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Red-hot Harper already grumbling about playing time

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07:56 AM ET 02.27 | Four games into the spring, Bryce Harper appears to be in midseason form in his second year on the job. After playing in his third game on Tuesday, a 3-for-3 performance in a 9-5 loss to the Braves that extended his scorching start to spring training, the Nationals' energetic outfielder noticed that his name wasn't etched in black marker in Wednesday's lineup. He found Manager Davey Johnson and, like he did on several occasions last season, stated his case. "'What am I doing out of the lineup? I want in the lineup,'" Harper said, according to Johnson. "So I'm already getting it," the manager added with a smile. Harper got his way because, frankly, it made sense. ... "I just like to hit," [Harper] said.

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February 27, 2013  08:06 AM ET

As someone on here once stated "Harper is a Punk".

February 27, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Harper is a gamer.

February 27, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As someone on here once stated "Harper is a Punk".

Hardly.

February 27, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hardly.

Don't you remember him? He was my biggest fan for a while.

February 27, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Don't you remember him? He was my biggest fan for a while.

Oh, I see what you meant now. I do remember that guy. He was pretty emo.

February 27, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Johnson already knows what Harper can do. He probably wanted to take a look at some of the minor league camp invites.

February 27, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Oh, I see what you meant now. I do remember that guy. He was pretty emo.

Ans all because I called him a simpleton. He went all attack mode on me, insisting I was an internet tough guy that had attacked him. It got pretty intense once or twice.

February 27, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ans all because I called him a simpleton. He went all attack mode on me, insisting I was an internet tough guy that had attacked him. It got pretty intense once or twice.

The 'internet tough guy' bit was great.

February 27, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The 'internet tough guy' bit was great.

I still toss that one out there on occasion.

February 27, 2013  09:30 AM ET

You need to have your mommy change your pampers little boy.

February 27, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Careful Bryce, there's a shark in your clubhouse just waiting to get the playing time scraps you and Davey will give him.

February 27, 2013  10:02 AM ET

This thread died prematurely.

February 27, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Johnson already knows what Harper can do. He probably wanted to take a look at some of the minor league camp invites.

Exactly. That's part of what spring training is for.

February 27, 2013  10:11 AM ET

In a few years he'll be grateful for the occasional day off.

February 27, 2013  10:30 AM ET

When's he getting his big boy haircut?

February 27, 2013  11:18 AM ET

I respect a guy that wants to be out there all the time. Especially when he is 20 and still developing. Kinda funny how the headline of the article seems to be suggesting he did something unsavory.

February 27, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I respect a guy that wants to be out there all the time. Especially when he is 20 and still developing. Kinda funny how the headline of the article seems to be suggesting he did something unsavory.

SOS and it's not a trouble call. Try to make him seem like a bad guy when all he said is he wants to play. Jeesh....

February 27, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Let the kid play. If I were a Nats fan, I'd be a lot more concerned if he didn't want to play. Still don't know why this is a suggested T+R for me. It really has nothing to do with the Braves that are listed as my favorite team.

February 27, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Let the kid play. If I were a Nats fan, I'd be a lot more concerned if he didn't want to play. Still don't know why this is a suggested T+R for me. It really has nothing to do with the Braves that are listed as my favorite team.

Looks like you got a bum steer.....

 
February 27, 2013  12:02 PM ET

Lookout next he will throw a fit kick his feet hold his breath.Than suck on his little thumb untell he gets his way.Heck I would just keep him in the minors untell he grows up.

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