Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Take a look at the attached image.

The weird psych-out make-up aside, the guy is intriguing. And by "guy", I mean "kid". Bryce Harper is 16.

He's also just quit high school to join the major leagues. WTF?

Oh - with his parent's father's permission / encouragement. Double WTF?

Technically he's not joining the majors just yet. First he has to get his GED and pretend to get into/attend community college so he can get in the 2010 draft. And technically, he'll probably be 17 when and if he gets drafted or starts spring training.

Of course, who can blame the kid when at 15 you've been deemed 'the chosen one'? Who can blame him when he clearly has talent - pushing 600 home runs since starting playing baseball? Who can blame his parents for wanting to cash in on this ASAP?

I don't know - but someone should. Hopefully it will be Bud Selig. But most likely it will not.

What a frickin' bad message to send. Not that he'd ever be a stellar student, most likely, but how responsible is it to have a 16-17 year old play against 30 year olds? Who takes liability for looking after a minor when during 81 away games?

MLB can't even look after its adults, let alone children.

I'm hoping no major league team takes the bait and Bryce is stuck at DeVry for a few years. I'm not saying I hope he doesn't make it - but what is 24 months? Somehow I just have to blame the dad for this.

People have (and will) make the argument of LeBron James. Say what you want about him - he finished high school. People have (and will) make the argument that gymnasts and tennis players drop out as well. ....and how well is that working for 99.7% of them?

"....would you like fries with that?"

Bryce Harper - you're on career injury away from being on the permanent disabled list. At age 19. With a GED.

Welcome to your life.

Song by: No Doubt


Larry Ohio said...

If I was the kid, I'd be doing the same thing. Is there a chance he'll fail and end up serving fries? Sure. That's always a possibility even for an adult professional athlete. But this kid might have a real shot at greatness, and I think he should go for it.

Can't he just wait a couple years until he graduates high school? I don't think so. Right now he's surrounded by 16yo children who give him no real competition. In order for him to achieve his full potential, he needs to be thrown in with the men.

He'll find out fast that it takes more that just shear talent to compete with the big boys. If he has sufficient drive and determination he will gain the experience and skills he needs to do well in MLB.

Is he emotionally mature enough to handle this? Ah, there's the rub. All he can do is try. If he is not mature enough, he can "grow up" for a year or two on an MLB farm team. It's not like this is an all-or-nothing proposition.

I just hope his daddy has good intentions. I'd hate to see daddy doping his own son secretly with hormones. I think that may be the kid's biggest risk in all of this. Daddy will watch the kid, but who is going to watch Daddy?

cb said...

Well, who can blame the kid? I mean, we worship pro athletes as gods, and they get paid millions of bucks just for signing a contract. Makes getting an engineering degree seem pretty lame in comparison...

God I hate my life.