Bryce Harper famously ran into that wall in Dodger Stadium last year, which ended up sidetracking his whole season. Tom Boswell has a feature on Harper today, in which Harper acknowledges that one can play hard yet still play smart. And that, no, he does not plan to be known for running into walls like that.
Oh, and he’s a bit tired of everyone mentioning the wall thing:
“Shoot, every single day I went into therapy, somebody said, ‘Hey, don’t run into a wall,’ ” Harper said. “And, yeah, dummy, you don’t walk across the street when there’s cars coming.”
I love the use of “dummy.” Who says “dummy” anymore? That’s fantastic.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.