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Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:48 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 12:49 am
By Matt Snyder

Nationals phenom Bryce Harper has climbed to Double-A at just 18 years old and is the top prospect in baseball, so when he does things we might otherwise ignore, it's going to get noticed. Wednesday night, he was ejected following what he deemed was a questionable call -- actually two, because he appears to be saying "that's twice" to the umpire.

Here's the video:

Being that Harper is polarizing, an argument is sure to ensue about Harper's personality, maturity or the like. My personal feeling is it was a garden variety argument-and-ejection for a major league player. He wasn't bumping or spitting or anything. He may have been swearing, but c'mon -- that's run of the mill on a baseball diamond, whether anyone likes it or not. He's also still a teenager and has an intense personality. I'd think any scrutiny on Harper for this would be from a crowd with a pre-conceived notion of him.

Harper entered the game hitting .255/.314/.396 in 30 games for Double-A Harrisburg. He was pretty well crushing Low-A pitching before being promoted two levels.

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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 3:03 am

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

This is one of the reasons why Double-A is unwatchable so much of the time.  A sneer and a swear and Harper gets thrown out ?!  I saw a Bowie Baysox game a couple of years ago, and it was much the same thing; guys who can't bunt, can't call off a fly, can't even argue a bad call.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:39 am

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

Yeah, that's a standard issue "balls n' strikes" ejection. Can't read into that much.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:12 am

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

I'd be pissed too.  That ball was clearly low and away.  The catcher didn't even do a good job of framing it.

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