Great moments in hazing: Bryce Harper is McKayla Maroney

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Ah, rookie hazing.

Via Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, here are two photos of Bryce Harper and his fellow Nationals rookies dressed up like the United States women’s Olympic gymnastics team to begin a road trip:

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I’m going to take a wild guess and say that McKayla Maroney is not impressed.

Twins hire Baseball America’s John Manuel to work in the pro scouting department

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John Manuel of Baseball America announced via his Facebook on Tuesday that he has been hired by the Twins to work in the club’s pro scouting department. Manuel started working for Baseball America in 1996 and has been an editor for the publication since 2005.

The Twins have been among the slowest teams in baseball to modernize, but a recent reconstruction of the front office helped the team reach the postseason as a Wild Card team. Manuel will work with a front office that includes president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine.

The Twins aren’t the only team to poach baseball writers. The Astros’ front office, for example, includes former Baseball Prospectus writers Kevin Goldstein, Mike Fast, and Colin Wyers. So it’s not surprising to see Manuel get a job with the Twins.