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Harper will bat 3rd, start in right field for NL

Jul 13, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT


CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon.

Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL lineup that also includes former MVP Andrew McCutchen, Reds slugger Todd Frazier (playing this game in Cincinnati), Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Harper reached the All-Star break hitting .339 with 26 homers, 61 RBI, 63 walks and a league-leading .464 on-base percentage, .704 slugging percentage and 1.168 OPS.

This is Harper’s third All-Star appearance, the second time he has been voted in as a starter, but the first time he’ll play such a prominent role in the game. When he started in 2013 at Citi Field, he hit ninth in the NL lineup.

Harper is still seeking his first career All-Star hit; he’ll enter this game 0-for-3 with a walk in the Midsummer Classic.

Bochy decided to name Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke his starting pitcher for the game at Great American Ball Park, a decision perhaps made easier when Max Scherzer started Sunday’s game in Baltimore, making himself ineligible to pitch Tuesday.

Though he won’t appear in the All-Star Game, Scherzer did come to Cincinnati for the festivities and was present at the starting lineups press conference. The right-hander joined several other prominent players in support of a joint MLB/MLBPA announcement of $30 million being donated to youth baseball and softball facilities.

Here are the full lineups for both leagues in Tuesday night’s game…

CF Andrew McCutchen, PIT
3B Todd Frazier, CIN
RF Bryce Harper, WSH
1B Paul Goldschmidt, AZ
C Buster Posey, SF
DH Anthony Rizzo, CHC
SS Jhonny Peralta, STL
LF Joc Pederson, LAD
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
(RHP Zack Greinke, LAD)

CF Mike Trout, LAA
3B Josh Donaldson, TOR
1B Albert Pujols, LAA
DH Nelson Cruz, SEA
RF Lorenzo Cain, KC
LF Adam Jones, BAL
C Salvador Perez, KC
2B Jose Altuve, HOU
SS Alcides Escobar, KC
(LHP Dallas Keuchel, HOU)

  1. masterfishkeeper - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Guess Bochy doesn’t know that the best hitter shouldn’t bat third!

    • hokiepokster92 - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      You dare to question the “Great” Bruce Bochy? 🙂

    • scnatsfan - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      Looks like we acquired an natural ham

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM

        Trea and Tony 2-Bags can have a smile contest.

    • ward5nedc - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks, that’s a nice look at the youngster.

    • unkyd59 - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      Awesome, awesome, awesome look at the Kid, Ghost!!! Many thanks!

  2. ward5nedc - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    That’s a fantastic (first) four batters

  3. homeparkdc - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Guess he’s a strictly by the numbers guy, that Bochy. Harper .339 Goldschmidt .340

  4. TimDz - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    At the very least, it will be difficult to pitch around Harper with this lineup….

  5. alexva6 - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    The interest for me will be the reception Harper gets from the fans. I’m still puzzled by all the negative vibes around him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Jealousy because he doesn’t play for their team.

    • Bruxtun - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:32 PM

      Don’t you know that his hair cut is the tell tale sign of being a huge jerk both on and off the field? He needs to play the game the right way and hustle all the time, not just when it suits him. He’s a role model for crying out loud and if he doesn’t shape up he’s going to ruin the entire next generation of young baseball players.

      -Random Braves Fan

      • rayvil01 - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        Like Ghost said, jealous he’s not on your team. Hair? Seriously?

        Say what you want about him, but he’s not out there trying to hurt people like Andrelton Simmons. Dragging his foot across the sacred “A” doesn’t equate to sliding in late on multiple occasions..

      • Bruxtun - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        Exactly, the worst things he’s done are pretty trivial. Read any braves blog (I read more than one) and you’ll see the hair thing mentioned. I did not make that up. The real reason is that they are jealous he’s not on their team but of course they can’t admit that.

      • rayvil01 - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        He’s had to grow up in the limelight. Granted, he searched it out. But, most ballplayers have those youthful mistakes hidden from sight in some Podunk town. Bryce slips up and doesn’t run out a fly ball and it’s national fodder. Comes with the territory. Opposing fans will seize on it. WTH? They boo Dan Uggla for some reason known only to them. He did well for them.

        Braves people are still not over winning this division 14 years in a row. They’re in mourning that they don’t rule the roost.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:24 PM

        The other question is, how much of a jerk would he be, if he’d come up under the influence of McCann, instead of Werth? Thankfully, we’ll never know.

