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Why Nats accelerated Harper to the bigs

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10:05 AM ET 04.28 | Bryce Harper will make his major league debut Saturday at Dodger Stadium, a call-up that came faster than Harper or the Nationals anticipated and necessitated by injuries. General Manager Mike Rizzo made his bones in player development, and he crafted a careful scheme for Harper's ascension, which included 250 to 300 at-bats at Class AAA Syracuse. But with left fielder Michael Morse out until midseason, Zimmerman also sidelined and punchless bats currently occupying left field, Rizzo traveled to Rochester, N.Y., this week to personally scout Harper. After watching him play left field for three days, Rizzo decided Harper - 72 at-bats into his Class AAA career - would come to the majors, ready or not.

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April 28, 2012  10:12 AM ET

This kid looks to be pretty talented, but he also appears to be a bit of a duushbag.

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April 28, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This kid looks to be pretty talented, but he also appears to be a bit of a duushbag.

Couldn't agree more. At least he's not wearing that ridiculous eyeblack anymore.

April 28, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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GOOD CAL WWJ.........

Hi, Mick.

April 28, 2012  11:11 AM ET

We shall see if he's MLB ready......but he ain't no Kirk Nieuwenhuis.......Capt. Kirk....Let's Go Mets.......:)

April 28, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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We shall see if he's MLB ready......but he ain't no Kirk Nieuwenhuis.......Capt. Kirk....Let's Go Mets.......:)

Harper has got a big ego problem, Nienuwenuis is happy to be in the Bigs!!! Go Mets!!!

April 28, 2012  11:41 AM ET
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We shall see if he's MLB ready......but he ain't no Kirk Nieuwenhuis.......Capt. Kirk....Let's Go Mets.......:)

You're right, he'll probably be way better.

April 28, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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Harper has got a big ego problem, Nienuwenuis is happy to be in the Bigs!!! Go Mets!!!

Yeah, being in the majors will really make Harper unhappy.

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April 28, 2012  12:22 PM ET

i have such mixed feelings on this guy. part of me loves to see the young players thrown in the fire and finding success- i end up rooting for them. but the other part of me has cringed while reading every interview he's done- which makes me hope he fails. dilemmas, haha.

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April 28, 2012  12:26 PM ET
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I thought they accelerated Harper to help CSF's team have a better chance of beating me in fantasy baseball later on this season?

He'll do well on my bench. I'm doing too well to change my roster.

April 28, 2012  01:06 PM ET
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You're right, he'll probably be way better.

He better be....for all the bull scheit hype......

April 28, 2012  01:07 PM ET

if his debut is anything like Strasburg's, it should be interesting

April 28, 2012  01:12 PM ET

only time will tell, but the rookie has being a higher draft, so anything could happen the nationals,,,,,

April 28, 2012  01:13 PM ET

should harper play free from any pressure?? most likely, the team its playing great baseball, and he does come on a meek waters on the river!!!

April 28, 2012  01:14 PM ET

next,, its next,,,

 
April 28, 2012  04:02 PM ET
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should harper play free from any pressure?? most likely, the team its playing great baseball, and he does come on a meek waters on the river!!!

Exactly. Wait......what?

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