Feb 20, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT
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Bryce Harper enters his second big-league camp feeling more comfortable.
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper reported for spring training today and made it clear what he must do to be included on the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
"I'm going to come in here, work as hard as I can, keep my mouth shut and play," he said.
In truth, the 19-year-old's path to Wrigley Field on April 5 is a bit more complicated than that. Simply showing up to camp, working hard and keeping his mouth closed isn't going to guarantee Harper anything.
But the gregarious right fielder does seem to understand that the spotlight will be fixed on him for the next six weeks, and it's up to him to prove he's ready to handle the attention … not to mention big-league pitching.
One year ago, Harper (barely 18 and barely removed from high school) reported for his first professional spring training and looked the part. HeRead more »
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