Dodgers @ Nationals September 19, 2012

Note: Mike’s on his honeymoon until September 28! Enjoy this auto-published post and help pray that some giant breaking news didn’t drop minutes before this fun yet otherwise fluffy post went up. 

A little over four months ago, Bryce Harper made his MLB debut at age 19, far sooner than anyone expected, playing against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Thanks to this video from Baseball Prospectus, you can see his first hit, a double off Chad Billingsley:

Since then, Harper’s had some ups and downs around a prolonged slump, but he’s still going to end his season in the bigs as a better-than-league-average hitter and probably 20 homers.

Since World War II, only three other players managed to get as much playing time as Harper has in their age-19 season. Two of them – Al Kaline & Robin Yount – ended up in Cooperstown, and the third, Rusty Staub, may have joined them if not for injuries, but still had a long and productive career. None of them had anything like the debut season Harper has had.

Love him or hate him, Harper’s one of the best talents we’ve seen in decades. Sort of wish I was able to see him in this series to see how he’s progressed since April. On the other hand, I’m in Spain right now, so, nevermind: I’m good.

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Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

Everyone at work is at Phone Bill Park today, so I'm especially hoping they get their asses handed to them.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

White Sox aren't picking up their option on Peavy. Might be worth a shot?

DBrim
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@Dodgers #Dodgers lineup: M Ellis 2B, Victorino LF, Kemp CF, Gonzalez 1B, Ramirez SS, Ethier RF, Cruz 3B, AJ Ellis C, Capuano P.

DBrim
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@Cadtalfryn You'll be fine.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim yeah, i saw that. i'm sure he's already on a list of some type in the Dodgers FO. 

DBrim
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@JohnM are you our starting pitcher?

DBrim
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@el serracho Whelan was heard taunting police by saying "what are you going to do now?" and "I believe this is out of your jurisdiction".

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

 @DBrim  @el I'm heading out to Devonshire to do me some aggravated vehicle taking. whatever that means.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim  @el RIGHT? I'm relieved i'm not the only one who liked ths.. that might be the best part. 

 

or the fact that she's awaiting a liver transplant. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

#britishtaunts

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Cadtalfryn @el serracho Greyhound. Springfield or New Haven. Or Metro North from New Haven.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@JohnM @el serracho You're hired!

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @el serracho   @DBrim  @el I knew she was an impostor when they said she was getting her liver transplanted instead of vulcanized like I did!