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SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2011
Bryce Harper learned the hard way that you can’t hit what you can’t see. Harper had been experiencing problems hitting consistently for the Hagerstown Suns. Now he sees why ... with 20-20 vision. Harper, the top prospect in the Washington Nationals organization, admitted he had a little problem seeing the ball. On April 20 against Hickory, he began making contact because he started wearing contacts. “I was told my vision was really bad,” said Harper, who hit his first Municipal Stadium home run in his first at-bat April 21 against Hickory.
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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 22, 2011
Stephen Strasburg made his third appearance of the season with the Hagerstown Suns on Monday night and continued to create excitement in the stands. Fans talked about Strasburg's "tremendous" ability, the joy of seeing him in a historic baseball park and watching him in a minor league setting that seems more like baseball than the professional level. "I think he's a pretty good prospect. Great talent," said Brook Gladfelter, who joined friends from Pittsburgh to see Strasburg pitch in a game against the Hickory Crawdads.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | May 6, 2012
Molds, like records, are made to be broken. They are nothing more than pre-formed standards. A mold is a model for shaping. A record is a standard that shapes all performances. Bryce Harper is starting his quest to change both concepts. Harper joined the Washington lineup just 10 days ago and has added a whirlwind of interest not only to the Nationals, but to baseball. The 19-year-old former Hagerstown Sun has already made eye-popping defensive plays and timely hits, a couple already leading to wins.
SPORTS
February 28, 2011
The Hagerstown Suns and the Harrisburg Senators have announced a two-year agreement to play a preseason exhibition game. The inaugural game will be played at Municipal Stadium on April 5 at 6 p.m. This will mark the first time two Washington Nationals affiliates compete against one another. Bryce Harper, the Nationals’ 2010 No. 1 draft pick, is expected to make his Hagerstown debut in this contest. “We are excited to put this exhibition game together with two very important and valued franchises within our organization”, said Doug Harris, the Washington Nationals’ Player Development Director.
SPORTS
June 12, 2011
Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard Shaw hit it on the head all those years ago. Why should young people enjoy the gift of youth? They can’t control something so concentrated and powerful. Shouldn’t there be a learner’s permit or something? As life goes on, “With age comes wisdom,” they say. Truth be told, youth and wisdom are life phases without owners’ manuals. Youth and wisdom were tested on Tuesday with the debut of the infamous video starring Hagerstown Suns outfielder Bryce Harper blowing a kiss to Greensboro pitcher Zach Neal while completing his home run trot.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 5, 2011
Hagerstown Suns fans turned out for a preseason meal Tuesday but settled for an appetizer. The scheduled exhibition game pitting the Single-A Hagerstown Suns against the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, both minor league affiliates of the Washington Nationals, was canceled because of field conditions. So, instead of getting a feel for the Suns and watching some of Hagerstown’s former players again, the throng of a couple hundred shivering fans got a heavy dose of what they really turned out to see. Bryce Harper.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2011
When Brian Daubach talks about the Hagerstown Suns, there is an asterisk at the end each of his statements. “We have a well-rounded team with a lot of speed and some power,” said the Suns manager. “Our position players are very athletic. Our athleticism is big.” Then the asterisk is added. Oh yeah, the Suns have Bryce Harper on the roster. The 2011 Hagerstown Suns roster was unveiled at media day on Monday with a wide array of young talent, all giving Daubach an abundant amount of optimism.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
Bryan Harper has a good idea what Robin, Dr. Watson and Pokey have to deal with every day. It seems like the Hagerstown Suns relief pitcher can't go anywhere without someone asking about someone else in his life. Robin has Batman, Watson plays second fiddle to Sherlock Holmes and Pokey, he deals with Gumby. For Harper, the first thing he usually hears after someone says “Hi” is “How's your brother Bryce?” That's Bryce as in Bryce Harper, 20-year-old phenom, reigning National League Rookie of the Year and starting left fielder of the Washington Nationals.
NEWS
August 27, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sporting a new mohawk -- but no war paint -- Bryce Harper took batting practice at Nationals Park for the first time Thursday and sent a home run into the upper deck in right field. The 17-year-old left-handed hitter sprayed several more homers around the park, to left, center and right, with the Washington Nationals brass standing nearby. When the Nationals introduced 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg a year ago, they set off fireworks. Harper, the first selection of 2010, supplied fireworks of his own, just by showing off his powerful but compact swing.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2011
The Greensboro Grasshoppers put a new spin on a an elementary theme for success: You walk before you score runs. That is usually what happens if the walk is of the leadoff variety. A leadoff walk in the seventh inning was the fuel leading to Wilfredo Gimenez’s game-winning three-run home run to vault Greensboro to a 3-2 victory on Monday at Municipal Stadium. The blast not only erased a 2-0 Hagerstown lead in what played out as a pitchers’ duel between the Suns’ Robbie Ray and Greensboro’s Zach Neal, it knotted the three-game series between the top two teams in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division at a game apiece.
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