After yesterday’s Nats-Cards game, a reporter asked Bryce Harper if he’s been “overanxious” in the playoffs. Harper didn’t much care for the question, and snipped back at him, asking “do I look overanxious? Maybe you should be the hitting coach.” The exchange is at the 45 second mark:
If about 98% of major league baseball players did this it would escape notice, but one of the more notable things about Harper in his rookie season is how his teenage brashness has taken a back seat to a p.r.-friendly polish which, I suspect, is the fine work of some Scott Boras and/or Washington Nationals-paid media handler types.
It’s interesting when the humanity shines through, like it does here.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.