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Bryce Harper Ejected for Arguing Third Strike Call (Video)

D-bag alert: Bryce Harper is up to his old antics.  For a kid who’s only 18 years old, Harper has to have the most inflated ego in the history of professional baseball.  He may even have LeBron James beat, but that’s a discussion for another day.  Bryce is now playing Double-A ball — since he was no longer interested in Single-A — where he is hitting a mediocre .255 in 30 games.  Perhaps it’s the umpires.  Check out this Bryce Harper ejection video, courtesy of CBSSports.com’s Eye on Baseball blog:

Surprising? Not exactly.  This is the same Bryce Harper who thought he looked cool with this hairstyle and actually blew a kiss to an opposing pitcher after hitting a home run.  Even if he turns into a Hall of Famer someday, you have to wonder how MLB players will put up with him in the clubhouse.  People have advised Harper that he needs to check his ego, but at this point he doesn’t seem to care.

Nats Officials Say Scrutiny Bryce Harper Faces Is Similar to Jackie Robinson

Bryce Harper has become a punching bag here at LBS because of his questionable on-field behavior. His arrogance on the field includes actions such as showing up umpires and blowing kisses at opponents. It got so bad we had to sack him with the LBS Nut Bag.

Thing is, the scrutiny Harper has received is the result of appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16 (his parents’ fault), and his poor behavior. Simply put, only he and his family is responsible for being a disliked public figure, not anyone else. That’s what makes the references in a Sports Illustrated article so insulting.

As The Washington Post points out, two Nationals officials compared the level of scrutiny Bryce Harper faces to what Jackie Robinson went through.

From Nationals Director of Player Development Doug Harris:

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Bryce Harper Lost Focus in Single-A Because it Wasn’t Fun

Bryce Harper continues to ooze with charm. In an interview with CSN Washington prior to his second game with Double-A Harrisburg, the Nationals’ super prospected acted like his typical cocky self. He says he lost focus playing for Single-A Hagerstown and said he was doing things he shouldn’t have been doing (what? like this?). Don’t take it from me, take it from Bryce:

Gotta love Harper. He tried to get jersey No. 34 from a teammate even though he’s only going to be with Harrisburg for a few months. He makes a request like that yet he won’t pay the $1,200 price? And then he butchers the kid’s name? Man, he makes it very easy to dislike him.

Bryce Harper is one of the most talented young hitters on the planet, but he comes up tremendously short in the respect department. We’re going to have to find some middle ground here because I have a feeling we’ll be covering Harper for the next 20 years and there’s only so many times we can sack him with the LBS Nut Bag.

Thanks to Eye on Baseball for the link

Bryce Harper Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Blowing Pitcher Kiss After Home Run

Bryce Harper is a wildly talented ballplayer, someone who’s beautiful swing and natural power rivals that of Josh Hamilton. He has the rare talent to be able to hit four home runs in a single junior college game. When you’re as good as he is, your bat does your talking. Unfortunately the immature and cocky youngster thinks he needs to prove his worth with on-field taunts, which is quite frankly, sad.

Harper bashed his 14th home run of the season for the Hagerstown Suns Monday evening and felt the need to show up the opposing pitcher. Harper admired his home run and then when opposing pitcher Zach Neal said something to him about it, Harper responded with an air kiss. Here’s the video of Bryce Harper pimping his home run then blowing a kiss:

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Bryce Harper’s Kind of a Tool

Bryce Harper’s athletic ability is obviously through the roof.  Anyone who has as much buzz surrounding them as he does at such a young age must have something going for them.  However, if his ejection video and Stephen Strasburg’s comments toward him are any indication, he’s not the most likable prospect in baseball right now.

Now that D.C. Sports Bog has provided us with a couple of Bryce Harper mohawk pictures, I just think he’s a complete tool.  Am I judging him prematurely before knowing much about him at all?  Yeah, probably.  But that’s what most people do.  It’s certainly what I do.  Lose the attitude — definitely lose the fohawk — and I just might reconsider.

Photo Credit: D.C. Sports Bog

Strasburg Throws Heat at Bryce Harper

Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper could easily become the faces of the Washington Nationals for many years to come if they live up to the hype that has surrounded them already.  Despite giving Nationals fans a slight scare with his shoulder problem this season, Strasburg has already exceeded expectations.  The 17-year-old Harper, on the other hand, has yet to sign with Washington while a deadline of midnight on Monday looms.

Considering Scott Boras represents both Strasburg and Harper, we might expect Strasburg to be supportive of Harper’s contract situation.  That doesn’t seem to be the case.  Here are the strong words Strasburg had for Harper when asked if he had any advice for the 17-year-old, courtesy of the Washington Post:

I don’t have any advice for him,” Strasburg said. “It’s his decision. If he wants to play here, he’s going to play here. He doesn’t need advice from anyone to confirm his views. If he doesn’t want to play here, then we don’t want him here. That’s the bottom line.”

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Stephen A. Smith Pulls Race Card When Discussing Bryce Harper

What do the two above athletes have in common?  They both passed up some form of higher-level education to pursue a career as professional athletes.  What does the athlete on the left lack in common with the one on the right?  Race.  According to Stephen A. Smith, that’s a very significant factor in examining the way the public portrays 17-year-old phenom Bryce Harper.

By now we all know what Harper is capable of physically. We also know a bit about the type of person he is — or at least that he has a pretty brutal temper from what we can see.  What some of us may not have thought about yet is any racial implications that go along with the way we look at the future Nationals superstar.  Cue Stephen A. Smith, who isn’t exactly the most respected analyst in the industry and I’m still not sure I can agree with his latest rant.  In his article for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Smith refers to all the buzz and positive coverage surrounding Harper as a “clear case of hypocrisy.”  Like many professional athletes have done in the past, Harper has foregone higher education by dropping out of high school to to get his GED, which has allowed the road to Major League Baseball to shorten.

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