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The Baseball Show: Looking at Harper five years after he was drafted

Jun 8, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Today, June 8, is the five-year anniversary of Stephen Strasburg’s historic major league debut. The former No. 1 overall pick dazzled with 14 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide one of the best moments so far in Nationals history.

But Sunday was an important anniversary as well, as it marked five years since Bryce Harper was drafted by the Nationals. Harper has since turned into a two-time All-Star and MVP candidate in the National League.

On this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark looked back on Harper’s career with the Nats so far with Joe Orsulak and guest host Sebastian Salazar.

In this second clip, they talk about the best moments for Harper so far in his career:

This third clip is my segment where I talk about Harper’s fan selfie and the unusual travel arrangement for Maryland and Virginia in between series in the NCAA Tournament:

And finally, here are the guys debating which Triple Crown is harder, in baseball or horse racing:

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    To date, 64,097 players drafted.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Max Scherzer appeared on ESPN Sportscenter in a few segments. The one-on-one was good where he talked about the Choc-off celebration was just to find something in the refrigerator in Atlanta. On superstitions, he eats a giant roast beef sandwich with swiss cheese before every start. On road trips, he finds cool places to play catch with his bullpen catcher and in Chicago they were chased off of the only grassy area they could find at an apartment building near their hotel a security guard told them they would have to leave.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Today they played catch for 10 minutes in Central Park.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 8, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      I saw that segment. The chocolate syrup saga began with Uggla’s dramatic HR in Atlanta. Scherzer told his teammates “we gotta get him, we gotta get him” and he went with the chocolate syrup, and GOT HIM!

    • Doc - Jun 8, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      Roast beef sandwich with swiss cheese?????

      I would have thought that a guy named Max Scherzer would be more into corned beef and cabbage! LOL

      A FA signing that most thought was superfluous is now a winning necessity.

      As FP stated after one of Max’s hitting tutorials, Max Scherzer—-ballplayer!

      GoooooooooooooooMax!!!!! GooooooooooooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

        He said 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound of meat! They used a prop of a roast beef sandwich that the ESPN anchor touched and offered to Max which was clearly preplanned but still good TV and he passed on as it was “touched”. He then offered it to Scherzer’s entourage off-camera.

  3. nats128 - Jun 8, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Oreo’s trolls like to bust on the Nats any chance they get.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 8, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Five years? Impossible. Really? Now you’re making feel older than I am. Or think I am. Or thought I was. Or something like that.

  5. Toot D. Blan - Jun 8, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    It’s also been five years since Stephen Strasburg’s MLB debut. The look-back there has not been so fond. Even Kevin Reiss, who coined the term “Strasmas”, has now cooled on him. To say the least.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      Trashburg? That’s awful and mean-spirited in the “what have you done for me lately” way. The guy didn’t forget how to pitch. He still isn’t a Top 5 pitcher like JZim was last year and obviously Scherzer is but Stras had been a Top 30 pitcher in the Majors.

      • Toot D. Blan - Jun 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        Yeah. I probably would have gone with Strasbust myself. Expresses the disappointment without getting too petty. But this guy Reiss obviously had some pretty high expectations for him. What was it Jim Zorn said? Stay medium.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        I wanted Strasburg traded in the off-season to sign JZim long-term so I am not a Strasburg lover but he can still bounceback and return to form.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2015 at 11:35 PM


      Yeah — what a wimp that SS is. After all, look what he did last year:

      – led all of MLB in games started
      – led NL in K’s
      – 5th most batters faced
      – finished tied for 9th in Cy Young
      – 9th in WHIP
      – 10th in fewest BB/IP

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM

        You clearly suffer from perspective and the related ailment known as context.

      • adcwonk - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:02 AM

        + 37

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    “@awexler: New #Astros SS Alex Bregman will play at College WS this weekend, has struck out only 67 times in 773 at-bats at LSU in 3 seasons.”

    Glad to see some still emphasize those types of stats as an accomplishment.





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