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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

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Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

he has the mental fortitude of lebron that's for sure



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

First, this ball is neither clearly low nor clearly away.  You absolutely have no angle to say this ball is away.  Period.  Certainly not clearly.  It may be.  It may not be.  You can't tell from this clip.  However, the strike zone begins at the front of the plate and extends to the bottom of your knee cap.  It may be close, but from what I see, it's above his knee cap at the front of the plate.  But even with the benefit of reviewing it 100 times in slow motion, it's not clear.

Second, throwing your equipment is an ejection starting at 8 years old.  This player has had plenty of time to understand that and plenty of time to formulate the attitude that it shouldn't apply to him.  He's frustrated - pissed off?  Go back to the dugout and flip out where nobody cares.  On the field is wrong.  The ejection was absolutely legitimate before he even turned around - Bryce Harper or not.

Third, I'm concerned that some find this behavior normal.  Sure it's happened before.  That doesn't make it normal.  Airplanes crash once in awhile.  That's not normal.  People get robbed at gunpoint.  That's not normal.  Even getting a speeding ticket is not normal.  These things happen.  We've all seen them.  But they're not normal.  Hundreds and hundreds of guys go to bat 3 to 5 times every day.  Half of them strike out one or more times every day.  99% of them walk away and go back to their dugout.  Behavior like this, understandable or not, is not normal.

Also, baseball is a game of the brain.  It doesn't, obviously, take a rocket scientist to figure out that arguing with umpires never, and I really mean never, never, ever, ever, ever, ever, helps your cause.  You can't win.  In fact it almost certainly always hurts your cause.  That's a given.  It just doen't help.  If you are a smart ball player, you know and understand this and do the right thing for your teammates and yourself.  You walk away.

Finally, I can admit that I have acted this very same way.  The result was the same.  Qucik exit - and more than once.  At lesser levels than the minor leagues, it results in a suspension from play.  The coach is usually pretty pissed off too.  I was in my early twenties before a teammate took me out behind the dugout and tore me a new one.  I was hurting the team, looking like an idiot and had a bad reputation that preceeded me.  Is that what I was trying for?  Hmmm...  not so much.  Eventaully, the message sank in.  Maybe the people that are criticizing Harper for his immaturity are correct.  He is immature.  He does have a bad reputation.  It's a fair rap.  He's the one acting like this.  He'll help everyone out, including himself, the sooner he learns that he's a leader - and leaders don't act that way.  If he wants to grow up, he will.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

and the clown sitting in the front row clapping????
Kind of harsh dont you think -- wouldn't you be happy if the other team's best player got tossed out of a game?  I would be, gives my team a better chance to win.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

 
A sneer and a swear and Harper gets thrown out ?!
He wasn't thrown out fora "sneer and a swear" it was because he slammed his helmet down.  A, AA, AAA or the majors if you turn toward the ump and slam your helmet down like that you are going to get tossed.  Not a big deal in the great scheme of things -- Harper overreacted and got tossed, not the first time any player has done that, 18 years old or not, and likely won't be the last time it happens but the ejection was warranted.



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:12 am
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

Damn, I thought that was a ball as well.  But then what do I know.  I'm just sitting at home on my computer looking at the pitch through an awkward angle.  Still, he should not have threw his helmet.  Understandable though, he's only 18.  Hell, I feel some 20 year olds are still immature.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:46 am
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

Give it a rest people....everyone gets thrown out of games !!! But because its Harper, people will say....he's inmature etc....and the clown sitting in the front row clapping????Wait a year or two.....he'll be burying your team ......



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:14 am
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

     He was ejected immediately, forcefully and absolutely for good reason for throwing his equipment. There is nothing to debate or "scrutinize" here. He either learned a lesson or he didn't... end of story.

      By the way, he sure seems to have quite an attitude for eighteen years old. This incident, combined with the thuggery he showed earlier this year on the home run trot and wink, leads me to really question how long it will be before he is ready on a maturity level for the big leagues. Maybe Nolan Ryan can come out of retirement and show him the error of his ways like he did Robin Ventura several years ago.



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:08 am
 

Video: Harper ejected for arguing third strike

He was ejected immediately, forcefully and rightfully for slamming his helmet. There is nothing else to take or "scrutinize" from this incident. He either learned a lesson or he didn't. 

     By the way, for eighteen he sure has an attitude. This combined with the thuggery he showed earlier this year on the homerun leads me to believe that he is far from ready for the majors on a maturity level. Maybe Nolan Ryan can come out of retirement and show this kid what he showed Robin Ventura as a rookie.


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