April 27, 2012, 9:10 p.m.
Teenage phenom Bryce Harper
will make his major league debut at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, and Dodgers
utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr.
has some advice for fans attending the game: Get there in time to watch theWashington Nationals
take batting practice.”He puts on a very good show,” said Hairston, who was in the Nationals’ spring training
camp with Harper last year.Harper, a 19-year-old outfielder, has been called up by the Nationals from triple-A Syracuse to replace third baseman Ryan Zimmerman
on the roster. Zimmerman will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.The power-hitting Harper was a Sports Illustrated
cover boy as a 16-year-old prep star in Las Vegas. The headline: “Baseball’s Chosen One.” After his sophomore year of high school, Harper passed the GED and enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the country. He was the first player selected in the 2010 draft and signed with the Nationals for $9.9 million.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly saw an 18-year-old Harper play in the Arizona Fall League before the 2011 season. Mattingly managed in the six-team league, which is a finishing school for baseball’s top prospects.
“I like him,” Mattingly said. “The kid played hard. Full-out running, full-out everything.”
The Nationals initially planned to take a measured approach in developing Harper. Injuries to Zimmerman and cleanup hitter Michael Morse, changed that.
The Nationals, who entered Friday with the best record in the National League, suddenly had a need for a left-handed-hitting corner outfielder.
“This isn’t the coming-out party for Bryce that we had in mind,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said.
Harper hit .250 with a home run and 3 runs batted in in 20 games in triple A.
Rizzo insisted the Nationals remain committed to their plan on how to develop Harper, meaning Harper might not be in the majors to stay.
“He obviously could make me abandon it, and I hope he does,” Rizzo said.
Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said Harper will probably bat seventh. Pitching for the Nationals will be the last player to break into the majors with as much hype, fireballer Stephen Strasburg.
In anticipation of Harper’s debut, the MLB Network announced it would televise the game nationally.
At 19 years and195 days old, Harper will be the youngest player to make his major league debut since Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in 1995. Hernandez was 19 years and 118 days old.
October 16th, 1992
10 + 16 +1+9+9+2 = 47 = his life lesson = Famous. Name recognition. Internationally known.
October 16th, 1992
10 + 16 +2+0+1+1 = 30 = his personal year (from October 16th, 2011 to October 15th, 2012) = Blessed. Thankful. Appreciative.
30 year + 4 (April) = 34 = his personal month (from April 16th, 2012 to May 15th, 2012) = Generating a buzz. Pitcher throwing fastballs.
34 month + 28 (28th of the month on Saturday April 28th, 2012) = 62 = his personal day = Booing. Unpopular.
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