Bryce Harper is still the National League’s youngest player

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J.J. Cooper of Baseball America put together a list of the youngest player at each minor-league level, which is always useful when evaluating the performance of a prospect relative to his competition.

He also included the youngest players in the majors and what stood out to me is this: Bryce Harper is still the youngest player in the National League.

Harper has three seasons and more than 1,500 plate appearances of experience in the big leagues, including two All-Star games and a Rookie of the Year award, and he’s now the No. 3 hitter on a team many people pick to win the World Series. He’s also just 22 years and 176 days old. Even if Harper were an entire year older he’d still be one of the 10 youngest players in the league.

Blue Jays pitchers Roberto Osuna (20 years, 62 days) and Miguel Castro (20 years, 107 days) are the two youngest players in the American League.

Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th game as manager

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The Giants handily defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday night, 11-3. The win marked No. 2,000 of manager Bruce Bochy’s storied career, bolstering an already airtight case for the Hall of Fame.

Bochy, 64, is retiring at the end of the season. The skipper began his managerial career in 1995 with the Padres. He led them to the World Series in 1998, but they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the Yankees. Bochy would manage the Padres through 2006, amassing a 951-975 record (.494).

Bochy went to the Giants in 2007, which turned out to be a terrific decision. Bochy’s Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12, and ’14, beating the Rangers (4-1), Tigers (4-0), and Royals (4-3), respectively. Including Wednesday’s win, Bochy has a 1,049-1,047 (.500) record with the Giants.

There have been only 11 managers in baseball history to win at least 2,000 games as a manager. Connie Mack leads overwhelmingly at 3,731, followed by John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,728). Also in the 2,000-win club are Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040), Leo Durocher (2,008), and Bochy.

Next stop, Cooperstown.