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Bryce Harper arrives

Feb 21, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Bryce Harper takes a break following his first round of batting practice at Nats camp.

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VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals camp this morning with a flourish, creating a buzz as soon as he walked onto the practice fields down the street from Space Coast Stadium.

The 18-year-old outfielder, among the top prospects in baseball, joined other position players in an informal workout the day before the Nationals conduct their first full-squad session. During a round of batting practice with a pack of fans and media members watching, Harper clubbed several home runs.

Afterward, he was mobbed by several dozen fans seeking autographs.

Last summer's No. 1 draft pick out of the College of Southern Nevada, Harper is in big-league camp despite having never attended spring training before. He's all but certain to open the season at low-Class A Hagerstown, but team officials want him to get the experience playingRead more ยป

  1. joemktg - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    How long before we start replacing Chuck Norris jokes with Bryce Harper?

  2. Andrew - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Glad to hear the Nats PR staff with limit Bryce Harper's exposure. He is 18 years old and isn't a sideshow. I hope they do the same while he is in the Minors.

  3. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    That's not eyeblack, that's the residue of people who dared recycle old Chuck Norris jokes in his presence.

  4. Anonymous - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    @Joemktg there is already a website bryceharperfacts.com

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Just under five minutes, but we're not in mid-season form yet.

  6. Anonymous - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    I'm sure every single one of the guys in their 50s standing around waiting for Harper to sign is doing it because he's a die-hard collectors…. that's it, ruin it for everyone…. wait till Viera turns into Tradition FIeld…

  7. BinM - Feb 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Three weeks in camp, then he gets optioned is my best current guess. The circus just might need to 'get out of town early' to let Harper become a player again, not just a gate attraction.

  8. mjr - Feb 21, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    That's not a tattoo peeking out from under his right sleeve, is it?

  9. Jim Webster - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    mjr … let's hope it's just a T shirt.

  10. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    It's definitely a tee shirt.

  11. mjr - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Oh good. Not that it's uncommon among high-schoolers or that I'm a prude when it comes to body decoration but I didn't want to think that our brand-spanking shiny new Mormon slugger was already sporting permanent body ink. (At least eye-black washes off.)

  12. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Which reminds me … he'll be needing a nickname.

  13. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    He already has a nickname: "Oppoboppo".

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