I really don't like the kid, because of his poor attitude(he wouldn't talk to reporters after yesterday's game). He will probably be a great player, despite what anyone thinks of him. All that being said, Andy Pettitte took him to the shed yesterday. Andy made him look like a lefthanded version of Andrian Beltre in his rookie year-going fishing for that unhittable outside breaking ball. Sometimes, the wiley old guys are tough to deal with.
"Right now he is the media's little darling, but that will change once the next future superstar comes up. "
The next future superstar is here...Mike Trout!
I think you mean until the next future superstar comes up from the east coast...
I still do not see what Harper has done in the big leagues which has led to people believing Harper thinks he's "the greatest thing to ever happen."
For me, he's one of the most exciting stories in baseball. I cannot wait to watch him develop into a superstar.
I would absolutely LOVE to have this guy as a Dodger. Maybe in 6-7 years time, he'll think about coming to LA to finish his career (he was born and grew up in Vegas).
"He needs to keep from getting into it with umpires before he establishes a bad reputation for himself. I like most of his game but sometimes he tries to be too much of a hero instead of just taking what is given. He'll learn eventually I would think."
He better learn quickly regarding the umpires. A young player taking on the umps is not a smart move at all. Davey Johnson and his coaching staff needs to sit the guy down and make him see the big picture.
I think Harper though is very good for the game. We need guys like him.
The umpires talk to each other and he'll get a bullseye if he already doesn't have one. Tim Timmons had a rough day calling balls and strikes for both teams. His strike zone was big and kind of inconsistent. And he blew the play in the 8th inning when he called Tyler Moore out when he got his hand in before the tag. That run would have given the Nats the lead going to the 9th. Instead they lost in extras.
What I like about him is he hustles every play. Runs everything out and has taken extra bases on outfielders 6 or 7 times already. He stole home on Cole Hamels when he threw to first. He definitely has good instincts. When he runs the bases, he knows how to look to see where the ball is or pick up the coach to see whether to go to the next base or not. He's been a bit too aggressive at times and run himself right out of some innings. He caught a few defenders napping early on but now they are mostly ready for him and they aren't going to get flat footed like Jason Heyward of the Braves was. He has made adjustments pretty well most of the time. He sometimes tries to do too much. If he learns to be a little smarter and incorporate that into his game, he will be really good. He is probably their best offensive player already. The team is lousy offensively but they have outstanding pitching. I get to see all of their games living in Virginia so I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops.