Dusty Baker on Bryce Harper: “He’s a very knowledgeable young man.”

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In direct contrast to what critics have said in the past about Bryce Harper, Nationals manager Dusty Baker complimented star outfielder Bryce Harper for his knowledge of baseball history, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier reports. One of those critics was Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, who said, “What does this kid know? This kid doesn’t know squat about the game, and [has] no respect for it.”

Baker offered a different perspective.

“He’s a very knowledgeable young man,” Baker said. “He has more knowledge than anybody his age out there in that room as far as baseball players, history. A lot of guys don’t know who this guy is, that guy is. He’s got a pretty good idea. I like that.”

It was only a few weeks ago that Baker couldn’t remember Harper’s name. The 23-year-old phenom seems to have already made quite the impression.