      • unkyd59 - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        Excellent point, Soul…
        Thankfully, indeed…

    • homeparkdc - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:32 PM

      Will be interesting to see if Pete Rose gets any negative feedback, i.e., boos.
      He will walk from behind home plate at Great American Ball Park during a pregame ceremony.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

        Hard to believe they’re allowing him to participate given most recent revelations.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        Well I’ll say this, when I was in Cincinnati in late May for the three game Nationals series, the general feeling I got from talking to a half dozen or more of Reds fans is that they think Pete is being persecuted and that the time has come for his complete reinstatement into the game especially the HOF. They all acknowledge what he did was wrong and against the rules but they feel as if “Pete has served his time” as more than one fan said to me.

        For the record, I completely disagree with these fans and believe Rose should forever be kept out of the game and out of the HOF.

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Biggest concern: Don’t get hurt!

  7. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    What revelations?They let wife beaters,drug attics and worse are given second chances.Pete Rose is one of the best of all time that tried to win playing and managing.If druggies like Arod who lied besides get a second chance so should Pete.

    • homeparkdc - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      Glad you posted while I was still on the CBSSports site. Also a good article about Pete Rose. One quote:

      “It’s important to remember Rose agreed to his lifetime ban, it wasn’t simply handed down from baseball. He accepted the punishment and in exhange MLB agreed to make no formal finding of the gambling allegations. ‘There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement. That is exactly what we did not agree to in terms of a fixed number of years,’ said then-commissioner Bart Giamatti following the ban.”

    • jd - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      You miss the whole point rindtln,

      When you gamble on games and you are in position to influence the outcome of these then you put into question the actual outcome of the games which is the backbone of everything in sports.

      Pete said he only bet when he was a manager and that was a lie. Then he said that he only bet on his teams to win, how do you know that that wasn’t a lie?

      I am not saying that he should go to jail and I do think he paid a heavy price for his actions but I have absolutely no problem on keeping him out of baseball for ever.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        Same here.

      • adcwonk - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:37 PM

        Pete also totally and viciously trashed and slandered his accusers. Then 10+ years later he admitted that all that they said was correct. A self-serving j@rk.

  8. homeparkdc - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Good interview of Lucas Giolito by Dayn Perry.
    “As a pitcher I’ve never had an issue throwing a pitch to a lefty or righty. I throw my changeup quite a bit to right-handers. Really, I don’t care if he’s a lefty or right. I just throw the pitch.” Gotta luv that confidence.

    • alexva6 - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      you gotta play with fear and arrogance.

      just stay healthy my friend

      who else can I quote?

  9. jd - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    I never understood the waves of support and sympathy for Pete Rose. As a sports fan isn’t your biggest fear that the games your pouring your heart and soul into are fixed? it makes the point of everything moot.

    Pete Rose put into question the results of every game he has ever been involved with and I don’t care how well he did. You can influence a game’s result in many ways, especially as a manager. There is a reason shoeless Joe Jackson was never reinstated and he was a better player than Rose.

    It would have been one thing if Pete bet on football, horse racing basketball etc but betting on events he participated in was a line that can never be allowed to be crossed.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      Seems rather hypocritical for MLB to continue to ban Pete Rose for gambling on baseball even as they aggressively promote Draft Kings, which is nothing if not gambling on baseball, on the MLB Network that they own lock stock and barrel.

  10. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Just sympathy for a liar like AROD who was given a second chance and the other cheaters who ruined the integrity of baseball and can still play and make millions.Only Pete can not have a second chance.Remember they affected the outcome of real games and championships.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      What does ARod have to do with gambling? It’s about gambling. Not PED’s, not DUI’s, not mistreating your spouse, not anything but gambling.

      Get that through your head and understand that it’s all about breaking the single most important rule posted in every single baseball locker room in all organized affiliated baseball parks.

    • jd - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      There is a qualitative difference between trying to gain a competitive advantage over the opposition which has been going on in sports for ever (I think the penalties here should have been way more severe and I think Bonds and ARod should have been thrown out of baseball ). I still don’t think that rises to the level of potentially fixing games, there is nothing worse from a sports perspective.

      • rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        You agree.And Were is the proof Pete fixed games?

    • therealjohnc - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:20 PM

      I’m with jd. It’s always been a bright line rule about gambling: bet on baseball and you’re gone. Ask Shoeless Joe Jackson about it when you get to the afterlife.

      Rose knew about the prohibition against gambling, and gambled anyway. He then lied (loud and long) about it. Confronted with overwhelming evidence, he voluntarily accepted a lifetime ban so that he wouldn’t have to publicly admit he lied. He later, finally, admitted gambling, but said that he never bet on his team. Of course he has now been shown to have bet on his team, but now he says he never bet on them to lose. Even if true (and his track record inspires the opposite of confidence), betting on your team as a manager compromises the integrity of the game because the manager allocates resources with an eye to the current game and future games. Even if the manager never bets on his team to lose, knowledge of when the manager does and doesn’t bet tells gamblers when the manager has a financial incentive to push players into the game, burn out his bullpen, etc. And that’s putting aside the chance of actually fixing games, a real risk if the gambler gets in too deep with his bookies or is simply blackmailed by them.

