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March 12, 2011
The Washington Nationals optioned top prospect Bryce Harper to Class A Hagerstown, saying the top overall pick in last year’s draft needs to get more playing time to prepare for the season. The 18-year-old Harper, who hit .389 in 13 spring games, was disappointed but determined to make it back to the big leagues as soon as possible. “He needs to go down to the minor leagues (camp) and get four or five at-bats per game to prepare himself for the season,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
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.
By BOB PARASILITI | | 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.
July 4, 2011
Bryce Harper showed the Washington Nationals it was finally time to go. Since Washington’s top prospect arrived in Hagerstown, it was a matter of “when” — as opposed to “if” — he would move on to bigger things. The “when” came Sunday night after the Suns’ 8-2 victory over Lexington. Harper was promoted, leaving the low Single-A Suns for Double-A Harrisburg, and started for the Senators in Monday’s game against Erie. It is the next step to his destination in right field at Nationals Park in Washington in the not-so-distant future.
By BOB PARASILITI | | 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.
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.
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.
By BOB PARASILITI | | May 1, 2011
People in my chosen profession have come to hear Bryce Harper talk. The funny thing is very few have actually listened to what the 18-year-old baseball superstar in the making has said. Harper’s comments have been few and concise. He doesn’t care for the full glare of the national spotlight just yet and his comments and availability have been limited by the Washington Nationals to help him keep his mind on baseball. Yet, there is more spin on so few words than on one of the curveballs Harper has been sizing up as a member of the Hagerstown Suns.
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.
By BOB PARASILITI | | 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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