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Bowden: Harper to Nats 'Done Deal,' Deal Worth ~$10M


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I can't wait to see Harper play every day. I've been reading stories about this kid forever (it seems). It all reads like the start of a legend. I look at this guy and can't believe he is 17. He looks 25. He's what, 230 pounds already? Just a monster. And he plays like there's no other reason to live.

Something I read today (yesterday)... his stats are otherworldly... but it was done in a WOOD BAT LEAGUE! :eek:

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Something I read today (yesterday)... his stats are otherworldly... but it was done in a WOOD BAT LEAGUE! :eek:

Yeah. Maybe you read the same thing I did. Peters Gammons wrote:

'Harper, as everyone knows, was the age of a high school junior, went to Southern Nevada Junior College, and at the age of 17, became the youngest player to win the Golden Spikes Award as college baseball's best player -- four years younger than any previous winner. In a wood-bat league, the 220-pound Harper hit .443 with 31 homers and 98 RBIs.'

and...

'Griffey was 18 and hit seven homers his senior year in high school. [Chipper] Jones was 18 and hit five. Rodriguez was 18 and hit nine. Upton was 17 and hit 11. All with aluminum bats. To repeat: Harper at 17 played in a JUCO division and hit 31 homers.'

I do not believe I've ever read about a hitter as impressive as Bryce Harper is at his age. What kind of hitter makes Griffey and Arod look like children (when comparing accomplishments at the same age)?

His first chapter fits side by side with Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. Chapter two now begins. Very exciting.

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