right now.
Anyway. I guess it is cool. He's 19. He'll probably be good in three years. Anyway.