      The ARod comp is a massive straw man argument, because the violations he committed were initially at best ambiguous as far as baseball was concerned (although not ambiguous with regards to Federal law) and when that was clarified and he was caught and confronted with evidence he voluntarily accepted a one+ year ban, which he has now served. His situation is just not analogous. AROD didn’t get a “second chance” – he served his time. Rose broke a bright line rule, and hasn’t yet served his time. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever (and very little for ARod as well, not that it’s relevant).

      • adcwonk - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        Well put.


      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM

        I’m waiting for the first player to be banned from baseball for life for playing, which is nothing but gambling on baseball. You know there is at least one player out there who is doing it. Not holding my breath on that, though.

    • jfmii - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      And of course a lot of liars that didn’t get caught (unlike Alex Rodriguez who did). It doesn’t bolster your argument to compare cheating and betting. Betting on your team, especially when you are the manager, is so over the top and unprecedented. I hate the steroid era, and don’t condone the cheaters. But betting on the game in which you are participating, is unthinkable.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:31 PM

        Yeah because organized crime makes so much on cheaters but nothing on gambling.

  11. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME.You guys love those cheaters that broke records that were held for years,changed outcome of games and of course Pete should not have Bet on his team and if he was banned for life so should the liars and cheaters.They came back to make millions and in some cases cheated again and were allowed to play.Not to mention they took jobs from other players who followed the rules.Get real.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 13, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      “You guys love those cheaters that broke records”

      Horse nostrils. Classic strawman misdirection. It’s not relevant to the discussion about Rose for all the reasons outlined elsewhere in the thread. And in my case (I can’t speak for anyone else) inaccurate even as far as it goes. I’m completely OK with Bonds, A-Rod, Clemens, McGwire and Sosa all being locked out of the HoF forever. Standing outside along with Pete “I didn’t bet on baseball” Rose.

  12. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    You guys are really kid din.Every game these cheaters played the out come was changed.Seasons of teams winning games they may have not won.Batting titles,World Series,MVPS and all other awards.These are not serious as Pete betting on his team to win.There both wrong and should be punished equally.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      Thanks, we get it–you’re trolling. ‘Bye now.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        He’s really not. He just isn’t convinced that gambling isn’t qualitatively, vastly, by orders of magnitude different from using banned PEDs.

        So,rlndtln, how do you rate fielders who argue they caught a fly ball when they know they trapped it, or framing pitches? I’m serious; those aren’t rhetorical questions. And if those are not cheating, ask yourself how an honest golfer would answer that.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        He’s saying the same thing over and over, using inflammatory and insulting language, and ignoring thoughtful responses (including yours).

        In my book, that’s trolling, but ymmv.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 13, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        I’m a classicist. Trolling is doing it just to piss people off, for the fun of it (“lulz”). He doesn’t seem to be having much fun, AFAICT.

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:42 PM

      You know, I kind of agree with his premise. Pete did nothing to affect the outcome of games, those cheaters did.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        Did you read the comments by john, jd, and others above? They address exactly this point, with more patience and detail than this commenter deserved.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:07 PM

        I think “affecting the outcome of games” is the wrong question.

        Gambling has been THE third rail in MLB for almost a hundred years. PEDs were not only mostly legal, they were ubiquitous and encouraged in every clubhouse, not all that long ago–certainly within my living memory.

        Heck, they banned Willie freakin’ MAYS just for taking a job greeting people at a casino. It’s the one thing every ballplayer alive has always known would get you banned.

        PEDs are cheating, but they are on still a continuum of “doing whatever it takes to win.” Gambling is not. And whether some folks (wrongly, IMO) find some moral equivalence between them is completely beside the point, because gambling, or even the appearance of that particular impropriety, has been the one big Thou Shalt Not in baseball.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:27 PM

        Good points, Sofa.

        Of course, “affecting the outcome of the game” is, historically, one of the main reasons gambling acquired its 3d rail status.

  13. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Great rebuttal

  14. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    You guys can have AROD,MCGuire,Bonds,Palmiero and all the other cheaters who ruined the game and I will take a guy who played his ass off everyday with no drugs and played fair and square.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      Pete played with NO DRUGS????

      Stop, you’re killing me!

      • therealjohnc - Jul 13, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        Great quote about Pete Rose and greenies in Ball Four. Rose is just short of getting to a popup, one player to another on the bench: “three more milligrams and he’d have had it.”

        Note, the player didn’t say “three milligrams” – he said “three more milligrams.”

  15. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Thank you veejh at least there is someone will brains in there head.

  16. rlndtln - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Last comment.Pete Rose 4296 hits.Hall of Fame.





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